Neighbor: Collier Fairgrounds events so loud, I can barely hear the TV
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CREATED Apr. 27, 2013
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - At least four times a year at the Collier County Fair Grounds, events like Monster Truck Extreme Mania roar into town.
Some neighbors say the show and festivals are just too loud.
"We can't enjoy our own house and lanai," said Guy Raimondi, who lives half a block away. "The music is so loud, sometimes that even in the house you can't hear the TV."
Raimondi has complained to the sheriff's office, code enforcement and even started a petition to get the shows to quiet down.
"For five years or more we've been going around in a big merry go round," explained Raimondi. "[We] never get anywhere. Nothing gets solved."
Collier County Fair Grounds board member Charlie Brown says he's working on the problem.
"We are trying not to make any more noise than is absolutely necessary with the event," said Brown. "Obviously, we are doing all we can to be helpful to the neighbors."
Despite complaints to event organizers, neighbors can still hear the trucks loud and clear from a block away.
But fans say the sound of the engines is part of the draw.
"I like the noise," said Dennis Inwin, of Cape Coral. "It makes it all exciting and come to life."
In Collier County, noise levels shouldn't surpass the 87 decibels allowed by law for agricultural use. But Raimondi says it exceeds that.
"I have decibel readings over 90 and it was almost 100 during the country thing," said Raimondi, referring to a previous event.
Neighbors hope the pounding passes and makes way for peace.
The Collier County sound ordinance says levels must drop at 10 p.m. But fair organizers will be ending the event at 9:30 p.m to try to please neighbors.