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Was Rock the Park Too Loud? Should They Face Fines?

7/30/2012

Was Rock the Park too loud? And if it was, is it fair that they be fined if there were no complaints?

The city recently changed the decibel limit allowed on downtown concerts in London and Rock the Park was loud and Organizer Brad Jones says if they did break the law, then they will pay the fines.

City councillor Dale Henderson spoke to Newstalk 1290 today and says he personally didn't receive any noise complaints, but a rule is a rule, and if they violated the decibel limit they will likely lose their deposit.

Jones, meanwhile, says they're ready for a penalty, and doesn't regret the noise, saying that the three day event brought in over $300,000 dollars for Bethanys Hope Foundation.

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says their big festival, Sarnia Bayfest, goes until midnight and has no decibel limit and he says for people living in certain areas it's a trade-off.

He says for the most part the community has embraced the music noise.

Bradley says in the past they've had only a handful of complaints about noise, and that Bayfest brings 5 to 7 million dollars into the community.

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