Lil Boosie concert moved after city denies waiving noise ordinance

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - There were tense moments at the Gulfport city council meeting Tuesday during discussion of the noise ordinance for the Lil Boosie concert proposed for the Hannah Knox Ball field in north Gulfport. That concert has been moved from the ball field to a club after the city council heard from opponents and advocates of it.

City council members voted against waiving a noise ordinance for that concert at the ball field.

According to the city, they made that decision because the concert wasn't properly planned and they didn't like the venue because they say it's located in a residential area.

"Approximately 300 of our members live in the north Gulfport area. So I oppose it," said one man who opposed the concert at the ball field.

"A gospel concert, with an outdoor venue, music's going to be loud. It's going to be that way. Would I be stopped the same way," asked one resident who was for the concert.

Before unanimously voting against waiving the noise ordinance, several council members said they'd approve the event, if it wasn't located in a residential area and if more planning went into it.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania also denied the variance for the noise ordinance.

"The whole purpose is to give consideration to where the event's going to take place and the impact of that noise on the community and it became very clear and evident to me that it was going to have a negative impact to the community up there," said Papania.

Supporters of the concert say they don't understand why the city would deny bringing activity to their area.

"It upsets me to think that they're making this decision and they're not out there and you're saying, 'Okay,' like the noise is going to kill people. It's based off of a noise ordinance this is something that would bring tourism and money," said Gulfport resident Nicole Pittman.

The new venue for Lil Boosie concert will be Club Envy in Gulfport this Saturday. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets already purchased will be honored.

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