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Bay St. Louis testing out noise ordinance

The rules set different decibel levels in residential and commercial zones. (Photo source: WLOX) The rules set different decibel levels in residential and commercial zones. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Bay St. Louis could finally have a new noise ordinance in place in April.

It took weeks of meetings and public input for the council to agree on the details of when - and where - to crackdown on loud music and parties.

While much of the focus of the public debate was on music from businesses in the downtown and depot districts, the ordinance also covers loud sounds from motorcycles, motorboats, and construction sites. The rules set different decibel levels in residential and commercial zones, as well as the limits during  overnight hours.

Mayor Les Fillingame says two decibel meters are already on order, and will be assigned to officers patrolling the two areas. The new rules are posted on the city's website and officials plan to enforce them. 

“We’re going to monitor it and see how it goes. If everyone is comfortable with the levels in the draft ordinance, it will become law in approximately 30 days at the first meeting in April,” said Mayor Les Fillingame.

Violators could face up to a $1,000 fine. 

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