Polk County man pushing local leaders to follow Tampa's lead by adopting new noise ordinance

LAKELAND, Fla. - The loud, thumping bass of a car stereo could soon get you in trouble driving through Polk County if a local resident is successful in his push for a new ordinance.

David Warrick recently urged county commissioners to follow the lead of Hillsborough and Tampa by adopting a noise ordinance.

The commission is now consulting with the county attorney to find out what options are available.

"It rattles your windows, it rattles your dishes, you can't read at night, you can't enjoy a sunset," Warrick said.

People who enjoy loud stereos had a small victory a couple years ago when the state supreme court called state noise laws unconstitutional.

Since then, Warrick said it's gotten out of control.

"I told them if HIllsborough County can do something than surely Polk County can do something as well," he said.

Jessie Walker of Lakeland realizes his ride can get obnoxious, and it doesn't bother him a bit.

"I had a system in my truck before I could even drive it," he said. "I love being loud."

He loves it so much, that's now what he does -- installs sound systems in cars at Tunes-N-Tint.

Sales Manger Joe Cassity is actually for a local noise ordinance as long as officers make if fair and use a noise meter to determine what's too loud.

"If they used that instead of the subjective method that they're currently using, I'd be more in support of it," he said.

Polk County Commissioner George Lindsay told ABC Action News he understands the problem and is working with the county attorney to identify a solution.

The commission is hesitant to act right now because local laws like Tampa's are getting challenged.

Warrick is desperate for a solution soon so he and his neighbors can get back their peace and quiet.

"It's a quality of life issue, and something needs to be done," he said.

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