Friday, February 1, 2019

Noise calls dropped a whopping 18 calls in St. Petersburg!

St. Petersburg Fl
Public Opinion by author: Robert Neff

The City, City Council and news media are always mentioning the downtown noise problem. Take a look at the map below. Where do you see the calls and hot spots? Downtown? Citywide?
In 2018, there were 2,516 calls for noise and 413 calls for loud party. The total is 2,929 calls for both noise and loud party. Source: St. Petersburg’s StatMap

2018 Noise and Loud Party Calls to Police and Heat Map

On April 11, 2017, Mayor Kriseman asked Police Chief Holloway to enforce the noise ordinance. Mayor Kriseman did mention he was concerned the Police Chief would be not be able to get his officers to buy into his idea. The results were not impressive. From 2017 to 2018, noise calls dropped a whopping 18 calls from 2,534 to 2,516. How effective was that? 

No wonder both downtown and citywide residents are frustrated with Mayor Kriseman, City Council, the Police, and news media!  

Data Integrity Disclosure

1. While the City only shared "noise" calls to City Council's Public Services & Infrastructure Committee, who is responsible for the noise ordinance revision recommendation to Council, the City should be reporting calls for both noise and loud noise. This would provide a more accurate representation on how noise impacts residents. This was my recommendation when I met several times with Planning and Zoning.

In 2017, there were 2,530 calls for noise and 565 calls for loud party, according to StatMap. That’s 3,095 calls for both noise and loud party.

2. There is a slight discrepancy between the City's StatMap and the Police Call Logs. According to the City, there were 2,534 noise calls in 2017. According to StatMap, there were 2,530 noise calls. The City may want to investigate the difference and share the results.

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