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Noise Ordinance

Hall County Noise Ordinance:

“B. Radios, phonographs, similar devices. The using of, operating of, or permitting to be played, used or operated, any radio receiving set, musical instrument, phonograph or other machine or device for any producing or reproducing of sound in a manner as to disturb the peace, quiet and comfort of the neighboring inhabitants or at any time with a louder volume than is reasonably necessary for the convenient hearing for the person who is in the room, vehicle, or chamber in which this machine or device is operated, and who is a voluntary listener thereto.”

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A couple of things here…is it just funny to me that they’ve mentioned “phonographs” here? I mean, what young adult under the age of 20 has even seen one?!? And who is cranking up their phonograph system so loud as to disturb others? That, and it seems funny to me that that sentence goes on for lines and lines. Legal jargon is apparently exempt of the grammar rules we learned as children. My real point for reading this:

“J. Noise to attract attention. The use of any drum or other instrument or device for the purpose of attracting attention by creation of noise to any performance, show or sale.”

I’m sort of planning to get my drumming friends from the Buford Drum Circle together for a night out drumming on the square. According to the message our government is giving us, drumming is unwelcome. I’ll see what I can do. If you want to join us, get the downtown square in Gainesville on Friday, August 27 at around 7:30pm. We hope to stay until 11:00 or so – unless we’re told to leave by authorities.


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