Noise: An amplified appeal

A question of noise comes before Jacksonville's City Council tonight when it hears an appeal of a decision to allow unlimited amplified music events at Nunan Estate.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in Old City Hall, Main and Oregon streets. The meeting is open to the public.

Neighbors of the Oregon Street lodging and restaurant business raised concerns about the decision after the city's Planning Commission agreed in January to alter a permit that allowed the Nunan Estate six such events a year.

City staff has recommended a return to the previous limits as well, saying the Planning Commission did not give proper notice or present evidence of a request for the change before it voted.

Nunan Estate representatives say they already have booked weddings based on the new rules, and that changing back now would be difficult.

Nunan co-owner Derek Wolfe has said he couldn't rule out legal action if the council overrules the Planning Commission.

Police responded to complaints of excessive noise several time last year, said Chief Dave Towe. No citations were issued.

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