- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A decades-old ban on the use of boom boxes in public has been lifted by the city.

The City Council on Wednesday night approved a new noise ordinance requiring people playing music outside to make sure it isn’t “plainly audible” from 50 feet away during the day or 25 feet away after 10 p.m., The Jersey Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1X3fH7x ).

The law replaces legislation banning any use of boom boxes in public. The new noise ordinance was pushed by Councilman Rich Boggiano, who said most noise complaints from residents are sparked by construction sites, bars and nightclubs.

“It’s annoying,” he said. “We want to protect citizens.”

The old law was unenforceable because it wasn’t approved by state environmental officials, officials said, noting that the new legislation is a model ordinance approved by the state.

Nightclub owner Howard Brunner asked the council to postpone a final vote and consider revising the legislation in light of concern from the owners of a dozen restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. The owners said in a letter to Jersey City council members that the law “does not necessarily make sense” in a dense, urban environment.

Boggiano told Brunner the law wasn’t drawn up to target any specific businesses and can be tweaked in the future.

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Information from: The Jersey Journal , http://www.nj.com/jjournal

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