When Fisher Park and Westerwood residents asked the City Council to assure them that noise emanating from the proposed new baseball stadium was going to be mitigated, the residents were told not to worry - that they would take care of it. The Council made good on their word.
An email from Ann of Fisher Park:
"On May 18th, our City Council voted to amend Ordinance Chapter 30 Section 30-3-3.5 (PDF file, see p13) to extend the time celebrations and events cease in our "Downtown Business District" to 1:00 a.m. (formerly 11:00 p.m.) on the eve of national holidays, and Friday and Saturday nights, until 1:00 a.m. Sunday mornings. The amendment was brought to City Council and supported by Action Greensboro, Downtown Greensboro Inc., and Grassroots Productions Inc. LTD...."
Dealing with events extending to 1:00 am on any national holiday eve, and any Friday and Saturday nights until 1:00 a.m. any Sunday morning, asks a great deal of the very residents who've done more than anyone to stabilize, and make desirable, the core urban neighborhoods adjacent to downtown...."
In other words, fireworks will now be allowed after baseball games in the new stadium.
This ordinance was adopted very quietly with only Councilwoman Sandy Carmany dissenting. I am sure she voted that way in response to all of the time she spends dealing with noise problems on behalf of her constituants near the Greensboro Coliseum, which is in her district. Sandy has lived it - others on Council obviously have not.
The Council has 30 days to amend or repeal this change so it will be brought up at the next Council meeting. I hear that a noise ordinance might be required for that meeting to quell the now-alerted dissenting voices. They will be looking for a compromise:
"... City ordinances that involve events (and accompanying noise) should either be extended equally throughout the city, so City Council and all event proponents may enjoy equal noise opportunities until 1:00 a.m. in their own neighborhoods, OR the Ordinance Amendment should have some limits."