Recent complaints about increased noise in Downtown Mobile’s entertainment district has prompted a response from police, who say they’ll be “aggressively enforcing” the noise or “Boom Box” Ordinance in the area in the future.
According to the city’s existing ordinance, “it is unlawful for a person to play sound from devices in or on any public property in such a manner that the sound generated is plainly audible at a distance of 25 feet or more from the source of the sound.”
That public property includes any public streets, and police say the ordinance — in effect 24 hours a day — would also apply to vehicles in the street producing sounds of music that can be heard from the same distance.
According to authorities, the Mobile Police Department will cite any person found guilty of violating the “Boom Box” Ordinance, which is punishable by a fine of $435 and could also result in jail time, depending on the circumstances.
The announcement comes on the heels of increased enforcement measures in the entertainment district that runs along lower Dauphin Street.
Last month, the MPD announced a renewed push to enforce the existing open-container ordinance in the same area — an ordinance that bans the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages not contained in a paper or plastic cups displaying the name or logo of a licensed establishment in the downtown area.