Spring Break Court opens
The city's Spring Break Court program, resurrected for the first time since 2007, will begin March 2.
The program will offer college students booked for illegal drinking and other misdemeanor offenses the option of community service instead of a criminal record. City Commissioner Tony Yaniz orchestrated its return, enlisting support from the sheriff, state attorney's office and city staff.
"The 16th Judicial Circuit will be holding Spring Break Court in the Lower Keys with the first session on Sunday, March 2," court administrator Holly Elomina said Friday night.
City noise debate begins
City commissioners will hold a special meeting about proposed changes to the noise ordinance at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Old City Hall, 510 Greene St.
Sponsored by City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley, the proposal would end the exemption of church services from noise regulations and it would allow police officers or city inspectors to use their ears as measuring tools.
Old Town locals have said the amplified music from Duval Street bars is disrupting their quality of life while a few business owners say the proposed changes are unfair and too subjective.