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City officials continue to tread cautiously in their attempt to mitigate noise pollution in the Centro.
Long-promised noise regulations are coming to the Centro Historico next week, said Mayor Renán Barrera Concha.
The city is establishing an office to watch over quality-of-life issues in the Centro of Merida. Photo: Courtesy
The Directorate of Urban Development of the City of Mérida last week closed, for the third time, a boisterous Centro Histórico nightclub.
The Fifth District Court suspended the amparo process requested by residents living near loud Centro cantinas, questioning if the complainants really lived near the nightclubs.
Noise regulations remain a list of promises to be kept before the current administration hands over the keys to the Municipal Palace to the incoming administration on Sept. 1.
Yucatán seems to thrive on loud music, television and radio.
Solving the noise problem in the Centro is not so easy, an acoustics expert says.
Where a machine shop can legally operate next to a restaurant, investors hesitate to write checks.
Foreigners who don't like hearing music blaring from a nightclub in their neighborhood should return to their home country, said Miguel Ángel Martínez Ancona, general secretary of a musicians' union.
North of the Centro, residents have their own battle with noisy bars, which opened in the last six months on the roof of an eight-story complex.
Noise regulations in Mérida aren't as imminent as earlier indicated and are still going through various channels before reaching a vote.
Three party bars have been forced to suspend operations under a citywide noise crackdown similar to Mérida's.
A noise crackdown on bars and club Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue, has revealed tensions between nightclubs and the hotels who house many of their patrons.
The City Council announced Thursday an imminent ban on live music after 11:30 p.m. The measure is expected to be law within days.
City Hall is finalizing details of its new noise regulations, which could be approved sometime this week, said a local councilman.
La Fundacíon Mezcalería, a hipster cantina that was among the first of its kind in Mérida, closed Friday night or early Saturday when the Ministry of Health and state police shut it down for noise violations.
A press conference on Wednesday brought out reporters from most major local media, bringing awareness to a growing campaign against illegal and excessive after-hours nightclub noise in the Centro.
Fifteen bars and restaurants in the Centro Histórico are on notice for noise offenses, members of the Urban Development Commission told Milenio Novedades.
Another nightclub was shut down after city authorities said it was in violation of Municipal Civil Protection regulations.
The city's director of tourism and economic promotion has joined the chorus of those demanding that restaurants and bar turn down their music.
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