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Building crews to start an hour later Saturdays

The new schedule in residential areas, prompted by noise complaints, is 8 a.m.

By STEVE HUETTEL

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 16, 2000


Tampa residents won an hour's reprieve from hammers and saws disturbing their Saturday morning sleep.

City Council members voted Thursday to push back the time allowed for loud construction noise in residential areas from 7 a.m. to8 a.m. on Saturdays.

Members approved a compromise between a coalition of neighborhood groups and representatives of the construction business.

Some homeowner groups originally pushed to bar Saturday construction until 10 a.m., the same as on Sunday.

But construction industry officials said that would cripple their weekend work.

Construction workers typically knock off early Saturday afternoon, they said, and few would bother showing up if they couldn't start until 10 a.m.

Council member Shawn Harrison said officials from Tampa Homeowners -- an Association of Neighborhoods and construction representatives settled on the 8 a.m. start time.

Pile drivers and jackhammers will be allowed only from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. under the ordinance, to which the council gave initial approval Thursday.

Herbert Lyon of Bayshore Beautiful said the ordinance applied only to contractors and would let their suppliers wake up neighbors by delivering materials as early on Saturday as they wanted.

"You're leaving the barn door open and really aren't doing anything," he said.

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