UPDATE: CCE Reaches Noise Deal At Ford Amphitheatre

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Clear Channel Entertainment reached an agreement with the Hillsborough Environmental Protection Commission last week to reduce the noise levels at the Ford Amphitheatre. The plan includes building a $2.5 million sound barrier wall.

The agreement also requires Clear Channel to create a community advisory committee, lower the height of house lawn speakers, and pay the EPC $50,000 to monitor 10 concerts to assess noise levels once the wall is built, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Clear Channel plans to have the wall completed by September 30, 2006, but the EPC has given it until December 2006 to comply with the regulations. The EPC has agreed not to seek any additional legal action against Clear Channel while modifications are under way and plans to drop the lawsuit all together once the conditions are met.

If Clear Channel’s modifications are inadequate and concerts continue to violate EPC levels, CCE must come before the EPC to seek a noise variance. There’s no guarantee the EPC will grant it, and the commission reserves the right to refile a lawsuit if Clear Channel violates noise levels after modifications are in place. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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