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Mar 1, 2012 5:39 AM by AP

New Orleans tackles noise issue

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An acoustics expert hired by some New Orleans residents says music clubs in several neighborhoods - particularly the French Quarter - regularly exceed legal noise limits.

The report from Houston-based CSTI Acoustics shows excessive noise readings even in a mostly residential area of the quarter, blocks from the famously raucous bars on Bourbon Street.

Wednesday's release by a residents' group called "Hear the Music, Stop the Noise" comes as city officials and residents attack the noise issue on different fronts. A hearing was scheduled at City Hall Wednesday afternoon on one French Quarter bar owner's license. The manager of another club goes to court in March on a complaint that music blasting from the club was allegedly so loud that a police officer outside couldn't hear his own radio.

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