Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wild House Parties Continue to Bother Irritated Neighbors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Wild House Parties Continue to Bother Irritated Neighbors

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JACKSONVILLEBEACH - Forty-seven people, all under age 21, partied loudly Sunday at a house in the 3000 block of Tropical Terrace.

Police arrested their 24-year-old host on charges of holding an open house party. Officers said about half of the partiers were consuming alcohol.

The same day, police arrested five people for having an open house party in the 3900 block of Grande Boulevard.

Since March, officers have received four complaints about open house parties at a home in the 100 block of Burling Way. None of those calls led to arrests or citations.

But Burling Way neighbors said they have repeatedly been woken by partiers and traffic jams in the middle of the night, that their driveways have been blocked by cars and that beer cans and bottles have been strewn in their yards and on the roads.

Recently, one of those neighbors, Jim Overby, asked the City Council to tackle the problem. He referred to a Friday night party at the same house on Burling Way that attracted about 200 people, roughly from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Several officers cleared the crowd then returned hours later to do it again. It was the second rowdy party at the home in the past few weeks, he said.

"It has been going on for a long time," Overby said in an interview. "At 3 o'clock in the morning, to be woken up by boisterous laughing and shouting. It's not unusual to find your driveway completely blocked by a car."

In the year ending Sept. 3, Jacksonville Beach received 455 party or disturbance calls, many of them involving open house parties. During that time, police issued four notices to appear in court and made five arrests.

A few years ago Neptune Beach dealt with the same problem at rental homes and apartments, primarily on Margaret Street and Seagate Avenue. …

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