Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boom-Box Bill Unfair to Youth, Man Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Boom-Box Bill Unfair to Youth, Man Says

Article excerpt

St. John's new ordinance, which forbids the playing of boom boxes or other sound makers so loud that they can be heard 25 feet away, is unreasonable, a homeowner says.

Wayne Dreyer told the City Council last week that young people today have a declining number of places to gather and share ideas and friendship. "So some are going to be in a backyard and hang out and play a radio. The 25-foot limit puts a stranglehold on youths expressing themselves. They're our future leaders," he said.

Dreyer took five minutes reading a prepared statement in which he also warned that ordinances like the one passed in June were primarily designed to harass and even drive youths out of the city. "There'll be nothing here if this keeps up, and you'll have another Wellston."

He went on to assert that St. John has no programs for youths and that he would lend his personal help in that area if it is needed.

City officials had little response, except to note that no citations have been made under the ordinance since it was passed; they added that it was not specifically targeted at youths. …

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