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Neighbors crusade against volume at Dusk Music Festival

"For the most part, this is a very quiet neighborhood."
Posted at 10:27 PM, Nov 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-07 00:27:02-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — "For the most part, this is a very quiet neighborhood."

That's how Bill Duffy describes his neighborhood, Armory Park, where he's lived for five years.

Duffy and his husband chose Tucson as the place to retire.

"This is where I want to live, in tucson, and I don't think I should have to leave my house for peace and quiet."

The Dusk Music Festival, he says, disturbs that peace and quiet he wants.

"I have lived in half a dozen cities on three continents and I've never been in a place where this kind of thing happened."

Duffy took his grievance to the City of Tucson which gave organizers a temporary noise exemption, that cleared the way for a festival at Armory Park.

"Sitting in my living room, we could not carry on a normal conversation because of the noise level."

The City of Tucson told KGUN9 multiple meetings were held with neighbors of the park and that some compromises were made.

Among them, the hours of the festival itself. It'll start one hour later and end an hour earlier than last year.

Sound levels will not exceed 60 decibels in nearby neighborhoods.

Duffy says the city later told him levels might actually reach up to 80 decibels.

"The 80 decibels can be reaching our houses here," Duffy said he researched and found that 80 decibels is comparable to a garbage disposal.

He said some of his neighbors are planning to leave home for the weekend because of the festival.

The City says it will have monitors at five locations, including Duffy's home, to keep track of the volume, also the city says a secondary stage will be faced west to reduce sound toward the park.