Columbus Patios May Soon Require Noise Permits
From The Dispatch:
Patios solve one problem, create another
By Mark Ferenchik
The smoking ban forced folks to light up outside Columbus bars and restaurants. So business owners built patios to accommodate them. The smokers were happy.
But residents in some older parts of the city, where houses and businesses are close together, were not happy, according to city officials who said they’ve fielded complaints. Outdoor patios can be noisy gathering spots, and people living nearby quickly tired of them, they said.