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Miami surpassed Boston, New York and Chicago as the city with the poorest sleep quality.

The city with a vibrant nightlife was named No. 1 on Pure CBD’s list of “the worst U.S. cities for a good night’s sleep,” which was compiled using US Census data. Pure CBD is a distributor of cannabis oil around the country that offers education, advocacy and research to consumers. 

Here on the island, loud discussions, music, and parties are among the noise issues. Key Biscayne Police Chief Francis Sousa said that there were 195 loud noise complaints that were filed with them this year, 44 were followed by written warnings, 58 verbal warnings and eight citations. 

In 2023, there were 234 noise complaints. Of those complaints, there were 57 issued verbal warnings, 81 written and 21 tickets. However, Village’s Council Member Edward London feels that there isn’t much of a noise problem.

“People have parties, and sometimes the music might be loud. But if a neighbor complains, people respond and turn it down. Our community is very respectful,” he said. 

Sousa believes community noise could be improved in contrast to London.

“We like to think citizens are being respectful of one another, but most people don’t listen,” he said.

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In a different study, two Florida International University students examined the effects of noise and found issues among the community. According to the study, noise can be categorized by type, frequency, activities that a particular sound interrupts, and noise response. 

“Noise pollution affects us all — whether we are aware of it or wish to acknowledge it. Airplane traffic, construction and local ground traffic all contribute to frustration and anger experienced by residents,” the study said. 

In 2020, the bustling metropolis had reached a population of 2,701,767; by July of 2023, it declined by nearly 15,000, according to US Census data. 

The tourism sector has prospered in spite of the downturn. In 2022, 26.5 million tourists visited the city, according to tourismanalytics, an online platform that compiles data and statistics pertaining to tourism.

A contributing cause to noise may be Miami’s substantial building and development sector. To rehabilitate the downtown area, Miami-Dade County, for instance, put out a request for proposals in 2022 to receive $10 billion.

Victoria Galindez, who lived in Key Biscayne for a decade and recently relocated to Southern Miami, said that construction in the city causes noise.

A noise regulation was formerly implemented by the County, which forbade the use of construction or machinery in residential areas between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Based on the Miami-Dade County government website, Section 21-28 of the County’s law forbade needless and excessive noise; however, it was eventually redacted in 2023.

Sections 21–28 of the Miami-Dade County Code were redacted by the County in May 2023. The ordinance made it illegal to operate machinery and construction equipment that produce noise at or close to homes, including multi-family properties, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.

“There are definitely some noises that are more disturbing than others, but you can’t stop development,” Galindez said.

This story has been updated to better reflect the data for Key Biscayne’s noise complaints.

TATIANA PINHEIRO is a reporter for Miami Fourth Estate, working in an internship program under the auspices of the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where she is a graduate student.

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TATIANA PINHEIRO is a reporter for Miami Fourth Estate, working in an internship program under the auspices of the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where she is a...