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Plano Mayor Asks Neighbors To “Bear With” As Music Festival Rattles Town

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PLANO (CBS 11 News) - An estimated 20,000 people attended the first day of Plano’s inaugural Suburbia Music Festival.

The two day event features 47 artists on three stages at the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.

Mayor Harry LaRosiliere said for Plano, a city with a reputation of being a great place to live and work, to be an attractive place younger people needs to also be a great place “to play”.

“Sixty-two-percent of our population in Plano is Generation X, Y, and Z so we got to give them something to want to stay here and this is part of it.”

While the mayor hopes this festival will become the city’s signature annual event, attracting as many as 100,00 during the two-days, some neighbors hope it never returns to the Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve.

Pat Brown moved into her home ten years ago to be across the street from a nature preserve – not a rock concert.

“It’s crazy,” she said. “It’s been rattling these windows.  It’s rattling the pictures in the dining room and my office right here.”

The mayor said the noise levels in the nearby neighborhoods were tested and the music coming from the stages is equivalent to the sound of an electric razor.

Brown finds that hard to believe.  She said she can’t go anywhere in her house to escape the sound and the vibrations from the music.

“We did the best we could to minimize the impact,” explained LaRosiliere. “We did a lot of testing.  You can hear it a little bit but we are just asking them to bear with us.  Give us two days. “

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