DESTIN – A majority of the City Council agreed Monday to move forward with a revised noise ordinance that would apply to all parts of Destin except HarborWalk Village.

Most council members approved the first reading of the revised rules and could vote Oct. 16 on whether to adopt them. Councilman Chatham Morgan did not attend Monday’s meeting.

The revised ordinance would call for an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy to use the “plainly audible” standard while investigating noise disturbances at all times of day in all parts of the city, save for the South Harbor Mixed Use zoning district that contains the HarborWalk.

Such noise would have to be heard 300 feet or more away from the source in commercial and mixed-use zoning areas and 150 feet or more away from the source in residential areas. Councilman Parker Destin cast the lone no vote against the revised ordinance after questioning whether it should be in effect at all times of the day.

The revised ordinance contains a slew of exemptions, such as the noise created by boat horns and various outdoor maintenance activities.

Under the city’s existing ordinance, officials use a decibel/ sound level meter to measure bothersome noise citywide during certain periods of the day.

According to city information, noise that causes a complaint shall be measured by a meter at or up to 50 feet beyond the property line of the site where the noise came from, and in the direction of the complainant’s location. Each measurement shall last at least two minutes.

While the “plainly audible” standard soon could apply to most parts of the city, the use of a decibel meter might not change when it comes to addressing noise from HarborWalk Village.

Some HarborWalk business officials recently told the council that the meter is an effective tool and should continue to be used in their area. They later could return to the council with suggestions on how to reduce noise in the South Harbor Mixed Use zoning district.

In other business Monday, the council:

• Agreed to form a task force that could help regulate short term vacation rentals

• Approved promoting Steven Schmidt to deputy city manager. Schmidt has worked for the city since 2007. For about the past five years, he has served as Destin’s development manager. With the promotion, Schmidt’s annual salary of $83,658 was increased to $92,000.