Could pickleball be bad for your health? Punta Gorda Historic District homeowners are urging the City Council to prioritize the health of neighbors over the game.

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – Is pickleball noise a hazard to your health?

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Neighbors that live near the pickleball courts in Punta Gorda have talked about their anxiety and stress, due to the noise.  Last Wednesday morning Bernie DePaul, who lives on West Retta Esplanade, spoke in front of council blaming the noise for his stroke. 

“Everything I’m telling you is not only the truth, it’s documented,” DePaul said.
DePaul said he hired a private researcher to conduct a noise impact study in 2017.
In part of the findings, Thornton Acoustics and Vibrations said, “The pickleball noise creates a human health risk.”
Nurse practitioner Peggy Keen said that several things can cause strokes.
“Hypertension, heart problems and a myriad of other physical conditions that combined can lead to stroke,” Keen said. The courts have become a popular spot for people to get some exercise and play a game they love. But, Historic District neighbors want them somewhere else. “I have a failure to understand why they can’t just man up and do the right thing,” said Jim Round, who lives near the courts. 
Right now, the city is in the process of purchasing noise barriers to be installed at the Gilchrist Park courts.      Source  WBBH/WZVN 

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