COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Some neighbors in a quiet Naples community say loud birds are ruffling their feathers, and now code enforcement is stepping in.
Two exotic birds, Tiki and Alex, may do a lot of talking, but it's another noise they make that has neighbors on Flame View Drive doing some squawking of their own.
"It's extremely loud, it's like a car coming to a stop immediately at a red light..ERRR," Joe Ascolese explains.
His next door neighbor Ilse Kastner says the birds have made her something of a hermit, "We had to go into the house and close the windows and doors because it was unbelievable."
They say the problem has been going on for years.
Now, code enforcement has issued a $200 ticket for the noise; a noise neighbors say can be heard down the street.
"I'm a runner and I jog the neighborhood a lot and I can hear them a quarter mile away," Gordon Rama tells WINK News.
However, the owners of the birds doubt that very much. They're fighting the ticket.
Dan Wilkins and Penelope Maroules, owners of Tiki and Alex, live at the end of their street. They say a quarter of a miles would mean the birds can be heard at Immokalee Road.
"That's quite a ways," Wilkins laughs.
He says the birds are kept inside for most of the day, but occasionally they make a little extra noise.
"It happens once in a blue moon. She might be sitting on her perch quiet and all of the sudden wah wah wah. I don't let it go on," Wilkins explains.
The owners hope to move from the neighborhood soon, while others wish for the birds to be given up.
Today both sides, including code enforcement, presented their case to a judge regarding the fine. However, the judge is holding off on judgement until she has time to read affidavits from neighbors. We'll let you know what she decides.