Recycling comes to the Quarter


Friday, February 7th, 2014

The City will provide an 18-gallon bin to each eligible resident at no cost at two Pick-Up Events below. Residents must provide proof of ownership/residence at an eligible service location (Sewerage & Water Board Bill, Drivers License, Utility Bill, Rental Agreement).

Recycling Launch

Sound Ordinance Notice to Membership


Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

This FRIDAY at NOON in CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS the drafted SOUND ORDINANCE will be discussed.

This is the public’s opportunity to be heard on the topic.

A note from the FQBA Board on the Topic:

We have received many inquiries concerning the Noise Ordinance that will be heard before the Housing and Human Needs Committee at City Council Chambers on Friday at noon.

The Board has taken the position that the FQBA opposes the Noise Ordinance as written.

Our opposition is twofold. First, we object to the manner of its introduction, a week before the Christmas holidays and the unseemly rush to passage by its proponents, VCPORA and the lead Councilmember on this issue Stacy Head. We know Stuart Smith has also been active on this issue. None of the committees that would normally be involved in crafting or commenting on this issue have been involved. The French Quarter Management District committees were deliberately excluded from the process as was our own Government Affairs Committee.

Secondly, we have grave concerns about the effect of this ordinance on the future vitality of the French Quarter. Some of the provisions concern only the VCE (Bourbon Street), but many concern the VCC (commercial) and VR (residential) district and the limits there may destroy businesses located in those Districts. Enforcement of these new provisions may prohibit restaurants having their doors open and all courtyard dining. There are may be many harsh unintended possible effects that are not presently fully understood.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL MEMBERS OF THE FQBA, PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO LIVE IN THE QUARTER TO STAND UP & BE HEARD ON FRIDAY.

Please refer any questions or comments to the email: president@fqba.org

Click here to review the drafted ordinance to be discussed.

Shop Away in the Vieux Carre


Friday, September 20th, 2013

The FQBA marketing committee is looking ahead and excited to announce its 2nd Annual “Shop Away in the Vieux Carre” Day a one-day event to kick-off and promote shopping and visiting the French Quarter during holidays.  This year’s event is scheduled in conjunction with the French Market Corporation’s annual Christmas tree lighting on Saturday, November 16th.

This FQBA promotional effort is designed to help your business.  As a member, we invite you to participate at any level!

IT’S EASY AS 1, 2, 3, TO PARTICIPATE*:
1.    Register your business as a participant on the FQBA Website (required)
2.    Supply FQBA with an item representing your business for Promotional Give Away(s)leading up to and the day of the event
($50 retail value minimum is requested, but not required)
3.    Sponsor at any monetary level to help FQBA produce and promote the day.  Sponsorships support the complimentary pedi-cab’s and printed promotional items, click through for details.
*Sponsorships are available starting at $200 and incrementally increasing to $10,000 for a presenting sponsor.   Sponsoring increases your business’s exposure as the event is promoted. If you are interested in learning more about the media exposure available through sponsorship please contact, Annie Flettrich, FQBA Executive Director.

FQBA will provide and coordinate:
-    Shop Away in the Vieux Carre Gift Guide in the French Quarterly Magazine – created from your online registration information
-    Promotional Reusable Shopping Bags (limited number)
-    Social Media and promotional  workshop and assistance for participants: Wednesday, October 9th click here for more information and to register
-    Mixed Media Advertising and PR for the Event
Please contact the office 504.309.1423 or email brittany@fqba.org with any questions or comments.

The committee is still in the planning process and certainly welcomes your input.

The French Quarterly Magazine has partnered with the event, there will be a special “Shop Away in the Vieux Carre Section” they are also offering special rates for FQBA member participants:   French Quarterly SAVC Offer

Nola.com also has a special offer for FQBA Members for Holiday Advertising: Click here to see the Nola.com advertising offer.

Get Away in the Vieux Carre Summer Campaign


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Get Away in the Vieux Carre, now in its 5th year, is an awareness campaign marketed to locals during summer months. It includes a sweepstakes awarding “Get Away” packages to the French Quarter each month.

The FQBA promotes its member businesses during the season they seemingly need it most. The goal of the campaign is to attract local customers and capture their attention for future promotions by the association and its membership. The campaign continues to grow and repeat registrants look forward to this annual campaign and give-a-way.

How Businesses Participate:

  • · Contribute a Gift Certificate to your business that will be included in a sweepstakes package(suggested minimum value $100, the winner should be able to visit your business at no cost to them)
  • · Offer a “Get Away” special during the campaign

(a promotional code, a special summer item or discount, a special menu item)

  • · Promote the “Get Away” campaign and sweepstakes through your business’ marketing outlets (in-store, website, social media, etc)

Time Line:

May 31st – Gift Certificate collections for give-away packages

June 1st - Launch campaign with online, television and social media

June 1st – August 31st – FQBA Weekly Spotlight Email Blasts

June 30th, July 31st & August 31st – “Get Away” Packages Awarded

August 31st – End of Campaign

Volunteer Graffiti Cleanup


Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Sign up today to volunteer on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 9 am – 12 pm!

All those passionate about making the French Quarter graffiti-free should sign up and be a part of this fun and worthwhile event. There are opportunities as group leaders as well as hands-on workers to participate. With the tools and instructions in hand, volunteers spread out through the quarter and remove as many graffiti marks as possible. Volunteers receive a work t-shirt (while supplies last), all cleaning products and tools for the cleanup, and are treated post cleanup French Quarter lunch provided at the Royal House.

With the upcoming major public events, the FQBA and VC-GAP invite individuals and groups to volunteer on Saturday, April, 2013 to help rid public spaces of unsightly graffiti.  The cleanup will begin with check in at 9 am in the courtyard of the New Orleans Police Departments 8th District, 334 Royal Street.  Register online at www.fqba.org as an individual or group.

The French Quarter Business Association (FQBA), along with other prominent French Quarter groups implemented a French Quarter initiative named Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Program or VC-GAP in the summer of 2010. VC-GAP hopes to eradicate the structures in the French Quarter of the illegal graffiti. The graffiti problem is not as insurmountable as once presumed and VC-GAP is working to help those victimized by offering information and solutions. This neighborhood beautification effort is just one of the commitments VC-GAP is making the community.

Graffiti is a real community issue that businesses, activists, residents, and volunteers are willing to face head on. Please join VC-GAP in the fight against illegal graffiti and the eradication campaign!

To volunteer or donate contact the FQBA office at 504.309.1423 or email graffiti@fqba.org

For more information, please visit our website www.fqba.org. Donations to the effort are also graciously appreciated. Everyone can help!

Now Accepting 2013 Board Nominations


Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Members in good standing are eligible for board nominations.   Nominations are currently being accepted the deadline is October 18th at 5 pm.  The nomination committee will review applicants and present the new officer recommendations at the November 12th board meeting.

Each board member is required to attend bi-monthly board meeting as well as participate in at least one of the standing committees.

FQBA 2013 Board Nomination Form

Paths to Progress – French Quarter Street Repairs


Thursday, July 12th, 2012

DOTD hosts groundbreaking ceremony for French Quarter Paths to Progress projects

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Today, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) hosted a Paths to Progress groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of repairs to ten street segments in the French Quarter. The ceremony was held at the Old U.S. Mint, where DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas, was joined by federal, state and local officials.

“These streets are vital to the city as major transportation and tourism routes.  With upcoming events drawing the attention of the nation to New Orleans, these projects couldn’t be more appropriate in showcasing our continued efforts to improve the infrastructure for both residents and visitors of this great city,” said DOTD Secretary Sherri H. LeBas.

The repairs to the French Quarter roadways are the largest investment of improvements to the area since the 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair. The improvements are being made at an investment of more than $2 million from the City of New Orleans with the remaining funds as a combined investment from the Regional Planning Commission and DOTD.

Construction is proposed to begin Monday, July 16 and to be complete in December 2012. The projects were awarded to Plus Concrete, Inc. at a total of $11.3 million. The projects include resurfacing, repairing curbs and installing ADA-compliant accessible ramps and blue and white street name tiles at project corners.

The following street segments are included for repair:

  • Burgundy St. (Canal St. – Esplanade Ave.)
  • Dauphine St. (Canal St. – Esplanade Ave.)
  • Esplanade Ave. (N. Peters St. – N. Rampart St)
  • Toulouse St. (Decatur St. – Dauphine St.)
  • Toulouse St. (Dauphine St. – N. Rampart St.)
  • Saint Louis St. (Decatur St. – Dauphine St.)
  • Saint Louis St. (Dauphine St. – N. Rampart St.)
  • Decatur St. (Saint Louis St. – Dumaine St.)
  • N. Peters St. (Canal St. – Saint Louis St.)
  • Royal St. (Canal St. – Esplanade Ave.)

These improvements will benefit residents and business owners, and the exciting events bringing tourists from across the nation to New Orleans, including the Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“The repairs to these major roadways in New Orleans are attributed to strong partnerships and support from numerous agencies. These roadway and sidewalk improvements will enhance the quality of life and experience for residents and visitors alike,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

“The French Quarter is important to the continued economic growth and development of the city of New Orleans. We are glad to be a part of improving New Orleans for local residents, businesses and tourists,” said Regional Planning Commission Executive Director, Walter Brooks.

“Improvements to the roads in the French Quarter will provide safer, more efficient travel and enhance not only driving, but improve the quality of life in this area,” said Federal Highway Administration Project Delivery Team Leader, Carl Highsmith.

“The Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association fully support the much needed improvements to our French Quarter sidewalks and streets. Although we know that some temporary inconveniences will be part of this improvement process, the result will enhance the beauty and overall experience of the French Quarter for our visitors and residents.  We want everyone’s experience visiting New Orleans to be unforgettable.  This is one more positive step forward in maintaining New Orleans’ momentum and position as one of the top travel destinations in the world,” said Mavis Early, Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association.
Paths to Progress is a transportation improvement program to rehabilitate, restore and enhance more than 60 roadway segments in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.  With a combined investment of over $90 million, Paths to Progress is a collaborative effort between the Federal Highway Administration, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and City of New Orleans.

To contact Paths to Progress please call 1-800-574-7193 or email paths2progress@gmail.com , visit www.pavingLAroads.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/paths2progress or follow us on Twitter at @paths2progress.

Graffiti Awareness Campaign by VC-GAP


Thursday, October 27th, 2011

VC-Gap LogoWHAT: VC-GAP Graffiti Eradication Campaign
WHEN: November 15th – 19th
WHERE: Jackson Square and the French Quarter

As many are aware, the French Quarter Business Association (FQBA), along with other prominent French Quarter groups, implemented an effort in 2010 dubbed Vieux Carre Graffiti Abatement Program or VC-GAP . Our effort is solely a community action plan to eradicate graffiti from the Vieux Carre.  This is a multifaceted program hoping to help property owners that have been wrongfully “tagged” as well as punish those defacing the property.

Tuesday, November 15th VC-GAP will host a press event in Jackson Square at 10:00 AM. We are asking the city administration, the police department, and the district attorney to “crack down” on the crime of graffiti in the French Quarter with the aid of the recent state law authored by Juan LaFonta which makes defacing a historic district building a felony offense punishable by up to 2 years at hard labor and up to $1,000.00 fine.  (La. R.S. 14.56.5) Property owners are also accountable to remove graffiti within 30 days, which will also be enforced by 8th District’s NOPD officers.  Among those expected to speak are State Representative Juan LaFonta, Superintendent Ronal Serpas, and Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer.  Each will speak to how their office is playing an active role in this community movement to rid the Quarter of illegal graffiti.

Following the press conference, the group plans to spend the week spreading the word about the campaign and signing up volunteers for a Saturday, November 19th community-wide graffiti cleanup.

Volunteers are being called to action.  All those passionate about making the French Quarter graffiti-free should sign up and be a part of a fun and worthwhile event.  This neighborhood beautification effort is just one of the commitments VC-GAP is making the community.  There are opportunities as group leaders as well as hands-on workers to participate. Volunteers receive a work t-shirt (while supplies last) and all cleaning products and tools for the cleanup. With the tools and instructions in hand, volunteers spread out through the quarter and remove as many marks as possible.

With this campaign, VC-GAP hopes to eradicate the structures in the French Quarter of the illegal graffiti.  The graffiti problem is not as insurmountable as once presumed and VC-GAP is working to help those victimized by offering information and solutions.  The group is also working to with law enforcement agencies to prosecute those defacing our historic landmark buildings with the full penalties of the law, which is punishable as a felony.

It is a real community issue that businesses, activists, residents, and volunteers are willing to face head on.  Please join VC-GAP the week of November 15th – 19th in the fight against illegal graffiti and the eradication campaign!

For more information, to volunteer or donate contact the FQBA office at 504.309.1423 or email graffiti@fqba.org

Click here to download the VC-GAP Flyer

Click here to download the Volunteer Agreement Form

FQBA’s Position on 1031 Canal Development


Friday, August 5th, 2011

The French Quarter Business Association supports the development of 1031 Canal Street as a viable business venture, and not left as an eyesore on one of the city’s main thoroughfares.  Although it is not technically in the French Quarter, it is important that all aspects from traffic impact to construction guidelines be considered and abided by, and to that end we submit the position of our Board of Directors.

We are not, nor purport to be, architects or city planners. Therefore, we believe that design or structural issues need to be addressed by the City Planning Commission and that they should provide full assistance and guidance to the development company with their plans.  The final recommendation of this business plan should be submitted to the City Council with all the amendments and guidelines that are acceptable to the City Planning Commission.  As long as all guidelines are met, we support whatever business plan developers deem workable.

We recognize that in the interest of making 1031 Canal Street a successful business venture,  this developer may or may not be able to conform to the necessary guidelines. We sincerely hope that an agreement with this or another development company will enable the city to put empty and deteriorating properties on Canal Street back in commerce and move this city forward.

City Business has followed the story extensively, click here to read more.

Click here to visit the developer’s 1031 Canal Street website and share your opinion with the developers.

FQBA Comments on Proposed Sound Ordinance


Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Click here to read the full drafted ordinance as posted on the New Orleans City Council website.

FQBA Comments on Proposed Sound Ordinance

Sec. 66-175 Administration.

  • Need to add language that gives enforcement authority to authorized administrator.

Sec. 66-176 Temporary permits

  • (b) lists “director of the health department” as part of the permit process, even though that department is not mentioned in Sec. 66-175 as an authorized administrator.
  • (d) (7) states “whether the sound level of the activity will be unreasonably excessive…….”  This appears to be arbitrary and needs some parameters to quantify what is excessive and what is not excessive.
  • (h) states that if (4) specific complaints by residents within a (4) block area, reapplication for a permit may be denied.  This language should be modified to protect a temporary permit holder against capricious and malicious complaints by residents.  The complaints should have to be substantiated (measurement over allowed levels) by an authorized administrator.

Sec. 66-200 Sound level measurement

  • (a) (1) replace “may be made with a properly calibrated Type 1 or Type 2 sound level meter” with “must be made…..”
  • (a) (2) The measurement should be from the interior of an adjoining property, not at the property line of the alleged offender. Or in the case of a commercial or entertainment area (e.g. VCE), the measurement should be from the centerline of the street or thoroughfare.  At the very least, measurements should be taken at or within the property line of the affected party.
  • (b) Language that replaces sound meter measurement with “the judgment of a reasonable person” as the standard must be stricken.  There should be no substitute for measurement by a Type 1 or Type 2 meter.
  • (e) This section should not apply to VCE or any other designated Entertainment District.
  • No outdoor measurement should be taken:
    • During periods when wind speeds (including gusts) exceed 15 mph
    • Without a windscreen, recommended by the measuring instrument manufacturer.
    • Under any condition that allows the measuring instrument to become wet.
    • When the ambient temperature is out of the tolerance of the measuring instrument.
    • Ambient sound levels should be accounted for, either as a deduct (if you will) from the measure, or that the measure is a violation if and only if the sound (over time and at the appropriate distance) is above the ambient level, assuming the ambient is in fact above the limit set forth.

Sec. 66-201 Maximum permissible sound levels

  • (a) States  “ No person shall operate or cause to be operated any source of sound in such a manner as to create a sound level which exceeds the limits set forth in Table 1 or which is unreasonably excessive”  This creates a double standard, one of which is measureable and the other that is purely subjective.
  • (a) This subsection seeks to make a violation a civil offense and further, constitute a “nuisance”.  As such, this language would empower any person to take civil action against an offender for damages or perceived damages in Civil Court.
  • (b) “plainly audible “ language is too subjective.
  • (d) This section changes the permissible levels from those measurements in Table 1 to “”be plainly audible at a distance of one foot from any exterior wall of a neighboring dwelling….” Plainly audible is too subjective.
  • (e) Same “plainly audible” language is too subjective.

TABLE 1

  • VCE Sound Level Limit is too low at 85 db.
  • Table does not give any parameters for length of time at decibel levels.  Readings should be an average over a period of time (e.g. 1 hour) and should not be able to be interpreted as a violation if the limit is recorded for only an instant in a time interval.
  • Where VCE is concerned, levels should be read at the middle of the street or thoroughfare.
  • The measurement should be from the interior of an adjoining property, not at the property line of the alleged offender. Or in the case of a commercial or entertainment area (e.g. VCE), the measurement should be from the centerline of the street or thoroughfare.  At the very least, measurements should be taken at or within the property line of the affected party.

Sec. 66-202. exceptions from Section 66-201

  • (12) Any outdoor evangelistic endeavor…….” This exception should be bound by reasonable time frames.
  • (14) Jazz Funerals.  This exception should be bound by reasonable time frames.

Sec. 66-203. Specific nuisance sound prohibited.

  • (3) Machinery, fans, and air conditioners. Measurement should always be within one foot of any interior wall of an adjacent dwelling.  Furthermore, “plainly audible” should be stricken and replaced with sound meter device Type 1 or Type 2.

Sec. 66-210. Fines and penalties for violations by alcoholic beverage outlets or alcoholic beverage holders and citizens’ sound level complaints of alcoholic beverage outlets.

  • ABO permit holders should not be held to a different or higher standard than any other business or resident.
    • For all places of assembly, there should be language that includes that in addition to fines, habitual offenders keep windows and doors closed (except as necessary to provide for entry and exit to and from the establishment) between certain times for a predetermined period of time (e.g. 90 days).
    • For all habitual offenders, language should be included that give power to the authorized authority to seize noise producing property in order to summarily abate the noise.
    • (a) 2. Written complaints, without any measured documentation of violation of the ordinance, should have no weight whatsoever.  To give weight to unsubstantiated complaints is arbitrary and potentially capricious.

Sec. 66-211. Fines and penalties for an offense; appeals; alternative means of enforcement

  • (f) States “…..any person and/or any duly organized neighborhood or preservation organization may institute proceedings to revoke or suspend a business’s tax receipts and/or occupational license and/or special permits…..regardless of whether an offender has been notified or cited by an authorized administrator of a specific violation, and regardless of the existence or outcome of any other proceedings against the offender”.  This language has the potential to allow neighborhood associations to decide who does and who does not have the right to operate a business.
  • This section makes several references to revocation, suspension and/or restrictions imposed on licensees without any parameters for how long or under what circumstances.

Other:

  • It should be a violation to place or cause to be placed speakers or amplified music or sound on or near the exterior of a building or property; any other location (patio, courtyard, balcony, etc) should not exceed the limits set forth in Table 1.
  • Interior speakers or amplifying devices should be forbidden within X feet of an open door, doorway or window.
  • There should not be any limit to sound levels within a business or property that does not affect adjoining property owners or the public beyond the limits set forth.
  • Any ordinance, whether it is current or rewritten, needs a commitment from an enforcement authority that the ordinance will be enforced and that consequences will be meted out.
  • The FQBA strongly urges that further work groups or task forces related to the Noise Ordinance include representatives from the FQBA and other French Quarter business interests.
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