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.
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