New Orleans City Council nixes new sound ordinance
The New Orleans City Council failed to pass a new French Quarter sound ordinance Friday after a 3-3 vote.
LaToya Cantrell, Jackie Clarkson and Cynthia Hedge-Morrell voted against the ordinance. Kristin Palmer, Susan Guidry and James Gray voted in favor of it.
City Council President Stacy Head missed the meeting and did not place a vote.
The ordinance had been narrowed down mostly to Bourbon Street, but the proposed legislation still caused controversy in a process that has been years in the making.
The proposed ordinance would have set lower limits for decibel levels outside bars and clubs on Bourbon Street and neighboring blocks; decriminalize noise violations by only imposing fines; turn enforcement over to the city's Health Department; and remove time restrictions for street performers citywide.
One late proposal would have barred people from using sound emanating devices between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. the public right of way.