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Bourbon Security Revamp Under Review

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 in Local Issues

In light of recent spates of violence in the French quarter, city officials are reviewing measures to vamp up security on Bourbon and the Vieux Carre. Mayor Mitch Landrieu is working with council members to flesh out a proposal that includes closing portions of Bourbon Street to vehicles during most hours, installing new lighting, and constructing a new command center for a network of surveillance cameras. The proposed $30 million deal would serve to curb ongoing waves of violence that have threatened the city’s tourism sector, in addition to preventing a potential terrorist attack. Don’t expect taxpayers to foot the entire bill, though. Business owners in the French Quarter will likely be expected to supplement public funds allocated for providing revelers solace in a safer New Orleans.  Exact details of the plan have yet to be released as tourism leaders, hoteliers, and city officials hash out a final draft that satisfies all parties involved. The measure that has received almost universal support is closing off Bourbon Street to thru-traffic from Iberville Street to St. Ann Street. This is widely seen as a counteractive response to a possible vehicular terrorist attack like the ones seen in France and Germany last year. Some law enforcement will be equipped with tactical style riot gear and State police intend on doubling the amount of troopers in the French Quarter. The addition of 25 to 30 light towers, law enforcement sky towers, and K-9 units will aim to deter terrorists and criminals from targeting swelling crowds during events like Mardi Gras and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  City officials hope to release the plan before the upcoming February festivities.

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