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Cantrell wants better ordinance enforcement on Uptown parade route

New Orleans, La. -

A city councilwoman is calling for police to better enforce Carnival ordinances as the parade season gets back under way.

A news statement from the office of District "B" Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell says she made a special request of NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas for increased enforcement of ordinances along the Uptown parade route.

Cantrell's statement reads, "District 'B' constituents have made their opinions heard this week about the need for increased enforcement of carnival ordinances along the Uptown parade route. To that end, I made contact with Chief Serpas and let him know of the Uptown residents concerns. The Chief was very receptive and understanding of our concerns."

In a letter to Chief Serpas, Cantrell said residents are frustrated that parade goers are allowed to fill up the neutral ground with furniture and other items that shouldn't be there.

City ordinances prohibit roping off public areas and putting ladders in intersections or too close to the curb.

A spokesman with NOPD says the department was unaware of Cantrell's request, and will make contact with her to clarify the matter.  

Cantrell's letter to the police chief was posted on the City Council's web site Wednesday.  You can read it in its entirety at this link.

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