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City issues parking, other reminders ahead of Jazz Fest

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FOX 8 received this news release from the Mayor's Office Wednesday:

With the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set to open at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Friday, April 26, City officials issued a reminder today regarding the procedures and requirements for permitting for public parking in the festival's vicinity as well as businesses selling goods. This year's Festival dates are April 26 – April 28 and May 2 – 6.

"Our goal is make commercial business owners and non-profit managers aware of the rules and regulations, and to eliminate confusion in advance," said Deputy Mayor and CAO Andy Kopplin. "City enforcement officials will be on site to ensure that local businesses are in compliance with City ordinances."

City code requires that commercial businesses get the appropriate permits if they wish to operate commercial parking on their commercially zoned property during the festival. In the event that a non-profit organization plans to manage a parking service on commercial property, they must also apply for a permit. Fees associated with permits for parking operations are $265.25 for a business and $30 for a non-profit organization.

PARKING ENFORCEMENT REMINDERS

The Fair Grounds Race Course is located in a residential part of the city offering restricted parking in surrounding neighborhoods. Festival-goers that are driving to the Fair Grounds are encouraged to park in downtown long term lots and use the shuttle system festival organizers have arranged or to take public transportation. Gray Line Tours will operate continuous round-trip transportation – the Jazz Fest Express – from the Sheraton Hotel, the Gray Line Lighthouse at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (Toulouse St. at the River – next to Jax Brewery), and City Park (next to Marconi Meadows) daily from 10:30 a.m. until all patrons have been transported from the Fair Grounds.

A special entrance will be used only by Jazz Fest Express vehicles to avoid traffic and bring festival-goers inside the gates of the festival.

For more information, call 504-569-1401 or 1-800-535-7786 or visit http://www.graylineneworleans.com/jazzfest.html.

Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs, in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Fairgrounds. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.

In addition, existing businesses will be allowed to sell their products on their property, both inside and outside of their business contingent upon not blocking public right of way. However, the City will aggressively enforce the rules against transient vendors (carts, trucks, etc.) from improperly selling their products within the festival's "clean zone."

The Mayor's Office also released this advisory on taxi fare regulations Thursday afternoon:

Today, the City of New Orleans Taxicab & For Hire Bureau issued reminders in advance of the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in regards to taxi fares. Taxicab rates to or from any place or point within the City of New Orleans to the Fairgrounds will be $5.00 per passenger or metered fare, whichever is greater. This rate is only authorized for trips heading to and from the Fairgrounds.

Customers are encouraged to request and maintain receipts for each trip. Automated receipts for cash and credit card transactions should be printed directly from the taximeter or the passenger information monitor (PIM) system. Essential information located on receipts will assist customers with locating and retrieving lost items in a timely fashion. In addition, receipts will assist with follow up on compliments and complaints.

It is unlawful for any driver to ask for, demand, charge, or collect any rates of fare other than as set forth in the New Orleans City Code. For compliments or complaints, customers should call 504-658-7176; or visit http://new.nola.gov/taxicab-for-hire-bureau/feedback/ .

The Taxicab and For Hire Bureau is a division of the Department of Safety and Permits and regulates the permitting and processing of all taxicabs and for hire vehicles within the city of New Orleans.

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