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Jazz Fest-goers strongly urged to use public transportation

As music and food lovers count down the days to Jazz Fest, people are preparing for a parking problem around the Fair Grounds.

The city warns drivers who intend to park in the mostly residential area that space is limited and parking enforcement workers will be writing tickets and writing tickets all weekend long for those who don't follow the rules.

Tow trucks are also ready to haul away any cars that block driveways or fire hydrants.

Many businesses, churches and schools open their lots for festival parking, but the city requires a permit for it. The cost is $265.25 for commercial properties and $30 for non-profits.

The two weekends of the fest are big money-makers for places like Cabrini High School. Keith Cavanagh, president of the Cabrini Dads Club, said people have been reserving spaces since January.

"This is something that we've been doing for 25 years, and we have developed a relationship with a lot of our guests who come back every year," he said. "And they enjoy parking with us because of the safe, secure parking area, as well as they enjoy the fellowship of all the guys who are supporting the parking."

City officials encourage people to use public transportation if they can. Shuttle service will run from three locations. You can catch the Jazz Fest Express at the Sheraton, the Steamboat Natchez dock next to Jax Brewery and at City Park.


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