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Happening Today: French Quarter businesses look to tackle rising crime

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Some French Quarter business owners say they're fed up with crime on Bourbon Street. They also say there aren't enough cops to patrol the busy tourist attraction.

Security on Bourbon Street will be the number one issue discussed at today's French Quarter Management District meeting while leaders brainstorm ways to get more boots on the ground here.

The biggest problems we've heard are overly aggressive panhandlers who are harassing people. Some business owners say there just aren't enough police officers or Louisiana State troopers to put a stop to the bad behavior.

Right now 30 troopers assist the NOPD in patrolling the quarter. They're paid with money generated from the recently passed quarter cent sales tax increase.

But last summer, when the state paid for them, 60 troopers worked these streets. We know that management district leaders have spoken to both Col. Michael Edmonson with state police and the NOPD about their concerns.

They've been told the police department is working to get more officers on Bourbon Street.

They're hoping that happens soon as cooler weather will bring more tourists to the city.

Today's meeting is scheduled for later this afternoon.

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