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City Council passes ordinance to lessen noise in French Quarter

Published: Apr. 5, 2012 at 9:52 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2012 at 5:52 PM CDT
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New Orleans, La. -- City Council members passed an ordinance Thursday to curb some of the noise in the French Quarter.

Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer spearheaded the so-called "loud speaker" ordinance.

The ordinance requires bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to keep loudspeakers at least 10 feet away from doors and windows.  Non-alcohol serving establishments must keep speakers at least 20 feet back.

Councilwoman Palmer said the council added an amendment in response to concerns brought forth by businesses.  The amendment agrees to defer the ordinance for at least 90 days, to explore whether loudspeakers should be allowed in exterior spaces, such as courtyards.

Councilwoman Palmer said she appreciates the concern, and does not want the new ordinance to have any unintended consequences on the business community.  She called the loudspeaker ordinance a good first step in curtailing excessive noise in the French Quarter.