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Morning Call will be allowed to remain in City Park during lawsuit

The Casino Building houses Morning Call at City Park (Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-PIcayune)
The Casino Building houses Morning Call at City Park (Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-PIcayune)
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018 at 3:20 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - City Park officials say they will allow Morning Call to continue to operate in City Park during their ongoing lawsuit.

Morning Call filed a lawsuit on June 22 after losing out on a bid to keep their City Park location to Café du Monde. While Morning Call submitted the highest bid, the park disqualified their bid after Morning Call failed to show up at a mandatory bidding meeting. Café du Monde was awarded the lease with the second-highest bid.

In the lawsuit, Morning Call argues that state law calls for public property leases to be awarded solely on the basis of which qualified applicant submits the highest bid. Morning Call believes that if the park disqualified their bid because they did not attend the meeting, the park is obligated to reject all of the bids and restart the process.

The business will be allowed to remain at the City Park location while the lawsuit plays out and will continue to operate on a month-by-month basis.

Morning Call's other location, which was located across from Lakeside Mall, closed in May following a rent increase.

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