Landrieu Drops Bourbon St. Door Closing Idea

As the Landrieu administration moves to introduce new security measures on Bourbon Street, the Mayor has shelved an idea that drew opposition from bar owners.

Mitch Landrieu has scrapped a proposal to require bars that remain open all night to close their front doors at 3 a.m. each morning as they continued to serve customers inside their establishments.

"We believe it definitely would send the wrong message to the rest of the world that maybe we aren't open for business like we have been in the past," French Quarter Business League President Alex Fein told FOX 8.

Business owners balked at the mayor's claim that closing exterior doors at 3 a.m. would lead to safer streets. 

"He had a group discussion with a bunch of hospitality and other leaders...where he kind of laid out their vision, and we were still against it and voiced our opposition," Fein said. 

Other steps already have been taken to enhance security on the street including the installation of LED bulbs in street lights and surveillance cameras that are monitored by the NOPD.

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