New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has decided not to go forward with his previous suggestion to close the doors of all bars in the Crescent City at 3 a.m. in an effort to increase safety. French Quarter Business League President Alex Fein says they’ve been against the idea from the get go and are glad that proposition has been taken off the table.
“We just felt like it sent the wrong message to the country and to the world that New Orleans isn’t open 24 hours a day. So, we’re very happy that they’ve changed their mind.”
Fein says especially on Bourbon Street, a lot of bars are open past 3 a.m. and there was a concern it could negatively affect businesses. But he says their biggest problem with the proposed change was they didn’t want the world seeing the city in a different light.
“People like to come here because they can stay up until 5 in the morning drinking at a bar and any changes, however minor they may be, could be perceived that we’re changing.”
Landrieu still plans on using 40 million dollars to tighten security in the city. Fein says they are encouraged by other recommendations the mayor has to make New Orleans a safer place.
“I think the French Quarter is trending in the right direction from a safety perspective. They’re starting to put more police on the street, they’re getting more security cameras up. So, we’re definitely trying to have a safer place for people to come visit.”