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NEW ORLEANS - Illegal vendors in the area near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during Saints home games will no longer be able to operate, according to New Orleans officials.

Starting Sunday, the Department of Finance will join forces with the New Orleans Police Department to patrol vendors.

Those found in violation will be issued a summons and will have to appear in court, officials said.

Common items being sold without city licenses include clothing, bottled water, alcoholic beverages and other merchandise, according to officials.

According to officials, prohibited activities include:

  • 'Alcohol sales are strictly prohibited on city streets or public right-of-ways before and after the game;
  • Sales not made from a fixed place of business;
  • Clothing and general merchandise sales on sidewalks or public right-of-ways.'

Sales or offer for sales without first having obtained a permit from the Department of Finance are illegal. Vendors must also pay a tentative license tax after obtaining approval of the Department of Safety and permits. Vendors must pay all sales or use tax.

The strict enforcement will remain intact throughout the entire 2012-2013 season.

For more information, contact the Bureau of Revenue at (504) 658-1600, (504)658-1666 or at .

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