Opponents of proposed New Orleans noise ordinance fighting back

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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:18 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 11:21 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- Next week the New Orleans City Council could look at a proposed noise ordinance.

The controversial legislation was introduced before the holidays to the dismay of many concerned citizens, musicians and business owners.

Now opponents are banding together to try and stop the reforms from being passed.

"If this isn't a war on music in New Orleans, then I don't know what one is," said Sue Mobley with the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MACCNO).

Those fighting words were heard by dozens of people packed inside Cafe Istanbul in the Marigny on Friday afternoon.

The group representing concerned citizens is upset by a noise ordinance being considered by the City Council.

"That's what attracted me to the city, the freedom to play music," said musician Mario Abney, who showed up to the informational meeting organized by MACCNO.

"It's going to hurt the businesses. It's going to hurt travel and tourism. This is a city that's for tourism. People come here looking for music," said Abney.

Just before Christmas on Dec. 19, a noise ordinance was introduced tackling issues like decibel level limits, better enforcement of noise violations and adopting steeper fines.

Many attending Friday's MACCNO meeting maintain such restrictions will hurt their bottom line.

"These kind of restrictive regulations are really problematic not only because it effects our identity but it effects our jobs in multiple ways," said Thomas Adams with MACCNO.

As the City Council gears up to review the controversial noise ordinance -- those behind the music hope their concerns are factored into any new laws that are passed.

"People come here for a release. Its a festive place when you cut those things out. You're cutting humanity in a way," said Adams.

MACCNO is planning musical demonstrations in the French Quarter on January 8 and 15. The City Council could vote on the noise ordinance as early as next Thursday.

 

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