NEW ORLEANS, LA— With the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival set to open at the Fair Grounds Race Course on Friday, April 25, the City issued a reminder today regarding the procedures and requirements for permitting for public parking in the festival’s vicinity as well as businesses selling goods. This year’s Festival dates are Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27 and Thursday, May 1 to Sunday, May 4.
“Our goal is to make commercial business owners and non-profit managers aware of the rules and regulations, and to eliminate confusion in advance,” said Deputy Mayor and CAO Andy Kopplin. “As in previous years, City enforcement officials will be on site to ensure that local businesses are in compliance with City ordinances.”
City code requires that commercial businesses get the appropriate permits if they wish to operate commercial parking on their commercially zoned property during the festival. In the event that a non-profit organization plans to manage a parking service on commercial property, they must also apply for a permit. Fees associated with permits for parking operations are $265.25 for a business and $30 for a non-profit organization.
In addition, existing businesses will be allowed to sell their products on their property, both inside and outside of their business contingent upon not blocking public right of way. However, the City will aggressively enforce the rules against transient vendors (carts, trucks, etc.) from improperly selling their products within the festival’s “Clean Zone.”
The “Clean Zone” is a temporary designation that seeks to protect the quality of life for residents and assists businesses in thriving during the 2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival. Simultaneously, the designation will facilitate a tremendous positive economic impact on the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana through the regulation and control of certain areas in order to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of thousands of residents, visitors, dignitaries, and media personnel who will attend events related to the 2014 Jazz and Heritage Festival.
The Clean Zone is in effect beginning at 6:00 A.M. on Friday, April 25, 2014, and ending at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, April 27, 2013. The Clean Zone will go into effect again at 6:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 1, 2014, and ending at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 4, 2013.
The City of New Orleans’ One Stop Shop for permits and licenses is open during regular business hours for City Hall, Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00a.m. to 3:30p.m. Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit www.nola.gov/onestop or call (504) 658 -7100 for more information.
PARKING ENFORCEMENT REMINDERS
The Fair Grounds Race Course is located in a residential part of the city offering restricted parking in surrounding neighborhoods. Festival-goers that are driving to the Fair Grounds are encouraged to park in downtown long term lots and use the shuttle system festival organizers have arranged or to take public transportation. Gray Line Tours will operate continuous round-trip transportation – the Jazz Fest Express – from the Sheraton Hotel, the Gray Line Lighthouse at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (Toulouse St. at the River – next to Jax Brewery), and City Park (next to Marconi Meadows) daily from 10:30 a.m. until all patrons have been transported from the Fair Grounds.
A special entrance will be used only by Jazz Fest Express vehicles to avoid traffic and bring festival-goers inside the gates of the festival.
For more information, call 504-569-1401 or 1-800-535-7786 or visit http://www.graylineneworleans.com/jazzfest.html.
Taxi cab stands are located at the Stallings Playground at the corner of Gentilly Boulevard and Lapeyrouse Street and Fortier Park at the corner of Esplanade Avenue and Mystery Street.
A pedicab stand is located at Esplanade Avenue and Mystery Street, across from the taxi cab stand.
Parking enforcement personnel will be monitoring for illegal parking, including blocking hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or stop signs. Motorists are also reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheel to the curb on two-way streets.
For more information on parking enforcement, citizens may call:
Department of Public Works (Parking enforcement and information), (504) 658-8100 (answered 24 hours)
Information related to Residential Parking Permits, (504) 658-8200
Pay and release of boot, (504) 658-8083 or 1-877-314-3767
Information on Ticket/Tow Appeals Hearings: (504) 658-8250
In addition, RTA services, including bus and streetcar service, may be interrupted during this event. Details on any route changes are available at www.norta.com.