Judge rules French Quarter bar Not Guilty of noise violation
POSTED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 3:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 3:04pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — A Municipal Court Judge ruled that a Bourbon Street bar is not guilty of violating a noise ordinance.
New Orleans police officer Travis Luken cited the Bourbon Live bar in December, saying the bar violated the noise ordinance.
Luken said he couldn’t hear his police radio over the bar’s noise.
French Quarter residents said the noise level has been a growing problem and they want it to be enforced more frequently.
Some residents and city officials say the noise problem has been made worse by increased use of bigger and louder speakers, which some clubs aim or place outdoors to blast music in hopes of attracting crowds.
City Council member Kristin Gisleson Palmer hopes to address the noise problems as she works on proposed amendments to the city's noise ordinance.
A law governing the placement of speakers, making sure they are away from open doors, is a relatively simple way of addressing the issue, she said, noting that it would simplify enforcement by negating the need for police officers to try to measure sound levels.
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