Spanish Town residents want to remind protesters to not park in neighborhood
POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 5:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 5:34am
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — Thousands of visitors are expected to gather at the State Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday to comment on education legislation. The Spanish Town neighborhood is adjacent to the Capitol and reminds visitors that non-resident parking is illegal from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on all Spanish Town streets.
“We support citizens who want to be heard on these controversial bills,” said Spanish Town’s Chairman, Jeff Duhe. “But we are overrun every session with thousands of cars on our narrow, 200-year old streets. If they park in Spanish Town tomorrow, they will be doing so illegally.”
The neighborhood association employs off-duty Baton Rouge police officers to routinely patrol for security. Duhe says the officers will be out in force, writing tickets and bringing in tow trucks if driveways and fire hydrants are blocked.
Parking for visitors to the Capitol is permitted on the river side of the state Capitol, to the north in the Claiborne building garage, and to the south in the Galvez building and Welcome Center garages.
Duhe suggests, instead of inconveniencing Spanish Town residents, “they could park on that big triangle in front of the Governor’s mansion – instead of on our lawns.”