Commercial and nonprofit property owners around the Fair Grounds Race Course who charge for parking for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival sponsored by Shell must have a permit issued by City Hall or face being shut down, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration announced this week. Permits can be obtained at the Public Works Department’s Parking Division on the 8th floor of the Amoco Building, 1340 Perdido St.
The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A permit for a commercial business to operate a parking lot costs $265.25, while organizations that can document their nonprofit status pay $30.
Though paid parking is not allowed on residential property, “our primary goal is (enforcement related to) the commercially zoned properties,” mayoral spokesman Ryan Berni said.
Anyone operating a parking lot without a permit will be subject to being shut down and likely issued an administrative subpoena, he said.
During Jazz Fest, parking laws also will be strictly enforced. Tickets will be issued to vehicles that block hydrants, driveways and sidewalks, or that park within 20 feet of a crosswalk, intersection or a stop sign.
Drivers are reminded to park in the direction of travel on one-way streets, and with the right wheels to the curb on two-way streets.
City officials also plan to strictly enforce laws that bar transient vendors from operating during the festival dates — Friday through Sunday, and May 3 through 6 — inside the so-called “clean zone” around the Fair Grounds. The area is bounded by Florida Avenue, North Broad and Esplanade avenues and Bayou St. John.
Businesses within the zone can sell products at their locations as long as they don’t block the sidewalk or street.
“Our goal is make commercial business owners and non-profit managers aware of the rules and regulations, and to eliminate confusion in advance,” Deputy Mayor Andy Kopplin said in a prepared statement. “City enforcement officials will be on site to ensure that local businesses are in compliance with city ordinances.”
Festival-goers are encouraged to park in downtown long-term lots and to use public transit or Gray Line Tours’ shuttle service to get to the Fair Grounds. The tour-bus operator will operate continuous round-trip rides from the Sheraton Hotel at 500 Canal St., the Steamboat Natchez Dock at Toulouse Street and the Mississippi River, and Marconi Meadow at City Park daily starting at 10:30 a.m.
Round-trip shuttle tickets from the downtown locations cost $18. Round-trip tickets from City Park cost $14. One-way tickets to leave the Fair Grounds cost $10. One-way tickets to the festival site are not available.
The Jazz Fest Neighborhood Action Telephone Line is set up each year to allow communication between residents and the Jazz Fest.The line is used to report NON EMERGENCY matters only such as blocked driveways and streets, reports of illegal vending, trash, neighborhood access issues, traffic, and taxi problems, etc. The number is 504 942 7799.
The NAT Line (Neighborhood Action Telephone Line) that is activated the day before Jazz Fest is: 942-7799. You use this number for Jazz Fest nuisance related issues. Put this # in your cell phone! You call 911 for police emergencies and crime related events. For non-emergency police events call 821-2222.
When parking around the Fair Grounds during Jazz Fest, please note that the City of New Orleans has a fleet of tow trucks in various sizes for your inconvenience should you decide to ignore basic parking rules.
The city towing hotline is (504) 658-8002.
Information below is from the CITY OF NEW ORLEANS website: http://nola.gov/
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 Fairgrounds 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. – 7:30 p.m.
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.
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, in the residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Fairgrounds. 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.
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 Department of Public Works is issuing citations for the following safety violations:
•Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant: $20
•Parking in a fire lane: $20
•Parking on the median: $75
•Parking on the sidewalk: $20
•Parking in the travel portion of the roadway: $20
•Parking within 20 feet of a crosswalk or intersection: $20
Vehicles may be towed for all of the above violations; the tow fee is $156.
Citations can be paid and vehicles retrieved at 400 N. Claiborne Ave. from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Payments can also be mailed to:
Violations Bureau | P.O. Box 52828 | New Orleans, LA | 70152
Citations can be contested by mail. Instructions are listed on the back of the ticket.
For more information, please call the Department of Public Works at (504) 658-8000. The city towing hotline is (504) 658-8002.