Ordinance to amend the City Code to prohibit the mooring or abandoning of boats along Bayou St. John for longer than 24 hours, and establishing impounding and disposal provisions, procedures, and relative fees.
Article below by Charlie London
Today the City Council took the opportunity to make Bayou St. John a better place for the citizens of New Orleans to play. Since “the storm”, use of Bayou St. John has grown exponentially. That’s a good thing.
However, as with any good thing, there are those who believe it is their appointed duty to take every advantage for themselves. Folks love seeing the bayou being enjoyed by all. Folks love seeing boats out on the bayou.
What folks don’t love are those same boats stored on the bayou month after month, year after year. It’s no different than if folks began storing their cars in City Park. You can bet those cars would get removed.
The City Council accepted the opportunity today to level the playing field that is Bayou St. John.
The ordinance passed today asks folks to enjoy the bayou but take all their toys home with them when they leave.
Today, the City Council voted FOR Bayou St. John.
This ordinance is the result of years of research, investigation and hard work by Councilmember Susan Guidry and her staff.
Thank you for helping to move New Orleans forward.
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Summary below courtesy the New Orleans City Council website.
Prohibited Long-Term Boat Mooring Along Bayou St. John
The Council adopted Ordinance Calendar No. 30,288, authored by Councilmember Guidry, to amend the City Code relative to the mooring and abandonment of boats along Bayou St. John and the bridges that cross it.
Abandoned vessels pose public health and safety risks and can act as breeding grounds for mosquitoes after prolonged rainfall. Boats may also harbor snakes and vermin, and can become dangerous projectiles during severe weather.
The Ordinance suggests amendments to the City Code to: