The Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates (VCPORA) and French Quarter Citizens Inc. announced their endorsement of the Landrieu Administration's NOLA Patrol/French Quarter Improvement Fund proposal, which will be considered by the City Council today.
If approved the Council, NOLA Patrol will be a new enforcement team in the National Historic Landmark neighborhood, assisting residents and business owners in enforcing traffic, sanitation, vagrancy, zoning and public safety violations which are related to the area's quality of life.
The 50 NOLA Patrol officers will work under the 8th District of the New Orleans Police Department, manning shifts for 24-hour, 7-day coverage. Funding for the initiative comes from a hotel self-assessment coordinated by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and approved last year by the State Legislature. While the majority of funds from the special assessment will be dedicated to the patrols, some funds will be utilized to fix broken street lights and make emergency sidewalk repairs, among other minor infrastructure improvements.
The VCPORA and FQC Inc. Boards applaud the Mayor for this commitment to the Quarter and its residents.
A factsheet about the program, provided by the Mayor's Office are available at this link: http://www.kreweoftruth.com/web/data/documents/nolapatrols.pdf