Styles moved down to NOLA in 2010 from the punch line state of New Jersey. Never have even been a visitor a friend told him…
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I can see both sides of this issue. Considering the "legal" rentals were pulling $500 per night, 3 night minimum during the Super Bowl, we know it's a money issue, not a real concern over safety. Offer a limited use license to those who may want to rent out over the peak tourist weekends. If I owned property, I would feel "It's my property, my insurance, my right"
Bloomberg must have some vested interest in this. It's yet one more totally irrational decision by him. Years ago I drove charter busses in NYC and actually worked transporting some of the thousands of runners to the starting point. Even under the best of conditions, operating roads, hundreds of police, open hotels with electricity it was a logistical production of a massive scale. I don't know about this year, but the year I worked it the marathon route ran through the mid town tunnel. You know the one that is currently flooded up to the ceiling. I can not fathom any city official even in their wildest dreams imagining that it could successfully take place. The mayor is a maniacal madman who feels the need to tell residents what size soft drink they can purchase and now for what ever personal reason insists that a traumatized and devastated city must continue on with a scheduled sporting event. What happened Bloomberg? Did you already spend all of the kick back money from the hotels and unions?
A heavier Police presence in the Quarter has done little to stop the shootings. The NOPD can only "React" following violence. I live a block from Bourbon and I see nightly teens as young as 14 roaming the streets well past midnight. Now the cops are put in a position of asking for I.D., if none is presented then the juvenile must be taken into custody, parents contacted etc. What if the parents or guardians are not available to come pick the child up? The teen must be held in detention, fed until daybreak. Logistically this could become very expensive and cumbersome. However it does seem to be the most proactive action that the city can take.
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