French Quarter Management District seeks new board members

(Photo: The corner of St. Ann and Chartres streets | Chris Waits | CC)
The French Quarter Management District, headquartered at 100 Conti St., is seeking to recruit new board members.

In order to be considered for the job, applicants must either live, work full-time or own a business in the district, which extends from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue and from North Rampart Street, including Armstrong Park, to the Mississippi River.

Preferred qualifications include having to work with a diverse set of stakeholders in a political environment, the ability to focus on equity and inclusion, a demonstrated track record of synthesizing a large amount of information and forging compromise among competing viewpoints, among others.

Responsibilities include attending monthly board meetings, which are currently held online; attending month subcommittee meetings; and responding to communications from the district board chair or executive director in a timely fashion.

Serving as a board member is not a paid position.

Visit the city’s website for more information.

Anyone interested in applying and who meets the qualifications is asked to email resumes to andrew.sullivan@nola.gov.

The FQMD was created following the passage of state legislation in 2007 to revitalize French Quarter tourism and address post-Katrina systemic issues impacting the neighborhood.

Fill out this survey to let New Orleans city officials know your ideas on French Quarter pedestrianization

(Photo: Bourbon Street in 2010. | InSapphoWeTrust/CC Flickr)
New Orleans city officials have issued an online survey seeking the public’s input for ideas on how to turn the entire French Quarter into a pedestrian mall.

In May, Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the city formed a task force to explore the idea of eliminating automobile traffic in the French Quarter.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to explore creative, pedestrian-centric approaches that have the potential to draw both locals and tourists to the French Quarter,” according to New Orleans officials.

The survey asks 11 questions that seek answers on how planners can improve quality of life with sustainable pedestrian-only models and offer a safe and comfortable access for all residents, among other things.

The answers are anonymous, but will ultimately help planners develop their final designs.

Visit here to fill out the survey.

“No cars in the Quarter”: Mayor Cantrell sends team to research turning French Quarter into pedestrian mall

Street closures, traffic controls scheduled for Jan. 22 filming in the French Quarter

Film crew at the Andrew Jackson Hotel in 2016. | Andrew Jackson Hotel Via Facebook

Street closures, traffic controls and parking restrictions are scheduled throughout the French Quarter on Wednesday to accommodate film production.

Danni Productions LLC will be conducting a Jan. 22 film shoot for a television series titled Your Honor, according to notices posted by the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.

Your Honor is an upcoming Showtime series starring Byran Cranston.

Street closures include:

  • 800 block of St. Peters Street from 6 to 10 a.m.
  • 700 block of Orleans Street from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Streets with intermittent (three to five minutes) traffic control from 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. include:

  • 700 block of St. Peters Street
  • 600 block of Bourbon Street

Streets with no parking from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 include:

  • 700 block of Bourbon Street
  • 800 block of St. Peters Street
  • 800 block of Orleans Street
  • Portion of the 700 block of St. Peters Street
  • Portion of the 600 block of Bourbon Street


City to French Quarter residents: give us your recycled Christmas trees on Jan. 8 to help restore Louisiana’s coastline

skooksie via Flickr | CC

French Quarter residents on Wednesday are encouraged by city officials to recycle their Christmas trees in an effort to help restore Louisiana’s coastline.

Residents in the French Quarter, who are serviced by Empire Services, must place their trees at the location of their regular garbage collection before 4 a.m. on Jan. 8, said city spokeswoman LaTonya Norton.

Coastal restoration — producing barrier islands, marshes and swamps along the coast — is crucial to reducing incoming storm surge and flooding, according to the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA).

The CPRA estimates that, without mitigating action, the Louisiana coastline could use up to 4,120 square miles in the next 50 years.

The trees help slow erosion, trap sediment and provide a buffer to slow down waves while keeping them out of landfills, according to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.

Only natural, unflocked trees that are free of all strands and trimming — including ornaments, tinsel, lights, tree stands, etc. — can be recycled, Norton added. Unflocked trees are those without artificial frosting.

Flocked and artificial trees and trees in bags, or trees with trimming that has not been removed, will be collected with garbage and transported to the landfill, Norton said, adding that trees should not be placed on the neutral grounds because it delays the collection process.

Many New Orleans residents are now in the process of disposing their trees following Twelfth Night, which signifies the end of the Christmas holiday and marking the beginning of the Mardi Gras season.

The effort to restore the coastline with recycled Christmas trees is a collaboration between the city’s Department of Sanitation and its solid waste contractors, the Louisiana National Guard and the city’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability, which funds the project, Norton said.

The agencies will work together to collect, sort and bundle trees, which will be placed in selected coastal zones, Norton said.

In 2019, more than 6,000 Christmas trees were collected in Orleans Parish after the holidays. They were airlifted by the Louisiana National Guard into Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of a program to create new marsh habitat.

Jeff Goldblum was the grand marshal of Southern Decadence 2019

Actor Jeff Goldblum. Picture by Bryan Crawley via Facebook.

Southern Decadence—New Orleans’s original end of summer Pride celebration occurring on Labor Day this year—was led by none other than actor Jeff Goldblum as the event’s grand marshal on September 1.

Donning a leopard-skinned shirt and zebra pants, Goldblum strolled through the French Quarter greeting fans, along with co-grand marshal, Countess C. Alice (Daryl Dunaway Jr.).

Goldblum is known for his roles in movies such as “Jurassic Park,” “Independence Day,” and “The Fly.” He got his start in 1974 alongside Charles Bronson in the movie “Death Wish.”

New Orleans already has a Pride event that’s celebrated in June of each yea and coincides with similar celebrations across the United States. But Southern Decadence is considered the Big Easy’s largest LGBTQ event. Inspired in part by Tennessee Williams, the jubilee started in 1972 between a group of friends living in Treme who encouraged participants to come dressed as their favorite “Southern decadent.”

Southern Decadence thus became an annual event that attracts tens of thousands of revelers (gay and straight) to the heart of the French Quarter who dress in lavish costumes. The event is often considered the midsummer Mardi Gras and compliments the general drunken tomfoolery that occurs in the Vieux Carré on a daily basis.