Zoning Board Takes Up French Quarter Novelty Shops

Apr 14, 2014

The future of 13 French Quarter souvenir shops is being decided Tuesday at the Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Seventeen shops in all were cited for violations last year as part of the city's crackdown on novelty stores, The Advocate reported.

The stores were said to be in violation of a 2011 city ordinance banning new tee-shirt shops in the French Quarter, and an older law that prohibits novelty shops from opening within 600 feet of another shop.

Other stores were cited for illegally displaying products on the exterior of the building and for having tee-shirts or souvenirs take up more than 35 percent of their display area.