Mid-City Bonfire Battle

Mid City Bonfire

Yesterday, life in the ‘Little Difficult’ began with an email circulating the news that the Nagin administration has decided that it will suddenly enforce the bonfire ban this year, a passive/aggressive threat to the Annual Mid City New Year’s Eve Bonfire on Orleans Ave.

MCNO has been informed that the City of New Orleans is taking steps to
prevent the New Year’s Eve Bonfire (typically in the 4200 Block of
Orleans Avenue), due to the risk to public safety and violation of a
number of City codes. An informational session will be jointly hosted
by NOPD, NOFD, and Parks & Parkways on Monday December 22, 2008 at
6:30pm, at Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal Street. The purpose of
the session is to proactively inform residents and business owners
about the City’s enforcement plans for the night of the event.

Today, it sounds like Mid-City is ready-to-rumble over the survival of this 70-year long tradition. The official flyer from the City and news can be found at the Mid City Neighborhood Blog.

This is Councilwoman Midura’s District, I sent her an email this morning and got this quick reply:

It’s illegal and extremely dangerous. I am 100% supportive of the Fire Department’s effort to protect the neighborhood from a terrible tragedy. It’s against the law. Come to the meeting next week and raise your idea with the Fire Dept. They will be able to tell you whether or not it’s permissible under the law. I cannot support anything that is against the law. It would be contrary to my duties as an elected official sworn to uphold the law.

I replied that I believe some safe compromise could be reached since no such tragedy has ever materialized.

Give her a ringy-dingy; Phone: (504) 658-1010.
Email: smidura@cityofno.com

The Times- Picayune picked this up today.

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