The Bucket Brigade's experience appears to be the city's first attempt to impose a new "fair-market value" system of fees for use of the bayou and, possibly, other public spaces.
If applied across all city parks, (LA Bucket Brigade director Anne) Rolfes said, such prices would devastate nonprofits like Bucket Brigade that rely on the use of public spaces for fundraisers.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office declined to make any officials available for an interview regarding its fees for the bayou or other parks.
"At this time, we have not established a fee structure," Tyler Gamble, a Landrieu spokesman, said in an email.
Rolfes provided NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune with a copy of the fee schedule given to her by the city. It shows a graduated schedule of prices, based on the number of attendees at the event. Events with 5,000 attendees or more would be charged $7,500 per day.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The rent (for the public parkways) is also too damn high
"We have not established a fee schedule" but here is the fee schedule.