City council committee tables proposal allowing duck tours except in Council Districts "A" and "C"
The New Orleans City Council's Transportation Committee is not yet ready to make a recommendation on a proposal to allow tours by amphibious duck vehicles in the city, except in Council Districts "A" and "C".
The committee Tuesday decided to table the proposal for further discussion and research.
Committee Chairwoman Kristin Palmer said she does like some parts of Gray Line Tours' proposal to bring Duck Tours to the area.
"The great thing about your proposal here is that it goes into Jefferson Parish, is that it goes to the lake, it goes to a different part of the city where tourists don't go, and we have an opportunity here to really kind of bring tourism in different areas of the city," Palmer said.
But Palmer said she cannot support bringing duck tours to the city at this time.
"And this is not on you or your company, but I cannot support this unless we have a serious transportation plan that addresses the immense amount of pressure in the French Quarter," Palmer said.
The pressure Palmer is referring to is the amount of traffic in the French Quarter. Concerns were raised at the meeting about the duck tours' impact on traffic, in particular on Decatur Street.