The city’s attempt to shut down a dozen French Quarter T-shirt shops that it said were operating illegally ended in victory for most of the business owners Monday. The Board of Zoning Adjustments overturned the citations issued to seven of the shops, finding that the city had issued them in error.
They were among 13 Bourbon, Decatur and Royal street businesses cited in September by the Department of Safety and Permits for violating a 2010 city ordinance prohibiting new T-shirt, novelty and souvenir shops in the French Quarter and establishing stricter operating rules for those already in existence.
The BZA upheld the citations issued to three of the businesses and deferred consideration of two other cases for a month. The 13th shop was cleared of wrongdoing in June.
A T-shirt shop, according to the city’s zoning ordinance, is a retail operation whose primary business activity is the sale of T-shirts or souvenirs.