A member of the French Quarter Business League says he's elated State Police are extending their stay in New Orleans by two months, until November 1.
An extra contingent of troopers was deployed beginning in July following a mass shooting on Bourbon Street. The LSP had initially committed to remain in the city through Labor Day.
Earl Bernhardt, owner of the Tropical Isle on Bourbon Street, says the extended stay takes the pressure off of having to immediately implement their own security plan.
"We had a plan in effect that when they leave, we were gonna try to either hire off-duty policemen or retired policemen to fill in the gaps. So we put that on hold for right now," Bernhardt said.
"The state troopers have been very beneficial here in the Quarter in aiding the local police who, as we all know, are understaffed, and it's really been a big boost to safety here in the Quarter," Bernhardt said.