It seems that Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere’s veto of a controversial lakefront ordinance will go unchallenged.
Facing likely defeat, City Councilman Rick Danielson said he does not plan to try to override the mayor’s veto at the council’s first meeting in September, meaning the veto will stand.
Danielson’s decision likely averts another round of heated debate about the ordinance.
Danielson’s ordinance would have limited special events on Mandeville’s lakefront to certain areas. He said it was important to help manage the public space and to make sure it stays available for future generations.
Critics — including organizers of the Mandeville Family Reunion, whose event would have had to move if the ordinance took effect — said the measure violated the wishes of Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, who founded the city and decreed the lakefront to be a public space.
Debate over the proposal was fierce. It passed 3-1, with one member absent. A couple of days later, though, Villere uncapped his veto pen for the first time in his tenure, which began in 2011.
Danielson said he still believes the measure was right but that he wouldn’t push for it now.
“I am willing to take a step back and develop it a little more slowly,” he said.
He likely would have faced an uphill climb anyway. To get an override, he would have had to get four council members to support it. That would have meant convincing either David Ellis, who voted against the ordinance, or Carla Buchholz, who was absent the night the ordinance was voted on but who made her antipathy toward it clear.
Danielson said that instead he will revisit recommendations from the city’s Parks and Parkways and Special Events committees.
“At this time, I think the best way to go for all involved is to address those recommendations,” he said. “That’s what we are going to work on first.”
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