As the removal of Confederate monuments continues to swirl in controversy around New Orleans, getting resolutions will have to continue to wait.
The start of the monument relocation bid process — scheduled for Monday — has been cancelled, according to WWLTV, as the matter continues to be stayed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
This is the third time the deadline for contract bids have been pushed back.
The physical removal of the monuments has been made difficult after potential contractors continue to drop out, stemming from local intimidation and violent threats.
"Throughout this process, the safety of potential bidders has been paramount," said Hayne Rainey, a press secretary for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Due to the previous violence and threats during the bid process, we will wait to re-advertise the project until we feel confident a resolution in the Court is near and a contractor may be publicly procured so that monuments may be relocated without further delay."
The New Orleans city council voted to remove the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle late last year. The P.G.T. Beauregard statue near City Park, the Jefferson Davis Memorial on Jefferson Davis Parkway and the monument to the Battle of Liberty Place tucked away off of Canal Street were also voted to be removed.