February 18, 2011
The City of Kenner is now updating their ordinances to include film permits after problems arose with the filming of a reality show. They say they've never dealt with a large scale production like what's happening at the Chateau Estates. WGNO News Reporter Vanessa Bolano has the update.
The "Bad Girls" logo is up, and so are red lights and fuchsia curtains. By the looks of it, there's no stopping Oxygen from moving forward with the reality show "Bad Girls Boot Camp."
Joe Ory says "Realtors in general support private property rights, the right for you to do with your property as you want."
Real Estate Broker Joe Ory was surprised when he heard the show may be in limbo because a Kenner ordinance prohibited more than unrelated people from living under one roof.
"If two unwed couples couples decided to share the rent that's four people who are unrelated. I'm just not sure that I've seen anything specifically that prohibits it."
But the City Attorney's office says it is true, yet the show has not been cited for that violation because they say they have not witnessed anyone living in the house. City officials have however cited the group for an unauthorized tent.
According to a press release Oxygen is leaving the matters up to attorneys, and by the looks of it, moving forward with the show.
As of early this afternoon the women had not yet arrived in Kenner, but they are on their way. Details are so tight lipped around the house, not even the limo driver who is going to pick them up from the airport knows when she's going to leave.
The idea of seven troubled women living in this posh neighborhood has ruffled feathers with residents worried about the drama the show is based on.
Leonard Bossier says, "I think they should have picked some other place other than a residential neighborhood."
Antoinette Bossier says, "This shouldn't of even gotten this far in this neighborhood."
Police Chief Steve Caraway promises to keep everyone safe saying, "We're not going to have people taking over this neighborhood i can assure you."
The City of Kenner says they are working to draft an ordinance to include film permits. They say Oxygen did pull permits to modify the house, but not for filming because film permits in Kenner are not available.
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