‘Jazzland’ name up for grabs

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A measure that would allow a person or business to revive the name Jazzland easily cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday.

The measure moved out of the House Committee on Commerce without objection.

House Bill 400, sponsored by state Rep. Austin Badon Jr, D-New Orleans, would strip the Jazzland trademark and any associated logos from the now-defunct Jazzland Inc.

The company previously operated a theme park in eastern New Orleans before Six Flags took over its operations in the early 2000s.

The site has been closed since 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina.

“The city now controls the site. They use it for movies,” Badon said. “But the term ‘Jazzland’ has been held in limbo.”

Badon’s bill would allow either anyone with plans to purchase and develop the site, or an entrepreneur looking to start another venture, an opportunity to use the name.

“Anybody who’d like to use the term Jazzland, it’ll be first come, first served,” Badon said.

HB400 now goes to the full House for consideration.