Strict New Rules for Fremont Street Performers

fremont streetLas Vegas’ leaders have finally managed to paint Fremont Street Experience’s famed buskers into a circle. Starting Nov. 1, street performers plying their trade along the five-block pedestrian mall will have to confine themselves to one of roughly three dozen 6-foot circles painted on the pavement.

City Council members on Wednesday unanimously approved the new rule, but only after a monthslong gestation period that featured three separate public meetings, hours of public comment and several legal and logistical tweaks that helped align some buskers, casino operators and the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada behind the effort.

The ordinance those parties eventually agreed on requires performers to register with the city and keep a 40-foot buffer between other buskers. It also forces them to maintain a 100-foot separation from concerts sponsored by Fremont’s owners. Officials have said they don’t plan to run background checks on performers and will not charge them to register. City Attorney Brad Jerbic said they won’t even ask for the performer’s name.

All buskers — from the nearly naked nuns to the codpiece-clad cowboys — will be randomly assigned performance spots via a daily lottery system administered by the city. They will have to change spots every two hours. The zones will be patrolled by Fremont Street Experience LLC, the privately held company that maintains the city-owned mall.

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