On Wednesday, February 11th, the South Lafourche Beachfront Development District (SLBDD) finally conducted a meeting after a half-year hiatus.
In attendance were board Chairman Rickey Cheramie, and members Bob Faulk and Kirk Cheramie. Travis Cantrell and Chet Louviere were absent.
Cheramie apologized for the long postponement of convening the board which had not met since July 2014 because it has not had business to conduct.
Fourchon Beach’s closure due of the ongoing Caminada Headlands Project made board proceedings unnecessary, said Cheramie.
Phase 1 of the Caminada Project is mostly finished, with six miles of new dune and beach restoration totaling 303 acres just south of Port Fourchon.
When the final work such as the planting of dune vegetation is completed early this year, SLBDD is hopeful that the beach can be opened to the public.
In addition, Cheramie said that SLBDD was advised by parish administration to forego holding public meetings until questions about excessive fees paid to its attorney could be resolved.
“The Attorney General said that SLBDD attorney Loulan Pitre’s salary is more than what’s normally paid and asked for his qualifications. After looking at them and especially his experience with Fourchon Beach, the issue has been resolved,” he said.
In other discussion, Cheramie advised the board that the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) will host a meeting of some parish, Levee District, and Port Commission members to update the groups on coastal projects like the Caminada Project and to get input on what to do with project areas in the future.
Cheramie said he has been invited, along with Pitre and Ted Falgout, an SLBDD advisor, for their input on possibly opening Fourchon beach to public access.
That meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Feb. 19.
Lastly, Cheramie talked about SLBDD’s possibly expanded role in developing waterfront areas throughout the parish for public access, not just in parish coastal areas.
Cheramie said he has talked to Councilman Jerry Lafont about such ideas as fishing piers along old LA 1 south of Leeville and camping areas in the West Belle Pass area.
CPRA completed refurbishing the West Belle Pass coastline in 2014, reestablishing the headland by rebuilding a large portion of the beach, dune, and back barrier marsh. Approximately 9,300 feet of beach and dune could be used camping.
Posted on Fri, February 13, 2015
by Buster Avera, Contributing Writer