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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Boat launch improvements coming to Lafourche

Boat launch improvements coming to Lafourche

Lafourche Parish is set to spend some $400,000 to improve several of the boat launches in the area.

According to Reggie Bagala, who serves as Community Services Director for the parish, approximately $150,000 will be spent to upgrade the Theriot Boat Launch.

“At the Theriot launch, a slip will be added as well as covering the wooden surface of the launch with concrete,” Bagala said.

In addition, limestone will be placed in the parking areas and work will also be done to repair damaged bulkheads.

In Kraemer, the Larousse Boat Launch is also set to receive some $100,000 in improvements with a new slip being built as well as portions of the parking lot will be covered with concrete. This will help to make the ramp more accessible in inclement weather.

Some $50,000 is also expected to be spent at the boat launch in Golden Meadow by adding two piers for boats to tie up to once they have launched.

“Now there is lots of congestion after boats launch as others want to launch immediately after. Hopefully, the installation of two piers for boats to tie up while the owners park their vehicles will remedy this problem,” Bagala said.

He also noted that the Golden Meadow launch work is expected to be done with in house parish employees rather than being contracted out.

The parish has also set aside funding and is considering a purchase of a tract of land near the Taylor Boat Launch in Chackbay for further parking and expansion there, however Bagala said that that would be a future consideration.

These projects are expected to receive Council approval in February with bids for the work going out soon after.
The boat launches are free to use for the public.