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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Commission seeking support for Leeville community

Commission seeking support for Leeville community



Just like the town it seeks to uphold, the Leeville Fishing Village and Cultural Preservation Commission is looking for support.

The Commission was formed out of legislation in 2013 by State Senator Norby Chabert which created it for promoting tourism and conservation efforts in Leeville.

But since that time, its immediate goals, namely holding quarterly meetings, creating a seal or “brand”, or even preparing a budget have mostly been unfulfilled.

The board’s members have struggled with how to seek money, either from public or private sources -- until its latest meeting.

On Monday, June 18, Chairman Don Griffin presented to other board members an updated draft of a proposed tourist brochure which, in addition to displaying a map of Leeville, will include a short history of Leeville, fishing tips, pictures of the public boat launch site and a list of local merchants and their locations.

The Commission hopes the brochure will create more interest in Leeville as a fishing destination.

Without a budget, the Commission will seek to use ad space on the brochure to help defray the printing cost.

“We need to get the ball rolling. We need to generate funds for this commission,” said Commissioner Kip Plaisance.

Griffin vowed to begin the process of hitting all the 19 businesses and half-dozen charter fishermen in Leeville, seeking advertisement.

“Once we get this down, we’ll have something to hang our hats on, something to show the other people in Leeville,” he said.

District 9 Parish Councilman Daniel Lorraine suggested that Griffin, or other board representatives, attend a Tourist Commission or Greater Lafourche Port Commission meeting to seek funds.

In the meantime, he said: “I will try to consult with the parish’s grant writer for his input. I will try to put some money in next year’s parish budget.”

It was also noted by Plaisance that Tourist Commission Chairman Timothy Bush offered funding at a 2017 Leeville Commission meeting, but that offer needs to be pursued more aggressively, he said.

Commissioner Bob Gourges noted the positives which the Commission has helped to generate.

“We had a rocky start, but a lot of good has happened for Leeville. We have a $2 million dollar boat launch. If you would total the people who park at Boudreaux’s Motel and then go and count the trucks and trailers at the public launch, you’ve got more people coming into Leeville than you ever had,” said Gourges.

Hopefully, the printing of a Commission-sponsored brochure will spur even greater numbers of visitors to Leeville.