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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Council says no to commercial fishing vessels at Leeville Boat Launch

Council says no to commercial fishing vessels at Leeville Boat Launch

Commercial fishermen who use the Leeville Public Boat Launch as a dock and repair site for their vessels were warned in August by Parish Councilman Daniel Lorraine that they would not be allowed to continue that practice.

At Tuesday’s Parish Council public meeting, Lorraine made good on his warning.

The full Council backed him by voting unanimously in favor of an ordinance to prohibit commercial boats from docking at the launch, and to prohibit the overnight docking of any boat.

In the future, anyone convicted of violating the ordinance is subject to a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.
Lorraine said the Sheriff’s office and the Port Commission will be patrolling the launch in the future to see that the ordinance is enforced.

“I will be going down there and patrolling myself,” he said.

Lorraine said he proposed the ordinance because he received complaints of commercial boats tying up to the dock at the Leeville launch and working on their vessels or doing other business from the dock.

“Once you let one (commercial vessel) go there, before you know it you’ll have a fleet,” he stated.

The Leeville Public Boat Launch is a $2 million facility, a recreational fishing launch which has been a tremendous success and a commercial benefit to the Leeville community and to Lafourche Parish as well.

“I’m not gonna let anybody go and destroy it. If you’re listening, it’s not gonna happen,” vowed Lorraine.

As part of the ordinance, warning signs stating “DOCKING OF COMMERICAL BOATS PROHIBITED” and “OVERNIGHT DOCKING OF ALL BOATS PROHIBITED” will be installed.