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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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Grand Isle receives prestigious honor

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Grand Isle receives prestigious honor

One of Louisiana’s best kept secrets is a secret no more.

The New York Times released its 52 Places to Go in 2020 list today — an interactive online feature that showcases some of the most beautiful and unique places in the world.

In this year’s list is a local gem — Grand Isle. 

In selecting Grand Isle for the feature, writers said the Jefferson Parish island is “hauntingly beautiful, a barrier island that may soon vanish.”

Grand Isle is our state’s last inhabited barrier island. 

It’s a local hub for commercial fishing, the seafood industry and the Gulf waters below it are vital for the country’s oil and gas industry.

Christopher Hall, of The New York Times, said the island’s charm and serenity earned it its place on the list.

The writeup cites Grand Isle State Park as a wonder, as well as the migratory bird festival hosted on the island each spring. 

Grand Isle’s exclusion earns it elite company. 

On the list are some of the most gorgeous and extravagant places in the world — a list including the British Virgin Islands; Paris, France; Lima, Peru and other scenic beauties. 

But the charm and mystique of our own local island was enough to catch the eye of The New York Times, which stated clearly what we already know locally: the island is a place for all to enjoy.