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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Leeville Boat Launch gets funding

Leeville Boat Launch gets funding

After many months of delays, the Leeville Boat Launch is nearly a reality.  Tuesday, the Lafourche Parish Council voted unanimously to enter into Cooperative Endeavor Agreements which will fund the project.

One agreement, with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will allow funding from the state and federal government under the Wallop Breaux Act of 1984.

A similar agreement through the generosity of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission will allow the Port to donate funding as well.

Finally, a proposed ordinance “approving an act of sale between Lafourche Parish Government and the Depart of Transportation and Development of the State of Louisiana for the purchase of the property for a boat launch facility in Leeville” was moved by Councilman Daniel Lorraine. 

This ordinance will be voted on at the next council meeting which is scheduled for August 27th in Mathews.

The approximately $1.3 million project will be funded as follows: 

$350,000 from the parish,

$500,000 in federal aid,

$500,000 from the state, and

$200,000 from the Port Commission. 

“Can we go out to bid?” asked Lorraine, after discussion and voting ended.

“We received today an official document from Wildlife and Fisheries.  When it is returned to them, we can go out to bid the next day,” Parish President Charlotte Randolph responded.

Lorraine thanked the Port Commission and Board Member Larry Griffin of Golden Meadow who was on hand for donating a share of the funds.

“I want to thank you and the entire board.  Anytime the parish has needed something in that area, you have always stepped up,” he said.

Councilman Joe Fertitta, who grew up in the 10th Ward said, “Leeville is part of my heritage.  I am proud to second this motion (agreement with the Port).”

The funding was done, explained Griffin, to benefit Lafourche Parish, the 10th Ward, and especially Leeville because “Leeville was hurt dramatically by the new road’, referring to the elevated portion of Hwy. 1 which bypasses the town.

Janet Rhodus, founder of the non-profit group “Launch Leeville”, and a constant battler for the completion of the launch, was elated with the council vote.

Although, as she recently said, she is not ready to “pop the champagne bottle”, Rhodus expressed her happiness by simply declaring:  “Hurray for Leeville”.