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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Leeville Fishing Village striving for prominence

Leeville Fishing Village striving for prominence

The Leeville Fishing Village and Cultural Preservation Commission, formed in 2013, is looking for ways to improve its “brand” as it strives to increase tourism in its small community.

On Monday, Chairman Don Griffin led a discussion by the Commission on ways to make Leeville more prominent as a destination for people coming south to fish or sightsee in the lower part of Lafourche Parish.

He explained the La. Department of Transportation program known as “TODS”, or Tourist Oriented Directional Signs, and how they might be useful to Leeville.

TODS are official Louisiana highway signage located within the state rights-of-way giving specific directional information regarding tourist activities.

Griffin explained the criteria for such signage, especially placement. On conventional highways, TODS may be authorized for eligible attractions like tourist destinations, directing motorists from the nearest highway to the attraction.

“They are expensive but a good way to advertize,” said Griffin, noting that DOTD charged similar signs at a rate of $1000 per year.

“When the elevated highway is complete, we will need these types of signs even more,” he said.

Commission member Bob Gourges noted that the Leeville board should meet with other entities, like the Lafourche Tourist Commission and the Beachfront Development District, to try to generate ideas for increasing Leeville’s visibility and getting more advertisement for Leeville.

Parish Councilman Daniel Lorraine, also in attendance, mentioned that parish libraries are a good place to advertize.

Other ideas included asking parish government to give Leeville more prominence in its webpage.

Gourges noted that the planned fishing pier to be added at the Leeville Public Boat Launch should begin the bid process after the upcoming Parish Council meeting.

A resolution approving the cooperative endeavor agreement between parish government and the State for acceptance of the state’s share of money for the pier’s construction ($500,000) will be considered.

Lafourche parish will kick in $166,000, said Gourges.

The 120-ft. elevated and lighted pier, handicapped accessible, will be built at the site of the launch. The inclusion of a pavilion has been discussed as well.

Also in attendance at the Monday meeting was a local businessman, Kip Plaisance, who noted Leeville is a centrally located community and that paying a toll is not necessary if you launch there.

“You don’t have to go any further to go fishing. By boat, you are only 20 minutes from Belle Pass, 15 minutes from Grand Isle, about 45 minutes from Cocodrie,” he said.

The Leeville Commission previously met on October 21, 2015, before convening Monday, but hopes to hold at least one meeting per quarter in the future.

Meetings are held at the Veteran’s Memorial District Ward 10 Meeting Room, 16937 Hwy. 3235, in Cut Off.