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In the News

Design group presents plan for shoreline project

By Cyndi Sellers

The C. H. Fenstermaker design group presented the final plans for the Cameron Parish Shoreline Protection project to the Police Jury last Thursday, Aug. 8. Permits for a larger project than is currently budgeted have been applied for, so that if more money becomes available no time will be lost in moving ahead.

The $11 million project will provide rock breakwaters for Rutherford Beach, Little Florida, and Long Beach, funded by Cameron Parish through a bond issue being paid back with GOMESA (BP oil spill) funds.

Construction documents will be ready for approval in November or December, depending on permit approval. If all goes as planned, a contractor will be in place in January or February, and rock can be brought in before spring flooding makes the Mississippi River impassable.

Animal Control

Juror Lee Faulk again asked about the practice of keeping dogs in the parish animal control kennel for up to a year while court cases involving the animals are heard. He said it is unfair to the parish and to the animal, since the kennel was not designed for long term housing. “The system has been broken too long,” he said.

Attorney Tom Barrett said state statutes provide for a quick turnaround in the cases of animal cruelty and vicious dogs. He also announced that he is no longer an Assistant District Attorney and he will be running for DA in the 2020 election.

Overgrown Lots

Louise Cole and Charles Cole asked the Jury to do something about overgrown and trash-filled lots in the Cameron area. Jury President Joe Dupont said the Parish does not clean private property, but it was later determined that the comments constitute a complaint, and the Parish can demand cleanup of the lots. If the owner does not comply, the Parish can go in and do it, billing the owner for the cost. A complaint about break-ins in the area was referred to the Sheriff’s Office.

Other Business

In other business, the Jury approved a variance request from Venture Global LNG for four temporary warehouse buildings, to be removed at the end of construction.

Dana Pesson was appointed to Recreation District #5, filling an open seat. Mary Johnson was appointed to the Cameron Parish Tourism Commission, replacing Bronwen Theriot, who resigned. Tammy Peshoff was appointed to Cameron Waterworks District #1, replacing Edward Peterson, whose term expired. Tammy Erbelding was appointed to the Johnson Bayou Recreation District board, filling an open seat.

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