Parish airport plans still in the worksAug 5th, 2013 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: news
At their last meeting, the Parish Council passed an ordinance, which will allow Parish President Billy Nungesser to implement Phase I of the Plaquemines Parish General Aviation Airport Project, which will look at a specific site plan,
how and where to set up an airport, and what a partnership with the Port would look like. $208,095 was appropriated to the project to fund a complete master plan for the primary site, which is in Lake Hermitage.
The airport would include a 7,200 ft. runway, and would potentially take on some Port related business.
The Council passed a similar ordinance in the past, appropriating money for a feasibility study—this caused some confusion amongst the public, who thought the current ordinance would also fund yet another study.
“Why is the parish wasting money on study after study,” exclaimed fishing Captain Barry Colligan. “They’re just going to tell you the same thing. These studies are redundant, and they’re a waste of time and money.”
Parish Attorney Leo Palazzo admitted that the ordinances may sound similar, but are in fact completely different.
“The current ordinance is not just another study,” said Palazzo. “It’s more of a business plan. They may seem alike, but the work being done is not redundant.” Councilman Burghart Turner of District 6 agreed and clarified.
“The different piece in the puzzle here is that we are looking at a specific site plan, actual construction costs, benefit cost analyses, what a partnership with the Port would look like, etc,” said Turner.
This passed 8-0. Councilman Anthony Buras of District 5 was absent from the meeting.