Port Eads inches closer to reopeningSep 30th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
The Parish Council recently approved the creation of a Board of Directors to oversee the Port Eads Fishing Refuge, that the Parish is trying to redevelop, and also passed an ordinance appropriating $50,000 to securing the refuge. This will go towards a security camera system, and security patrols.
“In about two weeks the Parish will be receiving the keys to the Port Eads property,” said Parish Attorney Leo Palazzo. He expressed that the facility needs to be properly secured against liability issues.
Also, Council Attorney Ken Rathburn voiced that the creation of a board now, before any plans are carried out, will make things easier once this operation starts up.
“Forming this organization is going to be a lot easier when you know who is going to be involved with it,” said Rathburn.
Though both of these ordinances passed, there was some disagreement among Council members on whether or not the first three of five appointees should be chosen—they are Darryl Bubrig, Robert Perez and Byron Encalade. The remaining two nominees will be chosen by the Parish President.
“Two of these three people own camps on the property,” said Council Chairman Byron Marinovich. “I refuse to support this.”
Councilman Burghart Turner of District 6 also disagreed with this; bringing the vote to 7-2. The vote on funding the security measures for the refuge was 8-1 with Marinovich voting against.