Elmer's Island new state park?
Federal funding will help secure purchase
“Elmer’s Island boasts low dunes, mud and sand flats, marsh, lagoon and a tidal channel that provide prime habitat for many species of fish and birds that should be preserved,” said Vitter. “This federal funding will help ensure that the island is conserved and that it will be open to the public while also making sure it is consistent with our coastal restoration efforts.”
The $1.75 million in federal funds will allow the state of Louisiana to purchase the privately-owned, 1,700-acre island to conserve the area and reopen it for public use. The island has historically been available for public camping, bird watching, beachcombing and fishing. Reopening it for public use would preclude any development incompatible with Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts.
“The Trust for Public Land applauds Senator Vitter for helping to secure federal funds to help the state purchase and conserve Elmer’s Island, one of only three beachfronts in the entire state accessible by car,” said Larry Schmidt, director of the New Orleans Office of the Trust for Public Land. “This is a critical step to the completion of the protection of the 1,700 acres for continued public use.”
“While committee passage is only the first step in the legislative process, it is an important one for securing funding for this project,” Vitter said. “I will continue to work with my colleagues to help keep this federal funding in the final bill.”
The Senate Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill is expected to move to the U.S. Senate floor for a vote later this year.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
At 93 years old, Ellis Verdin is an inspiration – literally.
The St. Charles Herald-Guide lost a co-founder, fellow writer and matriarch last...
Playing at St. Thomas Aquinas in Hammond, despite being the lower seed and earning...
Federico “Fred” Martinez, chief executive officer of St. Charles Parish Hospital...
With the theme of “Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often,” the St. Charles Women’s Club...
With 44 precincts reporting, all four tax proposals supporting hurricane levees,...
United Way of St.Charles has been working to improve lives in St.Charles Parish since 1955. We are committed to bringing the community together to deliver lasting changes throughout the parish in the ares of education, income & health.
Billionaire murder suspect transferred to Killona jail - 1988 views
HBO documentary figure and murder suspect Robert Durst is coming to St. Charles Parish by way of Federal Marshall escort.