‘Jaws’ markers to be rehabbed

Replacing and improving markers into West Cote Blanche Bay will occur soon, the West St. Mary Parish Port Commission learned Tuesday.
St. Mary Parish President Paul Naquin said he received calls from businesses located along the Charenton Navigation and Drainage Canal regarding the navigation aids at “the Jaws” at the end of the waterway.
He said the mouth of the outlet should be dredged as well.
Commissioner Wayne Stevens mentioned that there is 20 feet of water where Bayou Choupique outflows that might be used as an alternate route. Naquin said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had nixed that route in the past.
Executive Director David Allain said the port and its engineer are working on restoring the markers.
Allain also reported that the industrial park has been permitted for additional development by coastal use authorities.
Plans call for a slip into the site, a water service line and power. Bids should be let in a month or so.
Fill material from digging the slip will help build a public loading area and roadways, said Reid Miller of Miller Engineers & Associates.
The water line will run from Cleco’s Baldwin plant main line to the industrial park, financed with a Delta Regional Authority grant.
Allain also said providing natural gas service to the actual port site at Weeks Island is continuing, though the provider is studying running a smaller diameter service to the facility.
Allain said the provider is questioning the actual use tenants will use. The company is meeting with tenants to better determine how much gas will actually be needed.
Also Tuesday, part-time employee Donna Louviere was made full-time due to added responsibilities that have been assigned to her. She has been with the port for six years.

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