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City officials tore down this lakefront hotel and Mardi Gras Boardwalk has proposed putting its entertainment facility on the site. (American Press Archives)

City officials tore down this lakefront hotel and Mardi Gras Boardwalk has proposed putting its entertainment facility on the site. (American Press Archives)

Mardi Gras boardwalk plan due by Feb. 28

Last Modified: Monday, February 03, 2014 11:48 AM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

I recall a news story from another media source in August that Mardi Gras Boardwalk construction would break ground within six months, which would mean January. What is the latest on the project?

The developers have until Feb. 28 to provide the City Council with an updated master plan, which must include design elements, property improvement proposals and ideas for sound mitigation, said Billy Loftin, Lake Charles city attorney.

Once they receive the plan, council members will have 30 days to approve it, he said.

Mardi Gras Boardwalk spokesman Gary Dickson said Friday that the developers are confident they can meet the deadline. “We’re working very hard at the things that have to happen,” he said. “We’re still very hopeful that we’re going to.”

Dickson said he expects the council to approve the updated plan.

If the developers fail to make the deadline, he said, they would meet with the city and seek an extension. “That would be the normal approach,” Dickson said.

The developers want to build a $45 million entertainment complex on nine acres of lakefront land — the site of the old Harrah’s — that they plan to buy from the city for $4.4 million.

The land deal is contingent on the developers’ fulfilling their agreement with the city, Loftin said. The deal, he said, is designed to allow Mardi Gras Boardwalk to buy the land if they meet the agreed-on terms or step away if they fail to receive City Council approval.

Worker housing site to feature security

With regard to the employee village they’re planning to put up, what are the plans for security? If they may be housing up to 4,000 people, is the Sheriff’s Office planning to hire additional people?

Is this “village” going to have its own security force? Has this topic been discussed by the Port Board?

Bill Rase, port director, said the village, called Pelican Lodge, will have private security.

But Kim Myers, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said deputies would “respond to any criminal activity at these locations as we would in any other neighborhood in Calcasieu Parish.”

The employee village, a $70 million project, will stand on 200 acres of port land about a stone’s throw from the Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Correctional Center.


State board regulates cemetery operations

Is there a state board of cemeteries? This cemetery double-charged me for something, and I would like to know if there’s a board to complain to.

The address for the Louisiana Cemetery Board is 3445 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 700, Metairie, LA 70002.

The phone number is 866-488-5267; the fax number is 504-838-5289.


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