$284 thousand committed to Palmetto Island State Park

$284 thousand committed to Palmetto Island State Park
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 4:08pm

BATON ROUGE, La – Today, at a joint announcement with Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), Lt. Governor Scott Angelle announced that $284,000 has been secured for the operations of Palmetto Island State Park.

“It is gratifying to see the people of Louisiana come together for this unique property that will provide wonderful opportunities for tourism and recreation in this area,” said Lt. Governor Angelle. “It is my hope that this enthusiasm for Palmetto Island State Park is maintained and that the park continues to be Louisiana treasure for many years to come.”

Lt. Governor Angelle and CFA met today with area legislators, community leaders, business leaders, local government and civic organizations to recognize donors to the Palmetto Island State Park Fund.

Donors to the Palmetto Island State Park Fund Include:

AGL Resources - $75,000

Chesapeake - $35,000

Stir the Pot Fundraiser - $25,000

Louisiana Wetlands Association - $15,000

Shaw - $15,000

Chevron - $10,000

Anonymous - $5,000

B&B Fire and Safety - $5,000

Bank of Abbeville - $5,000

Broussard Brothers, Inc. - $5,000

Cajun Maritime - $5,000

Glenn Lege Construction, Inc. - $5,000

Gulf Coast Bank - $5,000

Mr. and Mrs. George Putnam - $5,000

Robies’ Food Store - $5,000

Quality Construction & Production - $5,000

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Sellers - $5,000

Stallion Offshore - $5,000

The Sellers Group - $3,500

Parish of Iberia – $3,000

Parish of Lafayette - $3,000

Parish of St. Landry - $3,000

Parish of St. Martin - $3,000

Parish of Vermilion - $3,000

City of Abbeville - $3,000

City of Breaux Bridge - $3,000

City of Carencro - $3,000

City of Crowley - $3,000

City of Gueydan - $3,000

City of Kaplan - $3,000

City of New Iberia - $3,000

City of Rayne - $3,000

Sellers & Associates - $1,500

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Domingue - $1,000

Senator Mike Michot - $1,000

Senator Nick Gautreaux - $1,000

Representative Page Cortez - $1,000

Representative Nancy Landry - $1,000

“The interest in Palmetto Island State Park has been tremendous,” said CFA Executive Director, Raymond Hebert. “I am looking forward to fostering new partnerships that will keep this park open and available to the people of Acadiana and its visitors.

"It's wonderful to see the support of both the local community and the regional community, as well, for Palmetto Island State Park," said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. "We appreciate this very encouraging sign of interest in our newest facility, a great place to enjoy south Louisiana's unique environment."

Background On Palmetto Island State Park

Land for the park was acquired in August 1981, at a cost of $1.5 million for 1,200 acres. The funds were provided through the State Bond Commission per the state’s Capitol Outlay Act. Mineral rights to the land were donated to the state. Construction funding through the State Bond Commission was made available during the 2002 Regular Legislative Session and ground was broken on the site in

November 2002.

Damage to already-completed utilities and infrastructure and budget constraints in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita put the project on hold in 2005. Funding again became available to repair the damage and construct the buildings during the 2007 Regular Session and the project restarted in December 2007. While construction was completed in March 2010, there were budget constraints which held up the park’s opening.

Utilizing public and private partnerships to garner funding for the parks operations, Palmetto Island State Park officially opened on October 28, 2010.

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