$284 thousand committed to Palmetto Island State Park
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
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.