Campo's Marina: New Orleans-area family business is rebuilding again after 107 years
POSTED: Friday, October 5, 2012 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 10:39am
ST. BERNARD, LA (WGNO) — It's a true family business.
Robert Campo works with his brother and dad roughly seven days to week to keep Campo's Marina up and running. He says, "We just like serving service and sport fisherman and this is a happy place. This is God's country."
He's not kidding. The Campo family has served fisherman in Shell Beach for 107 years.
When asked why Campo says it's a good question, especially considering the slew of setbacks. Hurricane Katrina wiped out the Campos' entire business, followed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which nearly shut them down.
It's a familiar story for a fishing community that's getting used to rebuilding. Campo says, "You gotta just scrape it all up and do it all over. It does get old, believe me it gets old but I'm a Campo. I love Shell Beach and I want to be here."
Now, they're doing it all over again following Hurricane Isaac. In the month since the storm, the Campos have re-built sheds over their bait tanks and gas pumps on the dock. Next on their list is a building that was torn down to its slab foundation.
This time around however, they're getting help. A documentary filmmaker is organizing a charity fundraiser, hoping to raise $25,000 to help the Campo family rebuild.
It's a generous gift from the community that they've served for more than a century.
For information on how to help, www.saveshellbeach.com ">click here.