POSTED: Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 11:24pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 9:46am
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) – British Petroleum (BP) has made its first of six payments to Louisiana.
The payments are five million dollars each and will be doled out over an 18 month span.They will be spent to promote tourism in the Bayou State. All parishes will receive some money, with the six most affected receiving more than two million dollars each. The parishes must coordinate their advertising efforts with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. The slogan for the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism is “Louisiana-Pick your Passion.”
B.P. is also allocating $18 million to be used by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for seafood testing. An additional $30 million will go towards seafood marketing by the Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. Despite all this money coming in, the Lieutenant Governor believes it’s not enough, “"I think we still will have a legitimate claim for more funding from B.P. to address the problems that have been created and the perceptions and misperceptions that have been created about Louisiana."
The crisis on the coast has cost Louisiana more than 700 million dollars in leisure travel revenue. Dardenne says the state is on track to recoup that revenue by the first quarter of 2013.