LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It would bring Mardi Gras to Lake Charles every day of the year, and would do it on a grand scale. Thursday, the developers behind the Mardi Gras boardwalk proposal outlined their plans to dramatically change a huge part of the lakefront.
Their proposal promises four blocks of lakefront property filled with retail, nightclubs, condos, and restaurants, all done in a southern Mardi Gras theme. At one end of the property would be an amphitheater with 7,500 available seats, an eight story tall Farris wheel, and a boat docking area. On the opposite end would be a large scale roller coaster that would stretch over the lake. Developers say it is like nothing the area has seen before.
"I think the majesty of that lakefront, and the ability to let it be a tourist entertainment destination is what we're talking about," said Lamar Berry with Mardi Gras Boardwalk, LLC.
The Mardi Gras Boardwalk project is completely different from Cypress Group's project. The Mardi Gras Boardwalk will be located north of the Civic Center, and unlike Cypress Group's plan, no HUD funding is needed. The shops and restaurants that would occupy the boardwalk would contribute with financing. Developers said 60 days is all they need to line up businesses.
The Lake Charles city council will vote on their proposal on October 20, 2010. If it passes developers say construction could be completed in one year.