Mardi Gras Boardwalk proposal approved by city council

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Developers of the Mardi Gras Boardwalk proposal got the approval they need to start lining up funding for the project. But, at the Lake Charles City Council meeting on Wednesday, council members heard some strong concerns from opponents of the plan.

Before the council voted, Mayor Roach pointed out that developers must comply with city building codes, public access, traffic studies, and they must make sure their plans will not interfere with Veterans Memorial Park, which sits on part of the proposed site. Veterans at the meeting were not convinced, saying the Mardi Gras plan would create a noisy, distracting atmosphere in place that is set aside for reflecting, and peace.

Another group in opposition to the councils' decision is the people behind the Hurricane Museum proposal. Currently, that project has a lease agreement with the city for property tract 2. Developers would like to move it to tract 1D, the property where Mardi Gras Boardwalk would be located. At the city council meeting, Gray Stream, Chairman of the Hurricane Museum asked that the council defer the vote on the Mardi Gras Boardwalk until after November,9, allowing them a chance to show the council all the museum will have to offer. The council did not comply.

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