DDA receives concerns over Mardi Gras Boardwalk

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Members of the Downtown Development Authority said they have received clear opposition over the Mardi Gras Boardwalk proposal. Apparently, some residents have said they do not want that project on the lakefront. During Monday's meeting D.D.A. board members discussed their role in confronting the concerns.

"We need to listen, and listen carefully, and bring these concerns to whatever public forum we need to bring these concerns," said Adley Cormier, President of the Downtown Development Authority. "We don't know what exactly is going to be built until we see plans, and diagrams, and such. Right now we have ideas. Once they get on paper we can better judge."

Before construction begins developers must answer questions about sustainability. For instance, in 10 years, would the Mardi Gras Boardwalk still be operating? If they are not still operating, would the structure be able to support a different facility? The answer to these question will weigh heavily on how the D.D.A. and the Lake Charles City Council proceed with the project.   
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