City Council gives Mardi Gras Boardwalk extension - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City Council gives Mardi Gras Boardwalk extension

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It wouldn't be a Lake Charles City Council meeting if they didn't talk about proposed lakefront development. The Mardi Gras Boardwalk project was in question Wednesday night. The City has been working with the group for over a year and a half and is being asked to give them more time to agree on entering into a lease.

"Why would we give them that time? If they don't have their steps in order - why are we giving them this time," asked Councilman Rodney Geyen.

The group is interested in transforming the land just north of Veteran's Memorial Park to a mixed-use development. The proposal include shops, restaurants, residential condos and an amphitheater for entertainment just to name a few of the attractions.

According to City Attorney Billy Loftin the original proposed lease didn't work for the group. In the last six weeks they've hired an attorney and contractor to work things out and hope to have an alternative in the near future. Councilman Stuart Weatherford asked to give them an extension until September 21st.

"We've heard this before... sounds all too familiar. What I am asking is what happens after September 21st if nothing has happened? What are we going to do about it," said Geyen.  

"We can't keep stringing them along. I guess get on or get off," said Councilman Dana Carl Jackson.  

After further discussion the council unanimously agreed to the give Mardi Gras Boardwalk, LLC five more weeks. The item comes back before the council on September 21st.

Meanwhile you'll remember the City Council is looking to hire a firm to market the lakefront. Moving forward Wednesday night the council formed a 7 member committee consisting of council members and other stakeholders to make recommendation to select a firm for the job. The following will serve on the committee:
Stuart Weatherford, City Council
Dana Jackson, City Council
Marshall Simien, City Council
Lori Marinovich, LC Downtown Development Director
John Cardone, LC City Administrator
Billy Loftin, LC City Attorney
Jonald Walker, LC Downtown Development Chairman

Copyright 2011 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • The Compassion Experience comes to SWLA

    Sunday, July 22 2018 1:03 PM EDT2018-07-22 17:03:58 GMT

    Southwest Louisiana can take part in the Compassion Experience in Lake Charles this weekend.  Visitors can grab headphones and an iPod and enter countries like Uganda or India. Put together by Compassion International, this free community-wide event brings visitors into true-life stories of those living in developing countries. The multi-media tour recreated the homes, streets, markets, and schools of children like Olive Aneno. She grew up in Northern Uganda in a region terro...

    More >>

    Southwest Louisiana can take part in the Compassion Experience in Lake Charles this weekend.  Visitors can grab headphones and an iPod and enter countries like Uganda or India. Put together by Compassion International, this free community-wide event brings visitors into true-life stories of those living in developing countries. The multi-media tour recreated the homes, streets, markets, and schools of children like Olive Aneno. She grew up in Northern Uganda in a region terro...

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat Advisory for today and Sunday

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Heat Advisory for today and Sunday

    Saturday, July 21 2018 4:37 PM EDT2018-07-21 20:37:09 GMT
    Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)
    Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)Feels-like temperatures for this afternoon (Source: KPLC)

    A heat advisory has been issued for our area through the day today. This advisory began at noon and lasts until 8 pm tonight. This advisory is due to forecast highs in the mid-90s combined with dewpoints in the 70s. These two-combined causes the heat index to soar between 108 and 112. Through this evening expect continued hot and mostly sunny conditions. 

    More >>

    A heat advisory has been issued for our area through the day today. This advisory began at noon and lasts until 8 pm tonight. This advisory is due to forecast highs in the mid-90s combined with dewpoints in the 70s. These two-combined causes the heat index to soar between 108 and 112. Through this evening expect continued hot and mostly sunny conditions. 

    More >>
  • Singer man pleads guilty to robbing DeQuincy bank

    Singer man pleads guilty to robbing DeQuincy bank

    Saturday, July 21 2018 2:01 PM EDT2018-07-21 18:01:12 GMT
    Gordon Cooper (Source: DeQuincy Police Department)Gordon Cooper (Source: DeQuincy Police Department)

    A Singer man pled guilty on Wednesday to robbing a DeQuincy bank of almost $16,000 in December, according to U.S Attorney David C. Joseph's office. Gordon Scott Cooper, 56, Singer, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of bank robbery. The guilty plea states that Cooper entered a bank with an air-powered BB gun that looked like an automatic pistol and stole $15,999 from two teller drawers. Police later learned that a maroon Honda Pilot had been s...

    More >>

    A Singer man pled guilty on Wednesday to robbing a DeQuincy bank of almost $16,000 in December, according to U.S Attorney David C. Joseph's office. Gordon Scott Cooper, 56, Singer, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of bank robbery. The guilty plea states that Cooper entered a bank with an air-powered BB gun that looked like an automatic pistol and stole $15,999 from two teller drawers. Police later learned that a maroon Honda Pilot had been s...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly