City of LC looks to hire firm to market lakefront - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

City of Lake Charles looking to hire firm to market lakefront

(Lee Peck / KPLC) (Lee Peck / KPLC)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Over the years we've heard a lot of talk about proposals and great ideas, but have yet to see any action in terms of real commercial development along the Lake Charles lakefront.

Councilman Stuart Weatherford believes it's time to hire a firm to market the lakefront.

"I think we will get advice of how to proceed and we shouldn't make the assumption that some land is marketable and some is not," Weatherford said. "We need to get a professional opinion on it."

Others on the council agree and firmly support the condition of marketing the entire lakefront, including the old Harrah's property where company Mardi Gras Boardwalk has been working to finance their multi-million dollar proposal.

Also on Wednesday night's agenda was an ordinance requesting a deadline extension by Mardi Gras Boardwalk. However, the council deleted the item after voting to look for a marketing firm.

"I'm not in agreement with giving them a 120-day extension. That's null and void," said councilman Rodney Geyen.

So without an extension, where does that leave Mardi Gras Boardwalk?

"They can still go out and market it just like they were doing, except that they would have to give us a proposal and put their ideas forward again. Somebody else has an opportunity to come in too. But you know they are still ahead of the game. Really if you think about it because they have worked on it for six months," explained Dana Jackson, Lake Charles City Council.

So while Mardi Gras Boardwalk continues to work, so will the city. Weatherford said hiring an outside firm will be money well spent.

"When you go to sell your home... You hire a real estate agent to do that for you because that's not what you do. So we just want to get a professional in here to help us with that," Weatherford said.

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