Residents optimistic for breakwaters along Gulf Coast

Residents optimistic for breakwaters along Gulf Coast

CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Shirley Gray has been living in Cameron since the early 1970s and she's seen the impact of what water can do to the coast.

"It was washing right up to the road and they tried all different kind of things, but when they put the rocks out there for the breakwaters, that looks like it's really working," Gray, Cameron resident and shrimp saleswoman, said.

Gray said she can already see a difference after these breakwaters were installed just off Holly beach. Cameron parish plans to build breakwaters, like those off Holly beach, along the coast near the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge to help prevent erosion.

"They look like they're working, you can see the land building back up where they are. So if that's what they have in mind, we're all for that, because the land eroding doesn't do us any good," Gray said.

The executive director of the Louisiana Community Development Authority, Ty Carlos, said he was happy to play a small part in the process of issuing the close to 12 million dollar bond – that could help Cameron parish build more of these rock breakwaters. As someone who grew up in an area with an erosion issue, approving the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act for Cameron parish hit close to home.

"This was the first bond issue of its kind, not only in Louisiana but in the U.S. So we're very proud of that, that we were able to be a part of that. Cameron Parish is one of our members, we're obviously very happy to be able to help what I think is one of our important members in addressing this- their erosion problem."

Now, this is just in the early stages – but it's an exciting idea for those who call Cameron parish home.

"Yeah I'd be in favor of them, putting them all along the coast, if it would help the coast at all," Gray said.

The GOMESA bond is expected to help Cameron parish pay the money off by 2037.

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