A recent report from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries indicates that the great outdoors is great business for the state. In 2006, the most recent data available, outdoor activities generated $4.61 billion, supported 76,700 jobs and generated an estimated $446.2 million in state and local government tax revenues. Commercial fisheries produced retail sales of $1.8 billion while providing nearly 27,000 jobs, and recreational activities like hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife-watching generated approximately $2 billion in retail sales, while supporting over 37,000 jobs.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.