Coastal erosion is eating away at the culture, the livelihood and, quite tangibly, the land itself at the ravenous rate of 12 square miles to more than 20 square miles a year.
Whole communities have already washed away. Old timers speak wistfully about Sea Breeze and Manilla Village, settlements built on stilts in the marshes. These sorts of insular, out-of-the-way places were common in Cajun country even though they might not have appeared on Louisiana’s road maps. Now they never will. ...
But while some of the bayou struggles, one place is thriving.
Fourchon rises on the horizon south of Leeville, a cluster of sport
fishing camps in a gated community and the huge docks that are the base
for the oil and gas industry’s offshore drilling operations. Port Fourchon is mostly a recent creation of industry and sportsmen. ...
close to 20 percent of the nation’s fuel — in excess of $63 billion by
some estimates — passes through Port Fourchon from deep-water gulf
wells. It is the bayou’s boom town.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
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.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.