Lafayette native Pam Breaux is the state’s new secretary of
the Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism. Breaux is filling the post
following the resignation of Dawn Romero Watson. Today, The Advocate reports
Watson is stepping down because of the state’s new financial disclosure laws,
which, as a top secretary in the department, cover both her and her husband.
The couple has maintained separate properties. “It’s going to put his business
at a competitive disadvantage,” Watson told The Advocate. “I have enjoyed all
of my public service. I think right now it doesn’t outweigh my husband’s right
Breaux has been Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu’s assistant
secretary for the Office of Cultural Development since 2004. She is a graduate
of McNeese State University and has a Master of Arts degree in English and
Folklore from UL Lafayette. She also is secretary of the board for the National
Assembly of State Arts Agencies, vice president of programs for the Southern
Arts Federation and a member of the advisory board for the Louisiana Creole
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.