The venerable fishing bridge at Grand Isle is now a shell of its old self, following a fire that lasted more than six hours and lit up the old road crossing the Caminada Pass. The fire began around midnight Friday and was expected to continue smoldering through this morning. Grand Isle Fire Chief Aubrey Chaisson was greatly impressed with the strength of the fire. He told The Houma Courier: "It was like a beast, a dragon," adding that “normal firefighting methods did not work. It was very unorthodox.”
The flames were likely fed by the bridge's creosote coating. What sparked the ravenous fire is still unknown, but The Courier also notes that "witnesses reported seeing a bonfire on the bridge with people sitting around it before the blaze began."
The bridge dates back to the 1930s, when it was the only road to Grand Isle. In recent decades, it has been used as a public fishing pier. Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed it in 2005, but it was rebuilt with an $800,000 grant from FEMA.
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.