The Cajundome has downsized its operations by $1 million as a result of a bad economy and rising insurance and food costs. On Monday, six full-time employees were laid off and more cuts will be made to utility, travel and supplies expenses, Cajundome Director Greg Davis said.
“We’ve had a number of things occur outside of the building that is affecting our financial position at the Cajundome,” Davis said. “It’s almost like a perfect storm of financial circumstances.” Those circumstances include a recent increase in the building’s property insurance premium by $200,000 a year and a judge’s order this summer that the arena start paying sales tax has also contributed to the need for the cuts, Davis said.
The cuts equate to a 20 percent reduction in the arena’s $5 million budget.
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.