The Advocate reports today that the Cajundome is pushing a legislative package to address its financial troubles. The dome recently cut $1 million from its budget, laying off six full-time employees and instituting across-the-board expense reductions.
Next month Cajundome Director Greg Davis will ask the Lafayette City-Parish Council for up to $250,000 in emergency fund assistance for its $5 million budget, The Advocate reports. Davis, however, maintains the dome still needs help from the state. One piece of legislation would allow him to use state sales tax revenue the dome currently receives from hotel taxes for operating expenses (the money is now restricted to capital improvements) and the other measure would exempt the dome from collecting an 8 percent sales tax. Davis remains in a legal battle with the parish sales tax office over the latter issue.
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.