Last week the state Senate voted unanimously, 39-0, for a plan that would turn the UL horse farm on Johnston Street into a passive recreational park for Acadiana residents.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, the bill's sponsor, says the Senate asked for an amendment that would prevent a drilling rig from being erected on the surface of the property. As part of the land deal, in which the property would be purchased by an anonymous donor and gifted to the Community Foundation of Acadiana, the state will retain the mineral rights. "They can pull the minerals out, but they can't go put a rig on the land," Robideaux says.
The bill returns to the House for concurrence; that's expected to happen today. In early June, the House voted 95-2 for the measure. "Once we vote to concur, at that point it moves to the governor's desk," Robideaux says.
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.