While the state House Appropriations Committee restored $3.3 million to Decentralized Arts Funding after a public outcry, state parks, state historic sites, the Main Street revitalization program and state libraries’ funding will be slashed under the administration’s current budget for the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism for the upcoming fiscal year.
Some state parks, including Palmetto Island in Vermilion Parish, will postpone opening. Others like Longfellow-Evangeline in St. Martin Parish will reduce hours from seven days a week to Fridays and Saturdays only.
The state is facing a $1.3 billion deficit, which the Legislature is addressing now. The fiscal year begins on July 1. Funding for the arts and for tourism, the state’s second largest economic engine after energy, will be cut by about 50 percent, according to Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, director of CRT. Read the entire story in today’s Advocate.
Photo: State Historic Sites like Longfellow-Evangeline may be closed Sundays through Thursdays under the proposed cuts to the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
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.