The Camellia bridge project was under consideration long before my family moved from Liberal, Kansas to our home in Rivers Edge in 1988. At that time my Realtor told me it was for the Mount Vernon Street corridor. We found a great house on Pickwick Drive with great neighbors on both sides and across the street. Then the plan was developed to use the Camellia corridor and remove my backyard neighbors, their “front door” neighbors, and the quiet Camellia Boulevard. Those of us who remained requested talks with city officials of the previous administration to address our concerns about the noise and security of our properties. These talks were held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church — a central location for property owners on the Johnston Street side of the Vermilion River. Several alternatives were discussed, but the option of a sound/security wall was decided upon. A 12-foot-tall composite wall was presented to and selected by all in attendance. We were told that funding was available, and it could be done. In addition, for the safety of pedestrians who would use the “Linear Park” and the noise level the residents bordering the thoroughfare would have to endure, a speed limit of 35 MPH would be put in place. All of these measures were to try and maintain a quality of life of a previously quiet neighborhood.
In the 20 years my bank and I have owned this property I have seen very few moving vans on the streets boarding Camellia Boulevard. So the argument that “they knew what it was like when they moved in” doesn’t hold water. All of us who bought our property didn’t know it was coming when we bought.
So in conclusion: If you get behind me on Camellia Boulevard, and I am driving 35 MPH — on both sides of the river — don’t tailgate. Just take a breath and enjoy what Joey Durel has called “the most beautiful street in Lafayette.”
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
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At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
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The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.