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– Steam billows from the LaSuCa mill at St. John under a cloudy sky on Monday as harvest of the 2020 sugarcane crop shifted into high gear. Mill officials expect the grinding season to run until mid-January.(Sally Angelle)


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The crane lifts one of the long pilings after laying several others (left) aside.
(Photo by Sally Angelle)

BP settlement funds improvements

St. Martin Parish Government is spending almost $200,000 on improvements of pubic boat launch facilities at the Clayton Boudreaux Memorial Park in Catahoula and the Dick Davis Park near Butte La Rose.
The $185,000 project provides for the construction of floating docks and walkways at the two landings. Michael D. Breaux Inc. of Breaux Bridge is contractor on the improvements.

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LAKE MARTIN – Representing owners of the closed boat landing at Lake Martin, Clifford Hebert said he wants to see the lake preserved and returned to public use as soon as possible.(Karl Jeter)

PC to appeal Lake Martin decision

A 3-2 Appeal Court loss of a 16th Judicial District Court ruling against the parish in the zoning violation case against Cajun Swamp Tours will not end efforts to protect Lake Martin from commercial development.
With a unanimous vote at their Sept. 1 meeting, Parish Council members agreed to pursue the case to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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Drainage project – At the Aug. 18 Parish Council meeting, Councilman Chris Tauzin asked consulting engineer Robert Leslie about the slow pace of the Breaux Bridge Manor Drainage Project.(Karl Jeter)

Parish drainage projects delayed

A drainage project in the western Breaux Bridge area, deemed very important in avoiding a repeat of the August 2016 flooding, is probably still about two years from becoming a reality.
At the August 18 parish council committee meetings, representatives from Quality Engineering and Surveying LLC presented an update on the now-complete engineering study. The project will be funded through a 75/25 matching grant from FEMA, and the parish has already committed a portion of the funds from the $20 million 2016 parish drainage bond to cover its 25 percent share.


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