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STORM PREPARATION — Tyrell Fenroy and sons Landon and Aiden of Poche Bridge fill sandbags on Sunday, Aug. 23 at Paul Angelle Park in preparation for Tropical Storms/Hurricanes Marco and Laura that were moving toward Acadiana. Once they finished filling their bags they spent several hours helping others fill more sandbags.(Sally Angelle)

Parish braces for Laura

As the Teche News went to press Tuesday afternoon, southwest Louisiana residents were bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Laura, expected to reach the coast beginning Wednesday afternoon.
The eye of the rapidly strengthening storm was projected to be centered on the Louisiana-Texas border, although there was a possibility of a westward drift that could shift the eye more into southeast Texas.

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OK TO OPERATE — Bryan Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours on Lake Martin can continue to operate, at least for the time being, following a ruling by the state’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal that denied an injunction petition by St. Martin Parish Goverment to force closure of the operation.(Sally Angelle)

3rd Circuit Court rules on Lake Martin zoning

In a ruling by the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal issued last week justices rejected arguments by St. Martin Parish Government that a business operated on the shores of Lake Martin should be shut down.
The 3-2 vote of the Court’s five justices affirmed a decision by 16th Judicial District Judge Keith Comeaux issued in April 2019 that ruled in favor of Bryan Champagne’s businesses – Cajun Swamp Tours and The Wharf – on Rookery Road which have been in operation since 2011.

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Farmers around the parish and across the sugarcane belt of south central Louisiana have begun the annual ritual of planting another crop prior to the start of the 2020 cane harvest. These workers were in a field along Catahoula Hwy/LA96 between St. Martinville and Catahoula on Monday.(Sally Angelle)

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No Revenue disaster – St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars described June revenues as down, but not critically so in the midst of the COVID-19 situation. (Karl Jeter)

COVID not too hard on parish’s finances

In a report to the Parish Council at the Aug. 4 meeting, President Chester Cedars outlined the latest data on the parish’s financial status during the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted the economy since late March.
Cedars reported that June revenues, the most current for which detailed information is available, were down only about ten percent from 2019 figures. Not a good development, but certainly not a “worst case” scenario either, he said.

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This view of Breaux Bridge’s Berard Street near City Hall shows the “bicycle lane” markings on the recently resurfaced street which is part of LA 31 through the Crawfish Capital. The improvements extend from Bridge Street to Mills Avenue.(Sally Angelle)


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