State budget cuts take away boat launch updates

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LEONVILLE, La. (KLFY) – The boat launch in Leonville is not going to be getting updates after Governor John Bel Edwards cut the budget for the project.

Governor Edwards vetoed 25 construction projects out of the state budget Tuesday and said it’s because the state can simply not afford them.

Nine out of the 25 projects the governor cut are in Acadiana.

In Leonville, the governor cut  Phase II of the boat launch project, costing $150 thousand, which would have added a paved parking lot, light fixtures, restroom facilities and picnic tables.
“It’s not okay, and unfortunately, things like recreation and the things that promote the average existence and enjoyment of the area gets cut first, said Keith Lastrapes, a business owner in Leonville.
Lastrapes owns the “Palms on the Teche” vacation rental and says these project cuts could affect tourism.

“As a business owner, I try to promote the Teche as a tourist attraction to get people to come out on the bayou to enjoy the beautiful scenery we have in this area,” said Lastrapes.

Lastrapes said after growing up in Acadiana, he hopes to continue to see progress in the area.

“Anything that takes away from the utilization of the bayou is not a positive. We need the boat ramp,” said Lastrapes.

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