All options on the table for Port Eads
Port Eads has been officially empty since March 1, save for the 24-hour security provided by parish government, and parish officials are no closer to a permanent plan for the $14 million facility than they were a month ago.
High Adventure, the fishing tour company that operated Port Eads since it was reconstructed with FEMA funds in 2013, remained at the location more than a month beyond the end of its contract as a favor to the parish. High Adventure informed the Plaquemines Parish Government in early January that it would vacate the port because South Pass, the lone waterway access to Port Eads, had silted in to the point that only boats with the shallowest drafts could navigate the channel. Demand for fishing tours at Port Eads, considered some of the best in the world, remained high, but the cost to dredge the pass is estimated in the tens of millions of dollars. And while the Army Corps of Engineers is unlikely to be persuaded to dredge South Pass to save a famous fishing destination, local officials are hoping Port Eads’ can be dug out of the sand as part of a larger project.
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