Eight years after Hurricane Rita devastated Delcambre, the town celebrated the opening of the $4 million Bayou Carlin Cove, which includes a boat dock, fishing pier, boat launch and farmer’s market pavilion.
The project resulted from the work of local officials and LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. The project was funded by a $3.4 million federal grant from the Louisiana Office of Community Development and $600,000 from the Twin Parish Port District.
Thomas Hymel, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant fisheries agent, said a $1 million grant has also been obtained to help a local business build a badly needed grocery store in town.
“This is a success story of the university interacting with the community,” Hymel said. “This is the result of extension developing a long-term relationship with the Delcambre community.”
The new boat launch can accommodate four boats at a time with ample parking space to replace a small boat ramp with no parking. The pavilion’s 7,500 square feet of covered area will be the new location for the seafood and farmer’s market. In addition, boats can dock at the pavilion allowing the public access to fresh seafood. A fishing pier gives the public a place to fish without a boat.