Nearly 10 years after Hurricane Katrina destroyed it, the Port Eads Marina is set to reopen by Memorial Day weekend, according to its new management firm, High Adventure Co.
The facility has two lodges with a total of 48 beds, a fuel dock, ice house and a marina with 60 slips, and will soon have a restaurant, said John Burrell, president and chief executive officer of High Adventure. The company plans to have everything ready a few days before the Memorial Day fishing tournament.
High Adventure signed a five-year contract to manage the property for Port Eads Fishing Refuge, the nonprofit Plaquemines Parish created in December to oversee the facility near the mouth of the Mississippi River.
High Adventure runs sporting lodges around the world. The big-game hunting destinations listed on the company’s website, highadventurecompany.com, include Alaska, Colorado, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as flyfishing and billfishing trips, and 11 birdhunting sites, including duck hunting at a lodge south of Jonesville.
The company is bringing its executive chef in to get the restaurant set up and running. Burrell said the chef will probably be at the marina through the summer.
Right now, workers are hauling in furniture and equipment for the restaurant and the lodges, Burrell said.
“We just signed the contract last week, but we’ve been in negotiations for two, three months to get this deal done,” Burrell said. “So we’re kind of a little under the gun with this first tournament coming up.”
Plaquemines completed the marina repairs in summer 2013. The project cost more than $12 million. The federal government provided $11 million of the total, with state and local governments kicking in the rest. But until now, the facility has been empty and unused because the parish was unable to find a company willing to pay to operate the marina.
Burrell said High Adventure is already getting calls about the brand new, state-of-the-art facility.
“That’s totally organic right now because there’s been very little advertising. As soon as word spread that it was opening, people started finding us,” Burrell said.
Burrell said the marina’s website, porteads.com, should be set up in the next week or so. Information is available by calling High Adventure at (800) 847-0834.