Update, 4:58 p.m., March 17, 2016
Audubon Nature Institute lawyers have agreed to throw out a part of the controversial "The Fly" contract which WWL-TV exposed as potentially beneficial to companies controlled by two of Audubon’s board members.
The contract said the complex's managers should buy beer and wine from Crescent Crown Distributing and, "wherever possible,” to sell alcohol brands owned by Sazerac Co.
Audubon board members Jeffrey Goldring and Paul Fine own, manage or direct both Crescent Crown and Sazerac Co.
Two members of the board overseeing a proposed soccer complex for “The Fly” area of Audubon Park might have conflicts of interest in the project, according to a report.
According to a draft plan obtained by WWL-TV, the organization behind the controversial project, the Carrollton Boosters, would be required to purchase all wine and beer for the complex from Crescent Crown Distributing Company and sell alcohol from Sazerac Company “wherever possible,” the TV station reported.
Paul Fine and Jeffrey Goldring, members of the Audubon Nature Institute board, are owners or directors of Sazerac Company and Crescent Crown Distributing.
The Audubon board’s attorney told WWL that the agreement is a draft and that nothing has been finalized at this point.
“Audubon would simply note that the draft (agreement) is just that — a draft — subject to further review, revision, analysis, and approval by the appropriate parties,” Michael DeShazo told WWL.
Neither Fine nor Goldring commented to WWL.
The $4 million complex has been put on hold while the Carrollton Boosters discuss possible changes in the face of opposition from residents who want the space to remain undeveloped.