Saturday, June 1, 2013
An amended version of Senate Concurrent Resolution 105 by Senator Troy Brown was approved late Friday, but the resolution carried little weight and no funding to continue the Reserve/Edgard Ferry past June 30, 2013. Senators Brown and Smith continued to work on future funding options, but grappled with both time and funding constraints typical of a budget showdown. The situation remained gloomy as HB1 moved through the Senate with no dollars for the ferry.
As if guided by fate, a chance encounter with the Governor's Chief of Staff and Commissioner of the Division of Administration provided a simple but plausible opportunity for St. John Parish to work with DOTD and the Office of Community Development on a plan to continue ferry services through a joint agreement. The details of this plan have not been finalized, but seem promising and will be completed over the next few weeks to avoid interrupting ferry services at the end of June. The plan will be released once finalized.