St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Residents Urged to Contact Legislators and Governor for Ferry

Residents Urged to Contact Legislators and Governor for Ferry

Monday, July 29, 2013


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced the Reserve/Edgard ferry will close on Wednesday, July 31 despite funding to operate the ferry through August 31, 2013. DOTD offered and the Parish agreed to this amount of time to complete the requirements for a $1 Million grant and to secure an agreement with a ferry operator. The full amount of time was not granted and now residents and business leaders are once again asked to contact their legislative delegation and the Governor's office to plead for more time.
 In June, the Parish Council approved a road transfer resolution valued at $647,000, with $400,000 for operation of the ferry until September 1, 2013. The Parish Administration has worked with the Office of Community Development to complete the application process and it is currently on track for a public hearing and approval. These additional funds could continue ferry operations for an additional 6 months, if the fare is increased and the schedule is adjusted. However, utilization of these funds requires public hearings and procurement of an operator through a public bid. One month is not enough time to complete the process of securing an operator. The Parish needs more time.

Ferry operations are not just important for West Bank residents.  The ferry serves the court system, official government activities (Clerk of Court & Assessor), the economy through jobs, access to jobs and stores on the east bank, and access to industry and medical services.  Fourteen local jobs would be lost if the ferry ceased to operate.  The original deadline of September 1, 2013 is the minimum amount of time needed to complete the application and procurement process to secure a private operator. Please contact the individuals below and ask for their help.


Name Address Business Phone Mobile Phone Email Address
Randal Gaines 201 W. Airline Hwy
Suite 210
LaPlace, LA 70068
985-652-1228 504-487-9904
Greg Miller P.O. Box 190
Norco, La 70079
985-764-9991 504-400-0722
Clay Schexnayder P.O. Box 267
Sorrento, LA 70778
225-929-7711 225-313-8724
Troy Brown P.O. Box 974
Napoleonville, LA 70390
985-369-3333 225-933-9610
Gary Smith P.O. Box 189
Norco, LA 70079
985-764-9122 504-908-2037
DOTD   225-379-1232
Governor's Office   225-342-7015