Monday, February 22, 2016
St. John the Baptist Parish - On February 16, 2016, Louisiana Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (La. PACE) elected Parish President Natalie Robottom as the new President, replacing out-going La. PACE President, Dennis Scott of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.
President Pat Brister of St. Tammany Parish and President Guy McInnis of St. Bernard Parish were also elected as Vice Presidents representing the Eastern Area. They will join current Vice Presidents Dennis Scott of the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and President Guy Cormier of St. Martin Parish representing the Western Area and President Timothy Roussel of St. James Parish representing the Central Area.
Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (PACE) was incorporated in 2003 with the goal of uniting and organizing Louisiana’s twenty coastal parishes to assist their individual efforts and raise the important issue of coastal land loss to federal and state agencies and legislators. In 2013, the organization was incorporated as a non-profit organization with a new name, Louisiana Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (La. PACE).
La. PACE is composed of one elected official whom serves as the representative from each of twenty representative parishes. The twenty parishes are divided into three areas: (1) Western Area is comprised of the parishes of Calcasieu, Cameron, Vermilion, St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary; (2) Central Area is comprised of the parishes of Ascension, St. James, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Assumption, St. Charles, and St. John the Baptist; and (3) Eastern Area is comprised of the parishes of Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Jefferson. There are six members on the Board of Directors, consisting of one President and five Vice-Presidents. Each were involved in the voting process.
“It is truly an honor to serve as president of an organization of my peers, continuing the work of combating issues affecting our coast and raising awareness of coastal issues throughout the state and country,” said Parish President Robottom. She added, “La. PACE has the lofty task of continuing the fight for affordable flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and working with our state and federal partners to ensure funding through the RESTORE Act and the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) are used for coastal restoration as intended.”
For more information on La. PACE, please contact Parish President Natalie Robottom at (985) 652-9569 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.