St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Ferry Update: High Importance

Ferry Update: High Importance

As the end of the 2012 Legislative Session comes to an end, funding for the Reserve/Edgard Ferry has not been restored in the 2012-2013 state budget.  However, I remain confident that Senators Brown and Smith will assist us in our efforts to have it restored by the end of the session. 

As you know, the Parish Council and Parish President’s Office began our campaign to continue funding for the ferry as soon as we were alerted to the funding issue.

We have:

  • Implemented a letter writing campaign from residents
  • Passed a Council Resolution in support of ferry funding
  • Held meetings with our legislative delegation prior to and during the legislative session
  • Alerted the public through all media outlets
  • Met with other SJBP government entities who utilize the ferry
  • Met with the Secretary of Transportation and her staff
  • Met with the Governor’s staff
  • Attended committee hearings during budget consideration
  • Testified during critical committee meetings
  • Spoken with other legislators to emphasize the need for the ferry
  • Persuaded LADOTD staff to increase their original ridership numbers due to our research

As parish leaders, we have provided our Louisiana House and Senate delegation with tools and information we feel are needed to restore ferry funding.  We have outlined short and long-term concessions, based on input from residents and the business community. We need your continued help this last week of the session when budget decisions are finalized.  This week is very critical to the future of our ferry.

PLEASE CALL YOUR STATE SENATORS TO VOICE YOUR STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE FERRY AND ITS FUTURE.  ASK SENATORS BROWN AND SMITH TO OFFER AN AMENDMENT TO RESTORE FERRY FUNDING DURING SENATE CONSIDERATION OF THE BUDGET. 

Senator Troy Brown
Legislative Assistant Kim Patterson
985/369-3333 District Office
225/342-2040 Capitol Office
225/933-9610 Mobile
brownte@legis.la.gov

Senator Gary Smith
Legislative Assistant, Greta Nassar
985/764-9122 District Office
225/342-2040 Capitol Office
504/908-2037 Mobile
smithgl@legis.la.gov

Thank You,

Natalie Robottom
Parish President
St. John the Baptist Parish


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