Date: 9/26/18 4:38 pm
From: Kevin Morgan <cowboyinbrla...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Elmer's Island - airport
What it takes to understand this is that the Grand Isle Independent Levee District, which wants to open the airport, wants more money to spend on stuff it wants to do. Some of you may remember all the scandals that arose from the Orleans Levee Board's "side" operations that were used to generate millions upon millions of dollars, allegedly to help support "flood control", but which turned into a giant patronage slush fund.

There are limited opportunities for an agency like the GIILD to squeeze money out of their local base - people there hate paying taxes as much as anywhere else in the state - and what better way than to get the state to fork over the use of nearby wildlife refuge land (for FREE, mind you) so that GIILD can get people to pay them to use a state asset, even if that degrades the value of the asset for everyone else? Then you sit back and get private businesses to pay for the privilege of building the hangar, operating the hangar, operating the fuel depot, etc. - all with a percentage of revenues plus a base amount going to the GIILD.

Sure, there's another airport not very far away. But the GIILD doesn't make money off THAT airport. The Greater Lafourche Port Commission does. And that also means private planes landing there to bring wealthy tourist fishermen will probably use Galliano-local resources, putting money in their economy and not Grand Isle's. There are all sorts of money-making opportunities with this proposal that don't happen if people keep flying into Galliano instead.

And I do not mean to suggest that this deal would inevitably be corrupt. It might be entirely above-board, publicly bid, no shenanigans involved whatsoever (or maybe not). But the point remains: this is about somebody - the GIILD, for starters - making money.

Kevin Morgan
Baton Rouge LA

-----Original Message-----
From: Bulletin Board for Dissemination of Information on Louisiana Birds [mailto:<LABIRD-L...>] On Behalf Of Jed Pitre
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 4:52 PM
To: <LABIRD-L...>
Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Elmer's Island - airport

Van, Erik & LAbirders,

What I can't quite understand is that there is already an airport
about 20 miles away as-the-gull-flies (30 by road) from Elmer's,
so why do we need another one?

The South Lafourche Leonard Miller Jr. Airport is in Galliano and
is owned by the Greater Lafourche Port Commission. As far as
I know it is open for public use. It supports heli, single engine
and small jet traffic, with 20,000+ aircraft operations per year
according to the most recent stats(2012-2013).

Jed Pitre
Thibodaux, LA
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