Lieutenant Governor Scott Angelle was in Vermilion Parish Thursday with a special announcement, the long awaited arrival of funds to complete the opening of a state park.
Angelle announced Palmetto Island State Park will officially open on October 28th. It is located six miles south of Abbeville.
The state put forth more than $401,000 to open the park. The rest of the funding was gotten from the "Palmetto Island State Park Fund." this is a public, private partnership with the community foundation of Acadiana, area elected officials, Abbeville Tourism Commission and Chamber of Commerce, along with community organizations. Angelle says many people worked tirelessly to make the opening of a state park a reality.
"We believe the best way to help reintroduce the footprint of the sportsman's paradise to America is to use this asset amongst our other assets and we can't do it with closed signs on it."
The land for the park was acquired in August 1981 at a cost of 1.5 million dollars. Damage to the already completed utilities and infrastructure, along with budget constraints in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, put the project on hold back in 2005.
On October 30th, there will be a fundraiser for the park. "Stir the pot for Palmetto" will begin at 10:00 AM. There will be live music featuring Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Jaryd Lane, and Stephen Matthew Perry. Admission is ten dollars per person.