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Henderson to receive new boat launch

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The Henderson town council unanimously voted five years ago to allow mayor Sherbin Collette to ask for state and federal grants to build a boat launch and educational center along Bayou Amy on Henderson Levee Rd.

Collette says construction for the facilities will hopefully begin in about a month.

"We have thousands and thousands of tourists from all over the world—really and truly—they come in and they going out there to tour the basin and look at it, but they gonna stop here (the boat ramp and education center," says Collette.

Collette says through the new boat ramp and educational center he's banking on pulling busloads of tourists off of I-10 through businesses downtown and to swamp tours in Henderson, like McGee's landing," says Collette.

"Anything they do in this area is going to help, because basically when they moved everybody off this levy structure and they killed the town of Henderson. So, hopefully more people will come here and frequent my business as well as most of the businesses in the area," says David Allemond, owner of McGee's Landing.

Allemond says he is not only looking forward to seeing the educational center, which will feature mementos from the Atchafalaya Basin, bring in tourism dollars. He says he can't wait to clean up his own private boat ramp he allows the public to use for a fee.

"We do have a couple boat launches in the area one of them being on my property, which is being trashed up, you know I have to go constantly clean it," says Allemand.

Collette has $651,000 earmarked for the project, but the project was priced way back in 2008, so he says there's a possibility he could be asking the council's permission to get more money to fight inflation.

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