The Twin Parish Port Commission (Port of Delcambre) announced Wednesday, August 13th that the long-awaited opening of a new boat launch and pavilion (to be named at a later date) has finally come!
The boat launch itself has 2 bays on either side of a floating deck with 2 slots on each side allowing for 4 boats total to launch simultaneously. This is quite a welcome change from the original 1 bay boat launch that became easily become congested with frustrated boaters anxious to get on the water. In addition to the new boat launch, there is now a fishing and observation pier, 3 piers for shrimp boats to dock and sell shrimp and seafood directly to the public, and a newly constructed pavilion to be utilized for events such as the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market.
Fees are assessed for use of the boat launch at a Day Rate, constituting a full 24 hours:
$5 Launching Fee
$2 Fishing Pier Fee
$2 Pavilion Parking Fee (for regular vehicles)
An Annual Pass for 2015 is being planned and should be announced in December. The pavilion is available for rent at $250 on weekends, $100 weedays.
For convenience, there is an Electronic Pay Station on site whereby patrons can utilize either cash or a credit card, and the machine will then print out a receipt to be displayed on the front dash of your vehicle.
There is paved parking for the pavilion and limestone parking for vehicle boat trailers. The pavilion has accessibility for the disabled.
Year Long Construction. The Glen Lege Construction Company began this project back in August of 2013 and after weather delays and project enlargement it was completed a year later, August, 2014. Now that construction is complete, future plans to make the launch facility even bigger and better are in the works and will include amenities such as: fish-cleaning tables, boat rinse station, an ice machine, bait shop, RV Parking, dry stack storage, restrooms. The project was designed and engineered by Primeaux, Touchet, and Associates of Abbeville.
Total Funding of $4 Million. As a community in need of this new boat launch facility, we must recognize and thank those who have financially contributed to its amazing success. Without these monies, the new launch wouldn’t have become a reality.
The $4 million project has been fully funded by several sources. The largest contributor was a federal grant from the Fisheries Infrastruture program, which was designed to help restore and replace the fisheries infrastructure, both recreational and commercial, along the coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the coastline and the economy in 2005. From this, the Fisheries Infrastructure Grant contributed close to $2.4 million to the Twin Parish Port Commission for the project.
Also, during this time, the Iberia Parish Council was receiving Long Term Recovery Funds, which were also federal funds. From the funds the Council received, $600,000 was dedicated to this project. Further, another supplemental program to the Fisheries Infrastructure program, was a program called the Coastal Fisheries Recovery Fund. This fund contributed monies to Iberia Parish, who in turn designated to the Delcambre project an additional $400,000, for a total contribution from the Iberia Parish Council in the amount of $1 million. The Twin Parish Port District contributed $600,000 of its own funds to complete the project.
Grand Opening September 6th. The community is thankful to all who had a hand in making this a memorable day in the community. An open invitation is issued to all to come on back to the Delcambre Boat Launch on Saturday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m. where there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the Grand Opening and officially dedicating the new facility. Immediately following is the opening of the Delcambre Seafood & Farmers Market, which, if you haven’t already heard, was recently ranked 59th best Farmers Market in the Nation!
Music, Food, & Fun! Music by Cajun French acoustic artists, The Melancon, Thibodeaux and Bellard Trio will be there to start things off and give you a reason to dance from noon until 4pm! From 4pm to 7pm, the Babineaux Sisters will keep you entertained while you enjoy an open house to visit and tour the facility. From 7pm to 10pm, Beau Young will help us celebrate into the night.
So come on out and join local Dignitaries, your family, friends and neighbors who will be at the Grand Opening Celebration, immersing themselves in all the fun and festivities to be had! There will be cooking demonstrations and food sampling by Chef David Bertrand of Shucks in Abbeville; family activities including a fun jump, and over 50 vendors selling grass-fed beef, seafood, vegetables, produce, jellies and jams, handmade crafts, amongst many other artisan creations. CJ’s Snowcones will be there providing concession foods and drinks, as well as other food vendors such as the Saunier family-owned Delcambre Center (formerly known as the Teenage Center), specializing in their famous hamburgers and chili dogs on their original grill. Popular items we know you’ll be craving for. We hope to see everyone there!!!
For more information about the new boat launch facilities, the Grand Opening, or the Seafood and Farmers Market, please contact Tammy Gordon at 1-800-884-6120 Ext. 7.
Commission, Staff and Partners
Wendell R. Verret, Port Director
Tammy Gordon, Community Relations Coordinator
Monica Theriot, Administrative Assistant
Clince Waguespack, President, Iberia Parish
Glen Crappel, Vice-President, Delcambre
Donald Menard, Secretary-Treasurer, Erath
Connie Landry, Vermilion Parish
Jim Wiggins, Delcambre
Wayne Bell, Iberia Parish
Greg Touchet, Vermilion Parish
Jacob Landry, Vermilion Parish
Mike Reeser, Delcambre
Delcambre Direct Seafood
Thomas Hymel, Program Director
Anne Dugas, Assistant Program Director
Katherine Kenworthy, Fishermen Coordinator
Rebecca Comeaux, Program Registration
North Pier Marina
Katherine Kenworthy, Cruisers Manager
Harold "T-Boy" Renard, Dock Master
Brady Segura, Patrol Boat Captain
Jim Kenworthy, Maintenance Supervisor
Brittany Gordon, Market Manager
Iberia Development Foundation
Blue Cross/Blue Shield Healthy Eating Initiative