By AMY BRENNAN
The depth of Pass Manchac is still rated at nine feet and needs to be dredge to 12 feet for the Corp of engineers to approve the depth in the pass for barge traffic.
Former President and CEO of Port of New Orleans Gary Lagrange currently serves as Marketing Consultant to Port Manchac. Lagrange had an abundance of ideas and information to report to the Manchac Port Commission. Lagrange is a champion for The Port of Manchac and continues to call Port Manchac “a hidden gem”
He even went on to quote the famous movie Field of Dreams saying “Build it and they will come.”
Lagrange also stated it is rare to have a port accessible by truck, rail and barge.
On September 12, 2017 The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission held a regular monthly meeting at it’s home office, located at 163 West Hickory Street, Ponchatoula.
The meeting was started with an opening prayer lead by Secretary Helen Muller and was followed up with The Pledge of Allegiance. The agenda was quickly approved and the last minutes accepted.
Lagrange reported, “our friends in Port Jacksonville are under water. Although they might have some functional decommissioned cranes that possibly available for free.” But the purchase it will have to be looked into logistically (at the expense to transport said cranes) and will have to have port engineers to assess the situation.
And the current dock will require some upgrades.
Lagrange advised the committee that he will follow-up on the cranes so they can be ballparked in terms of cost.
Lagrange also is excited to bring more tourism to Tangipahoa Parish. He will be speaking to five major cruise ship owners to talk about cruise excursions to Manchac, possibly bringing in a paddle wheeler similar to The Natchez in New Orleans. He also spoke of bussing tourists in from New Orleans to give them a real Cajun tourism experience.
According to Lagrange, Representative Steve Pugh is working on getting the original light house beacon returned.