Link to Lafayette blocked Vermilion River for hours, likely violating law

A Lafayette Consolidated Government contractor blocked the Vermilion River for hours without a permit while removing the Cypress Island Swamp spoil banks in February, potentially violating federal law.

Messages, design plans and videos obtained in a public records request show LCG contractor Rigid Constructors blocked the Vermilion River with four massive barges during the clandestine removal of the spoil banks in St. Martin Parish.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to Nearly 400 single family rentals are planned for Lafayette. It may hardly move the needle on the demand 

In Lafayette, single family homes available for rent are nearly nonexistent. Among the 530 properties managed by Keaty Real Estate, at one point in mid-May only 16 were available, property manager Amy Green said. Several landlords over the past two years got out of the rental business and sold their properties, shrinking the supply of properties.


Link to The South led the way on abortion bans. Is the adoption system ready?

Southern states have led the charge in overturning abortion rights. But many of these states have also seen some of the highest rates of maternal deaths and child poverty.

From 2012-2016, Louisiana had the highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S. with 58.9 deaths per 100,000 births, followed by Georgia with 48.4 deaths, according to a 2018 USA TODAY investigation analyzing state health data.

Source: USA Today

Link to Lafayette City Council to vote on $1M for new homeless shelter

Housing advocates have pushed for new shelter space since the pandemic. Lafayette lacks shelter beds and affordable housing.

Lafayette’s City Council may spend $1 million to help build a new shelter for people experiencing homelessness this month as the area’s unhoused population continues to grow. The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing is set to receive $1 million in federal stimulus money from the city if the City Council approves Councilman Glenn Lazard’s bid to do so at its next meeting on July 19.

Source: The Daily Advertiser

Link to Louisiana abortion ban in effect after judge moves case

“If you don’t like the laws of the states, you can move to one under which you like,” AG Jeff Landry told reporters after the decision. “That’s the greatness of America.”

A Orleans Parish judge has removed a temporary order blocking Louisiana’s ban on nearly all abortions from taking effect while moving a lawsuit that challenges the state’s abortion law to Baton Rouge. Judge Ethel Julien’s decision effectively closes the three clinics in Louisiana that provide abortion services.

Source: Louisiana Illuminator