Tourist Commission names B&B owner as new member-at-large
By PAUL KEDINGER
The directors of the Acadia Parish Tourist Commission selected Charlotte Miller, operator of La Maison Pointe aux Loups Bed and Breakfast and LaMaison Gifts, to fill a two-year term as a member-at-large on the Commission during their meeting March 11. Miller was one of three nominees for the post.
Miller will fill the seat being vacated by Fran Bihm of Rayne, who has served two years in the position.
Treasurer Paul Broussard, on behalf of the board, thanked Bihm for her contributions, saying, “We appreciate all you have done as a member-at-large.”
In other action, Broussard administered the oath of office to Darlene Guidry, the recently appointed representative for the Town of Church Point.
The commissioners approved the low bid of $6,726 submitted by Libby Air Conditioning and Heating for the installation of a two-ton unit to served the public bathroom and storage building.
Treasurer Broussard reported that the Commission signed a cash lease with a crawfish farmer to rent the seven area parcel of land destined for a convention center. The annual lease was $50 per acre for a total of $350.
Regarding the efforts to build a convention center, plans to meet with university officials, legislators during the legislative session were announced
It was also reported that a “very positive meeting” had been held with representatives of the state’s Smart Growth Program who shared a wealth of information with the commissioners.
Several Commission members also reported a “ground swell of support” for the convention center, with Broussard adding, “The excitement is still there.”
Executive Director Gwen Hanks reported a motel owner promised an assistant district attorney he would pay four months of past due occupancy taxes to the Commission within the week.