DELCAMBRE – If you frequent the Bayou Carlin Cove Boat Landing and Pavilion in Vermilion Parish, you may start noticing regular appearances by Delcambre Police.
Paying a few bucks to launch your boat or drop a line in the water is nothing new. But starting March 1st, you’ll be given a fine if you don’t pay up.
$5 to launch and park a boat; $2 to fish: A small price to pay for convenient outdoor activities.
“It’s a good recreational item for people,” explains Wendell Verret, Port Director for Twin Parish port District, “But we have to maintain the facility, and our philosophy is that the facility has to maintain itself.”
Bayou Carlin Cove is technically right outside Delcambre town limits. But after getting the all-clear from the state Attorney General, the delcambre police department will now enforce the purchase of permits.
“This is not something new,” explains assistant Delcambre Police Chief Ted Kahn, “Us enforcing it is gonna be new, but it’s something that’s been in effect ever since they opened that place.”
People will be able to purchase an annual permit to use Bayou Carlin Cove. However, those who purchase daily permits say that the permit machine often breaks down. Police say they will take that into account.
“We’re going to test it every day before we go out and start enforcing,” adds Kahn, “If the machine is not working, we’ll contact the port to get it repaired and we will not be issuing tickets at that time.”
But if you skip out on paying the small fee, what could have been five dollars, will turn into fifty dollars, courtesy of the Delcambre police.
Says Verret, “All we want is that if the machine’s working and they’re just skipping out on paying, we want to get those guys.”
Officials say Bayou Carlin Cove is free to anyone who wants to visit the pavilion or simply take a walk around the pier.
But if you drop a boat or a line in the water, be ready to pay up.