Pontchartrain Beach Could Reopen

Although Pontchartrain Beach has been closed for several decades, locals still enjoy going to the mile-long sand beach close to the Seabrook Bridge. The Lakefront Management Authority, the current management company of the beach, is seeking bids from companies that would manage the property. They want to find someone who will make the beach safer for swimmers, anglers, and other outdoor patrons.

“What we’re doing now is testing the waters to see what proposals will come in, and what ideas are out there to develop this old beach site,” authority Executive Director Louis Capo said.

Pontchartrain Beach was established by the Batt family in 1928 and was originally an amusement park. The amusement park was moved to another location in 1983 and the beach became a swimming hazard. Residents need not worry that anything will be built at the beach.

“Now, it’s not under lease anywhere. But state law requires it can only be used for a beach. You couldn’t put a business there,” LMA board member Wilma Heaton said.

The Pontchartrain Beach Foundation would like to lease the beach. The foundation, founded by Guy Williams, the CEO of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, says his group wants sot clean the beach up and reopen it for swimming, kayaking and other water activities.

“There just aren’t many options in our area to get out on the water for free,” Williams said.

“Our focus would be on step one, which is actually getting funding and the renovation that’s needed so that the beach can be reopened,” Williams said. “If we don’t do step one, there will never be a step two.”

For whoever ends up winning the bid, the job will be quite a task. There is a lot to do to make the beach area safe for the public. There are still old amusement park structures buried in the beach sand that can cut patrons. The steep drop-off and riprap (a rock material used for shorelines) are unsafe for those swimming underwater.

“We have one responsibility of overseeing the properties within our realms on behalf of the public,” Anthony Richard, its chairman said. “We’re trying to get an appreciation on what would be the best use for that particular space that’s available that ties into our mission.”

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Tips For Brightening Up Your Outdoor Living Space

Spring is the perfect time to either make updates to your outdoor space or create one. Southern Living Plant Collection gives tips on how to make your space chic and cozy with a pop of color.

Make a Statement!

A good way to do this is to start with flowers. Flowers are the perfect backdrop for an outdoor living space. A great example is bright blue or pink hydrangeas framing a long farmhouse picnic table or porch swing. A perfect setting for a photo.

There’s No Such Thing as Too Matchy-Matchy.

You can do a lot with one hue, it is only a myth to not use matching on matching. Just remember to vary the shades of the same color. For example, you can start with blue hydrangeas and add the furniture and accessories in a different shade of the color of the blooms. This makes a modern, monochromatic look.

All White Is All Right.

Most everyone likes the color white, so you can’t go wrong with a white-themed outdoor space. A great idea is to go off the Greek Isles look by pairing white cushy ottomans, with a sectional and modern lighting. Top the design off with some white wedding hydrangeas.

Texture, Texture, Texture.

You do not just have to use different shades of a hue but you can also use the same hue with different textures. Take a wicker chair and pair it with a wrought-iron framed table. If you use pillows, take a nubby pillow and place it over a silk pillow for a nice textured look.

Be a Little Bohemian.

What would be included in a Bohemian look? Examples would be patterned rugs, handknit hammocks, fairy lights, and eco-fabrics just to name a few. Adding flowers to you area is a perfect touch to the free-loving, modern hippy-spirited outdoor space.

Create Cute Clusters.

Usually, your outdoor living spaces are intimate so big bulky items are out of the question. Create areas within your outdoor space. Mix both high tables and small side tables throughout the area. Put vases of freshly cut flowers on the tables.

Light It All Up.

Lighting is the key to the perfect ambiance. Your lighting should not be too bright but not be too dim either. A good idea is to use a combination of downlights and spotlights. Downlights will highlight your flower beds and walking paths while spotlights bring attention to exterior architectural features.

Spring is the perfect time to change things up outdoors. Remember these tips to make a perfect place to relax and entertain outdoors this season.

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Annual New Orleans Wind & Food Festival, June 8 – 12, 2022

Every year patrons enjoy food and wine pairings at this festival in New Orleans.

New Orleans, LA 

June 8 – 12,  2022

Tickets: $85 – $3,000

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Ella Brennan Gala 2022, June 7, 2022

This year’s recipient is Chef Frank Brigtsen in New Orleans.

The Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans
2 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70130

June 7,  2022

Tickets: $150 – $2,500

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