Permit OK'd, after delay, for big fishing tourney

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - After delaying action last week, the Town Council of Grand Isle has voted to issue a permit for the popular Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

The annual fishing tournament is now set for July 26-28.

The rodeo brings about 15,000 people to the barrier island that is home to about 1,000 people.

Councilman Scooter Resweber said the council had delayed the permit over a variety of issues, including traffic and public drunkenness that accompany the rodeo. There also were complaints that organizers favor out-of-town businesses.

The council voted to issue the permit Tuesday. Resweber told The Courier that the decision came after Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts, a Tarpon Rodeo board member, came and listened to residents' concerns.

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