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Putting Leeville back on the map

Leeville, La. - A quiet fishing village in lower Lafourche Parish, Leeville is the town Father Time forgot. But when the state opened the elevated portion of La. 1, it seems everyone else forgot Leeville too.

"It's a ghost town, nobody's passing," says Ben Griffin, owner of Griffin's Marina and Ice. "You'd sit here and just stare at the bridge and see all the people that once passed in front of your store no longer there."

Griffin says his business dropped 60 percent when the bridge opened. But he hopes Leeville's fortune is about to change.

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne will be in town Friday to officially designate it a state cultural district.

"For years, I've heard that Leeville is too far gone, it's not worth saving," says Janet Rhodus, who started the nonprofit organization Launch Leeville. "It's not included in the Master Plan, it's not included in the levee system. But what people don't realize is an important component to the seafood and oil industry."

Rhodus says the Cultural District designation will provide tax credits to encourage new development and investment here.

Lafourche Parish hopes to soon break ground on a $1.5 million boat launch. The design will include a fishing pier, pavilion and a kayak launch.

"Hopefully within the next 60 days, we hope to have some dirt moving and we're really excited about that," says Rhodus.

Griffin is excited to show state leaders what Leeville is all about, a once-forgotten town that hopes to create new memories.

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