NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - New Orleans City Park will move forward with construction of a championship golf course despite a lawsuit.
The park states that the project was thoroughly reviewed by FEMA and was authorized to proceed. The Corps of Engineers and the State issued all of the necessary permits and authorizations to move forward with the project, officials with the park state. The State has a signed contract in place to build the course, and the contractor is doing work presently.
People upset about City Park's plan to transform acres of the park into a championship golf course hoped a lawsuit will put an end to construction.
The City Park for Everyone Coalition announced Wednesday its intentions to sue City Park and FEMA over the golf course project.
The coalition says funding for the golf course includes $10 million dollars in state funds. It does not think it's appropriate for that much money being spent on a golf course when the state is in the middle of budget problems.
Developers expect it will cost about $24.5 million dollars to build the course. They think they can complete construction in 2017.