Louisiana’s Elmer’s Island Reopening in Time for Memorial Day

State officials announce opening of popular tourist
destination on May 27

May 25, 2011 – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and
Fisheries (LDWF) announced the reopening of the six-mile long
section of beach known as Elmer’s Island located near Grand Isle in
Jefferson Parish effective at noon on Friday, May 27, 2011. Elmer’s
Island, a popular local and tourist destination known as a surf
fishing and birding haven, was closed in May 2010 as a result of
the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

“We are so pleased to be able to reopen Elmer’s Island,” said
LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “For more than a year, anglers,
birders and residents from all across the Gulf have waited
patiently for the clean-up workers and equipment to finish scouring
the beaches. Their patience is being rewarded this weekend, just in
time for Memorial Day.”

“While we know that the work to restore Louisiana’s coastline
isn’t done yet, we are excited that the state is reopening
Elmer’s,” said Grand Isle Mayor David Carmadelle. “If you’re
planning to take Memorial Day weekend to fish, grill on the beach
or go birding, one of the best places you could go is Elmer’s. We
are grateful to the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for
continuing to work with the federal government to get this beach
reopened.”

After the noon reopening on Friday, road access to the island
opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset
on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Boating access is seven days a
week.

Although the beach will be open for public access beginning
Friday, workers and state officials will continue to monitor the
shoreline any signs of oil impacts. Any sightings of oil should be
reported to LDWF at 1-800-442-2511.

After Governor Bobby Jindal opened Elmer’s as a wildlife refuge
and prior to the BP oil spill, thousands of people visited the
beach. Since then, the area has played host to locals and tourists
alike. Elmer’s Island is prized as one of the few road accessible
beaches in Louisiana.

 

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