Proposed island development stirs debate
Brianna Arrington, Gazette contributing writer
Since the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries sent a letter last month to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opposing a permit for the “Maricopa” land development project on Lake D’Arbonne, several subsequent letters from elected officials and local land owners to the Corps asking for a public hearing have followed in its wake.
The Maricopa project proposed the construction of a subdivision built on two islands on the south side of the Mixing Hole, a popular fishing spot on the lake. Local land developer Jim Farley wanted to convert two islands into more than 100 lots for locals looking to find their own lake havens.
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