60 Louisiana marinas to receive hurricane assistance

HOUMA, La. — Sixty privately owned marinas in Louisiana will get money to help them rebuild after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, the Houma Courier reported on its Web site.

The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department’s new $3.5 million Recreational Economic Assistance program will grant marinas between $11,000 and $136,000 for repair costs, the Courier reports, and aims to get the money to the businesses prior to the spring fishing season.

The program’s funds come from $41.3 million approved by Congress to aid fisheries hurt by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to the Courier.

By some estimates the four storms resulted in more than $750 million in losses for Louisiana’s fishing industry.

“We want to get as many marinas up and running as possible,” Laura Deslatte, a department spokeswoman for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, told the Courier.

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