WILDLIFE AREA DISAPPEARS FROM BAYOU LIBERTY STATE SCENIC WATERWAY
Bayou Liberty is a scenic bayou in St Tammany Parish near Slidell. "Bayou Liberty leads to Lake Pontchartrain and is one of the top scenic
bayous in Louisiana. It's about a 15 minute ride by boat to the lake.
The bayou is perfect for fishing, jet skiing, kneeboarding, or taking a
leisurely cruise to see the old homes on the bayou. It is a bird
sanctuary with bird feeders and purple martin house. Slidell is thirty
minutes from New Orleans but has the feel of stepping back in time to a
slower way of life."
A 60 acre parcel of property along Bayou Liberty is being developed as an Industrial Park. The developer obtained an exception to zoning laws from the Parish Council. He also received permission to clear cut the property. According to a local birder, the area cleared was home to deer, foxes, pileated woodpecker, bald eagle and a variety of other wildlife. The developer defends the removal of the pine trees and underbrush by promising that he will replace it with better, nicer looking plants like oak and cypress. Now the developer is applying for another exception to the zoning regulations. He wants to put baseball fields on his property. Residents fear the bright lights of the ball parks will destroy the natural feeling of the area.
A resident tells me the St Tammany Board of Adjustment meets on Nov 5, 4:00 - 5:30 to consider his exception to the regulations. The meeting will be held at the
St. Tammany Parish Council Chambers
, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville, LA 70471