Have you seen the actual documents that are floating around this parish? There are actual copies of leases, aerial photographs, police jury minutes. I don't see any of the post which is false spin. Please enlighten.Gretchen , sorry I mean Tom, your post is a small smidgen of truth, over ran by a lot of false spin, coupled with some out right wrong information and topped of with some down right lies...but what the hey , this is topix, lie on my friend and be happy.
1) The Parish was the one claiming ownership of the Riverfront and Ferry Landing in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s.
2) The Town government leased it out from 1860 to 1920s.
3) The aerial photographs from the 1940s to the current year show the large expanse of Public Riverfront land separating the Bayou Sara Town lots from the River. The 1940 maps also show the ferry landings and highway in the same location it is today.
4) The Parish through a cooperative endeavor with the State built the highway, the ferry landing, boat landings on the Parish land as far back as 1920s. Not through any lease with the Lamberts or the Lacosts.
5) The landings were originally built in 1860 not 1960 and still are on public land.
6) The Town and Parish made a profit off the ferry leases. Described as "all that area known as the "steamboat landing, Public Riverfront from the center of Principal street to the Mouth of Bayou Sara"
7) The Lamberts through their attorney, Mr. Kilbourne requested and received a Right of Way from the Police Jury in the 1950s to use a portion of the Parish riverfront with the provision that the Lamberts build and maintain a public road.
8) There are no old official Survey maps at the clerk of courts. The only map of the area is a sketch of an old drawing which only shows the Town lots which were sold and for sale in the Town of Bayou Sara in 1898.
9) This map is not filed in any court records and is not an official survey map. It is a copy of a sketch. It does not show the Public Riverfront or Public Ferry Landing which was not for sale in 1898 because it was not and has never been private land. 10) The Public Riverfront with its Boat Landings and Ferry Landings has never stopped being needed for the public.
11) The DA Hal Ware in 1988 requested and instructed the PJ to sign a permanent servitude with the Lamberts for the public ferry landing.
12) In 1998 Asst DA Hughes advised the PJ to enter a lease agreement to pay the Lamberts for this same area.
13) In 2012 Asst DA Hughes states he can not assist the PJ with this matter because his lawfirm has been the representative for the Lamberts.