Jefferson Mayoral Luncheon
Mayors David Camardelle (Grand Isle), Belinda Constant (Gretna), Tim Kerner (Jean Lafitte), and Ben Zahn (Kenner) were recently recognized at a luncheon sponsored by the Jefferson Chamber, and co-sponsored by LMA, RMI and LaMATS. The luncheon forum provided each mayor an opportunity to share their successes, challenges, and future plans for their communities.
Mayor Constant highlighted Gretna’s first-ever Comprehensive Plan, important core infrastructure improvements like the 4th St. extension, and reminded the audience of the financial burden associated with planning, responding and rebuilding from natural disasters. She added that Gretna’s beautiful and historic community requires significant local, state and federal resources to maintain aging drainage and roadways.
Mayor Kerner’s description of Jean Lafitte as simply, “heaven on earth,” explained how the town is benefitting from several projects that promotes tourism, local investments in their roads and bridges, and his future plans to build a unique wetlands educational center. He stressed the importance of how their extensive hurricane projection system provides for a safer place to live for their residents, most of whom have remained resolute even after experiencing 14 hurricanes over the past 25 years.
Mayor Zahn detailed how his Administration of only 10 months has been very active completing important projects he inherited and part of the Kenner 2030 strategic plan, and developing new initiatives like Freedom Fest at the Lake and the Laketown River Stage. He painted a very bright economic future for Kenner that includes additional terminals being built at the Louis Armstrong International Airport, new car dealerships, and a Habitat for Humanity facility to serve the needs of Kenner and the surrounding area.
Unfortunately, Mayor Camardelle was unable to attend at the last minute due to the impending Hurricane Nate which had changed course with a projected landfall impacting Grand Isle and other coastal communities.
LMA Immediate Past President Mayor Barney Arceneaux, LMA Past Presidents Mayor Glenn Brasseaux and Councilman Pete Heine, and LMA, RMI and LaMATS staff members comprised the LMA delegation attending the luncheon to honor and recognize these outstanding Jefferson Parish mayors.