, 73, of Houma, talks about his
ideas for the restoration of Louisiana's wetlands Friday evening.
That's how Charles Beasley
leads off his
presentation on coastal restoration.
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Beasley, the 73-year-old owner of Beasley's Pest Control in Bayou Blue, has big ideas about how the coast can be saved.
plan to local senators, Parish Council meetings, and even the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
, and everyone's told him, "No."
Beasley's plan, which he
conceived after Hurricane Katrina, would create the ultimate barrier to protect Louisiana from the Gulf.
believes the coast should be blockaded with a man-made island constructed from concrete caissons, engineered structures that have been used to build dams and bridges.
They could be floated out to about 1 1/2 miles from the coast line and sunk, to form a wall.
The structures should extend about 30 feet above the water to provide a barrier against hurricane flooding, he
"I believe everyone can teach you something," Beasley
not motivated by money.
said slowly watching the parish disappear over the decades of his
life motivated him to action.
used to have a camp in Montegut where sugar cane fields grew.
Now the community is surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico.
When Hurricane Katrina hit, he
came up with his
plan and began shopping it around to coastal officials and politicians.
"Unless we do something, in 100 years we'll be underwater," Beasley
"I don't even care about making a dollar.
There are too many good things here to lose."
Reggie Dupre, Terrebonne's levee director and a former state senator, is one of the local public officials that Beasley visited.
knows the cost would be enormous.
That's why he
has a unique proposal: Open the island's construction up to private industry.
said that with the opportunity for business stemming from the island's construction, he
believes private investors would be interested.
added that Louisiana's coastal land loss should be declared a disaster so projects like his
can get around environmental restrictions.
"I'm just trying to wake people up.
Let's get something going here," Beasley