Laketown pier in Kenner gets a makeover after Hurricane Isaac damage


Posted on December 3, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 3 at 7:40 PM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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KENNER, La. -- The Laketown fishing pier in Kenner has been closed for construction for almost a year. Debris damaged the pier during Hurricane Isaac.

It officially re-opened Tuesday after getting a much needed make-over.

The city hopes reopening the pier will help make Laketown a destination. Now that it's finished, the city has big plans for the Laketown area.

Officials hope to build a commercial development on the 15 acres of state-owned land on the other side of the pier.

Officials say plans will include lakefront restaurants and shops to compliment the casino that's already there.

Jack Newman comes out here to fish four times a week and had the honor of casting the first line at Tuesday’s dedication.

He is just one of many fishermen looking forward to seeing the fish bite again.

“Better than ever, always enjoyed it,” he said. “When it was knocked out by Hurricane Isaac I had to fish over where they launch the boats. I wasn't catching much over there.”

Mayor Michael Yenni said the newly renovated pier can withstand a category 3 hurricane.

“It is so important for Kenner residents to have recreation, and I have said time and time again the future of Kenner rest here in Laketown,” he said.

They hope now they won't have to repair this pier again.