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Grand Isle official wants change in Barataria Bay

Councilman Jay LaFont Councilman Jay LaFont

By David Spunt - bio | email

GRAND ISLE, LA (WAFB) - From Grand Isle to Pensacola, the Gulf Coast watched President Barack Obama's speech with baited breath Tuesday night.

Grand Isle councilman Jay LaFont has lived in the town his whole life.

During Obama's address to the nation from the Oval Office, LaFont said the biggest thing he wanted to see was a change in Barataria Bay, which is about 15 miles northeast of Grand Isle.

The councilman proposes more boom, rock jetties and barge ships to help block the oil.

"It all sounds good and I got to have confidence in my president that he'll follow through with some of our plans that we've been going over with him, but I just don't know," LaFont said. "I've just got a lot of fears and unknowns."

LaFont says he, Mayor David Camardelle and the rest of the council are literally working around the clock seven days a week to keep the folks of Grand Isle calm during this crisis.

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