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Roger Erickson, warning coordinator for the National Weather Service’s Lake Charles Office, speaks during a SKYWARN training class for weather spotters at the Port of Morgan City’s Emergency Operations Center.


By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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Meteorologists have full-time jobs watching and forecasting potentially hazardous weather. But they still need help from volunteers known as spotters.

The National Weather Service’s Lake Charles Office, Port of Morgan City and St. Mary Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness hosted a SKYWARN training class Monday to show people how to spot and report severe weather.

page0001The Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Commission held a stakeholder meeting Monday to mainly discuss upcoming dredging projects. From left, are Port Attorney Gerard Bourgeois, commissioners Pete Orlando and Steven Cornes, and Commission President Joe Cain.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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After lots of talk in the past year about starting major dredging projects in the Morgan City area, officials say work will finally be in full swing by the summer. 
The Port of Morgan City hosted a stakeholder meeting and its regular monthly commission meeting Monday.
By September, officials hope to achieve a decent enough water depth to accommodate a lot of vessel traffic from Crewboat Cut south of Morgan City in the Atchafalaya River to the end of the Atchafalaya River Bar Channel, which empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  Sediment accumulation has stifled waterway commerce in the Morgan City area, because many vessels cannot get through the waterways.

lombardocornesswearinginStanding, from left, Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Attorney Gerard Bourgeois swears in new port
commissioners Troy Lombardo and Steven Cornes at the start of Monday’s commission meeting.

By ZACHARY FITZGERALD
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Despite the partial federal government shutdown, the first meeting of 2019 for the Morgan City Harbor and
Terminal District Commission went on mostly as it normally does.  Two new commissioners, Steven Cornes and Troy Lombardo, were sworn in at the start Monday’s meeting. The commission also elected Joe Cain as commission president, Lee Dragna as vice president, Deborah Garber as treasurer and Tim Matthews as  secretary. 

As we begin 2019, the Port of Morgan City is pleased to deliver our annual report for the year 2018 to you!  It is rather lengthy, but we hope you will take the time to read it.  We have a lot of good information to share with you.  We also provided links throughout our report to some of the things we discussed incase you want to learn more about the topic.

10yearsThe Morgan City Harbor and Terminal District Commission recently recognized commissioners Matt Ackel and Duane Lodrigue for a decade of service on the commission. Both are nearing the end of their time as port commissioners. Front row, from left, are Port Office Manager Tori Henry, Ackel, Lodrigue, and Commissioner Joe Cain.  Back row are commissioners Tim Matthews Sr. and Ben Adams, Port Executive Director Raymond “Mac” Wade, Commissioner Adam Mayon, Port Economic Development Manager Cindy Cutrera, and commissioners Lee Dragna and Pete Orlando.

The Port of Morgan City is set to receive another $3 million for dredging through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, bringing the port’s total dredging funds announced in thepast year to roughly $45 million. In a Monday email, Port Economic Development Manager Cindy Cutrera stated that the Corps of Engineers’ fiscal year 2019 work plan will include an additional $3.025 million allocation for dredging of the Atchafalaya River and Bayous Boeuf, Black and Chene.

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National Waterways Conference Gulf Ports Assoc of the Americas Louisiana Industrial Develpment Esecutives Assoc Ports Association of Louisiana Gulf Intracostal Canal Association Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals US Coast Guard Houma

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