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By MARK EVANS
STE. GENEVIEVE HERALD
The New Bourbon Port may finally be in position to start reaching its potential.
Dredging work will begin on the port’s harbor in July, once the sturgeon spawning season ends. Meanwhile, trees and other growth are being cleaned out and work done to the site.
While the harbor will addressed, the land around it is being brought up to grade so it will be able to accommodate future businesses that may want to build there.
The port’s dock has been fitted out with some new equipment for loading sand and other materials from trucks onto barges.
Earlier this summer. several barge loads of sand were shipped.
Tis marked the first real use for the 48 by 147-foot dock, which was completed in 2012. It was used once before, when high river levels would not allow Mississippi Lime Company to use its own docks.
Ronnie Inman, chair of the New Bourbon Regional Port Authority, said one area will provide five acres to build on and the other area 12 acres.
He expressed confidence that there will be a demand for the space.