This Thursday, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will be holding town hall meetings in Terrebonne Parish and Plaquemines Parish to solicit input on long-term responses to the BP oil disaster. Mabus, who formerly served as Governor of Mississippi, is currently developing the Obama Administration’s Gulf Restoration Plan, slated to be released early this fall.
At 12 Noon Central Time, the first of the two scheduled meetings will begin at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, located at 346 Civic Center Boulevard in Houma, Louisiana. Later that day, Secretary Mabus will attend a 6 PM Central Time town hall meeting in the Buras Auditorium, located at 35619 Highway 11 in Buras, Louisiana. Each session should run for about two hours.
The town hall meetings will provide a great opportunity for residents of coastal Louisiana to speak candidly with administration officials and their staffers about the need for environmental and economic recovery on the Gulf Coast. Naturally, we believe this must include jobs for local people in the restoration of damaged wetlands and the bolstering of community resilience to natural disasters.
If you’ve got excellent ideas about repairing the coast, please make sure to attend the sessions and share your thoughts with Secretary Mabus. If you can’t travel to the meetings but still wish to make your voice heard, please e-mail your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.