For Immediate Release
Contact: Luke Bolar
May 28, 2015
Vitter Releases Coastal Restoration Plan to Protect Louisiana
New Chapter of Vitter’s plan entitled “Restoring Our Coast, Protecting Our People”
METAIRIE, LA. – David Vitter (R-LA) today released his proposals to restore Louisiana’s coasts and improve hurricane and flood protection as part of his plan, “Together, Louisiana Strong: Our blueprint for building a brighter future.” Chapter 7 of the Vitter plan is entitled “Restoring Our Coast, Protecting Our People.”
“Coastal restoration and hurricane and flood protection aren’t just important issues – they’re matters of life or death. They’re matters of survival for whole communities and ways of life,” Vitter said. “Wendy and I grew up in one coastal parish and now live in another, and we understand first-hand how important it is to restore our coasts and build proper hurricane and flood protection.”
In Chapter 7 of “Together, Louisiana Strong,” Vitter explains that he’ll ensure that all coastal funds like federal revenue sharing, Restore Act, and BP settlement monies are spent on coastal priorities, and are never used as one-time payments to fund other parts of state government. He’ll prioritize and greatly accelerate 3-5 key coastal restoration projects in the Coastal Master Plan and develop an aggressive, organized campaign to raise substantial private matching funds from energy and other leading businesses which would serve as lead sponsors of specific restoration projects in the Coastal Master Plan. Read all of Vitter’s proposals here.
Vitter has been a tireless and effective champion of Louisiana’s critical flood protection and coastal restoration needs, including as the top-ranking Republican and Infrastructure Subcommittee Chair on the Environment and Public Works Committee. The new chapter shows the Vitter Record, which is without question stronger than any other candidate.
Vitter’s plan is focused on facing Louisiana’s enormous challenges head on—with strong leadership and real solutions— and taking advantage of historic opportunities and make great gains.
In addition to “Restoring Our Coast, Protecting Our People,” Vitter has already released the following six chapters of the plan.
Vitter has compiled his plan by meeting with Louisianians of all walks of life and by listening to their ideas for building a brighter future. Vitter has held 382 Town Hall Meetings and 205 Telephone Town Halls. As a candidate for Governor, Vitter has held 12 Leadership Forums on the key challenges we face as a state specifically to develop this blueprint, with dozens of informal meetings and conference calls in addition.
Vitter will be releasing additional chapters as they’re added in the next several weeks.