Return of the Cajun Riviera



Here’s a chance to back up your calls for coastal restoration with a little action: volunteer to plant vegetation on Holly Beach (near Calcasieu Pass), which was devastated by Hurricane Rita in 2005 and flooded by Hurricane Ike last year. Rita destroyed most of the structures at Holly Beach, and only a few of the 300 residents who lived there in 2005 have rebuilt their homes.

The three-day marsh restoration project starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25. Volunteers are needed to plant 10,000 pots of seashore paspalum and bitter panicum along the shoreline. The plants will help capture sand to control erosion and to aid in natural regeneration as well as creating habitat for wildlife.

Volunteers can register at or call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at (888) 522-6278. The coalition will provide all the equipment needed, and drinks and lunch will be provided. Volunteers will receive maps to the project site after they register.

Fun Fact: Holly Beach, which some people called the “Cajun Riviera,” was the subject of a song in 1991 — “(Holly Beach) Under the Boardwalk” (Jin Records) — in which Kenny Tibbs and the Jokers devised a Cajun parody of the Drifters’ 1960s hit “Under the Boardwalk.”

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