Jun 27, 2013 1:14 PM by Tina Macias

Cajun RVera awarded $300,000 loan

The Iberia Parish Council awarded the Cajun RVera project, a Iberia parish-owned RV park, more than $300,000 in loans Wednesday for a pool house and fencing, among other things, says chairman of the Acadiana Fairgrounds Commission Karl Vincent.

Cajun RVera broke ground in 2012 and was originally slated to open in March. Unexpected delays has pushed back the opening to August, Vincent said.

The Acadiana Fairgrounds Commission oversees the project, which is next door to the SugArena. It originally was funded by $5 million in bonds and a $250,000 bond from BP. The $300,000 is above the original budget, but Vincent said costs have been inflated by road construction and estimated costs.

"We didn't know how much to bid for the pool house. We didn't know how much fencing would cost until we got to this phase," Vincent said.

When the RV park is completed, it will have a pool, splash pad and lazy river. In its first year, it is projected to bring in $800,000 for the parish, Vincent said.



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