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Jan 30, 2012 10:43 AM by AP

Will Lafourche government acquire Fourchon beach?

FOURCHON, La. (AP) - The owners of a private beach in Fourchon say they will fight any attempt to expropriate the land and make it public.

The Courier reports that the South Lafourche Beach Front Development Commission wants Lafourche Parish to make Caillouet Land Co. sell a 44-acre tract at fair-market value.

Commission chairman Ricky Cheramie says an appraiser valued the beachfront at $275,000.

Company representative Jay Caillouet told the parish council on Tuesday that the company will fight if the parish tries to take its land.

He said the owners have never closed public access to the beach.

The Courier reports that it was open to pedestrians before the 2010 oil spill, but has been closed since then.

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