Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser was in Kaplan Tuesday night to speak at the city’s council meeting.
There, Nungesser spoke about local tourism and retirement communities. In February of this year, Kaplan was added to the list of Certified Retirement Communities in Louisiana.
Those at the meeting were allowed to ask questions about the future of the retirement community in Kaplan.
Nungesser spoke on funding for the tourism department and the challenges keeping funding for programs in the state.
Cities chosen as a retirement community must meet specific criteria including climate; demographics; tax structure at the state and local levels; local housing availability; public safety and crime index; employment and volunteer opportunities; healthcare and medical services; public transportation; recreational areas; and festival and fairs.
The list of Louisiana Certified Retirement Communities includes Lafayette Parish; Lake Charles; Natchitoches; Ruston and Lincoln Parish; Toledo Bend and Sabine Parish; Shreveport-Bossier City; Houma and Terrebonne Parish; and Thibodaux.
To see more from the meeting, Kaplan Mayor Mike Kloesel provided live video on Facebook.