Over a year ago a group of Pelican Point residents (John Carlson and Craig Naden from the Greens and myself) met with Ascension Parish Officials to talk about drainage issues within our community. Our Councilman, Kent Schexnayder, set up the meeting and we met with Parish President Tommy Martinez and Public Works Director Bill Roux.
The drainage in Pelican Point begins with the catch basins located in our streets, then the water flows into the Panama Canal, then the Panama Canal empties into Bayou Conway near I-10 and US 61 interchange, then Bayou Conway goes into Blind River near US 61 south of Sorrento and Blind River goes into Lake Maurepas and finally into the Gulf. We have seen water lingering on our streets over the past few years and there appeared to be restrictions in the system causing our drainage to be slow.
There was a review of this system done by the parish with help from Craig Naden and John Carlson. This review found several issues: 1) Water from Highway 22 subdivisions and businesses was flowing through our subdivision in order to get to the Panama Canal and; 2) The Panama Canal and Bayou Conway had built up vegetation preventing good flow.
For the first item there was a project to divert the water from the subdivisions and businesses on Highway 22 directly into the Panama Canal by improving and using the ditch along Highway 22 forcing that water to enter the Panama Canal near the Word of Life Church. This work included removing a culvert restriction between the Greens and the Pelican Point boat storage area and cleaning the ditch from the Greens to Main Street. Also, culverts on Highway 22 from The Cabin to the Word Ministries were enlarged and improved. This work has been completed and we have already seen improvements in the drainage in our subdivision.
For the second item there was a proposal to “snag and clear” both the Panama Canal and Bayou Conway from Pelican Point all the way to Blind River. This work required the Corps of Engineers to issue a permit before the work can begin. The Parish began the work to obtain this permit a year ago and this week we received notice of an approval of the permit. The Parish has already issued a Notice to Proceed and the mobilization should start in the next few days. This work will also include the improving of drainage in the Old Bayou Conway which will add to the improvements in our drainage.
These are significant steps to improve our community’s ability to shed water in significant rainfall events and should help us protect our investments. This is a result of the efforts by many people, but Craig Naden, John Carlson, Kent Schexnayder and Tommy Martinez were especially integral to this success. Next we will need to obtain a permit from the Corps to dredge the Panama Canal, Bayou Conway and the old Bayou Conway.
You can now follow us on Twitter!!! @PelicanPointHOA
and Instagram @livethepoint
Attention All Homeowners:
It has been brought to the attention of the Homeowners’ Association that people have been fishing on property adjacent to the lakes on property which is not immediately behind their own. This is just a courtesy notice to remind everyone of our restrictions. Our restriction states:
….Each lot owner shall be responsible for maintaining the lake immediately adjacent to the water’s edge. No persons not living adjacent to lakes shall have use to that lake. Only those persons living on that lake shall have rights to use that lake.
We ask that you be respectful of other homeowners and refrain from fishing on lakes in the neighborhood that are not on your property. We ask that you and your invited house guests only fish on property that is adjacent to your own and not behind other people’s houses. If you are seen fishing on the lakes on other homeowners’ properties, those homeowners have the right to call the police.
If you are a Pelican Point Golf Community resident, there are four lakes in the subdivision which resident can fish in. There is a map on the webpage outlining these lakes.
Thank you in advance for your compliance with the restrictions that govern your community.
Pelican Point Homeowners Association
There have been some recent inquires about flood insurance and whether your lot is in the "Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)" or within the "100 year flood plain." The following is some information about this for Pelican Point Subdivision:
You can go to https://msc.fema.govand type in your address. From there you can view a flood map of our area (Panel 120 of 250, Map# 22005C0120E, Effective August 16, 2007). This WILL NOT take you directly to your lot, but you can view the map of the subdivision and see if you might be in the SFHA. You should be able to call your insurance agent to see if you are in the Special Flood Hazard Area. Note: The SFHA is Zone A (shaded) on this map. Zone X is outside of the 100 year flood plain.
In 2012 Congress changed the rules for establishing premiums for flood insurance across the US. The rate have gone up considerably. For example, if you are in the SFHA, then your premiums could be $1,500 per year or higher.
In 2009 the HOA initiated a process to remove most lots in Pelican Point from the SFHA using the LOMA (Letter of Map Amendment) process. This process required the homeowner to have a survey to see if their property is above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE), which is 10.0 feet at the Lowest Adjacent Grade (LAG). Then the HOA submitted a LOMA request to FEMA and 99% of those submitted were approved.
We will do this again if the homeowner will provide us with a survey showing your LAG is 10.0 feet or higher. Please contact Angie or Julia about using this process.
Attention Home/ Property Owners: There are 172 home/property owners that red tip photinias planted near electrical boxes, water/sewer lines, or telephone/cable boxes. These shrubs can grow quite large & have extremely aggressive root systems. The developer originally planted these, and we are asking everyone to PLEASE REMOVE THESE! Before attempting to dig up red tip photinias or plant new shrubs, you must contact the utility companies and they will come out and mark their lines. Replacement shrubs should be planted a safe distance from any utility boxes.
Should these roots cause damage to utility boxes or cause service interruption, you, as the Home/Property Owner, could be liable. Thank you for your attention & please encourage your friends/neighbors to remove these also!
The Pelican Point Golf Community is located about 30 miles south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, adjacent to a part of the Mississippi River that resembles a Pelican.
The Pelican Point Golf Community Homeowners Association (PPGC-HOA) is a non-profit corporation with By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation that govern the organization. Additionally the restrictions for each filing within Pelican Point GC serve as guiding documents for our residents.
The organization has currently a 16 member board and four officers who are charged with managing the corporation. There are two sister organizations, The Greens at Pelican Point and The Townhouses at Pelican Point, whose residents belong to PPGC-HOA in addition to their own homeowners organization. Both of these organizations have representation on the PPGC-HOA board. Our board members serve without pay and are elected to three year terms at the annual meeting that is held in August.
Angie Carbo is the administrative staff for our organization and may be contacted at: 225-473-0004, or angiec@PelicanPointGC-HOA.orgThe Mission of the Pelican Point Golf Community Board is to govern the affairs of the organization in order to protect property values and ensure a safe environment that enhances the quality of life and promotes community spirit.