St. Bernard Parish’s last-ditch effort to get Gov. Bobby Jindal to intervene in the lengthy battle over a mixed-income development has so far fallen flat.
But the fight is not over. Parish President Craig Taffaro is looking to get state lawmakers involved in the dispute.
Federal Judge Ginger Berrigan ruled Wednesday that the parish must release its hold and allow Entergy and water services to be provided to the construction site of the four-apartment complexes.
“Our next strategy obviously is to limit the negative impact by working with the sheriff’s office, working with civic organizations, working with the parish council to make sure that legislation is in place that covers all rental property, because as we’ve seen historically, it’s not necessarily the first six months of what’s going to happen, it’s what the long-term effect of these types of high-density housing units have created, not just in St. Bernard, not just in New Orleans, but across the country,” Taffaro said.
The parish maintains the developer is in violation of several codes, including improper drainage and invalid permits.