Vidalia approves Riverwalk expansion

Published 12:11 am Wednesday, December 10, 2014

VIDALIA — The Vidalia Board of Aldermen awarded Tuesday the bid for work that will extend the Vidalia Riverwalk approximately a quarter of a mile south.

The $242,839 bid to extend the Riverwalk by 1,200 feet was submitted by Camo Construction.

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said the work should begin within 30 days.

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The work is being funded by a grant from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

“We will be taking it from the south end toward Bunge, and the objective is with our next grant application, we will take it to the levee,” Copeland said.

“Eventually, we want to use the top portion of the levee where the Riverwalk makes a ring.”

When the newest extension is completed, the riverwalk will be approximately 7,000 feet — or 1.33 miles — long, Copeland said.

In other news, the board approved beer and liquor licenses for businesses for the coming year.

One restaurant, El Ranchero, had notified the city of its intention to reapply for the license but had not submitted the proper paperwork by the meeting.

The board approved all of the licenses, including El Ranchero, contingent on the restaurant fulfilling all of the proper requirements before its license lapses.