Letters to Leaders


Friday, December 17, 2021

Good morning,

As this year comes to a close, my administration has reflected on the growth St. Tammany Parish has experienced and is focusing efforts on new, innovative ways to improve our communities.

One of the many ways we can enhance our quality of life is through preserving our natural habitats and wetlands. Through creative bonding, the Parish generated $25 million from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) funds we received to move these critical initiatives forward.

Currently, we are working to construct a breakwater at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River.  That project will prevent further erosion in Madisonville along the river.  We are also working to restore drainage on the Pearl River.  This includes dredging near the mouths of the Davis launch and Lock launch canals. We will also be upgrading the boat ramp at Lock No. 1 in addition to coastal preservation and hurricane protection. On the latest episode of my monthly show, Open Mike, I talked about some of the many projects we have under way to prioritize those efforts.

Earlier this week, we celebrated the official opening of the Crisis Receiving Center at the Safe Haven Campus. We know there is a great need for mental health services in our Parish and region; being able to provide aid for our neighbors and loved ones who are in need is vital. The Safe Haven Crisis Receiving Center is the first standalone CRC in the state.  It is designed to provide identification, intervention and stabilization for those in a behavioral health crisis.  The goal for the facility is to identify and connect patients to the most appropriate level of treatment for them.

I invite you to enjoy the holiday season at our Holiday of Lights on Koop Drive and other holiday events throughout the Parish. For those last-minute gifts, please remember to shop locally to support our local businesses.

From my family and St. Tammany Parish Government, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year.  My holiday message may be viewed here.

Thank you and stay safe!


Michael B. Cooper
Parish President


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