The exploration of creating recreational uses at Port Manchac is moving forward.

South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission voted Tuesday to hire Dana Brown for $2,900 to create a study and viable presentation looking at their options if they decided use the port for a state park or other recreational activities.

Brown plans to have a proposal drafted for commission members to review by their April meeting.

The study will be an overview of the 40-acre port and four acres of port commission maintained state property, and it will include recreational activities like kayaking and a bike path, said President Daryl Ferrera.

Parish Councilwoman Kim Coates praised the commission for looking into this new vision and being open to working with Brown on it. Coates previously introduced Brown to the commission in December when discussing possible uses of the port.

Ferrera said he has talked with state Rep. Bill Wheat and believes he is in support of the proposal to look at different options.

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