Boaters get on the water for the holiday weekend
MAUREPAS - Plenty of people were out kicking off Independence Day weekend on the water.
Boats could be seen floating up and down the Amite River all day.
"(I) figured I'd fill it up with gas and have some fun for the weekend," said Joseph Guillory.
Just feet away from where some of the boaters docked to take a swim, sits what's left of Val's Marina, a longtime restaurant in the community that was shut down.
"Unfortunately, in the community it will be a loss. But luckily for us, here in Louisiana, we have many more options as far as wonderful seafood. We do hate to see Val's go because it was a landmark here," said Michael Francisco.
Francisco told News Two he and his family plan to take full advantage of the holiday by spending quality time together.
"We're going to go downtown and actually be on the USS KIDD and enjoy the fireworks show," said Francisco.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be conducting safety checks on boats on Saturday.