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Council bans trouble at boat launch

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LIVINGSTON- Public boat launches in Livingston Parish are now off limits for people looking to party, after the parish council unanimously approved an ordinance banning picnics, loitering, and littering at boat launches.

The ordinance comes with a $300 fine per person.

Councilwoman Joan Landry said the ordinance was drawn up after unruly crowds tormented locals near the boat launch.

"They throw beer bottles at their boats, they throw beer bottles at their house, and the people down there are having target practice shooting and it's very scary for the citizens that live on the East Baton Rouge side," said Landry.

Ronny Rodriguez lives on East Baton Rouge side and is sick of what he has to deal with on a constant basis.

"People have taken a golf ball, shot golf balls at my house, they've taken baseball bats and shot rocks at my house," said Rodriguez.

But some people aren't on board with the ordinance and think it will run regular fishermen off the property.

"I don't think it's right, this is a place that a lot of people want to come to besides my husband and my son, and feel that it shouldn't be passed," said Mina Tomlinson, who was fishing with her son at the Carew Harris boat launch.

Landry said the police will use discretion to punish only people with ill intent and Rodriguez welcomes people looking to have good clean fun.

"Mom, dad, kids, lets fish, that's all good, it's the people that don't respect anything that are coming out there and violating everything they can think of," said Rodriguez.

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