DEQ probes complaint against Bay councilman
By Cassandra Favre
Sep 27, 2013, 23:22
Ward Five Councilman Joey Boudin's boat was the subject of a Department of Environmental Quality investigation this week. No violations were found.
The Department of Environmental Quality this week confirmed a complaint had been lodged against Bay St. Louis' Ward Five Councilman Joey Boudin.
The complaint was apparently reported by a neighbor near Boudin's Devon Street property in the Bay's Ward Six, where workers were stripping and painting Boudin's boat, allegedly contaminating the bayou.
"The call came through our switchboard," DEQ's Daniel Stuart. "We had reports of sandblasting.
"I went out there and didn't find anything going on at the time.
"The guys out there were roller painting the boat, Stuart said. "I told them if they are going to pressure wash or paint again, put up precautionary measures and advise the neighbors.
"I didn't witness any violations."
"I received a complaint from one of my constituents," Ward Six Councilman Lonnie Falgout said. "I called Mr. Boudin and asked him to resolve the situation."
"My boat is a 70-foot long, 19-foot wide aluminum sport fish design," Boudin said. "I've had it for about three years and we were working on the inside and outside. I borrowed a neighbor's pressure washer to wash the boat."
"The next day I got a call referring to my sandblasting," Boudin said. "I guess they assumed it was a sandblaster.
"I'm not going to sandblast my boat, it would damage the aluminum," Boudin said. "They are roller painting the sides, and there is starfoam on the water in case it drips.
"It's my boat, on my property, we should be finished painting in a week, at the most."