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Another Private Canal

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A little birdie is telling everyone that orange grove is the next canal off limits to blue collar fishermen. These are the same fishermen that pay taxes to support coastal restoration, the same fishermen that elect officials that refuse to support the majority and protect access to public natural resources, the same fishermen that drive the south Louisiana plant, oil and gas economy with their hard work and endless dedication, the same fishermen that have have children that will not be afforded the right to do something as simple as a catch a fish or travel on tidal water. This actually impacts more than just fishermen! I could go on, but what our state and Governor Edwards is allowing to happen is a disgrace and is not allowed in any other state. I urge all sportsmen and blue collar workers to think about that when it is time to cast a ballot. Few things impact Louisiana sportsmen as voters more directly than this issue. If some are so willing to ignore a majority on a major issue like this that is so important do you think they really support a majority on any other major decision? One concerned camp owner here that would never consider closing a canal off, on the contrary I would actually prefer to see a family catching a few fish in front of my camp and making memories - memories that some will never have a chance to make.
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Well said before long there won’t be many waterways that will be axcessable to fish on period!!!
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Politicians and judges will continue to side with these so-called 'land owners' as long as the same politicians and judges are given keys to the 'private property'.....
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I went back of orange grove about 2 weeks ago an they had posted signs on banks at mouth of some canals but didn’t see any blocked as of now. Most were closer to antill side.
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For everyone thats against the private canals. Look at it this way, If you lease are own some hunting property, and you had a dead end canal (for fishing) are dirt road that runs through your land, How would you like it if someone would always be fishing are riding on your property while you trying to hunt or fish.Thats why these land owners put up gates. Trust me i have been through this a lot of times, and no i don't own land, I used to work for a charter company that own a lot of land. Plus the way some people are these day, if they get hurt on your property they want to sue you for everything you work so hard for in your life and thats why land owner put up gates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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here we go again.

some of yall analogies just dont add up. the issue is is land the same as water.. everyone seems to have there own opinion.

But if i buy land on each side the highway do i get to gate of the section of highway that runs through my land?

i couldn't care less either way, but if they keep blocking off canals not just dead end canals then tax payers money should not go to protecting private land.
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Here is a perspective from another state. I'm not saying it is correct, or that I agree with it. Who owns the land under the water? Does the property owner own the land under the water to the center of the canal? Does the property owner pay taxes on the land under the canal? If the property owner owns property on both sides of the canal then do they own the property under the canal? In New York State, if you own the land on both sides of a stream than you own the land under the stream. If you own the land on one side of a stream, you do not. If you own the property under a stream, you can prevent people from walking the stream to fish even if it is stocked by NYS with fish paid for with tax dollars. If the stream is considered navigable, which most are, then you cannot prevent people from traveling the stream as long as they are not touching your property. You own the land, not the water. If someone is fishing from a boat, and travels through your property, there are legal as long as they do not step foot onto your property.
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bluewing - do you know how many hunting clubs are in the Basin? It is all some sort of club or someone's property, or state land. Boats are always running up and down the canals during hunting season. I don't see Hog Island Hunting Club gating off Indigo Bayou or Williams Canal. Neither does Crackerhead Hunting Club gate off Crackerhead in Lake Verret. If I-10 runs through my hunting lease, by your assessment, I should be able to gate off I-10, right?
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