- Associated Press - Saturday, October 29, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana wildlife regulators say they’ve completed the Caminada Beach and Dune Restoration Project allowing for the reopening of Elmer’s Island Refuge.

The refuge officially reopens on Monday.

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority began the more than $200 million restoration project on the western end of the Caminada headlands in 2012 and restored about 300 acres and 6 miles of beach and dune habitat. The eastern half of the project, which includes Elmer’s Island, began in 2013 and restored approximately 500 acres and 7 miles of beach and dune.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon says Elmer’s Island has never looked better.

Elmer’s Island is open 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

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