Iberville and Ascension parishes should compensate the owners of Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours for opening the bayou’s floodgate in 2009 and ruining the Louisiana company’s business, an attorney for the firm told a state appellate court.
The Advocate reports that Clay Garside, who represents Alligator Bayou Swamp Tours co-owners Frank Bonifay and Jim Ragland, made the argument to a three-judge panel of the 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge.
But an attorney for Iberville Parish said the floodgate had to be opened to protect nearby landowners.
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