Nov 29, 2010 11:54 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

BP To Give $500,000 To Vermillion & Other Parishes

BP is giving more money to coastal parishes affected by the crude disaster 30 million to bring tourists back.

The oil company has already given the state 15 million for that purpose and now there's some extra--

Vermillion Parish is getting 500 thousand dollars and officials tell me they'll use that money to get consumer confidence back in Louisiana seafood.

Parish President Wayne Touchet recently received this letter from the Lt. Gov's office.  It's more money from BP- would a half million dollars help?

"It was like christmas," Touchet tells us.

Vermillion was one of the first parishes in the state to declare an emergency, but as fate would have it, little to no oil reached the parish, but

"The perception on the news was that people all over the country think our seafood is tainted," Touchet added in his office at the courthouse.

2 minutes away from the parish courthouse-- you'll find three seafood resturants. 

Business owners like David Bertrand of Shucks Seafood will work with parish officials to figure out how best to spend the BP money. 

"I'd like to have them do some radio spots to be played out of state," Bertrand said.

Other Acadiana parishes set to receive a half million dollars from bp are St. Mary and Iberia.

Each parish must now come up with an outline: Detailing what the money will be used for specifically, but indications are- there will be a lot of LA seafood commericals coming soon.


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