Despite Governor's Veto, St. Tammany Supports Art Center

St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister

COVINGTON, LA (AP) — St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister says plans for a performing arts center near Covington will go forward, despite the governor's decision this week to veto $11 million in state funding for the project.

         Plans for the center, which have been discussed for years, are still in the early stages. At a meeting hosted by Brister on Wednesday, The New Orleans Advocate’s Faimon A. Roberts III reports architects outlined their vision for what the site should be: a performing arts center complete with auditorium, event space and classrooms along a picturesque stretch of the Tchefuncte River.

         Officials said Wednesday that groundbreaking could happen in about 14 months, and the earliest the center could open would be in about three years, if everything goes well.

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