Property Owners in Dispute with Port Over Access

BATON ROUGE (AP) — A three-year dispute continues between owners of about 950 acres in Devil's Swamp and the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission over access to that property.

Bill Lodge with The Advocate reports the matter is in litigation before state District Judge R. Michael Caldwell, and port officials declined to discuss the matter when owners appeared at a commission meeting last week.

Caldwell already has granted the port a summary judgment on August 27 on the issue of whether Baton Rouge Barge Terminal Road is private. It is private, the judge ruled.

The case remains pending, however. No decision has been made as to whether owners of hunting properties have a right to access the terminal road from Airline Highway at the southern end of adjoining tracts. That location is several miles north of Southern University.

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