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The Cameron Parish Port

The port is situated as the port of entry to the Calcasieu Ship Channel in Southwest Louisiana. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico with the Calcasieu Ship Channel, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW), the Mermentau River and the Cameron Loop all located within its territorial limits. The territorial limits encompass Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Cameron Port Commission

Created in 1968 by R.S. 35:2551, et. seq., and is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana with all rights, privileges, and authority to provide police protection for its facilities. The governing body of the organization is composed of commissioners with six year term.

As of January 1, 2017 the East Cameron Port Commission and the West Cameron Port Commission are one entity, The Cameron Parish Port, Harbor and Terminal. This was approved by the Louisiana legislature in Act 331. The Cameron Parish Port encompasses wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of Cameron Parish. The Cameron Parish Port, Harbor and Terminal Commission is composed of eleven commissioners that will work together to regulate the commerce and traffic of the Cameron Port in such a manner that is in the best interest of the state.

Regularly scheduled meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Port offices located at 180 Henry Street, unless otherwise posted. Notices are posted in accordance with legal notice requirements and are provided to the Lake Charles American Press and the Cameron Pilot. The powers of the Cameron Port Commission are varied. The Cameron Port has authority to regulate, construct, own, maintain, operate, acquire, expropriate, levy taxes and fees, receive funding, and to conduct general port harbor and terminal operations for the benefit of the District, Parish, and Southwest Louisiana Region.

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