THE HARBOR CENTER BOARD
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021 9 AM
The meeting was called to order at 9:01 am by Board Chairman, Mr. Mark Myers. Mr. Kurt Bozant motioned to accept the items on the agenda and to hold the meeting in Zoom format, Mr. Thomas Shinn seconded the motion, and it was unanimously approved by the Board. Mr. Martin Bruno then gave the invocation and Mr. Myers led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ms. Lowrey led Roll Call. Present: Stephanie Berault, Kurt Bozant, Martin Bruno, Carrie Calvin, Mark Myers, Donna O’Daniels, Martin Patel, Thomas Shinn, Darrell Smith and Kathleen Wilkin. Also present were Kathy Lowrey, Valerie Waeltz, and Kelly Baudoin and Sarah Pagones. Absent: Kevin Davis. There was a quorum.
Mr. Myers then acknowledged there were no guests and asked for public comment. None was given. Mr. Myers also introduced the staff.
The minutes from January 7, 2021 were then brought to the table. Mr. Smith moved to accept the minutes, Mr. Shinn seconded the motion, and the minutes were unanimously approved.
Mr. Bruno then provided the Treasurer’s Report. He noted the budget was running average for this time of year. Mr. Bozant moved to accept the report, Ms. Calvin seconded the motion, and it was unanimously accepted.
The meeting moved to Old Business with Ms. Lowrey giving a COVID-19 business update.
She also updated the Board on recent events and upcoming events. She informed the Board know that the Harbor Center has a full schedule for 2021. Staff continues to work with clients to shift events back and reschedule as needed. At this point, Ms. Sarah Pagones, a reporter for The Times-Picayune joined the meeting. Mr. Myers then provided an update on Lobby Lounge cancellations.
The meeting moved to New Business. Mr. Myers informed the Board that he and Ms. Lowrey had been notified of a casino construction project the previous Monday via Zoom. He acknowledged that neither the Harbor Center or the Tourist Commission had any advance notice of the project. He told the Board that a meeting had been set up with the developers, Peninsula Pacific Entertainment on Wednesday to discuss the project and its impact on the Harbor Center. Ms. Lowrey then interjected that the previous Zoom meeting included Senator Sharon Hewitt and Chris Massengill. Ms. Lowrey told the Board she was advocating for a partnership with the casino developers and the Harbor Center. Ms. Calvin inquired about the level of casino they planned on building and Ms. Lowrey suggested that more information was available on their website. Ms. Calvin let the Board know that the St. Tammany Chamber would also be meeting with the developers. Mr. Smith reminded the Board of the special council meeting to be held on Koop Dr.
Ms. Waeltz then gave the Sales Report.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:34 am. Mr. Bruno motioned to adjourn and Ms. Wilkin seconded. It was unanimously agreed upon. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday,
March 4, 2021 at 9 am.