Liz Watkins

Grand Isle, Louisiana

“I have so many. We started back in the 60’s with my family. My favorite memory, now that my kids are grown with their own families, are thanksgiving, Easter, and the 4th of July. They all come down and visit us to do beach time, volleyball tournaments, cooking, eating, I make desserts for everyone. That’s my favorite memory, being able to expose the kids to this type of living. Riding in the golf cart, going to the store, riding to the post office to check the post office box. Just normal things they don’t get to do living in New Orleans and Houma.”
“I think the biggest loss is all the camps that the older generations had built by hand and had passed it down from generations. Families would come through and just have fun. Ida took a lot of those camps away, especially in Cheniere and the beginning of the island. I feel like that’s going to be a very big loss because I feel like people that just loved Grand Isle for what it’s worth and the beauty of the island and its people. That’s just something that’s not going to be able to be replaced.”
“I think it will come back. I think the problem is that regular income people will find it hard to rebuild their places. I think it’s going to end up being like the six figure camps or houses that are being put up now. I think the whole atmosphere will be changing. It will likely be more of an upper middle to higher class. The places won’t be like the old places where everyone gets around and goes to grandpa’s old camp. I don’t think people will be able to afford the insurance or the rebuilding. I just think it’s going to be hard for most people to be able to rebuild.”