Plaquemines Parish set to adopt new FEMA Flood Insurance Maps

At the September 10 Plaquemines Parish Council Meeting, the council heard an update from Melissa Kennedy, the representative from HNTB Corporation responsible for analyzing and mapping flood risks in the parish. The maps created from her findings will be submitted to FEMA so parish residents’ insurance rates can be accurate and up to date with current flood hazards.

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Two Belle Chasse Academy teachers win $200 Grants

NAS-JRB Credit Union is offering a monthly $200 Teacher Grant from August 2020 and continuing through April 2021. All Plaquemines Parish teachers are eligible to apply for the grant to assist with their classroom needs. The process is simple, just a quick online application. Belle Chasse Academy teachers, Chloe Desselle Sposito and Stephanie Hatheway are the first two recipients of the grant funds for this school year. Congratulations! Pictured on the left is September winner, Stephanie Hatheway; and on the right is August winner, Chloe Desselle Sposito.

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A Container Terminal on the River would be a “Game Changer”

At the September 10 Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District (PPHTD) meeting, the long-imagined vision of a large, state of the art container terminal in Plaquemines Parish is one step closer to becoming a reality. The parish council, acting in their role as PPHTD, heard presentations from Sal Litrico of American Patriot Holdings (APH) and other port leaders on how the project could make the Plaquemines Port essential to not only the national economy but, ultimately, the international economy as well.

Plaq. dodges worst effects of Hurricane Sally

LLast week, Hurricane Sally threatened to crash right into Plaquemines Parish and all of southeastern Louisiana. That forecast held all the way up until Monday afternoon when it became clear that Sally was a storm with potentially devastating consequences for anything in its path. Fortunately for Plaquemines, the storm took a hard eastern turn, its western side barely tapping the parish at all. For such a low-lying, floodprone parish, this sudden turn came as yet another stroke of luck in this incredibly active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.

Rousselle pauses his plan to sue the Belle Chasse Bridge Project

District 5 council member Benny Rousselle reworded his resolution that would send the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District into a lawsuit against the Belle Chasse Bridge project. Instead of litigation, the resolution now allows Plaquemines Parish Council Attorney Dannie Garrett to represent the port authority in a new round of negotiations involving the Belle Chasse Bridge.

Inland Port Update presented at PPHTD meeting last week

Attendees at the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Terminal District meeting last week heard presentations on how the planned development of a new container terminal could impact the Plaquemines Parish economy from Sal Litrio of American Patriot Holdings (APH) and other ports leaders invested in the project. Litrico outlined thecompetitive advantages of the project, highlighting how the construction of this container terminal would create a “new North-South trade lane.” This trade lane would connect the Plaquemines Parish economy to the Midwest port economies, the national economy and, ultimately, the global economy. Litrico believes such a development would give Plaquemines a massive economic boost.

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PPSO announces Employees of the Year and Quarterly Award Recipients

Sheriff Gerald A. Turlich Jr. is honored and proud to announce the recipients of the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office (PPSO) Employees of the Quarter from April - June 2020 as well as the “Employees of the Year” from the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year. The quarterly award program recognizes an employee in an enforcement position and an administrative role along with a correctional employee at the Plaquemines Parish Detention Center (PPDC).

DA candidates to attend Town Hall in Buras

A Town Hall Meeting featuring all of the candidates for Plaquemines District Attorney has been rescheduled for Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Buras Auditorium. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place Aug. 25 but was rescheduled due to Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Marco. Due to distancing protocols, capacity for the meeting including audience, speakers and staff will be 50 people.


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