It’s that time of year when Plaquemines Parish residents are again making an impact worldwide through simple Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.
The Plaquemines Port, Harbor & Terminal District (PPHTD) is 13th largest port in the United States by “cargo volume” moved according to an article in Global Trade Magazine. Based on information collected by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Plaquemines Port moved 56,850,137 tons in 2018. Considering the big name port cities/ regions Plaquemines was ranked against (Philadelphia, Portland, Los Angeles, Boston, and Memphis just to name a few), this top 15 rank is something to be proud of for a community of fewer than 25,000 people.
Due to the impending threat of Hurricane Delta, the October 8 Plaquemines Port and Council meetings were cancelled so the parish government could prepare for any of the storm’s impacts. Fortunately, Delta veered west and Plaquemines was spared of any severe effects. When the storm passed, the parish government rescheduled the council meeting for October 13, but the Plaquemines Port meeting—apparently lacking any urgent issues—was not rescheduled.
The candidates for Plaquemines District Attorney (DA)—Charles Ballay, Gibby Andry, Leo Palazzo, and Terry Sercovich—met for one final “Forum” on Thursday, October 15 before early voting began the following day. This “Forum,” hosted by the Plaquemines Association of Business & Industry (PABI) and held at the Stonebridge Golf Club in Gretna, was the most heated meeting between the candidates to date. Unlike the October 3 “virtual debate”—where the challengers mentioned certain disagreements they had with Ballay but mostly focused on their own experience and qualifications— the PABI “Forum” was con frontational from the very start.
The Mississippi River Bank's Belle Chasse Branch getting ready to celebrate the community bank's 40th anniversary on Oct. 10.