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Allegiant Air Begins Non-Stop Service from New Orleans to Tulsa


(New Orleans, LA) – Today, Allegiant Air launched service to New Orleans’ newest non-stop destination - Tulsa, Oklahoma. This new non-stop flight departs twice-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Tulsa International Airport (TUL). With this inaugural flight, Allegiant offers non-stop service to seven destinations from New Orleans –Cincinnati, OH, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Jacksonville, FL, Orland/Sanford, FL, Pittsburgh, PA, and Tulsa, OK. Allegiant will start another non-stop route from New Orleans to an additional new destination St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida, on June 3, 2016.

Allegiant Air offers ultra-low cost fares and travel deals to each destination they serve. Travel packages can be customized to fit each passenger’s needs, offering hotel accommodations, rental car options, and tickets to exciting attractions at your destination. With all of these options, booking a trip through Allegiant is truly a deal that cannot be missed. Allegiant’s ultra-low cost fares and discounted travel deals can only be found by visiting their website at

“Allegiant’s service continues to boost the New Orleans economy by offering affordable flights to visitors from all over the country,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We appreciate Allegiant’s commitment to growing in New Orleans.”

“Since commencing service at Armstrong International, Allegiant has been a vital part of travel to and from New Orleans,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. “Allegiant is helping to foster tourism in the City by bringing people from cities that formerly had no direct flights to New Orleans.”

“Destinations such as Tulsa are helping make travel easier and more efficient for travellers,” said New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee. “By offering flights from one point to another, Allegiant has given more people greater accessibility to our City.”

“Since starting service at Armstrong International in 2015, Allegiant has seen exponential growth in New Orleans,” said Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “Their business model can sustain access for New Orleans into markets that other airlines may not be able to provide and Tulsa is prime example of those cities.  .”



Michelle C. Wilcut
Deputy Director and Chief Customer Service Officer
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
P.O. Box 20007
New Orleans, LA  70141
P: 504.303.7552
C: 504.628.0250



For Immediate Release: May 24, 2016

GLO to Begin New Service to Destin-Fort Walton Beach from New Orleans

(New Orleans, LA) – Starting on June 24, 2016, GLO will offer seasonal, non-stop service from Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) to Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). Service will be offered on Mondays and Fridays on select dates through September 5, 2016. Introductory “GLOForIt” fares are now being offered at $99 (round-trip required) with tax, fees, and three checked bags included.

The flight schedule GLO announced for this new route is:

MSY: Depart 1:00 PM CT
VPS: Arrive 2:05 PM CT
VPS: Depart 1:40 PM CT
MSY: Arrive 2:50 PM CT

MSY: Depart 10:40 AM CT
VPS: Arrive 11:45 AM CT
VPS: Depart 3:20 PM CT
MSY: Arrive 4:30 PM CT

GLO is a New Orleans-owned and based startup public charter operator that began service in November 2015. GLO provides non-stop service to Little Rock, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee, and Shreveport, Louisiana. GLO’s public charter flights are operated by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. onboard a 30-passenger Saab 340B aircraft. To take advantage of this great deal or to book flights to the other destinations GLO offers, you must purchase tickets directly from

“We look forward to this new destination as GLO, our home-grown carrier, continues to offer convenient, direct flights to new regional destinations from New Orleans,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “GLO’s vision of connecting the region will enhance travel to and from our City.”

“We are proud to see GLO continue to grow at Armstrong International,” said New Orleans Aviation Board Chairwoman, Cheryl Teamer. “Their success is proving that regional travellers need more travel options, and air travel is a more efficient and advantageous method.”

“This service gives the community an opportunity to conveniently travel by air to this great vacation destination,” stated New Orleans Councilman Jared Brossett, Chair of the Transportation and Aviation Committee.  Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said, “We are pleased to see GLO’s continued success at the Airport as they begin travel to their fourth destination from New Orleans.”




April 25, 2016




     Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng, Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, President Michael S. Yenni, Jefferson Parish Officials and Artist Robert Dafford announce the dedication of the Bucktown Mural located on Metairie Hammond Highway across from New Orleans Food and Spirits (210 Metairie Hammond Highway, Metairie, LA 70005.)  The event will take place at 10:00am on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

    Councilwoman Lee-Sheng said her office was approached by Bucktown resident and fisherman Mr. Russell Boudreaux, with the idea of doing a mural on the wall near the parking spaces on Metairie Hammond Highway. 

   “Artist Robert Dafford was a natural choice for this project after we saw his beautiful and high quality contributions to the Fat City Mural project,” Lee-Sheng said.  “In addition to working with Kelley Turan, a local Bucktown artist, Dafford was able to talk to some great folks who lived and grew up in the neighborhood so the mural would be historically accurate. It has turned out better than we imagined and hopefully it will be a source of pride for this great historic neighborhood.””

     Robert Dafford is a current resident of Lafayette, Louisiana.  Dafford has painted over 300 murals across the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, and England.  He has been painting murals, signs, and fine art paintings for 35 years. Dafford’s murals are created with the purpose of boosting development in small communities.

     This beautification project began in December 2015 with the cooperation of Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful and the East Jefferson Levee District. It was funded by Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng utilizing District 5 tourism/economic development funds generated by the hotel/motel tax revenue.


March 29, 2016





Lafreniere Park’s Spray Pad, located adjacent to the Carousel in Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Boulevard in Metairie, will open Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.  It will remain open during these hours on Saturdays and Sundays through May 22, 2016.

Beginning Saturday, May 28, 2016, the Spray Pad will be open seven days per week until Sunday, August 14, 2016.

The Spray Pad sprays more than 135 gallons of water per minute and covers approximately 4,000 square feet of surface.

Children 10 years of age and younger can enjoy in-ground water spray features alternating with five above-ground water spray attractions; including water “cannons.” 

The cost is $5.00 per person per 90-minute session.  Food, drinks, glass containers, toys and floats are strictly prohibited.

For more information or to reserve a private party, please call the Lafreniere Park Office at 838-4389.





City of Kenner

Press Release

March 21, 2016

Press Conference Wednesday at Coconut Beach

to Announce 2016 AVP Tournament in Kenner

Kenner, LA. – A press conference to announce the return of world class volleyball to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain in Laketown will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Coconut Beach Sand Sports Complex, 100 Coconut Beach Court.

For the second year in a row, Kenner is one of just eight tournament stops for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP).

AVP officials will be on hand at the press conference, along with former LSU volleyball star Angela Bensend, who is part of the AVP tour, and Jay Cicero, CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. Kenner Acting Mayor Michael Sigur and Jefferson Parish President Michael Yenni also will be at the press conference.

“Being one of just eight cities to host a tournament is a tremendous opportunity for Kenner and also says a lot about how people outside the area view our city,” Sigur said. “We had a great experience last year with the tournament and we are looking for a great partnership again this year.”

Each AVP tournament brings Olympic beach volleyball hopefuls for four days, culminating in a final that is broadcast nationally. This year’s tournament is particularly important for the players because of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero that will be held this summer.

The AVP, entering its 33rd season, is the premiere American professional beach volleyball tour and exclusive U.S. beach volleyball home of the nation’s top male and female athletes, including those who have won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Olympic Games.  Under the ownership of Donald Sun since 2012, the AVP held seven tournaments across the U.S. in 2014, eight in 2015 and is scheduled for eight more throughout 2016.

For more information on the tour, go to







March 8, 2016






Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful received the 2015 Keep America Beautiful President Circle Award recognition at Keep America Beautiful’s recent National Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national non-profit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.


In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of merit by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening.


“One of Keep America Beautiful’s most effective tools is the work of our grassroots network of affiliate organizations, which has an impact on millions of Americans each year,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Jennifer Jehn.  “Our affiliates are providing real solutions that help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”


The Keep American Beautiful Community Appearance Index-Litter Index is a tool used by affiliates to visually assess overall appearance of communities through indicators such as litter, illegal signs, graffiti, abandoned or junk vehicles, and outside storage.  Each year, affiliates grade their communities during a drive-by examination of the same areas at the same time of the year.  This provides an indication of the success of each community’s anti-littering programs.


This measurement tool enables Keep America Beautiful affiliates to demonstrate their ability to leverage community resources by determining the dollar value returned to the community for every dollar invested by government.


Keep Jefferson Parish Beautiful (KJB) was founded in 2011 when the Department of Environmental Affairs was certified as a local affiliate of the non-profit national public service organization, Keep America Beautiful. 


Since its formation, an advisory board, comprised of representatives from each council district, the Parish President’s Office and the Cities of Kenner, Harahan, Gretna, Westwego and the Towns of Jean Lafitte and Grand Isle have assisted the parish in maintaining our national affiliation by taking an active role by promoting community beautification and waste reduction and working with local schools and promoting educational curricula for youth as a means of making a long-term impact on community attitudes toward litter.


Keep America Beautiful, a leading national nonprofit, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.  Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering in America, improve recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities. 


The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals.  Through their actions, they help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy, and economically sound.  For more information, visit





Rhonda P. Collins, Public Information Office

10th Floor, Suite 1002

1221 Elmwood Park Boulevard

Jefferson, Louisiana 70123


504-736-6410, (F) 504-736-6413



Media Contact:

Karen Hales; 985-445-6022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                              3/8/2016

7th-annual Festival April 17 Celebrates Louisiana Crawfish Season, Features Seven Bands

METAIRIE, LA.--(March 4, 2016)--Pinch A Palooza 2016, a family friendly seafood festival celebrating Louisiana’s unique delicacy, comes once again to the shores of Lake Pontchartrain just in time for Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month.

The seventh-annual Pinch A Palooza Festival, presented by Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants, takes place 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun., April 17 at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant in Bucktown. Admission is free. Information is available at

This year’s Pinch A Palooza features seven bands and the seventh-annual Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest. The lineup includes local alternative/punk pop band Paris Avenue, country, Blues and Rock n’ Roll band Shot Time, and local favorites Imaginary Frenz, Vince Vance & The Valiants and New Orleans Karma, as well as Austin-based Chansons et Soǔlard, “The Wandering Cajun,” performing Cajun dance music. Also returning are The 610 Stompers and Big Chief Romeo Bougerie and the 9th Ward Hunters.

 Pinch A Palooza also features an art market, crawfish races and games for the kids, and Deanie’s crawfish specialties, including crawfish nachos, crawfish balls, fried crawfish tails, étouffée, and thousands of pounds of fresh boiled Crawfish served with corn and potatoes, plus a selection of non-seafood items, beer and specialty cocktails.

The Zagat-rated Deanie’s Seafood will crown the champion of the Pinch A Palooza Crawfish Eating Contest following two heats of competitors and a championship round. Go to to register to participate in the Crawfish Eating Contest. Each competitor will receive a Pinch A Palooza T-shirt and a Deanie's koozie. Registration is $20. The Pinch A Palooza champion will receive a Deanie’s Seafood crawfish boil for 20 people, and other great prizes will be awarded.

Deanie’s Bucktown Philanthropic Trust Contributes to Local Groups

The Bucktown Philanthropic Trust was established by Deanie's Seafood Restaurants to support local children’s causes and celebrate Bucktown's heritage and culture. Beneficiaries of Deanie’s Pinch A Palooza Festival include St. Louis King of France Parish, which has served the Bucktown community for over 60 years, and Angels’ Place, a charity for families with children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Deanie’s Pinch A Palooza Festival Now in its Seventh Year

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants & Seafood Market introduced Pinch A Palooza in 2010 in celebration of Louisiana crawfish and New Orleans music and culture. Typically held at the start of New Orleans’ festival season the weekend between French Quarter Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Deanie’s Seafood’s Pinch A Palooza fest draws nearly 5,000 people to the fishing village of Bucktown to get their crawfish fix during the peak of Crawfish Season, which runs from February through June.

Follow Pinch A Palooza 2016

Save the Date and stay tuned for more on Deanie’s Seafood’s Pinch A Palooza Festival 2016 by following hashtag #Pinchapalooza @DeaniesSeafood on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and

April is Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month

Deanie’s Seafood--one of the first restaurants in the Greater New Orleans region to serve boiled seafood--sought a resolution to raise awareness about the importance of the crawfish industry, recognize the fishermen of Louisiana and celebrate Louisiana’s Cajun French heritage. The resolution naming April “Louisiana Crawfish Awareness Month” was sponsored by State Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, and signed and enrolled on April 15, 2015.

“Crawfish and seafood have a strong economic and cultural role in the lives of Louisianians, and this role is typified by family owned restaurants in Louisiana, such as Deanie's Seafood Restaurants and Seafood Market, where Louisiana's culture of strong family and community ties combines with culinary heritage and traditions,” the resolution reads. Read the full resolution here.


For the past 55 years, Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants and Market have been serving huge portions of the best boiled, broiled and fried seafood in New Orleans. Deanie’s operates a thriving seafood market and catering business as well as two successful restaurants in the New Orleans area, the original location at 1713 Lake Ave. in the quaint fishing village of Bucktown (Metairie) and a second location in the heart of the historic French Quarter, located at 841 Iberville St.

In 2014, the Zagat-rated Deanie’s Seafood Restaurants became the first in the greater New Orleans area and the second (Bucktown) and third (French Quarter) restaurants in the state to earn Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification through the Louisiana Wild Seafood Certification Program, guaranteeing its customers and patrons that the seafood they enjoy is natural, sustainable and sourced from Louisiana waters.

Visit for fresh Louisiana seafood and Deanie’s prepared items shipped anywhere in the continental United States. To learn more about Deanie’s Seafood, visit us at or call the restaurant directly at 504-834-1225.


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January 19, 2016



New Krewe Debuts along Metairie Route


The 2016 Carnival season will debut a new Krewe in Jefferson Parish.  The Krewe of Pandora is the newest parading organization to roll along the Metairie parade route on Lundi Gras, Monday, February 8, 2016.  The all-female Krewe is branching off of the Nyx parade in New Orleans and promises 17 floats and hand-decorated, glittered boxes as a signature throw.

The Krewe of Little Rascals parade will roll at noon on Sunday, January 24, 2016. The parade will begin at Clearview Shopping Center, proceed along Veterans Boulevard, and end at Martin Behrman. The Krewe of Little Rascals has paraded in Jefferson Parish for more than 30 years and is the only all-children’s parade in the metropolitan area.  Little Rascals will showcase 80 units.

Family Gras weekend is January 29, 30, and 31, and takes place at Jefferson Parish’s Mardi Gras Plaza on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard across from Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie. Thousands of locals and visitors, alike, enjoy the pageantry of Carnival, outdoor concerts with live music from national and local artists, food, arts and crafts, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.

The Krewe of Excalibur parade will kick-off its 15th anniversary during Family Gras on Friday, January 29, at 7:00PM.  Excalibur is always a fan favorite and will roll with 23 floats, plenty of signature throws, individually decorated wooden shields and wooden nickles, and T-shirts.

Celebrating its second Carnival parade in Jefferson Parish is the Krewe of Athena.  The Krewe of Athena will roll at 7:30PM, immediately following Excalibur. Athena is the first predominantly African-American, all-female krewe in Jefferson Parish.  Athena explains its membership is limited only to females, but welcomes women of all colors and creeds. Athena includes more than 300 members and 19 floats. Their signature throws include custom-designed fedora hats, selfie sticks, plush owls, Athena swords, and medallion beads.  Both Krewes of Excalibur and Athena will start at Clearview Shopping Center, proceed along Veterans Boulevard, Severn Avenue, Bonnabel Boulevard, and end at Martin Behrman.

The Krewe of Adonis is the premiere parade on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish which will roll Saturday, January 30, beginning at 11:45AM. Parade goers will be treated to a free, live performance by the band “Chicken on the Bone” between 11:00AM – 1:00PM. The stage will be located at the corner of Carol Sue and Terry Parkway.  Adonis will begin on General DeGaulle in Algiers, proceed along Behrman Highway, Carol Sue Avenue, Terry Parkway, and end at Oakwood Shopping Center.

On the evening of Saturday, January 30, the Krewe of Caesar will light up the Metairie parade route starting at 6:00PM.  The Krewe of Caesar rolls for its 37th year and will feature 25 floats including their signature float, Hydra.  Special guest Grand Marshals are some of the favorite characters from Star Wars – Darth Vader and the Star Wars Group of the 501st Legion.

The Corps de Napoleon will be celebrating its 36th year of parading. Napoleon’s signature float, the Waterloo, is a Carnival favorite as it shoots confetti to rain down over the crowd. The Corps de Napoleon features 90 units and will march along the Veterans parade route on Sunday, January 31, beginning at 5:30PM.

The Krewe of Centurions is celebrating 37 years of rich Carnival tradition in Jefferson Parish and will include 21 colorful floats with more than 50 units this year.  The Krewe’s 300 members will feature other historical Carnival krewes such as Endymion, Hermes, and Proteus.  The Krewe of Centurions will roll Friday, February 5, beginning at 7:00PM.

Named after the mythological goddess of the earth and moon, the Krewe of Isis is Jefferson Parish’s oldest all-female parade with over 40 years of Carnival history. The 200 female members have a long-standing and very loyal fan base that come out year after year to hail the Krewe. Isis will roll with 18 floats along the Veterans route on Saturday, February 6, 2016, beginning at 6:30PM.

Rhythm on the Route returns to Jefferson Parish Carnival for its third consecutive year. Middle School and High School marching bands participating in Carnival parades will compete for cash prizes and bragging rights in Metairie’s own Battle of the Bands.  First Prize wins $3,000, Second Prize wins $2,000, and Third Prize wins $1,000.

The Carnival season culminates on Fat Tuesday, February 9, 2016, with the Krewe of Argus parade beginning at 10:00AM. Hundreds of thousands of people gather along the Veterans parade route every year to enjoy an exciting family atmosphere on Mardi Gras in Jefferson Parish.  The Elks of Jefferson Truck parade will follow Argus and the Krewe of Jefferson Truck parade will follow Elks.

Download our free Jefferson Parish Mobile app to watch the parades streaming LIVE on, and follow us on Twitter, @JeffParishGov.

For a complete parade schedule and more Jefferson Parish parade information, visit the Mardi Gras section at






December 29, 2015





Christmas trees will be collected curbside throughout unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Gretna, Harahan, Kenner, Lafitte, and Westwego on January 7, 8, and 9, 2016. Trees will be recycled for beneficial re-use – some for marsh restoration or composting.

Residents are advised to place trees curbside on the evening of Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  Garbage trucks will make one pass through each neighborhood to collect trees on January 7, 8, and 9, 2016. 

Only clean, unpainted and non-flocked trees are acceptable for re-use.  Prior to placing trees curbside, residents must remove all lights, tinsel, garland, ornaments, tree stands, and plastic bags from their Christmas trees.  Artificial, flocked or painted trees are not eligible for the program.

Volunteers are needed, particularly those with shallow draft boats to move trees from a Lafitte staging area to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou.  Volunteers will meet at 8:00am on Saturday, January 9th and January 16th, at Cochiara’s Marina, 4477 Jean Lafitte Boulevard in Lafitte, to move trees to the pre-constructed shoreline fences in Goose Bayou, near the Town of Jean Lafitte. 

For more information or to volunteer, contact the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs at (504) 731-4612.

To read all details, please click here to see the full press release






December 28, 2015




Jefferson Parish President John Young is proud to announce the following list of significant accomplishments achieved during his Administration, 2010 – 2015.  “These five years as your Parish President are among the proudest and most memorable of my career,” Parish President Young said. “I am especially grateful to my executive staff, my colleagues on the Council, and to all our Parish employees who selflessly served the citizens of Jefferson Parish during this Administration. Together we have worked diligently to regain the public’s trust in their government, strive to provide transparency and accountability every day, uncover fraud, waste, and abuse, and tirelessly work to improve the quality of life for all the citizens in Jefferson Parish.”

“While we have accomplished a great deal, I believe our best days are ahead of us and that together, Jefferson Parish will continue to grow and attract new families and new businesses to ensure a bright future for generations to come.  Thank you for the opportunity to have served as your Parish President.” ~ John F. Young, Jr.

To read all details, please click here to see the full press release






December 23, 2015



JANUARY 6, 2016

The elected officials of Jefferson Parish will take their oaths of office on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00am in the Senator Ken Hollis Theater at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center, 6400 Airline Drive, Metairie, Louisiana.  The event is open to the public.  Doors open at 9:00am.

The following officials will be sworn in:

Honorable Newell D. Normand             Sheriff

Honorable Jon A. Gegenheimer             Clerk of Court

Honorable Gerry Cvitanovich                 Coroner

Honorable Michael S. Yenni                    Parish President

Honorable Christopher L. Roberts         Councilman-At-Large, Division “A”

Honorable Cynthia Lee-Sheng                Councilwoman-At-Large, Division “B”

Honorable Ricky J. Templet                      Councilman, District 1

Honorable Paul D. Johnston                    Councilman, District 2

Honorable Mark D. Spears                       Councilman, District 3

Honorable E. “Ben” Zahn, III                   Councilman, District 4

Honorable Jennifer Van Vrancken        Councilwoman, District 5

Immediately following the inauguration, the first Council meeting of 2016 will take place in the Senator Ken Hollis Theater at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. The Inauguration Ceremony will be streamed live on the Jefferson Parish website,, which also is accessible via the Parish’s mobile app, Jefferson Parish Mobile, on smart phones and hand-held devices. For additional information, please contact Kriss Fortunato, Jefferson Parish Public Information Officer, (504) 736-6410, or







December 16, 2015




Please join Councilman Ben Zahn, District 4, Parish President John Young, and Jefferson Parish Officials as they celebrate the completion of the Marsh Island Boardwalk restoration with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.  The ceremony will be held Monday, December 21, 2015, at 10:00am at Marsh Island in Lafreniere Park.  The original boardwalk was 625 linear feet and ADA compliant at one entrance. The boardwalk has been completely restored and now ADA compliant at both entrances.

LLJ Environmental was contracted to perform the restoration at a cost of $86,114.





Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Announces
New Endangered Penguin Chick
"Elmer" Joins the Colony in the Penguin Habitat

(New Orleans) – On August 31, an endangered black-footed penguin chick hatched at the Aquarium. Weighing in at 56.9 grams (about 2 ounces), this new chick is the second offspring for penguin pair Puddles and Millicent. Aquarium visitors may remember Puddles and Millicent as the first-time parents of Chicory, the young penguin that arrived just last April.

“This may be the last chick for Puddles and Millicent,” said Senior Aviculturist Darwin Long. “The Species Survival Plan limits them to two chicks. We’re hoping to get some new pairings this coming year – and maybe some new penguin chicks as well!”

To read all details please click here to see the full the press release.


Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans to Honor Veterans and Active Duty Military with Complimentary Meal on Veterans Day. Boomtown Casino & Hotel New Orleans Bayou Market Buffet Wednesday, November 11th 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Complimentary Lunch Buffet. Complimentary meals are valid for veterans and active duty military; must present valid government issued identification.
To read all details please click here to see the full the press release. 

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Nov. 3, 2015

Retired Lt. General Russel Honore, who was commander of a task force that led the U.S. Department of Defense’s response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, is the featured speaker at Kenner’s Veterans Day ceremony, at 10 a.m. Thursday in Veterans Park.  To read all details please click here to see the full the press release.


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Oct. 22, 2015

Pink Paint Party Tonight, Oktoberfest, Treasure Fest This Weekend

Kenner, LA. – Get an early start on the weekend and help in the fight against breast cancer by attending the Poolside Pink Paint Party tonight at 6 p.m. at Chateau Estates Country Club, 3600 Chateau Blvd. The event is sponsored by the City of Kenner and the country club and participants will create a Fleur de Lis design on slate. All materials will be provided, including wine and snacks. Admission is $25 and all proceeds go to ACS Making Strikes Against Breast Cancer.      For more information, call Kerri at (504) 468-7268.

The final weekend of Oktoberfest, presented by Deutsches Haus, begins Friday at 4 p.m. in Rivertown and offers one last chance to experience German culture up close and personal.  Admission is $6, but children 12 years old and younger get in free. The annual festival features German food, beer and entertainment.  One of the highlights of the final weekend is the annual Dachshund Dash, which will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Oktoberfest goes from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Some of the food offered this weekend includes pork schnitzel with a slice of lemon or a brandy, mushroom cream sauce and sauerbraten (German pot roast) with raisin sauce. Bratwurst, Weisswurst and Knackwurst also are available.

For more information, go to

On Saturday beginning at 5 p.m., the Treasure Chest Casino will hold a free concert on the casino’s front lawn. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Kenner, Pelican Events and Miller Coors.  Treasure Fest is an annual event that features music from “Bag of Donuts” and Rockin’s Dopsie, Jr. There also will be jambalaya, hot dogs, burgers and more for sale, along with water, soda and cold adult beverages. All proceeds and food sales support the Dawn Busters Kiwanis.  The Treasure Fest ends at 9 p.m., and the party will move inside to the Caribbean Showroom until 1 a.m. All B connected members are invited to win their share of $25,000 in slot dollars in a promotion that runs from noon to midnight.

For more information, go to

The Great Southern Gun & Knife Show will be in Halls A and B of the Pontchartrain Center on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $2 for kids between 6 and 11 years old and no charge for kids 5 years old and younger. The show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information to go

And don’t forget that Monday, Oct. 26 is the last chance to Dine for a Purpose with Zea to benefit the Kenner Police Benevolent Association. Only at the Zea’s in Kenner, 1365 W. Esplanade Ave., for any purchases for lunch, dinner, take-out or Happy Hour, Zea will donate 12 percent of the sales to the Benevolent Association.



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Oct. 15, 2015

Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB)
Annual Membership Luncheon Celebrated 15 years of service

State of Tourism Overview, ‘Virgie Ott Tourism Award’

Jefferson Parish, LA – The board and staff of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) welcomed over 140 members and community officials  to the 15th Annual JCVB Luncheon Meeting hosted at the recently renovated & re-opened (August 2015) Copeland Tower located inside the Best Western Plus Landmark Hotel, Metairie, LA.

JCVB President & CEO Violet Peters discussed the state of tourism announcing the latest stats from the Office of Tourism reports. Jefferson Parish tourism generated over $1 billion to the local economy, international visitors spent $18 million in Jefferson Parish retail stores, Jefferson Parish to gain additional hotels with the opening of the Courtyard by Marriott New Orleans Gretna in the fall of 2015, the opening of the Homewood Suites along Severn Avenue in Metairie summer of 2016 and the opening of the Holiday Inn & Express Suites along Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Kenner (2016 opening date to be announced).  Additional statistics, events and information including the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Barataria Preserve’s active participation in the U.S. ‘Find Your Park’ campaign and the addition of the Krewe of Pandora to the 2016 east bank parade roster were among the topics at the meeting.

The Annual Luncheon served as the forum to recognize the recipient of the ‘Virige Ott Tourism Award’.  The inaugural award was presented to its namesake, Virgie Ott in 2011 in recognition and appreciation of her dedication to and advancement of Jefferson Parish tourism.   This year the JCVB honored Denise Thevenot, Director of Louisiana Tax Fee Shopping.  Her career in tourism spans 25 years of dedication to promoting the state of Louisiana both nationally and internationally.  In addition to her numerous accomplishments in her role as Director at LTFS, Denise served and continues to serve on community and tourism-related boards, committees and organizations.  Congratulations to Denise Thevenot!

The JCVB welcomed nationally recognized speaker, Ryan C. Lowe.  Known for his ‘get off your attitude’ approach of positive thinking, Ryan delivered a message of ambassadorship, advocacy and the importance of pride in the destination to the Jefferson Parish tourism stakeholders.    

For information on Jefferson Parish tourism, events and more visit the JCVB website at



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                           

October 19, 2015

Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB)
Partners with Second Harvest Food Bank
Jefferson Parish, LA – With the holidays right around the corner, the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (JCVB) is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank in the fight against hunger by hosting a food drive October 15 through November 15, 2015 in cooperation with our partners in tourism.

The JCVB will be collecting non-perishable food items for families and individuals in need this holiday season.

All members of the JCVB and supporters of Jefferson Parish tourism are encouraged to sign up to become a donation center. Members are to contact Casey Ronquille, JCVB Membership Manager, at to pick up donation boxes at the JCVB office, or arrangements can be made to receive a donation box. Upon completion of the drive, the JCVB will pick up the donation boxes from each participating member organization. 

The JCVB will be promoting the food drive on all social media channels and encouraging members to do the same.   The Jefferson Parish tourism industry is united, and together we can help our community by giving with a grateful heart!

For information on Jefferson Parish tourism, events and more visit the JCVB website at




City of Kenner                               

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                           

Oct. 6, 2015

Kenner Ranked No. 10 Most Ethnic and Racially Diverse Small City

Kenner, LA. – Kenner is the 10th most ethnically and racially diverse city in the country, among those with a population under 100,000, according to the website WalletHub.The website identified a number of U.S. Census Bureau statistics for 313 of the most populated cities and areas in the country and focused on three in particular: racial and ethnic diversity, language diversity and U.S. region of birth diversity.

Based on those metrics, Kenner was No. 10 in the small city category. No other Louisiana city made the top 10 in either the small, midsize or large city category. In an overall category comparing all cities, Kenner ranked No. 27. There was no other city in the metropolitan area within the top 200 overall. Bossier City ranked No. 85. 

“Diversity is something we are very proud of in Kenner, “Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni said. “We know that more than 1 out of 5 residents are Hispanic and you only have to drive down Williams Boulevard to see the many different ethnic restaurants and other businesses.”

The website points out that ethnic change has been ongoing for years and is forecast to continue. “By its estimates, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that no single ethnic group will comprise the majority in the U.S. for the first time in 2044.” Yenni said he believes the diversity in Kenner will make the city an appealing location for young families and businesses for decades to come.

To see the full list of rankings, go to






Aug. 10, 2015


Kenner Makes List of

Safest Cities in Louisiana


Kenner, LA. – Kenner has been included on a list of the safest cities in Louisiana compiled by the website
Kenner, with nearly 67,000 residents, is by far the largest Louisiana city to make the list and recorded 2.88 violent crimes per every 1000 residents. The other cities on the list all range between 2,000 residents and approximately 14,000 residents. 

According to the website, “Since larger cities tend to have more crime in general, only places with populations of over 2,000 were considered.”  Kenner Mayor Michael Yenni said he is proud that Kenner made the list. “Considering that Kenner is nearly five times larger than the next largest city on the list, it’s quite a testament to the dedication and hard work of the city’s police officers, led by Chief Michael Glaser. You would think that only smaller cities would make this list.”  In fact, Kenner has nearly the same population as all of the other 10 cities on the list – combined.

Other cities in the metropolitan area to make the list included Harahan and Mandeville. “I want to compliment the police officers and elected officials in both those cities,” Yenni said.  Glaser said Kenner’s inclusion on the list is both a compliment to the work his officers do on a daily basis, and to Yenni and the City Council, for making police issues a priority.  “Obviously, being in the shadow of a large metropolitan area can be a challenge for any police department, but we are fortunate to have a force filled with hard-working individuals who are passionate about keeping this city safe,” Glaser said. 

For the complete list, go to



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Jim McCaul
Destination Marketing Association International

(202) 835-4205


Terrie Birkel Receives Certified Destination Marketing Executive Designation

WASHINGTON, DC Friday, July 17, 2015 – Terrie Birkel, Director of Marketing & & Communications of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies.

The CDME program is designed to better prepare senior destination marketing organization (DMO) executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and community leaders.  Over the course of 22 years, more than 400 students have participated in the CDME program and this year the number of graduates will reach over 320. 


“Our mission at DMAI is to advocate for the professionalism, effectiveness, and significance of destination marketing organizations worldwide,” said Michael Gehrisch, President & CEO of DMAI. “We realize the importance of destination marketing and are committed to improving the effectiveness of these organizations. These individuals who have achieved the CDME designation have set an example of excellence for the entire destination marketing profession.”

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About Destination Association Marketing International (DMAI)

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) protects and advances the success of destination marketing worldwide. DMAI's influential membership includes nearly 600 destination marketing organizations (DMOs), from 16 countries, which command US $2.5+ billion in annual budgets. As the world's largest and most reliable resource for DMOs, DMAI provides nearly 4,000 individual members - professionals, industry partners, educators and students - the most innovative and relevant educational resources, networking opportunities and marketing intelligence worldwide.


Linda Maher Receives Certified Destination Marketing Executive Designation

WASHINGTON, DC Friday, July 17, 2015 – Linda Maher, Director of Sales of the Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision, leadership, productivity and the implementation of business strategies.

The CDME program is designed to better prepare senior destination marketing organization (DMO) executives and managers for increasing change and competition and to become more effective organizational and community leaders.  Over the course of 22 years, more than 400 students have participated in the CDME program and this year the number of graduates will reach over 320. 


“Our mission at DMAI is to advocate for the professionalism, effectiveness, and significance of destination marketing organizations worldwide,” said Michael Gehrisch, President & CEO of DMAI. “We realize the importance of destination marketing and are committed to improving the effectiveness of these organizations. These individuals who have achieved the CDME designation have set an example of excellence for the entire destination marketing profession



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Jean Lafitte National Park Sites Along the Louisiana Coast

Interpret the Region’s History and Culture

Louisiana Coast, May 2015 – A key part of what makes coastal Louisiana so special is its people, whose courage and resiliency are among their most distinguishing characteristics. These people have thrived in a climate that is itself unique and distinctive, helping to create a history and culture that is especially fascinating. Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve celebrates all the elements that help define this region and its inhabitants. Named for a man who was a curious blend of pirate and patriot, the park offers six different interpretive sites, three of which are located within the parishes that comprise the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC).

So who was Jean Lafitte? In proper Louisiana style, Lafitte was a bit of a rascal, a French-American who is thought to have made his fortune as a pirate and privateer. He and his brother Pierre established a smugglers’ colony in an area called Barataria. It was here – far enough away from U.S. officials – that foreign ships delivered goods, which the brothers then offloaded into pirogues (Cajun canoes) and transported through the bayous to eager merchants in New Orleans. As a result of these smuggling efforts, Lafitte became an expert at navigating Louisiana’s swamps and bayous. Prior to the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815, he negotiated with General Andrew Jackson to commit Barataria’s band of pirates to the U.S. military effort if the country agreed to pardon them for their crimes. Lafitte and his gang helped to soundly defeat the British, and he ultimately became something of a cult hero. Sites in Louisiana bear his name because at one time, nobody knew the bayous better than Lafitte did.

His namesake national park is divided into six separate facilities, three of which are located within LTCC member parishes. The Barataria Preserve, located where Lafitte based his smuggling operations, is in the town of Marrero within Jefferson Parish and offers interpretation of the natural and cultural history of the area; Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery, which commemorate the Battle of New Orleans and where Lafitte’s men fought, are in the town of Chalmette in St. Bernard Parish; and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, where guests can see a pirogue like what Lafitte used in his smuggling efforts, is in the town of Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish and interprets the Cajun culture of this region. Each site has a visitor center, and it’s best to visit to check days and hours of operation for the various locations.

At the Barataria Preserve, guests can stroll along boardwalks and dirt trails to explore the park’s 23,000 acres of bayous, swamps, marshes and forests. It’s an ideal place for bird watching – at least 200 species have been sighted here – and nature lovers take delight in spotting alligators and nutria (a rodent common in swampy areas). Guests can take a self-guided tour using the park service’s printed map, or they can take a cell phone tour using codes posted at points of interest. In addition, rangers offer wetlands walks at 10 a.m. every Wednesday through Sunday and special talks at 2 p.m. on those same days; topics for both walks and talks vary and are posted at the visitor center.

At the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, visitors can gain a better understanding of the lives of the Acadians (also known as Cajuns), a people who settled in Louisiana in the 1700s after they were driven out of Canada by the British. The cultural center’s exhibits and films explore the Acadians’ cuisine, clothing, religion, recreation and home life. The center hosts a free Cajun music jam session on Monday nights from 5 to 7 p.m., and visitors are welcome to come listen or bring an instrument and play along with local musicians. On Tuesday nights the center hosts “Cercle Francophone” from 5:30 to 7 p.m., during which participants are encouraged to speak French as a way of keeping the language alive in Louisiana. Other special programs at the center include a free one-mile walking tour of the town of Thibodaux at 2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and fall and spring boat tours along Bayou Lafourche.

Chalmette National Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery are located just down the river from each other. The battlefield boasts a visitor center that interprets the story of the Battle of New Orleans, including a tribute to Jean Lafitte. Through exhibits and film, visitors learn what Louisiana’s troops did to protect the United States from a final attack by the British before the end of the War of 1812. On Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., visitors can climb the 122 interior steps of the 100-foot obelisk that was built on the site to commemorate the battle. The visitor center also offers ranger talks every Tuesday through Saturday, with times varying throughout the year. Visitors can access the battlefield via automobile, or by taking the Creole Queen cruise ship from downtown New Orleans.

Collectively known as the Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC), the coastal parishes of Louisiana promote natural, recreational and cultural experiences to residents of and visitors to these parishes. The LTCC is also an advocate for the sustainable development of coastal communities and protection of the area’s fragile wetlands. For more information, visit


Mindy Bianca


Gillies and Zaiser

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