Like so many others in this region, I am loathe to relay any information that would make someone avoid tourism or our amazing seafood, but it’s been a year since 11 men died, 200 million gallons of oil and at least 2 million gallons of dispersant were dumped into the Gulf and it’s time to face some facts. Tar balls still wash up on the beaches everyday. The marshes are a mess. Unprecedented numbers of dolphins and sea turtles are dying. Fish have lesions. Fisherman are out of work. Businesses shut down. Less than 20% of the BP billions set aside for the affected have made their way to less than half of the 500,000 claimants. But, 97% of the 100,000 quick pay claims have been paid – one time payments of $5,000 to $25,000 in exchange for agreeing not to sue BP.
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Every Wednesday from the end of March through the beginning of June, the Young Leadership Council (who put the lights on the Crescent City Bridge and came up with the bumper sticker, “New Orleans, proud to call it home”), the Saints and some other generous sponsors throw a free concert in Lafayette Square. Continue reading
Before the storm, my cousin, Ruth, and I went to the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi. Neither of us is a gambler so Ruth wished out loud that we could see the show there, a Cirque du Soleil type act with Vegas-style dance numbers. A woman walking by overheard the wish and said that she was an employee there and had 2 free tickets. We had a great time so when Ruth let me know that Kevin Costner and Modern West were coming to play there this past weekend, I decided to make a call and try to make another wish come true. Continue reading