Thursday, January 12, 2012

Louisiana coastal restoration 50-year blueprint released~Mark Schleifstein
~The strategy is outlined in the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s draft five-year master plan update, which for the first time contains maps showing the location and scope of proposed projects and maps showing what the state’s coastline will look like in 2061 if they’re built. Lists of the projects also show their cost. Click pic to enlarge.

River turbine testing site gets $150,000 grant

Keep lower Mississippi River open

Did I mention with all the shit going down a few of us are engaged in what I’ll term high stakes blogging? ~Slabbed

Judge halts release of 21 prisoners pardoned by MS Governor Babar

Hell hath no fury like a great team thirsting for gridiron vengeance
~Mark Moseley, The Lens

Chefs and Casual Food ~Robert Peyton

Cooking With Wine~Blackened Out

Willie Nelson at House of Blues tonight! David Allan Coe, Kyle Turley Band at Howling Wolf!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Levees can be a mortal, as well as a moral hazard ~Len Bahr, LaCoastPost
BP hires chefs Emeril Lagasse and John Besh in massive oilspill PR whitewash
~Rat Fink spies the evil British Usurpers paying chefs Emeril Lagasse and John Besh to promote Gulf seafood, it’s hired two seafood trucks to hand out fish tacos and seafood-filled jambalaya to the hundreds of thousands of tourists and fans pouring into the city for the football games and it’s spreading its messages at galas, pre-game parties and vacation giveaways.
The campaign, launched just before Christmas, has ramped up for the two-week period around the Sugar Bowl and Bowl Championship Series title game to be played on Monday between LSU and Alabama.
“I’m glad to report that all beaches and waters are open for everyone to enjoy!” BP representative Iris Cross says in one TV spot to an upbeat soundtrack. “And the economy is showing progress, with many areas on the Gulf Coast having their best tourism season in years.”

Drew on Pierre Thomas: "Phenomenal" game ~WWL

Report: Saints defensive coach Williams could follow Fisher (to Rams?)

Alabama player's girlfriend dreamed of seeing him play for BCS title in her hometown
~Nakia Hogan

Is Alabama coach Nick Saban a miserable sum'bitch? Let's talk! ~Slabbed

Upcoming South Claiborne drainage project will take more than two years, officials say ~Uptown Messenger

The Parc England Hotel ~CenLamar

Shaw Awarded Environmental and Restoration Services Contract from Corps
~The Shaw Group Inc. SHAW +0.11% today announced it has been awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide nationwide environmental and restoration services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Louisville District.

Tribute to New Orleans, Inside and Out ~NYT

Save the Date! 2nd Annual King Cake Death Match, February 2!~He Said/She Said NOLA

Sunday, January 8, 2012


Business Insurance and the Myth of Hurricane Flood Risk Modeling in N.O.
~Paul R. Becker, president of the construction practice at Willis North America Inc. in Nashville, Tenn., and another participant on the October tour, said in talking with Willis brokers in New Orleans last week, “they really haven't seen much change based on the tour.”
“We're choosing to look at it as half full,”
Mr. Becker said, the glass' full half being that insurers participated on the tour and they are underwriting business in New Orleans.
In the construction area and the market for builders risk property coverage, “generally it's available, although you need to get multiple carriers for things that are over $20 (million) to $25 million in size in the zone because (insurers) don't want to put that much capacity at risk,” Mr. Becker said. That coverage typically involves a high deductible, he said. In the fixed-property market, “our property guys are seeing what they characterize as massive increases—30%, 40%, 50%—and that's due to the infamous RMS 11 modeling,” Mr. Becker said in referring to Risk Management Solutions Inc.'s version 11 U.S. hurricane model. “The fixed property seems to be much more driven by the cat modeling than the builders risk.”
~Photo: Curtsey of our friends and comrade compadnas at The New Orleans Levee, who snapped this secret under cover lapel pin camera shot of a Corps Risk Reduction Handlin' Officer, CoRRHO, as he nervously Handles his Ratty Hands, furtively eying a newly completed Corps Risk Reducin' Experimental Action Model Assemblage, or CoRREAMA, made up entirely of print copies of The New Orleans Levee.
Well, they don't hold anything back either!

Army Corps Cooks the Books Again

And you’re still outta here! Big D Fazzio’s lawyers remain disqualified and that’s all we’ll be hearing ’bout that for a while ~Slabbed

Road Home buyout properties being sold back to New Orleans~David Hammer

Four major weekend events obscure the important coastal happening ~LaCoastPost
~Yesterday I was reminded by a coastal colleague that a fifth important event will happen Monday, January 9…but with extremely little fanfare. I’m talking about the release of the much anticipated* 2012 Louisiana Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration.

Major Bayou Lafourche cleanup seeks volunteers~Nikki Buskey

What's the word, Hummingbird?

New Orleans Fuit Tree Project spreads the wealth ~Katy Reckdahl

Chefs looking to start small carve out temporary quarters in established kitchens
~Naomi Martin

Do you love brunch? Here are some of Nolamaven's favorite places in New Orleans

Sunday: Lady Jetsetters 2012 second line parade! ~Big Red Cotton, Gambit