13 January 2006

Yesterday's Jackson Square Rally

Yesterday morning I went down to check out the rally at Jackson Square. I had read about the gathering and I was curious to see what was going on. There were about 200 people there and probably half of them were girls from Sacred Heart (all girls school here in NO). It was very non-partisan and very pro-N.O. All the signs were asking for Cat 5 levees and coastal restoration. Here are a few observations...........

1. If you want energy at any type of gathering, bring a bunch of high school age girls. I was down there for 90 minutes or so and the girls were chanting and cheering the whole time.

2. Anytime more than a dozen people gather in one place in N.O. a parade breaks out. Within minutes the girls had begun to walk in a large circle up and down the steps in front of the square.

3. I was very disappointed that the Pres. didn't drive by the square and see the group
gathered there.

I spent most of my time there talking to Pam Fortner, the owner of Tropical Isle. Their business is 30% of what it should be right now. She is very optimistic for the future though and is very committed to New Orleans. If anyone out there is wondering what they can do to help New Orleans, just read Pam's shirt....................


At January 13, 2006 11:07 PM, Blogger Kinch said...

Cat 5 levees sound like a good idea. However, if New Orleans is ever hit by a Cat 5 hurricane, the levees will be the only thing left.

Cat 3 levees are adequate but we need real Cat 3 levees, not the lemons we have now.

At January 14, 2006 11:00 PM, Blogger Steve said...

"3. I was very disappointed that the Pres. didn't drive by the square and see the group
gathered there."

Yes but, did you expect anything more from him? If he actually cared, this whole scandanavian clusterf#@k would have ended differently.

He has the Emperors new Clothes syndrome, so long as he doesnt hear ro see a negative word, everything is swell!!

At January 15, 2006 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

See www.levees.org for information on the next rally: Jan 21 at the Corps of Engineer's building on Leake Ave (River Road).

At March 23, 2006 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

they never contacted any of their employees to see if they survived the hurricane....boycott the handgrenade!!!!!

At May 30, 2006 7:15 PM, Anonymous Pam Fortner said...

many employees are back to take care of you, ie Marti, Steve, Jon Bidwell, Michelle, Larry, AL Miller, Dwight Breland, Al Hebert, Big Al Carson and his band, Debi and her Deacons, Robby, Brad on and on. Both Tropical Isles, Funky Pirate and Orleans Grapevine are open. Phone numbers were not available for many people and e-mail and cell phones were used to find out about the employees who were scattered out all over the country, CA, NJ, AL, La, Tx, Utah etc. Please come see you favorite person. May 30, 2006.


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