NEW RESIDENTS AND VISITORS
ABOUT THE AREA
Plaquemines is Louisiana's southernmost parish where the great Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. The parish is a region of ecological wonder with its many waterways, fishing and hunting grounds. It is truly a Sportsman’s Paradise with some of the best commercial and sportsman fishing areas in the world. With the seafood industry being one of the leading sources of income and highest employers in Louisiana, Plaquemines Parish produces millions of pounds of shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish annually. Plaquemines Parish is the operational center for the offshore oil and gas industry. The Plaquemines Port and Harbor Terminal District is continuing to be sought after as the coal exporting capital of Louisiana. One of the most valuable resources of Plaquemines Parish is Fort Jackson, built in 1822 under the recommendation of General Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans. In 1861, Fort Jackson served as an important defense for the city of New Orleans during the Civil War. It was also used as a training base during World War 1 from 1917-1918. It has been the proud home of the Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival since 1970, welcoming visitors from all over the world.
Plaquemines Parish provides the perfect balance between urban and rural lifestyles. Its location within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area enables residents to experience one of America’s most colorful cities. Yet the parish’s lower reaches provide a rural, country-like atmosphere with unlimited opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and recreational pursuits.
The geographical landscape of the parish varies. Urban communities like Belle Chasse, in the northern part of the parish, are considered part of the Metropolitan New Orleans area, while the long middle reaches of the parish consist primarily of agricultural lands dotted with small communities. Further south, saltwater marshes and estuaries form the rich delta of the Mississippi River.
The great diversity of the parish rewards its residents and visitors with perhaps the greatest range of amenities of all the parishes in the region. Within a single day, guests and residents of Plaquemines Parish can enjoy the "Sportsman’s Paradise" with vast opportunities for hunting, fishing and water sports. They can also partake in cuisine, entertainment, and ‘all that jazz’ that makes New Orleans world famous.
Plaquemines Parish is the final leg on the long, winding course of the mighty Mississippi River. The parish creates a corridor surrounding the river as it flows to the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the developed areas are located along either side of the more than seventy miles of the Mississippi River that flows through the parish. The land area of the parish is 845 square miles.
Unfortunately, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 have scarred the parish landscape, particularly below Belle Chasse. However, massive levee protection upgrades and coastal restoration projects are currently underway to ensure the devastation of this type does not repeat itself.
Prior to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Plaquemines Parish was approximately 28,000 residents. Since then, that number has dropped to an estimated 22,512. Information is constantly changing in regards to number of housing units, median income, etc., and will be updated as it becomes available.
The average millage in Plaquemines Parish is 60.56. One mill of property is equal to .001 cent. In Louisiana if you live in your home you can qualify for a $75,000.00 homestead exemption. A $200,000.00 home with a $75,000.00 exemption would result in a $125,000.00 value. Homes are appraised for tax purposes at 10% of value. This means you would pay taxes at an appropriate millage rate.
A $200,000.00 home would result in taxes as follows:
Home appraisal of $200,000 – Homestead exemption of $75,000 = $125,000
$125,000 x 10% = $12,500
$12,500 x .001 = 12.5
12.5 x 60.56 (millage rate) = $757 annual tax
Louisiana has a semitropical climate. Plaquemines Parish temperatures vary from season to season, but are typically warm. January is the coldest month, with averages lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. The warmest months are July and August, with average lows in the 70s and highs in the 90s. October through December are the “pretty months,” when temperatures range from the 60s at night to 70s during the day.
Plaquemines Parish can be very wet, with an average yearly rainfall of about 55-60 inches. During the summer months, expect the daily rumble of thunder in the afternoons. Hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30, and Plaquemines Parish does occasionally have threats from tropical systems, including hurricanes.
The Plaquemines Parish Sheriffs Office handles the entire criminal, civil, and tax divisions operations, and provides police protection throughout the parish. Plaquemines is under 24-hour patrol by the criminal division. All patrol vehicles are radio equipped to maintain constant contact with radio headquarters in Port Sulphur. The Parish Prison is located in Pointe-a-la-Hache, and a supplemental lockup is adjacent to the Belle Chasse ferry landing.
Fire protection in Plaquemines Parish is provided through nine highly equipped fire stations organized into six fire departments, and manned by volunteer firemen located throughout the parish. In addition, the parish has marine and mobile equipment units that provide fire protection.
RECREATIONAL AND CULTURAL FACILITIES
The recreational and cultural facilities of Plaquemines Parish include numerous outdoor facilities: baseball and football fields, basketball and tennis courts, soccer fields, walking tracks, a running and field events track, swimming pool, auditoriums, golf courses and hundreds of boat slips in 4 marinas. The parish also operates libraries in Belle Chasse, Port Sulphur and Buras, in addition to a parishwide bookmobile system which operates on a weekly schedule.
The parish also has access to the vast cultural facilities of the metropolitan New Orleans area:
- Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
- New Orleans Opera
- New Orleans Ballet
- Southern Rep Theatre
- Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
- New Orleans Saints
- NCAA college athletics from Tulane University, University of New Orleans, Louisiana State University and others.
Due to the parish’s distinct geographical characteristics, Plaquemines has a vast range of outdoor sports activities available to residents. The mild climate and extensive water and wildlife areas of the parish provide almost unlimited opportunities for all types of hunting, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities.
RECREATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING
Waterfowl hunting in Plaquemines Parish has long been recognized as some of the best in the nation. The location of the Mississippi River Delta at the end of the Mississippi Flyway provides winter habitat for over 1 million ducks and geese and also provides habitat for additional millions of waterfowl on their annual migrations to and from wintering habitat in Central America.
Plaquemines Medical Center is located in Port Sulphur. It provides emergency medical services to children and adults, basic diagnostic services, home health treatment and is staffed by a physician, nursing and support personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
As part of the metropolitan region, residents have access to the large number of medical facilities located in the region, including University Hospital in New Orleans, which is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, the clinics of both LSU and Tulane Schools of Medicine, the prestigious Ochsner Foundation Hospital and Clinics, and numerous other public and private medical Facilities, The medical care in the New Orleans region is among the finest available in the world. Meadowcrest & West Jefferson hospitals are in close proximity to the west bank of Plaquemines.
Most of the commercial areas in the parish are located along Highway 23. In addition to these local shopping areas, residents also have access to the enormous network of commercial malls, shopping centers and other facilities located throughout the metropolitan area.
The New Orleans Central Business District is only 20 minutes away, and has seen an explosion of retail activity in the past few years. The Riverwalk, Canal Place and Jax Brewery have added several specialty retail outlets, including national chain outlets such as Brooks Brothers, Sharper Image and Saks Fifth Avenue.
FRESH SEAFOOD AND GENERAL GROCERIES
Plaquemines Parish is well known for the finest in fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables, available through local commercial outlets and numerous roadside outlets lining the major highways in the corridor. Small neighborhood commercial areas serve the communities along Highway 23 to Venice, and Highway 39 to Bohemia.
Grocery stores in the area are chain supermarkets, as well as many local grocers to service the needs of the community.
Air - Plaquemines Parish is serviced by New Orleans International Airport in Kenner and Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. There are also several small air strips and heliports in the area that service industry and private planes.
Railroad – Railway service is provided by Amtrack, with a terminal in downtown New Orleans. New Orleans Lower Coast Railroad handles cargo into Plaquemines Parish.
Bus - Greyhound has its large terminal in New Orleans and has a satellite station on the Westbank of the river.
Taxi -There are several taxicab services in the area.
Television - There are seven local television stations in the New Orleans area and cable television with a multitude of networks are available though Plaquemines Cablevision.
Radio - There are numerous radio stations on both AM and FM in the New Orleans area that play a variety of music from urban contemporary and hip-hop to country and soft rock. The Greater New Orleans area is home to the best talk radio in the south.
Newspapers - The New Orleans area newspaper is the Times Picayune. It is delivered in Plaquemines Parish daily including Sundays. The local newspapers, The Plaquemines Gazette and Plaquemines Watchman, are each delivered weekly.
For information on parish schools, visit the Plaquemines Parish School Board Site at www.ppsb.org.
PHONE NUMBERS FOR NEW RESIDENTS
Plaquemines Parish Water Department: (504) 392-6690
Plaquemines Cablevision: (504) 392-4060
Atmos Energy (Natural gas): 1-888-286-6700
Times-Picayune: (504) 822-6660