The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) announced a $20 million expansion to Boomtown Casino New Orleans. Pinnacle Entertainment, Inc. invested in plans to build a five-story hotel that will connect to the existing West Bank facility, which includes a casino, entertainment venue, and restaurants. The new hotel is expected to house 150 rooms, a fitness center, and meeting space right on the Harvey Canal. The hotel addition will create approximately 50 new permanent jobs, once completed, and more than 150 construction jobs. Construction is slated to begin within 60 days. It's expected to take about 13 months to complete. The Lemoine Company, a Louisiana-based company, will be the general contractor on the project. Pinnacle Entertainment's presence in Jefferson Parish has played a large role in the economic growth of the region. Currently, Boomtown Casino employs 700 people from all over the area. In 2011, it drew 1.5 million visitors and it is on pace to do the same in 2012. Jefferson Parish officials believe the hotel project will even further promote tourism on the West Bank.
Jefferson Parish is hosting the 27th reunion of the USS Brinkley Bass Association. A welcome reception and banquet for these brave veterans will be held at the Marriot Lakeway in Metairie from July 25th to July 29th. The Brinkley Bass, named after Lieutenant Commander Harold Brinkley Bass, was commissioned October 1, 1945. The ship operated as a Gearing Class Destroyer in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, earning seven battle stars for her Korean service. The vessel served with the Seventh Fleet during the Korean War in support of the United Nations and was a plane guard for aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War. The Brinkley Bass was decommissioned in December 1973. The Marriot Lakeway is located at 3838 North Causeway Blvd.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) today initiated the first ever drill designed to deploy critical pieces of state-of-the-art well control equipment to the ultra-deep seabed of the Gulf of Mexico in an effort to exercise the oil and gas industry’s response to a potential subsea blowout. The multi-week exercise, launched at 8:10 am CDT and employing the Marine Well Containment Company (MWCC), is part of a series of planned and unannounced exercises and inspections conducted by BSEE to ensure the industry’s ability to meet the conditions of their oil spill response plans and effectively respond to a potential spill. The exercise will involve the mobilization and field deployment of the capping stack to the sea floor in approximately 7,000 feet of water, latching it to a test wellhead, and pressurizing the system. The exercise is also designed to test an operator’s ability to obtain and schedule the deployment of the supporting systems necessary for successful containment – including debris removal equipment and other oil collection devices. The MWCC capping stack is similar to the one that was used to stop the flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon well. Over the course of the exercise, BSEE will provide public updates at: http://www.bsee.gov.