Another heart wretching story of the BP oil spill's severe impact on New Orleans - its oysters - the people who depend on them for a living - who contribute so much to making NOLA the unique place that it is -
Thomas "Uptown T" Stewart shucked oysters for me at Pascal's Manale in mid May - two days earlier - it was Mike Rogers at Casamentos - Storm'n Norman at Acme gave us a lesson in Oysters and New Orleans a few years back - along with this card as "Master Shucker" - and - the night - two years ago - when Julius was manning the Oyster bar at Pascal's - prompted memories from 30 years previous - along with a bounty of P&J Oysters that almost prompted me to pass on supper - (Pascal's Manale Oyster Redux) -
JUNE 13, 2010,8:31 AM THE DAY THE SHUCKING STOPPED By Mireya Navarro
Last weekend, Sal Sunseri, co-owner and vice president of P&J Oyster Company, the oldest oyster processor and distributor in New Orleans, presided over the city’s inaugural Oyster Festival. Throughout, he refused to entertain the notion that, given the closing of many gulf oyster beds because of the oil spill, the first such festival could be the last.
“I’m optimistic,” he told me. “I believe in God and in miracles.”
But the disaster that has already robbed thousands of fishermen of their livelihood led Mr. Sunseri to announce on Thursday that his 134-year-old business has ceased shucking oysters for the time being. He told The Times-Picayune newspaper that he will not shut down his operation entirely because some oysters are still coming in.
But regular production has been halted and he is not sure what will become of P&J and its employees in the long run.
Similar businesses are also having a hard time and are relying on suppliers from out of state. (New Orleans restaurants are still serving oysters; some report that demand for them is even up because customers sense that the end of an era is coming.)
At the oyster festival in the French Quarter last weekend, Mr. Sunseri, one of the organizers, effusively told the audience: “We feel very blessed to be able to do this and hopefully we’ll be doing it for the next 134 years.”
FEMA continues to be the agency that still insists its snowing in New Orleans because their memos say its snowing in New Orleans -
It that doesn't make sense - read NYT - Leaving The Trailers - Ready or Not, Katrina Victims Lose Temporary Housing - FEMA wants anyone still living in a trailer - because their house was blown away - or - they never got the Grant promised by the Bush Administration - to vacate by May 31 so that they can - "scrap or sell them for a fraction of what it (FEMA) paid for them."
What (who) is being served? -
In the same breathe - FEMA sent a letter saying anyone in a trailer could buy their $74,000 dinosaur for $300 - but when any tenant tried - they were refused -
Katrina was 3 1/2 years ago - we have a new Administration - can't FEMA get its act together? -
The CDC confirmed (02/14/08) that FEMA trailers provided as temporary housing to Katrina victims were impregnated with unacceptable levels of formaldehyde - six months after it was revealed that FEMA lawyers blocked testing for fear of agency liability - i.e - the storm may have cost them their homes - FEMA may have cost them their health - via Associated Press -
FEMA's expedited effort (02/18/08) to move affected trailer residents to suitable housing - via The Times Picayune