Our October stay on Mississippi Street bought to mind the Louis Armstrong song hit “What a Wonderful World”. Comfortable, warm accomodations, sumptous views,a relaxed atmosphere—all a weekender could ever desire. The only sad part was when we had to leave. However, we will return to our home away from home again!
Here are some suggested questions for constructive feedback:
Did our home meet your expectations as communicated through our property listing and rental rules? If not, why?
How would you rate the cleanliness of our home?
How would you rate the comfort of the beds?
How would you rate the quality of the sheets and comforters?
How would you rate the quality of the towels?
Did you feel that there were enough towels and sheets provided?
Did you feel that the kitchen was adequately stocked?
Were you able to use all the electronics/appliances easily?
What else could we provide to improve your stay?
Is there anything that needs to be replaced or updated?
Would you consider staying here again? If not, why?
Would you recommend our home to friends or family? If not, why?
What is one thing we could do to improve your stay in the future?
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2013 Paddle Bayou Lafourche!
Come experience the natural elegance of Bayou Lafourche and join the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program as we enjoy a south Louisiana weekend paddling trip from the headwaters of Bayou Lafourche in Donaldsonville to the community of Lockport.
Paddlers may pick and choose which day(s) to participate (from one to four days) and enjoy the bonding, camaraderie and sense of accomplishment that comes from going the distance on Bayou Lafourche–Donaldsonville to Lockport!
Registration for 2013 Paddle Bayou Lafourche is closed.
Paddle dates are April 4-7, 2013.
Price is per paddler per day, not per canoe/kayak
Children have to be at least 5 years old to paddle.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. There are a limited amount of paddlers allowed per day.
Deadline for registration with guaranteed of paddle t-shirt is March 21, 2013. Participants registered after March 21 are not guaranteed a shirt.
For additional information,
Call the BTNEP office 1-800-259-0869
or email Kristy at firstname.lastname@example.org
See you on the Bayou!!
News from Main Street Donaldsonville & Donaldsonville DDD BONNIE AND CLYDE UPDATE
We are all very excited to see so much of the Bonnie and Clyde film here in Historic Donaldsonville. Sony Pictures is helping our economic development with local merchants, contractors, City and Parish.They also are very nice and accommodating people.This miniseries will be on Lifetime/History Channel in Winter or Fall. Same schemes are Hatfield and McCoys and The Bible.Please make a point to verbally thank any of our new friends and potential returning film workers. They had many towns to choose from and most of movie will be filmed here in Donaldsonville.They ask that no photos are posted online of the movie until movie comes out. What a wonderful time to be in Donaldsonville!Call me if you need anything – 225-323-2555Missy JanduraTODAY AND THURSDAYWednesday, May 1,2013, Filming scenes at 410 Mississippi St. and 110 Railroad Ave. from approximately 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.100 BLOCK LESSARD ST – STARTING 6PM, APRIL 30TH THROUGH 11PM, MAY 1ST 400 BLOCK MISSISSIPPI ST – STARTING 6PM, APRIL 30TH THROUGH 11PM, MAY 1ST 100 BLOCK RAILROAD AVE – STARTING 6PM, APRIL 30TH THROUGH 11PM, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY filming scenes at 300 Chetimaches Street from approximately 6 a.m. to 8 p.m..100 & 200 BLOCKS NICHOLLS ST – STARTING 6PM, MAY 1ST, THROUGH 11P300 BLOCK CHETIMACHES ST – STARTING 6PM, MAY 1ST, THROUGH 11PM FRIDAY ONLY Friday, May 3, 2013, filming scenes at 501 Lee Avenue from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m..100 – 500 BLOCKS LEE AVE – STARTING 6PM, MAY 2ND, THROUGH 6PM, MAY 3RD800 & 900 BLOCKS WEBSTER ST – STARTING 6PM, MAY 2ND, THROUGH 6PM,300 BLOCK HOUMAS ST – STARTING 6PM, MAY 2ND, THROUGH 8PM, MAY 3RD100 – 300 BLOCKS NICHOLLS ST – STARTING 6PM, MAY 2ND, THROUGH 12AM,200 BLOCK RAILROAD AVE – STARTING 6PM, MAY 2ND, THROUGH 12AM,MONDAY AND TUESDAY100 & 200 blocks of Railroad Ave from approximately – 12 p.m. to 4 a.m.. Tommy Gun Fight on Railroad Avenue – Dont be scared100 – 400 BLOCKS RAILROAD AVE – STARTING 6PM, MAY 5TH, THROUGH 8AM,300 & 400 BLOCKS MISSISSIPPI ST – STARTING 6PM, MAY 5TH, THROUGH 8AM,300 BLOCK NICHOLLS ST – STARTING 6PM, MAY 5TH, THROUGH 8AM, We are aware of the inconvenience caused by our activity and apologize in advance. Rest assuredthat we will do everything possible to minimize the impact of our activities on your neighborhood. If you have particular concerns scheduled deliveries, construction, accessibility needs, etc. that must be addressed, please call the Locations Department at 225.360.3472. We will do everything possible to find a mutually agreeable solution. We are working in full cooperation with the City of Donaldsonville within the DonaldsonvilleDowntown Development District and Missy Jandura may be contacted to verify our credentials at225.936.2473. Gregory McNamara David Hebert Missy Jandura Join Our Mailing List! Donaldsonville DDD215 Railroad AvenueDonaldsonville, Louisiana 70346
GONZALES, La. — Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Methanex Vice President of Corporate Development Gary Rowan announced Methanex Corp. will relocate a second methanol plant from Chile to a 225-acre site in Geismar, La. In July 2012, Canada-based Methanex announced it was moving a separate plant from Chile to the Ascension Parish site.
Our Furnished Apartments and Furnished Rental Homes are conveniently located near Geismar Louisiana! We only deal with properties in Safe, Quiet areas.
Choose a property from the listings and Call for details and availability. Welcome to Geismar!
When Photographing your corporate rental, or extended stay furnished apartment or rental home, keep in mind that customers are visually sorting you from your competition. Your photos must be attractive and your furnishings cannot be shabby.
Yyour property staging might not be awesome if:
1. You used beat up or ugly furnishings and decor. Great staging – DIY or professional – includes choosing furniture that shows the home off in its best light, and positioning the furnishings optimally, too. Sometimes this can be done using certain pieces of the seller’s furniture, other times, furniture must be rented or otherwise obtained. One area in which budget-minded sellers like to save money on staging is by finding cheaper alternatives than renting new furniture from a staging company or store.
In this era of Craigslist, eBay, Freecycle, estate sales and other peer-to-peer online stores and trading sites, there is an abundance of access to used furniture at great prices. I have no bone to pick with the smart sellers who use these tools to replace their own furniture with something that is in better condition, more attractive or a smaller scale than their own, so as to highlight how much space their home truly offers. That said, using old, floral sofas from Craigslist’s Free Section, unattractive thrift store “artwork” or even your own truly worn out, old furniture is a recurring reason customers cite for focusing on how bad the staging is vs. the house itself.
What’s worse, the furnishings you might think was THE BEST BARGAIN EVER might actually give your nice home a worn-down, unkempt feel to the customers who come to see it.
2. You created distracting themes and scenes. You can think of staging as “preparing a home so the viewer can mentally move in.” The goal is for customers to visualize the comfort and enjoyment that your home will help them realize, so some pro stagers will set up objects to communicate the lifestyle activities that a home facilitates. It’s not bizarre to see a breakfast table and chairs on the patio of a home with lovely views, or a popcorn maker and recliners to show off a media room’s theater-readiness.
Occasionally, though, these scenes and vignettes can go rogue, creating borderline bizarre scenarios that distract and detract more than they help.
A beach scene (ball, umbrella and all) in a midwestern bedroom, a lively Parisian mural and Eiffel tower replica in a California condo and bizarre collections (taxidermy, anyone?) are all real-life examples of staging scenes that have done more harm than good.
3. Your house is neither clean nor clutter-free. It doesn’t take a truly filthy house to turn a customer’s impression of your unit from awesome to awful. I cannot over emphasize the importance of clean! Even if your property is well staged, do not underestimate the power of hair in the bathroom or dirty dishes in the sink to deactivate the appeal of all the hard work and money that went into preparing the property in the first place.
4. There are glaring gaps. Sometimes a home’s staging leaves a glaring gap, an elephant in the room house, so to speak. This often happens when owners run out of time and money to prepare a place, but it can be avoided through smart advance planning and budgeting for your pre-listing property preparation.
5. You lacked a neutral, expert eye. Home decorating and home staging are two different things. When you decorate your home, you customize it with your specific tastes, preferences and aesthetics in mind. When you stage it, you aim to neutralize your home’s look and feel so it appeals to more tenants and doesn’t have turn-off potential.
Louisiana residents have an interesting relationship with big businesses. Large companies come into the area and invest in our natural resources and communities and that is great for the people. However resource extraction has always had environmental impacts, both anticipated and unanticipated. At what point is a corporation negligent? What is the right balance of consequences when those impacted lose everything and those causing the impact only lose some of their profits for a year or two?
In business there is risk and reward. I don’t believe these residents were sharing in the rewards proportional to the risks they were subjected to. I hope that the leadership at Texas Brine share my perspective and do their very best to make it right.
The Bayou Corne area of assumption parish is not far from our Extended stay, temporary housing, Corporate rental, furnished apartments and Furnished homes for rent. Our sympathies and best wishes are extended to all those involved in this environmental tragedy.
Louisiana people often use comedy to express their strong emotions. When Waguespack joked that Jindal was alligator food, we all know how very upset he was.
Following a meeting with Bayou Corne residents Tuesday, Gov. Bobby Jindal reiterated his dedication to making a Houston-based brine producer pay damages for a massive sinkhole that has forced the evacuation of the small town in Assumption Parish.
Jindal, who met with the residents of Bayou Corne in a closed-door meeting around 2 p.m., also re-emphasized Texas Brine Co. LLC will be offering voluntary buyouts to locals looking to move on with their lives.
“Texas Brine is responsible for the sinkhole. We’ve been committed to holding them accountable. After months of discussions, after meeting with them last week, the company has finally agreed to start this process,” Jindal said.
Jindal’s remarks come seven months after the slurry hole first swallowed up trees and several acres of swamp in the bucolic bayous of Assumption Parish. Residents have expressed frustration over the state’s ponderous response and Jindal said last week at a press conference in Baton Rouge the buyout offers should have come sooner.
The governor had been mostly silent on the sinkhole until two weeks ago when he repeatedly sidestepped questions from a local television reporter on whether he’d be paying the sinkhole a visit. Jindal said he’s been getting regular updates on the sinkhole since it first appeared and decided to take finally push the company for buyouts after they failed to provide a resolution.
One local could be heard saying during his meeting with Jindal that he was “embarrassed to live here” and he would be taking his buyout and leaving the state.
Sheriff Mike Waguespack poked fun at Jindal for taking his time to visit the site, saying if he was ever late again they’ll “make him swim that sinkhole.”
“He may be a little too skinny to run for president, but he’s not too skinny for a 12-foot alligator,” Waguespack said.
Others said even with the weight of the state government at their backs, they know the buyout process would drag on while Texas Brine maneuvers through the various lawsuits that have been filed against them.
“It’s going to take a long time,” said Ernest Boudreaux, Jr., a Bayou Corne resident. “It’s really not a safe place here at all.”
Almost 350 residents have been under a mandatory evacuation order since the slurry hole erupted Aug. 3. Experts believe the 13-acre sinkhole was caused by a brine cavern drilled into an underground salt deposit buried beneath the nearby towns of Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou. Officials have said the brine cavern was drilled too close to the edge of the salt dome and subsequently collapsed.
A lawyer for Texas Brine said Monday home appraisals should begin next week after residents agree to an inspection visit, The Associated Press reported, and the property’s worth will be determined as of Aug. 2, the day before the slurry area materialized.
Texas Brine, which used to operate the now-failed brine cavern, plugged and abandoned the well in 2011. A second Texas Brine cavern, known as Oxy-Geismar 1, has recently captured the attention of scientists after it was discovered it also might have been drilled too close to the salt dome’s edge.
Last week, Jindal outlined a contingency plan for the town in case Oxy-Geismar 1 also fails, adding that while experts believe there is no data indicating a second cavern collapse is imminent, it behooves the state to have a backup.
Over the coming weeks, Jindal said the state will receive 3-D seismic data that will then be analyzed to determine subsurface conditions. Locals had been reporting natural gas bubbles in the bayou and tremors in the area for months for the sinkhole emerged and Jindal said a plan to move displaced residents back into their homes can’t proceed until that data has been evaluated.
31 vent wells have been installed near the bayou and 21 are currently flaring off natural gas, Jindal said, and more than 10 million cubic feet of natural gas has been vented out of the subsurface.
Additional vent wells will also be installed near the community during the last week of March to vent out more natural gas from the subsurface area, Jindal said, and a berm containment system for the sinkhole will be completed by the end of May.
Jindal’s contingency plan also includes alternative routes in case the ever-expanding sinkhole and the second Texas Brine cavern compromise the popular Louisiana Highway 70 corridor. Jindal said the state Department of Transportation and Development will be installing a monitoring system and sending the $1 million bill to Texas Brine.
Despite the governor’s optimism about holding the company’s “feet to the fire” over the sinkhole, residents were not so enthusiastic about the impending buyouts. Some expressed concern over whether they’d get a fair appraisal while others said they were worried enough people would opt for a settlement and prompt Texas Brine to buy the whole community out.
“What they do get may be the lowball, which is what I think they’re going to get, and that’s how they’re going to determine the prices. It’s not going to be right and the local people can’t afford to hold out everyday,” said Mike Daigre, another Bayou Corne resident. “Some of them may be offered a small amount that may not be right but they’re going to take it and run.
Hola Nola Foods Breaks Ground on Louisiana’s Only Flour and Corn Tortilla Plant
Ascension Parish, LA (March 7, 2013)
Hola Nola Foods, LLC announced today the ground breaking for its new 11,475 square foot tortilla plant on Industrial Drive in Geismar, LA. The facility has a June completion date and will be producing “Louisiana FreshTM” Flour and Corn Tortillas for the local restaurant market and for distribution on local supermarket shelves.
The Ascension Parish site was selected both for its proximity to target markets and for the quality of life that Ascension Parish provides to its future workforce. Founders Kevin Holden and Rod Olson are both residents of the parish and former executives at Zapp’s Potato Chips. Mr. Olson recently retired as President of Zapp’s Potato Chips after 27 years of service. “We got out of the chips and into the dough, from frying to baking and we are very excited,” states Holden. “No longer will Louisianans have to import their tortillas from Texas!” exclaims Olson.
Ascension Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Mike Eades provided assistance in identifying the appropriate incentive programs that would help this new startup company success, namely the Quality Jobs Program and the Industrial Tax Exemption Incentive.
Salco Construction of Baton Rouge is the general contractor for the concrete tilt wall food processing plant whose design incorporates multiple sanitation and energy conservation features that were possible only with new construction. The initial facility will house separate manufacturing lines for flour and corn tortillas, with room to add additional lines for each product.
By providing fresher, tastier tortillas and wraps to the growing restaurant and grocery market in Louisiana, Hola Nola Foods anticipates job growth to 50 positions by 2015. Hiring will be handled through the Louisiana Workforce Commission, with job interviews beginning in late May 2013.
Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez is excited about an additional food processor locating in Ascension Parish. “Our tremendous growth in major industrial plants provides many opportunities for small businesses to launch successfully and broaden the parish’s job base. We welcome Hola Nola Foods and encourage our citizens to enjoy their products”.
2013 Paddle Bayou Lafourche!Come experience the natural elegance of Bayou Lafourche and join the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program as we enjoy a south Louisiana weekend paddling trip from the headwaters of Bayou Lafourche in Donaldsonville to the community of Lockport.Paddlers may pick and choose which days to participate from one to four days and enjoy the bonding, camaraderie and sense of accomplishment that comes from going the distance on Bayou Lafourche–Donaldsonville to Lockport!Registration for 2013 Paddle Bayou Lafourche is open. Paddle dates are April 4-7, 2013.
Always Be The First To Stay In Your Property
Is everything neat and clean?
Is everything you need easy to find and within arm’s reach?
Do you have all the dishes and pots you need to prepare a decent meal?
What about basic spices (salt and pepper), a first aid kit, sponges, dish-washing soap, toilet paper, tissues, dish towels, extra pillows and linens, light bulbs, cleaning supplies, etc.?
Where you able to get a good night’s sleep?
Are there any issues you have with noisy neighbors, poor lighting, difficulties accessing an Internet connection, etc.?
All of these items will be brought to your attention by your tenant if you don’t deal with them upfront. If your place has noisy neighbors or is near a train line, mention it to your tenants and perhaps be courteous enough to leave clean ear plugs for them to use.
Many “issues” with your property you won’t discover until you stay in your corporate rental and live like a tenant would live. Once you know of any issues or needed items, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to prevent a negative experience (and likely negative review) related to your property.
Oh, and another tip is to make sure you stay in your corporate rental at least once a year, if not more. You may not realize things are going awry between tenants.