The 9th Annual VPC Thanksgiving Drive gives to 350 families in Central and South Plaquemines

The Venice Port Complex (VPC) brought food, support and holiday cheer to 350 families in South Plaquemines during its 9th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

“It is a joy for the VPC to participate and host this annual Thanksgiving tradition and allows us to help and give back to so many in need in our community. I would also like to personally thank all of our tenants, local businesses and residents who participated and made this Thanksgiving tradition possible,” said George Pivach, II, Vice President and General Counsel for the VPC.

The Thanksgiving baskets included a turkey and all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Additionally, children from the Boothville-Venice Elementary School colored pictures of various Thanksgiving themes which were placed in each basket. With contributions and assistance from the VPC tenants, the Plaquemines Parish Council on Aging, local businesses and residents, the VPC was able to have a successful 9th Annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive.

“Each year I look forward to organizing and participating in the VPC Thanksgiving Drive and enjoy seeing the community come together in order to help our fellow residents and families in need,” said Tony Frickey, Site Superintendent for the VPC.

The following businesses provided contributions to this event:

  • Platinum Level $2,000 and above: The Louisiana Fruit Company / Venice Port Complex; D&C Seafood, Inc.; Daybrook Fisheries, Inc.; Deep South Oilfield Construction, LLC; Fremin’s Food Market and Madere & Sons Towing, LLC.
  • Gold Level $1,000 to $1,999: Bonvillian Marine Service, Inc.; Fill-A-Sack of Boothville, Inc.; Galion Sweet Potatoes and John Vogt Farms.
  • Silver Level $500 to $999: Delta Crewboat Services, Inc.; Ellzey Marine & Hardware, Inc.; Pivach, Pivach, Hufft, Thriffiley & Dunbar, LLC and R360 / Waste Connections, Inc.
  • Bronze Level $100 to $499: Balestra’s Food Center; Ben & Ben Becnel’s; Cattle Farms, Inc.; Clean Gulf Associates, Inc.; Couvillion Group, LLC; Cvitanovic Boat Rentals, Inc.; EPS Logistics Company; Representative Chris Leopold, Royal Paper & Box and Venice Steele & Pipe, Inc.

  • The following companies and parish residents provided help and assistance:

    Boothville-Venice Elementary School, Boothville-Venice Volunteer Fire Department, Nicole Williams and staff, Jeff Edgecombe and staff, Lauren Frickey, Tony Frickey, John Barthelemy and staff, Dylan Madere, Jamie Madere, Tyler Madere, Plaquemines Parish Council on Aging, Port Sulphur Baptist Church, South Plaquemines Elementary School, South Plaquemines High School, Audrey Salvant and Staff, Venice Baptist Church and Chris Wooton.

    For over 60 years, Venice has played a critical role in developing and servicing some of the most prolific oil and gas properties in the Gulf of Mexico and has long established itself as a major hub for the energy industry. The Venice Port Complex continues to be an extensive multi-purpose facility, which includes heavy industrial tenants, major production and service companies, as well as other commercial and recreational facilities.





    Venice Port Complex Makes Donation to PPSO Young Marines Program

    Today (September 25), Tony Frickey, Site Supervisor with the Venice Port Complex, presented Sheriff Lonnie Greco with a $700 check to be used by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office (PPSO) Young Marines Program. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of 30 duffle bags for the Young Marines. Sheriff Lonnie Greco said, "I would like to thank the Venice Port Complex and Mr. Frickey for this very generous gift. They are a valued industry partner and we are very proud to have a great working relationship with the Venice Port Complex.”




    Venice Port Complex Hosts South Plaquemines High School Logistics Class

    The Venice Port Complex (VPC) recently hosted the South Plaquemines High School logistics class. VPC has been instrumental in the development of the Plaquemines Parish School System’s logistics program. Students were given the opportunity to tour VPC partners such as Deep South Oilfield Contractors, Halliburton, John W. Stone Oil Distributor, Targa, and PHI. At the end of the tour, VPC provided lunch at the Venice Marina for the students.

    Logistics is the invisible giant of themaritime industry in Louisiana. One in five Louisiana jobs connects to maritime career opportunities. Workforce data confirms shortages as a primary challenge to the industry’s growth.Partnerships between education and industry set the tone for foundational skills needed for the port industry. The port industry contributes an $11 billion economic impact to Louisiana.




    Venice Port Complex Donates to South Plaquemines High School

    BELLE CHASSE, LA – In an ongoing effort to support the local community, the Venice Port Complex (VPC) recently donated a trailer to the South Plaquemines High School Band. The 6x12’ trailer will primarily be used to transport student band equipment to away games and parades.

     Band Director Charles Pernici said, "The new band trailer means a lot to our students as it is a sign that our business community cares about our school. It is a much needed piece of equipment that will help us travel as we show school and community spirit throughout South Louisiana."

     "I hope that the donation will encourage students to participate in the band and encourage other businesses to support the school as well," said Tony Frickey, Site Supervisor of the VPC.





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    Venice Restoration Project

    This March, the Louisiana Fruit Company/ Venice Port Complex funded an experiment at Venice, Louisiana that will help reclaim coastal wetlands, restore Louisiana’s eroded coastline, and reduce future storm surges at the Venice Port Complex.

    The Venice Restoration Experiment is a collaboration involving the Louisiana Fruit Company, Empire Environmental Solutions, Dr. Alex Kolker of Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON), and the Gulf Coast Restoration Project.  The project involves planting 5,000 two-year-old, salt-tolerant bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) seedlings and then monitoring sedimentation rates (the rate at which the tree roots help anchor sediment to form land), tree growth, tree losses, and water salinity.  The information gathered through this experiment will be applied to other coastal restoration projects in Plaquemines Parish.

    The experiment area, which is just across Tante Phine Pass, was land 30 years
    ago. The project is establishing seedlings in an attempt to reclaim this land. 

    “Bald cypress are native to fresh water and low salinity wetlands in South Louisiana,” says Dr. Kolker, a sediment expert with LUMCON, who advises the experiment.  “Planting them is an established coastal restoration method that has been used across the southern United States.

    ”The project has faced many difficulties due to invasive species. “Nutria are the biggest problem because they eat the bark off the tree,” explains Richie Blink, with Empire Environmental Solutions, the local company that planted trees, “Feral hogs, rabbits and water hyacinth threaten
    the trees, too, so we take extra time to wrap them in wire mesh. Although we’re doing some intense nutria control in the experiment area, we can’t be there all the time.”  Fortunately, the project is getting a helping hand from local alligators. 

    “We’re finding that the more alligators in the area, the lower the mortality rate of the trees,” Blink says. “You can really see how everything is connected.”

    “The planting of trees in Plaquemines Parish is a key part of our coastal restoration efforts,” says Plaquemines Parish president Billy Nungesser. “Our Coastal Plan involves pumping sediment to
    build large ridges with trees.  A ridge of trees lowers storm surge eight to one over a mound of marsh grass.  These trees help create additional protection for our coastline and precious marshes.”



    Trash Bash (2014)

    With the help of many of our tenants, the VPC was able to organize a trash pick up event to help clean up Tidewater Roady by the VPC. The event, which was held in early December, was a huge success in beautifying the area.

    We would like to thank the following particpants:

    Johnathan Camnetar
    Ray Rivarde

    Roger Mathews
    Adam Pierce
    Cody Pons
    Rocky Anthony
    Josh Ratcliff

    Environmental Operators
    Chris Wooton
    Donnie Deal
    Boasso Construction

    Tyler Faul
    David Hood
    Devin Peters

    Viking Construction
    Rolf Paralius

    Ken Hotard
    Jason Tatum
    Skylar Sullivan
    Byron Marinovich

    B&T Welding
    Robert Utech
    John Muller
    Keith Andry


    Tony Frickey

    Once Tidewater Road was clean, the hard working crew celebrated with a wonderful shrimp boil thanks to D&C Seafood and Cajun Unlimited.




    Venice Port Complex Donates to Plaquemines Parish School Board

         Starting in the fall of next year, the Plaquemines Parish School District will be the first district in the state of Louisiana to offer logistics and certification courses with the aim of making students more employable in port positions. 

         The logistics program was made possible via a partnership between the school district, the Westbank campus of Delgado Community College and the Venice Port Complex. The Dual Enrollment courses will count toward college credit and also allow students to be certified in areas like first aid, navigation and maritime rules. Students will also be able to earn their Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vehicles Captain’s license, commonly known as a “Six-Pack” license, through the program. 

         “A lot of our students want to be boat captains,” said Kelly DiMarco, who represented the school district in talks to start the program. “The economic data supports that these jobs are available for them.” 

         DiMarco says that the PPSB and district teachers meet with local businesses every quarter to discuss how they can better ready their students for employment following graduation. At the end of last school year, the district was approached by the Venice Port Complex.

         “They said ‘Look, we have these openings at the port and we’d like to grow our own employment pool here in the parish,’” said DiMarco.

         The courses will begin in the fall of next year at South Plaquemines and Phoenix High Schools with plans to spread to Belle Chasse High School in the spring. According to DiMarco, the innovative program has already garnered the interest of surrounding ports in Lafourche and Orleans Parishes. Officials in those parishes are watching the outcome of Plaquemines’ flagship program to see if a similar arrangement could benefit their districts.


Buras Volunteer Fire Department Annual Oilfield Crawfish Boil-Off (2011)

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, the Buras Volunteer Fire Department held their Annual Oilfield Crawfish Boil-Off. This event raises funds for department improvement projects, such as equipment items, training and fire prevention at local schools, summer camp and vacation bible schools. The Oilfield Crawfish Boil-Off proved to be an entertaining event with music from the Big River Band and Aaron Foret and the Swamp Pop Band. This year’s event included four-member teams who boiled more than 700 sacks of crawfish totaling 15 tons. Crawfish were judged on color, taste, texture, flavor and appearance. The winners of the boil-off were first place: PMI; second place: FAB CON; and third place USES. Best in Show and People's Choice Awards went to Camps Seafood.


Louisiana Fruit Company and Venice Port Complex make donation to help Plaquemines Parish 4-H Program

The Louisiana Fruit Company, developer of the Venice Port Complex donated $7,500 to the Plaquemines Parish 4-H Program to help 4-H families who have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

“We wanted to show our support of the 4-H youth development program and make certain that the student members whose lives were affected by the oil spill would still have the opportunities that 4-H offers them,” said George Pivach ll, representative of the VPC. "The experiences and lessons learned participating in 4-H programs can be life changing for these young adults and we are proud to be a part of that."

Plaquemines Parish 4-H founded its Parish 4-H Foundation Charter in 1995. The 4-H Program is designed for youngsters ages nine through 19 and is based on the principle of "learning by doing.” 4-H enables young people to learn technical facts and life skills important for success in school and in everyday activities. There are more than 500 members in 13 organizational clubs and one Junior Leader Club in Plaquemines Parish.

“We are deeply grateful and appreciative of the generous donation from the VPC. This donation will help us to continue to offer excellent educational opportunities for the youth of Plaquemines Parish. 4-H members will continue learning about their environment, achieving positive attitudes and developing life skills that will prepare them to be our future leaders. Their support of the Plaquemines Parish youth development program is greatly appreciated," says 4-H Agent Jan Morgan.

"Because of the dedication of businesses like the VPC, the 4-H youth of Plaquemines Parish will be able to participate in 4-H events such as 4-H Camp, 4-H University, Junior Leadership Camp, 4-H Science camp and many more," adds Morgan.


Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival

The Venice Port Complex participated in the 2010 Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival at historic Fort Jackson with the presentation of a booth.