With Tropical Storm Ida moving rapidly and anticipated to reach the Gulf of Mexico in the next 24 hours, we are asking people to start taking precautions for severe weather over the next several days.
“Team Slidell is ready,” said Mayor Cromer. “Our crews are cleaning out ditches and catch basins and making sure that drainage around the city is clear. All of our pumps are working and ready.”
Citizens are encouraged to check their storm drains near their homes to make sure they are cleared of debris and to clear their yards of any items that could be blown around by heavy winds.
Stay tuned for updates on the City of Slidell’s website at MySlidell.com and St. Tammany Parish’s website at STPgov.org. More information can also be found on the City of Slidell, Louisiana Facebook page, St. Tammany Parish Government Facebook page, and on the Slidell Police Department Facebook page.
Due to public health and safety concerns and after consulting with State and Parish government and health officials, the City of Slidell has decided to postpone White Linen and Lagniappe 2021 on Saturday, August 14.
“White Linen and Lagniappe is one of my favorite events. I know many of our citizens were looking forward to it, and I hate to postpone it. But with the increase in COVID numbers, it’s the right thing to do to protect our citizens and our overwhelmed health care system,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “Many Olde Towne businesses will open on Saturday night and we encourage our citizens to support all of our local businesses.”

July 30, 2021

To the Citizens of Our Community:

Let me start by saying that I am grateful to our entire Legislative Delegation, our Parish Council Members and our Parish President for enabling our citizens to voice their feelings on gaming in St. Tammany Parish through a vote of the people. I trust our citizens to inform themselves on this issue and make the right decision for our community.

With that in mind, I have done my best to gather and review information on this issue. I have read numerous reports both pro and con, studied our budget and revised fiscal projections for the city, the parish and the project. Most importantly, I have listened to you voice your concerns on this, and have listened and heard the concerns of many of our local small businesses relating to this project.

I believe I have well prepared myself to answer the question that is asked of me on a daily basis. The question being “where do you stand on the casino?” My answer is that I will be voting NO on the casino referendum. I trust that you will take this time leading up to the November ballot to gather information and inform yourself on this issue to make the right decision for St. Tammany Parish.

Very Respectfully,

Greg Cromer



Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer, the members of the Slidell City Council and Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

In observation of Independence Day, city offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, and will reopen during regular hours on Tuesday, July 6. Essential personnel will remain on duty, should an emergency arise. If Slidell residents experience problems with their water or sewer service, they should call the City Services 24-hour emergency hotline at (985) 643-6140.

Just a reminder, it is illegal to buy, sell or shoot fireworks in the City of Slidell limits.

City of Slidell Code of Ordinances: Sec. 14-35. – Fireworks.

(a) Defined. The term “pyrotechnics,” whenever used in this section, shall be held to mean any sparkler, squib, rocket, firecracker, Roman candle, signal lights, fireworks, or other devices or composition used to obtain visible or audible pyrotechnic display.

(b) Possession or sale. It shall be unlawful for any person to have, keep, store, use, manufacture, offer to sell, handle or transport any pyrotechnics within the corporate limits except as provided in this section; it being the intention of this section to prohibit the sale of, distribution of or discharge of pyrotechnics of any kind or description whatsoever within the corporate limits. The use of indoor pyrotechnics is prohibited within the corporate limits.

(c) Exceptions. Nothing contained in this section shall be held to apply to:

(1) The possession or use of signaling devices for current daily consumption by railroads, trucks or vessels requiring them.

(2) Pyrotechnic display of fireworks in public parks or other open places, where a permit for such display has been issued by the fire chief of St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection District No. 1.

(3) The possession, sale or use of normal stacks of flashlight compositions by photographers or dealers in photographic supplies.

(Code 1966, § 9-78; Ord. No. 3483, § 5, 7-22-2008; Ord. No. 3549, 10-13-2009)

Have a happy and safe Independence Day weekend!

In preparation for Slidell Heritage Festival, the City of Slidell is announcing that Heritage Park, the boat launch and roads immediately outside of the park will be closed in conjunction with the event.

Heritage Park will close to the public at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 2, and will remain closed until 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. Both entrances to Heritage Park on Bayou Lane will be closed to traffic and public parking will be unavailable within the park. The Heritage Park Playground will be open, but visitors will have to park in the lot on the corner of Bayou Lane and Pennsylvania Ave.

The Heritage Park Boat Launch will be closed at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 3 and reopen at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. The public will be able to launch their boats from the Slidell Marine Marina located at 36440 Old Bayou Liberty Road by Nathan’s Restaurant.

The Slidell Heritage Festival is presented by the Rotary Clubs of Slidell, the City of Slidell and The St. Tammany Farmer. The festivities will be held in Heritage Park on July 3 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. There will be great food and drinks, live entertainment by Witness at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m.

This year admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to donate as all proceeds benefit local charities. For more information, please visit their website at www.slidellheritagefest.org. 

In preparation for the Olde Towne Slidell 4th of July Summer Concert & Fireworks Show, the City of Slidell is announcing that several roads in Olde Towne will be closed in conjunction with the event.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, part of Cousin Street (from Second Street to Front Street), First Street (from Bouscaren Street to Robert Street), and Carey Street (from Robert Street to Front Street).

The Olde Towne Slidell 4th of July Summer Concert & Fireworks Show is presented by the Olde Towne Merchants Association. The festivities begin at 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 4 in Olde Towne Slidell. There will be great food and drinks, live entertainment and fireworks at 8 p.m.

Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, we are canceling Slidell Movie Nights for this evening. We will reschedule for a later date soon.

Slidell Police Department Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Seuzeneau and St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 Chris Kaufmann join City of Slidell, Louisiana Mayor Greg Cromer to talk about recovery in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Claudette and why it is important to report any storm damages to the State of Louisiana and St. Tammany Parish Government.

It’s important to self report any damages because it helps first responders identify new areas to focus during weather emergencies and gives the State sufficient numbers which could possibly allow funding for recovery assistance.

To report any storm-related damages, please visit the State website at damage.la.gov and also contact the St. Tammany Parish Permit Department at (985) 898-2574.

Val Vanney Jr. – Slidell City Councilman District D, 2014-2021

It is with great sadness that the City of Slidell announces that Slidell City Councilman Val Vanney Jr. passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

“Our prayers go out to Ms. Bonnie and the Vanney family,” said Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “Val was a true public servant who was wholly dedicated to his district and his community. He always voiced his constituents’ concerns and represented them to the best of his ability in the Slidell City Council. He will be greatly missed in our community.”

Councilman Vanney was elected in 2014 to serve the residents of District D and was re-elected without opposition in 2018. Before serving on the Slidell City Council, Vanney was the owner of Val Vanney’s Marine, Vanney’s Seafood, and V & A Homes, LLC. Vanney also served in the National Guard and on the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Reserve from 1967 to 1980.

“On behalf of the Slidell City Council, we express our condolences to the Vanney family,” said Kenny Tamborella, President of the Slidell City Council. “Val was a true advocate for the residents in his district and the citizens of the City of Slidell. He was dedicated to Slidell, the city that he loved and called home.”

Vanney is survived by his wife Bonnie Vanney, son Val Vanney III and granddaughters Victoria and Alexandria Vanney.

To many, Vanney was affectionately known as “Uncle Val.” He expected only the best from everyone and had no problems expressing his opinion. Even if he disagreed with you, his no-nonsense demeanor would usually fade away to a smile or a pat on the back.

Rest In Peace, Uncle Val.