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.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

Join Keep Slidell Beautiful on Friday, July 9 for their Christmas in July Holiday Light Fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. All proceeds benefit the Christmas on Front Holiday Light Displays.

Tickets are $80 each or two for $150 and include admission, food, open bar and entertainment by WITNESS. Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite, but to avoid online service fees, tickets can be purchased directly from Trey Brownfield, Keep Slidell Beautiful Director, by emailing tbrownfield@cityofslidell.org or calling (985) 646-9564.

“Last Christmas, I was overwhelmed by the support that we received from our community coming together to support Keep Slidell Beautiful’s Christmas on Front Street initiative and bringing back holiday light displays that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina,” said Brownfield. “We have plans to go bigger and better this year by extending the lights further down Front Street and maybe into other parts of Slidell. But to do this, we need your continued support.”

Table Sponsorships are also available for $1,000 which includes a table for eight people, acknowledgment in event publicity, recognition during and after the event, and one full-scene light display sponsorship during Christmas on Front in November and December 2021.

In 2020, Keep Slidell Beautiful was able to raise over $20,000 in sponsorships and in-kind support from local businesses and organizations for Christmas on Front.

For more information, please contact Brownfield at tbrownfield@cityofslidell.org or (985) 646-9564.

St. Tammany Parish is getting back to work!

Tri-Parish Works and the City of Slidell are hosting a job fair on Friday, June 4, from 1 to 4 pm at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium. Admission is free.

There are a lot of jobs available in the restaurant and hospitality fields and in the public sector. This is a great opportunity to connect with employers who are looking to fill entry-level, mid-level and professional positions.

For more information, please visit www.triparishworks.net/jobevents.

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets and head on out to Heritage Park this summer when the City of Slidell presents Slidell Movie Nights on select Saturday evenings this summer on May 29, June 12, July 10 and July 24. The movies will begin at sunset, at roughly 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

People are invited to bring their ice chests (and bug spray!) to the park to enjoy the free movies. Bring your appetites too, because concessions from Olde Towne Slidell Main Street and Old School Eats Food Truck will also be available for a nominal charge.

The 2021 summer movie lineup includes:

May 29 – Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
June 12 – The Lion King (2019)
July 10 – The Sandlot
July 24 – Ghostbusters

“We do try to pick movies that both adults and children will enjoy and that are appropriate for families to watch together,” said Alex Carollo, Director of the city’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs.” If you want to know if a certain movie is suitable for your children, you can visit websites such as Kids-in-Mind and Common Sense Media for more information about objectionable content in each movie.”

Slidell Movie Nights began as a Leadership Northshore 2014 class project and the City of Slidell continues this popular outdoor event for families to continue to enjoy each summer.

Slidell Movie Nights is produced by the City of Slidell Department of Cultural & Public Affairs with the assistance the departments of Parks & Recreation and Public Operations. These Olde Towne Slidell Main Street and Louisiana Cultural District events are sponsored by the City of Slidell’s 2021/2022 Cultural Season Sponsors, including Edge of the Lake Magazine and the Lake 94.7; Plus+ Publications; The Slidell Independent; Slidell Magazine; Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner; Silver Slipper Casino; In Memory of Ronnie Kole; Councilman Bill and Laura Borchert; Lori’s Art Depot; Purple Armadillo Again; Lowry-Dunham, Case & Vivien Insurance Agency; Chateau Bleu; CiCi’s Pizza; Mayor Greg Cromer; Flatliners Entertainment; Old School Eats Food Truck; Roberta’s Cleaners; Slidell Historical Antique Association; and Tanya Witchen – Engel & Völkers Real Estate.

For more information about this event, please call the Department of Cultural & Public Affairs at (985) 646-4375. For City of Slidell news and events, please visit MySlidell.com and sign up for our e-news updates, and follow us on the “City of Slidell” Facebook and Instagram pages.