Plaquemines citrus crop takes a beating

BELLE CHASSE (AP) — Much of Louisiana’s citrus crop is rotting on the ground.

Navel oranges, satsumas, grapefruits — little was spared as Hurricane Isaac roared across southeast Louisiana, knocking fruit off tree limbs and flooding orchards in Plaquemines Parish just a month away from fall harvest.

The Saxon Becnel and Sons Citrus Nursery in Belle Chasse was spared flooding but lost about 90 percent of its oranges and half of its satsuma crop from two days of high winds that hovered over the region.

New Orleans CityBusiness reports ( ) the situation is the same further down Louisiana Highway 23 at Star Nursery, where co-owner Dawn Camardelle, who runs the business with her father, Joseph Ranatza, estimates they lost about 60 percent of their satsuma crop.

St. Tammany waives Isaac repair fees

COVINGTON (AP) — St. Tammany Parish officials say fees will be waived for residential and commercial building permits obtained to repair damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Authorities said documentation will be required at the time of application, and includes such items as an insurance claim or photos of the damaged property.

More details on documentation required for permits can be obtained at the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex, 21454 Koop Drive, Suite 1B, Mandeville, phone 985-898-2574 or at the Towers Building, 520 Old Spanish Trail, Suite 2F, Slidell, phone 985-646-4166.

Man indicted for threat against FEMA

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 43-year-old New Orleans man has been accused of threatening to blow up a FEMA facility and now faces 10 years in prison.

On Friday, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said a federal grand jury indicted Anthony Tucker Mendoza on one count of threatening to destroy a FEMA facility with explosives.

Federal prosecutors allege Mendoza called a Federal Emergency Management Agency call center on Sept. 5 and said he was going to blow up a FEMA facility on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans. He allegedly told investigators he was angry over what a FEMA inspector’s determination about what kind of disaster aid he could get for his home after Hurricane Isaac.

He faces 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release.