Boothville-Venice, Louisiana

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Boothville-Venice is a census-designated place (CDP) in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States, which includes the unincorporated communities of Boothville, Venice, and Orchid. The population was 2,220 at the 2000 census.

Boothville is the most populous and northernmost of these communities. all located along Louisiana Highway 23 on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. Boothville is home to the Boothville Heliport, important in helicopter transport for offshore oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Venice, Louisiana is the town farthest south along Highway 23 within the protection levee. Neighborhoring Orchid (sometimes considered part of Venice) is outside of the protection levee; it has a boat marina and buildings raised on stilts. The Boothville-Venice area also includes the community of Tidewater, to the west of Orchid on a secondary road; port and petroleum facilities dominate Tidewater, which also has a weather station.

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History

Hurricane Katrina

Boothville is very near to where Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005. According to the Baton Rouge Advocate, very little was left standing in either Boothville or Venice, the few buildings that survived had water up to the rooftops ([1]), and the area orange groves had also been submerged. The only building for almost 40 miles that weathered the storm with minimal damage was the Boothville-Venice High School. It was built after Hurricanes Betsy and Camille on concrete stilts 14 feet above ground to protect classrooms from storm surge, and it was designed with tall, narrow windows to lessen the risk of broken windows from flying debris. The school was reopened in 2006 as the Boothville-Venice Elementary School.

Geography

Boothville-Venice is located at 29°19′4″N 89°23′25″W / 29.31778°N 89.39028°W / 29.31778; -89.39028 (29.317853, -89.390416)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.1 km²), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) of it is land and 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²) of it (49.01%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 2,220 people, 746 households, and 584 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 863.2 people per square mile (333.5/km²). There were 933 housing units at an average density of 362.8/sq mi (140.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 61.94% White, 28.74% African American, 3.38% Native American, 4.01% Asian, 0.27% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

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