Letter to the Editor
This is the first Minority midstream and fleeting operation in the
Western Hemisphere. Mr. Randy Anny is well known for fighting for the
rights of others and for those who cannot fight for themselves in and out of
the political arena. Mr. Anny has set many records in the past years in the
political arena but while he was setting records in politics he had already set
records in the maritime field. Even during his Mayoral election Mr. Anny
suffered a stroke on the optic nerve, which caused blindness for several
months he never gave up. He called on some close friends and asks them to
be his eyes and he would lead them. When the call came to Mr. Danny Picou
he had lost his dad a year before and he had just found out his mother might
not have long to live. When the call came to James Moses, he already had
suffered a life-threateningblow; he was involved in a major explosion that
left him with bums over 70% of his body. This forces Mr. Moses to wear a
facial mask and body armor to protect himself. Both answered the call and
entered Mr. Army's home with Randy sitting in a lazy boy recliner in slight
darkness. Danny asked Randy what happened and Randy explained to both
men the issues at hand. Mr. Picou's mother did past away and Mr. Moses
had to cut his tour short with Mr. Anny to take care of self and family. And
this is where this story begins, Mr. Randy Anny was first permitted for
borrow pit operations in 1992. He was permitted for fleeting operations in
1996; this made him the first minority in the United States (Black American)
with a fleeting operation. He continued in the maritime field and recently
applied for a midstream transfer facility permit. After ten months of hard
work by Mr. Richard Wright with Wright and Associates the permits were
approved by all agencies. At this time Mr. Wright broke history himself by
helping to permit the First minority (Black American) into the midstream
transfer facility business. Businesses of these natures can produce a gross
profit of several hundred million a year. Mr. Anny called on others to work
hand in hand with Mr. Anny to move operations into the next millennium.
Midstream facilities are very hard to come by because of the logistics of the
Mississippi River and the stringent permit requirements. Mr. Anny is also
situated in the Port of South Louisiana, which is one of the largest Ports in
the United States and the world. Mr. Anny's team suffered a hard blow when
the news reached them of Mr. Richard Wright's death. Mr. Wright called to
say that he received the Corp permit Saturday before Memorial Day and that
the permits would be in the mail Tuesday after Memorial Day. We received
the permit that Wednesday and had a brief conversation on the phone with
Mr. Wright. Randy called to ask a question Saturday and Mr. Wright's wife
told him that he had passed away early Friday morning in his sleep. Mr.
Anny had applied for all of his permits until the midstream permit. After Mr.
Army had suffered a slight stroke to the optic nerve in both eyes Mr. Wright
took on the challenge of the permit process for him. Mr. Wright and Mr.
Anny never got the chance to enjoy such a momentous occasion in person.
The two only met just once but had several telephone conversations. Richard
always told Randy he hated emails and cell phones, he stilled used the fax
and the postal service. In there meeting at Mr. Army's site in Convent, La.
Mr. Wright drove to the site in a yellow Hummer and explained the
midstream transfer facility lay out and Mr. Anny was always wondering why
Mr. Wright called his yellow hummer Big Red. Mr. Anny stated that this
could not have been possible without several close friends that stayed stead
fast in making his dream a reality. Anny and Picou stated this would bring
economic growth to both Parishes St. James and Ascension and open new
jobs and opportunities to the communities. While having a conversation with
Mrs. Wright earlier this week, Mr. Anny got the answer to his question Mr.
Wright was colorblind.