A colorful businessman, Chris Jordan, is challenging
New Iberia mayor Hilda Curry in this year’s fall election. Jordan, a
developer, told the Daily Iberian that he can bring rapid economic growth to the city. Known
as a freewheeling entrepreneur, his corporation, Vermilion Holdings,
owns several New Iberia downtown landmarks including the Gouggenheim
and Lagniappe buildings, and an impressive camp at Cypremort Point.
Jordan’s frequently been vocal about property owner’s rights, often
publicly challenging the city’s regulations. He’s also been involved in
some high profile land deals over the years, such as buying the old Agrifuels
plant and selling the ethanol-making equipment for scrap. Jordan told the Daily Iberian that he will make repairs to sewer lines on private property, an ongoing
regulatory woe for the city’s public works department, his first
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.