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Couple quickly found community at Pelican Point
BY COLETTE DEAN
Special to The Advocate

At first glance, the timing of a move into their new home in Pelican Point may not have been the best, but for Susan Hoover and her husband, Bill, the move was a positive one.

The Hoovers completed construction of their home and moved in one month before Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana.

During this time, Bill also had been placed on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Hoover recalls, “It was kind of crazy.”

The couple had lived in Baton Rouge for 15 years, having moved from Texas.

Bill worked for Dow Chemical Company and had been commuting to St. Charles and Plaquemine, driving over the Sunshine Bridge frequently.

“His dream was to live on a golf course, and we knew he may not live very long, so we had decided to build in Pelican Point,” she said. In hindsight, Susan Hoover says the timing was good, allowing Bill to enjoy golf and the community he found there during what turned out to be the last years of his life.

Right after the move, eight days before Katrina hit, Bill Hoover received his new kidney.
“Our new neighbors really took us in,” she said.

Like the Hoovers, most of the residents in their new community were not originally from Louisiana, but from all over the U.S.

“Mostly, they were employees of oil, gas, or chemical related fields working for companies like Marathon and Shell,” she said.

“It was really easy to make fast friends,” she said. Hoover said they quickly became involved in the golfing community, where Bill played with his men’s group and she joined the ladies’ golf group. Together, they would play couples’ golf on Sunday afternoons.Susan Hoover joined the Pelican Point book group and wine club.

“We were always doing something at least three times a week,” Hoover explains.

Eventually, Bill passed away, and Susan says she appreciates the community that helped him thrive during his time there. After his death, she dropped her golf membership.

“You are not obligated to be a golf club member if you live here. If you are not a golfer, there are other ways to enjoy the area, like being a social member and enjoying the swim or tennis membership,” she said.

“Pelican Point is a great community. It’s a really good place for a lot of people,” she said