ALDOT making improvements to Dauphin Island ferry dock

Starting next week the Alabama Department of Transportation will begin construction for a new ferry dock and improvements around the ferry boarding area on Dauphin Island, according to a press release. The new dock will be constructed just west of the current dock, adjacent to the existing snack bar and restroom facility. Improvements such as a wider dock, new fencing, and a covered shelter with benches will improve safety and appearance around the boarding area. Ferry dock construction will have minimal impacts to the ferry schedule. Crews expect to open the new dock next summer. Continue Reading →

Environmental group files suit against state’s hotel and convention center project

Earlier today members of the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) filed suit against several federal officials in an attempt to stop further development of the Alabama Convention Center Project using money recovered from BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DWH). In the wake of the spill in 2010, the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture were tasked with approving early restoration projects using Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) funds. (more…) Continue Reading →

Congressman’s daughter joins mayor’s staff

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The daughter of U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, started Monday as the city’s new deputy director of communications, with a salary of $45,000. Laura Byrne, 24, will help George Talbot, director of communications and external affairs, with media relations, as well as help manage the city’s social media accounts, Talbot said Thursday morning. (more…) Continue Reading →

Page and Palette and Lagniappe announce “Ridiculously Good Life” essay contest

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Born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling and “ridiculously good” life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Nick eagerly spreads his central message: the most important goal is to find your life’s purpose and to never give up, despite whatever difficulties or seemingly impossible odds stand in your way. Nick will speak at Page and Palette’s 2nd Annual Bay of the Holy Spirit Jubilee scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Christian Life Center (Fairhope UMC) in Fairhope, Alabama. Tickets to the event are $25 and include a copy of Nick’s latest book co-authored with his wife Kanae, “Love Without Limits.” Click here for ticket information. Continue Reading →

Officials discuss bridge funding at morning debriefing

Even after what many have considered to be a good trip to Washington D.C. last month to lobby for a new bridge over Mobile River, Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper warned the nearly $900 million project would still be years away. This morning, he reminded local politicians and stakeholders at a debriefing of the trip Wednesday morning of the “bureaucratic process” required. “It will be followed and you can’t shortcut it,” he said. (more…) Continue Reading →