Go back to the drawing board with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we explain the changes made to downtown development processes and plans in light of the recent uproar over a hotel developer's removal of live oak trees. Generally, those seeking to invest in new development or rehabilitate existing buildings downtown must follow a recently-updated form-based code. But unless the property is part of a historic district or publicly-owned, developers face regulations similar to those found throughout the city. Still, the mayor's office and other parties have taken a new approach to attracting smart growth downtown, with a broader goal of encouraging economic activity, preserving history and making the area more appealing to potential residents and travelers. In Bay Briefs, there's a story of a hotel association seeking greater control over its county tax contribution. From Bay Minette, the Baldwin County Commission is beginning to discuss the 2016 budget. Our Cuisine Feature messes around with okra, Music has a preview of the Sweet Crude show at Callaghan's July 31, and Arts profiles local author Laura McNeill after the release of her latest novel. Commentary is stuck in traffic but still in love with Mobile and Boozie has a wrap-up of the 2015 Nappie Awards ceremony. Don't forget to call 251-450-4466 to get details on home delivery of Lagniappe, but until then, THE NEW ISSUE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
The Bayou La Batre City Council officially accepted the resignation of Mayor Brett Dungan during a special-called meeting today, and though the position was declared vacant, the Council didn’t appear to be in a great hurry to fill it.
Dungan announced his resignation July 27 and according to state law, the council has 60 days to appoint a new mayor, which can come from the council’s own ranks or from within the community.
Mayor Tim Kant announced this week the city of Fairhope will receive $1.8 million from a settlement with BP related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. After paying attorneys’ fees to Mobile-based law firm Cunningham Bounds, the city will receive $1.35 million of the settlement.
According to a June 4 letter to Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson, the Mobile Area Lodging Association (MALA) hopes to reduce a 2 percent county tax on hotel room nights in effect since 2001. The letter from MALA President Kent Blackinton requested a half-cent reduction in the tax as part of a “new and exciting strategic plan” to keep the Mobile marketplace competitive. “In turn, the hotel community will implement a fee inside a newly formed tourism improvement district.
The Mobile County Commission is poised to purchase another 200 acres around the Big Creek Watershed as part of an ongoing effort to protect the reservoir that supplies the bulk of Mobile County’s drinking water. (more…) Continue Reading →
For the 2015 Nappie Awards video, we asked native son, Allan McLeod, who now works in Los Angeles as a writer and actor, to return to his hometown to get re-acquainted with it. He enlisted the help of Mobilians, who he quizzed about Mobile history and “local hero” Uncle Henry, who got him up to speed on modern day Mobile. Then it was time for a little “rejuvenation” at Tami’s Mask and Mirror and some “piercing” commentary at Royal Street Tattoo. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Fairhope City Council approved a resolution on Monday authorizing Mayor Tim Kant to accept a $618,585 grant through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for improvements at the H.L. Sonny Callahan Airport. Fairhope Airport Authority Chairman Chuck Zunk said the funds will help pay for approximately $680,000 in improvements at the airport, including the construction of an apron near the east terminal as well as grading and drainage improvements at the west terminal. (more…) Continue Reading →
On July 27 the Board of Directors of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) announced it will host the 2018 Annual Conference in Mobile for the first time ever. Founded in 1946, the SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development organization in North America with more than 1000 economic development professionals operating in 17 states. (more…) Continue Reading →
The city of Fairhope could be close to allowing citizens to keep honeybees and chickens in their yards and might welcome ride-hailing company Uber to the Eastern Shore. At the request of Councilwoman Diana Brewer, the City Council discussed all three issues at a work session July 27. (more…) Continue Reading →
A day after a petition began circling social media asking for his impeachment, Brett Dungan announced his resignation as the mayor of Bayou la Batre, citing the growing healthcare needs of his father in Colorado. (more…) Continue Reading →