City unveils first phase design for Three Mile Creek trail

MOBILE - The city unveiled its first design phase of the Three Mile Creek walking and biking trail during two community meetings this week. More than 80 stakeholders were able to weigh in and give feedback on the plan. The project includes the installation of a 1.7-mile concrete trail, energy-efficient LED lighting, a fitness course, a boat launch, park benches, trash receptacles, water fountains and educational signage. The city contracted Dorsey and Dorsey Engineering to complete the design and engineering for the plan. The trail system will begin at the southwest corner of the crossing of Three Mile Creek with MLK Avenue at the current site of the Roger Williams Homes and extend to West Ridge. Continue Reading →

Fairhope reclassifies vessels, raises fees at municipal harbor

A representative from one company renting a boat slip at the Fairhope Municipal Harbor at Fly Creek said his yearly rental fee will jump approximately 521 percent after the Fairhope City Council approved a new set of rules and fees at the harbor during its Aug. 24 meeting. In the previous harbor regulations, work boats, commercial fishing boats or charter boats were classified together. The new regulations include a reclassification of commercial fishing vessels to include boats designed for the sole purpose of harvesting fish, shrimp and crabs. Recreational vehicles do not fit the new guidelines, which will cost commercial fishing vessels $600 per year in rent. Continue Reading →

Complaint alleges district attorney reneged on immunity offer

(Photo/Facebook) Donald Howard (pictured) was the victim in a 2013 murder in which a defendant claims he was offered immunity in exchange for information.

Attorneys for Fairhope resident Bruce Keishawn Salter, 26, say Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon violated their client’s constitutional rights in connection to his alleged involvement with the Jan. 14, 2013, murder of another Fairhope man, Donald Howard. Last month, Salter’s attorneys filed a federal complaint against Dixon seeking injunctive relief against capital murder charges their client faces as a result of information he provided investigators. The complaint states Dixon agreed to grant immunity to Salter in exchange for truthful information about events leading to Howard’s death. Further, the complaint says the agreement was breached on June 24, 2013, when Salter was arrested and charged with capital murder. Continue Reading →

Landmark restaurant threatened over ADA compliance

The Dew Drop Inn, which calls itself Mobile’s oldest restaurant and has been serving traditional diner fare in its landmark location on Old Shell Road for at least 50 years, was recently notified by a Montgomery law firm alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lagniappe recently obtained a letter addressed to the “legal department” of Mobile staple The Dew Drop Inn from the ADA Group, out of Montgomery. (more…) Continue Reading →