Gone Fishin’! Alabama is in the second year of a mandatory reporting program aimed at collecting data in the state’s harvest of red snapper. As Congress proposes changes to federal laws, the state is hoping to manage a species it believes is both lucrative and plentiful. In Bay Briefs, an informal online survey of more than 3,000 Mobile residents found majority support for the costly Civic Center. We also have a story on counties considering a substantial financial commitment to AltaPointe, after the mental health care provider was successful in blocking a competitor from entering the market. Come on baby light my fire! in Cuisine, Andy’s guide to backyard grilling will have you manning the barbecue all summer long. We also have previews of the Coastal Seafood Craze at The Hank as well as the weekly Sunset Fest at The Wharf. Artifice reports on how simple statistics seem unable to convey the depth of Mobile’s arts community. In Music, Okie John Moorehead catches on up on his pursuit of acoustic songwriting. In Style, Boozie’s summer is off to a start with celeb sightings and concerts at The Wharf. Thanks as always for supporting Lagniappe! The final round of voting for the 2015 Nappie Awards will be coming soon. THE NEW ISSUE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
A day after lengthy testimony as a witness for the prosecutors, government whistleblower Victor Crawford was cross examined by attorneys for Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie in Day 3 of her 17-count public corruption trial.
In Crawford’s initial testimony Wednesday, the computer contractor for the license commission discussed several expenses he claims Hastie intimidated him into paying.
A vast majority of those surveyed would not like to see the Mobile Civic Center demolished, despite the fact that the city-owned facility is losing close to $2 million per year. The future of the decades-old building has been hotly debated since Mayor Sandy Stimpson announced earlier this year a timeline for its demolition. One group from the current Leadership Mobile class is asking for input from citizens on what to do with it.
Political feuding in Bayou la Batre has made headlines recently, but amid allegations of harassment and political grandstanding, it seems Mayor Brett Dungan may have found a way to bypass a city council he claims is keeping the city from moving forward. During the May 14 council meeting that led to Dungan’s recent arrest for harassment, he and Councilwoman Annette Johnson were having a heated discussion about the Bayou la Batre Port Authority. Dungan was asking the council for permission to pursue grant funding through the Port Authority for the removal of 21 derelict vessels in the Bayou la Batre watershed.
The City of Mobile’s very first “Fun Mobile” — a truck full of games and sports equipment that will travel from park to park — was delivered this week. The Fun Mobile is currently being stocked with kick balls, board games, Frisbees, horseshoes, softballs, hula hoops, bases, marbles and golf clubs for putting. It is expected to be fully operational by next week. The route will include stops at Crawford Park, Duval Park, Laun Park, Newhouse Park, Kidd Park, Henry Aaron Park, Medal of Honor Park, Municipal Park, McNally Park, Rickarby Park and Lyons Park. “As summer approaches, we want to encourage our children to have fun, be safe and stay active,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. Continue Reading →
Day two of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie’s public corruption trial focused on testimony from the witness who alerted the federal government to the alleged conspiracy — computer contractor Victor T. Crawford. Several of Hastie’s charges revolve around expenses she allegedly hid from the Mobile County Commission through Crawford’s company, APL Software Engineering. Her November indictment also suggested she used intimidation to extort Crawford into making political contributions to her political campaign and purchasing gifts for office Christmas parties. (more…) Continue Reading →
Hundreds turned out for a hearing on a publicly-funded soccer complex last night as consultant Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) presented the results of a $48,000 marketability study the Mobile County Commission approved in February. Based on the plans for a 10-field facility with an anticipated waterpark, SFA looked at the possible costs of operating the complex and how much the county might gain from from direct revenue and total economic impact when or if it becomes operational. (more…) Continue Reading →
As Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration cracks down on blight, a January lawsuit between a Colorado-based developer and the city over an abandoned apartment complex seems to be nearing a resolution. Legacy Capital Partners was the named defendant in a lawsuit the city filed in January to have a group of buildings off of West Prichard Avenue demolished. The suit asked the defendants to tear down the buildings at Joel Court, which the Mobile City Council declared a nuisance Jan. 30. Keri Coumanis, an attorney with the city’s legal department, said Joel Court was, at one time, an affordable, multi-family housing complex with financial support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Continue Reading →
The Mobile City Council voted unanimously to table an amendment to an ordinance, which would have outlawed the feeding of squirrels and other wild animals on public property. By tabling the vote, the council effectively killed the amendment the administration had offered as a way to control the animal population in city parks. This week’s meeting took place Tuesday evening at Davidson High School. The council last week in a public safety committee meeting suggested Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s administration put up signs, or find a “less intrusive” way to accomplish what it wanted to do with the ordinance. In other business from the meeting, councilors heard from Michael Weech, a resident of District 6, who complained about the state of basketball courts in parks. Continue Reading →
Prosecutors seemed to be working backward on Tuesday, opening their case against Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie with testimony related to the last of 17 charges she’ll face in the coming weeks. Count 17 was added to Hastie’s federal indictment in January of 2015 and accuses her of intentionally disseminating more than 30,000 private email addresses from the License Commission’s database. Those emails were then given to the mayoral campaign of Sandy Stimpson. (more…) Continue Reading →