In the new issue of Lagniappe, we examine an early review of the 94 projects thus far submitted for funding through 2012’s RESTORE Act. With the first wave of RESTORE Act money in the bank, local governments and nonprofit organizations are lining up for their piece of the oil spill pie. In Bay Briefs, a review by the Stimpson administration suggests the city is spending millions more on public transportation than other cities, and the Mobile 911 board plans $14 million in expenditures in 2015. We also have stories on a lawsuit aiming to block the Gulf State Park development project and the soccer community that still says a complex is needed. In Cuisine, Halloween is in the air and we’ll help you get the most out of some sweet seasonal recipes. Speaking of Halloween, we’ve got the perfect movie list, pumpkin beer recommendations, safety tips and some spooktacular events you don’t want to miss! While the commotion over ArtWalk drags on, Artifice wonders if a vacant lot between the Buick Building and Innova Arts could provide a refuge for unlicensed artists during monthly ArtWalks. Head on out to The Grounds in our music feature as Pensacola’s The Real Hooks prepare to bring their family-friendly pop act to the Greater Gulf State Fair. In Style, Boozie has all the details about Lagniappe’s staff bronze medal victory in Media Olympics at the fair. Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! Happy Halloween! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
For the last six months Mobile County officials have debated about where to place a soccer complex and how to fund it, but while those details continued to get ironed out, members of the soccer community in Mobile say there is still great need of additional facilities.
Last month the board of the Mobile County Communications District approved its second budget since the 2-year-old Alabama 911 Board adopted an across the board revenue distribution system for all of Alabama’s 911 districts. This MCCD’s $15 million of planned expenditures were balanced down to the penny with this year’s operational fund balance in the budget, which is just under the $16.9 million in total revenue the District has projected for 2015. For years, 911 services were funded through a tax on landline phones that were able to utilize a county’s emergency services.
In spite of a federal lawsuit filed last week by the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) aimed at preventing the project, the state of Alabama is moving forward with plans to build a hotel and “convention center” at Gulf State Park using money recovered from BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
A Daphne High School teacher surrendered to police Oct. 27, facing multiple charges of having sex with a student. Isaac Evans, 22, was charged with two counts of a school employee having sex with a student, four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of harassment, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. (more…) Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →