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Mobile City Council approves new attorney contract

By a 5-2 Tuesday morning, the Mobile City Council voted to approve the contract of new council attorney Wanda Cochran. Cochran will be paid $150 per hour, the same rate as former council attorney Jim Rossler. Councilman Joel Daves and Councilwoman Gina Gregory dissented. Councilman John Williams, who was chairman of an ad-hoc committee tasked with discussing the contract Monday, voted in favor of it, but shared his concerns with colleagues. All three had concerns over how Cochran’s initial hiring was handled. Rossler was initially let go at an organizational meeting earlier this month. At the time, Daves and...

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Heron Lakes Country Club moves to semi-private status

Heron Lakes Country Club will become semi-private in early 2018, according to its new management, Bloom Golf Management of Pass Christian, Mississippi. The change was recently announced along with a plan to renovate the golf course and clubhouse. The renovations began Monday, Nov. 20, company spokesman David Spence said. It will be the third renovation in course history, according to a statement from Bloom. “Earlier this fall, Bloom Golf Management entered into an agreement to bolster the 18-hole course designed by Harold Stallings in 1954,” a statement reads. “The Heron Lakes subdivision, started in 2000, allowed course designer Earl...

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Work restarts on Causeway pipe as MAWSS considers rate increase

After months of delays, work to replace a water supply pipe along the Causeway will continue on the week of Monday Dec. 18, the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System announced in a statement. Work to repair the pipe that failed near a boat launch at Ralph and Kacoo’s restaurant will begin again, just as complaints started pouring in from recreational anglers in the area. “A segment of the HDPE plastic water line serving Spanish Fort broke on New Year’s Day near the Chocolatta Bay boat ramps at the east end of the parking lot serving Ralph and Kacoos...

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George Clinton to headline MoonPie Over Mobile

Mobile City Councilman Fred Richardson said it must’ve been 10 degrees with 30 mile-per-hour winds when the city first attempted the MoonPie drop on New Year’s Eve 10 years ago. That’s when a much smaller electric confection was dropped from a crane on a barge in the middle of the Mobile River, he said. It only made it halfway because of the blustery conditions. He needed 5,000 people in attendance to make the first event successful, and according to Richardson, they tripled that goal right of the gate. To celebrate the event’s 10-year anniversary, Events Mobile announced Tuesday that...

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ALDOT reviewing responses from bridge developers

The Alabama Department of Transportation has received statements of qualifications (SOQs) from four groups interested in building and financing the proposed Mobile River bridge. For Mike Lee, chairman of the Build the I-10 Bridge Coalition, the announcement from ALDOT means they are sticking to a timeline that could mean construction would start in 2019, which he said is exciting. “It’s what we’ve been working toward,” Lee said. “There’s a timetable now.” ALDOT Mobile Division spokeswoman Allison Gregg confirmed that ALDOT was moving along a similar timeline; however, she cautioned it’s unclear what construction might look like in 2019. The...

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Former Crystal Ice House will remain site of Haint Blue Brewing

Just kidding. In a written announcement on the brewery’s Facebook page, Haint Blue Brewing Co. owner Keith Sherrill announced his beer-making operation wouldn’t be moving after all. In what he called a strategic move, Sherrill said he did sign a letter of intent at another location and listed the former Crystal Ice House as available, but didn’t go through with the move. Instead, once the 45-day appeal window closed, signaling the end of a nearly year-long legal battle with a neighbor, Sherrill announced the brewery would be staying put. “Our longstanding zoning troubles are officially behind us,” Sherrill wrote...

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Ice skating moves from park to fort

There will soon be at least one aspect of the Colonial Fort of Mobile that won’t be historically accurate: a large synthetic ice skating rink. Workers at the fort have already begun to install the rink for visitors to the fort, moving the activity away from Cooper Riverside Park and city control. “Hopefully, it’ll be open the day after Thanksgiving,” Activation Management co-owner Scott Tindle said. “It will continue through March 4.” The late closing means the rink will remain open through some of downtown’s biggest events, including Mardi Gras, Tindle said. Activation Management bought the self-lubricating polymer rink...

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Mobile City Council delays vote on attorney contract

After being unable to come to consensus this morning, the Mobile City Council will discuss the parameters of attorney Wanda Cochran’s contract at a committee meeting at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. John Williams will chair the unnamed committee that will also consist of Councilman C.J. Small and Councilwoman Bess Rich. During a pre-conference meeting Tuesday, councilors failed to agree on several aspects of Cochran’s contract, but the biggest sticking point appeared to be how many votes it would take to approve it. Councilman Joel Daves argued that the contract itself is separate from the vote to retain Cochran...

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