Author: Dale Liesch

Visit Mobile names new CEO

After a national, almost six-month long search, the Board of Directors of Visit Mobile are pleased to announce the hiring of hospitality professional, David Clark, to fill the role of President/CEO beginning Saturday, April 1. Clark joins The Visit Mobile team with 29 years of hospitality, lodging, tourism and visionary leadership with 27 of those years working and living in Coastal Alabama. “I am excited to join the Visit Mobile team and stakeholders to continue to raise the bar with promoting tourism, lodging and positioning Mobile as one of the South’s leading destinations,” he said in a statement released Monday afternoon. “I believe that Visit Mobile is about sales, service and experience and engaging all stakeholders to promote sustainability of our great City. We will continue to aim higher to create an image of leisure so tourists will not only come to visit, but will want to return to live, work and play in Mobile. I look forward to teaming with all stakeholders and am thankful for the opportunity.” Prior to joining the Visit Mobile Team, Clark worked for Spectrum Resorts for four years, serving as general manager of The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, an upscale resort community. The resort welcomed leisure guests and families throughout North America and was recognized by Trip Advisor as a Top Family Friendly beach resort the last three years and was awarded...

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Barber to replace Landolt as public safety director

Mayor Sandy Stimpson today announced that he has accepted the resignation of Rich Landolt as Public Safety Director for the City of Mobile. Landolt said he is leaving to pursue opportunities in the national security field. “Rich has earned my gratitude and respect for his honorable service to the citizens of Mobile,” Stimpson said. “Under his leadership, we have modernized our Police and Fire fleets, improved pay for our first responders and hired some of the most diverse, qualified classes in city history. His contributions have moved us closer to our goal of becoming the safest, most business and family friendly city in America.” Landolt, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, was appointed to the position in July 2014. Landolt will continue to serve as a board member of the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency and as a commissioner for the Mobile County Communications District. “In the less than three years I have been in this position, our team has accomplished great things in the realm of public safety,” Landolt said. “It’s been an honor to be a part of this Administration and part of this city’s pivot towards a brighter future. I thank Mayor Stimpson and the entire City of Mobile for the opportunity to serve here.” Stimpson announced the promotions of Mobile Police Chief James Barber to the position of Public Safety Director, and Assistant Chief Lawrence...

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City announces new hours for business license windows

The City of Mobile is changing its hours for the customer interface that oversees business licenses and filing taxes. Starting on Tuesday, March 21, the windows located on the second floor of Government Plaza will be open from 8 am to 3 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, the windows will remain open from 8 am to 1 pm. The satellite office located at the West Administrative Complex will remain open Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Filing taxes is also available online. The staff will utilize the time when the windows are closed for processing business licenses, software training, data entry and updating major processes. The end result will be a new and improved business license application process that will provide customers with faster response times while decreasing staff overtime. “These changes will make starting a business in the City of Mobile easier than ever before,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “This is the next step towards becoming the most business-friendly city in America by...

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Questions remain about Fort Conde deal

A resident questioned the transparency of a deal between the Mobile History Museum Board and Activation Management for the lease of Fort Conde during Thursday’s Mobile City Council meeting. Ronald Hunt, a volunteer at the city’s welcome center, told councilors at the regular meeting Thursday afternoon that he was uneasy about the contract that allows Activation Management to use Fort Conde as an interactive attraction called the Colonial Fort of Mobile because “no one has disclosed the terms” of the contract. Those involved in the deal have been pretty tight-lipped about the terms. In a previous interview with Lagniappe,...

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Mobile Housing Board begins to implement HUD suggestions

The Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners made another series of changes intended to adopt United States Department of Housing and Urban Development suggestions, following last year’s release of a scathing report from its Office of Inspector General. During a long and sometimes contentious board meeting on Wednesday, March 8, commissioners voted on a plan to repay $1.2 million in nonfederal funds related to a Mobile Development Enterprises contract involving a company owned by the half-brother of MDE Vice President and State Rep. Adline Clarke. Commissioners also approved a new occupancy plan based on HUD guidance and voted to sell two properties linked to decades-old Hope VI grants to local churches. Commissioners approved a plan to repay some $1.2 million in capital funds from non-federalized money. HUD’s Birmingham office is requiring MHB to basically repay itself in capital funding, after the OIG found that the board’s contract with Superior Masonry for $3 million in “make-ready” work from 2011 to 2015 demonstrated a conflict of interest because Frank Seltzer, the president of the company, is Clarke’s half-brother. The plan would take $250,000 from the board’s central office cost center budget as well as $250,000 from developer fees to which it is entitled. In addition, the plan would call for $742,958 to come from developer fees from the Rental Assistance Demonstration closing of properties — including Oaklawn Homes, Boykin Tower and others...

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About The Author

Dale Liesch

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Dale Liesch has been a reporter at Lagniappe since February 2014. He covers all aspects of the city of Mobile, including the mayor, city council, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico and others. He studied journalism at The University of Alabama and actually graduated in 2007. He came to Lagniappe, after several years in the newspaper industry. He achieved the position of news editor at The Alexander City Outlook before moving to Virginia and then subsequently moving back a few years later. He has a number of Alabama and Virginia Press association awards to his name. He grew up in the wilderness of Baldwin County, among several different varieties of animals including: dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, a horse and an angry goat. He now lives in Midtown Mobile with his wife, Hillary, and daughter, Joan. The family currently has no goats, angry or otherwise, but is ruled by the whims of two very energetic dogs.

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