Author: Lagniappe

One more legacy: curb appeal

Editor: Today, Saturday, Sept 16, my husband and I had to drive all the way to Fairhope to find a bench in the shade where we could enjoy a view of the bay. We just wanted to get away to be able to talk over some decisions we had to make. Now I am reading Lagniappe (“Some legacy building ideas for Stimpson,” Sept. 14-20) and finding out there is a beautiful piece of land on Brookley where we could have gone in just a few minutes had our city had the vision it claims it has! Downtown is looking better all the time, but a park on the bay would be a jewel this city could really benefit from. Why have I never heard of this before? Great idea! I agree with you about the litter. But I also have my bone to pick with the city when it comes to what would make Mobile more attractive: Curb appeal. Many businesses and homeowners fail to keep the grass edged on their street curbs. Just that little job done makes a huge difference in the appearance of a city. I think there should be a fine given for not edging the curb in front of your house or place of business. The fine could be used to hire extra city workers to do the job for the owners who won’t,...

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As Baykeeper’s lawsuit looms, cities around bay struggle with sewage (updated)

By Gabriel Tynes, Dale Liesch and Jason Johnson Mobile Baykeeper’s Sept. 19 notice of intent to sue Daphne Utilities over fraudulent reporting was the latest salvo in an escalating effort to see that local utilities do something about the large releases of untreated sewage that accompany almost any large rainfall. According to Baykeeper, more than 23 million gallons of sewage has already spilled in the Mobile-Baldwin area this year. The environmental group also says even with the millions of gallons of sewage spills reported, they are still fighting efforts by some utilities to intentionally play down the severity of...

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Lagniappe: Oct. 5 – Oct. 11, 2017

Take a bathroom break with the new issue of Lagniappe, where you’ll read about capacity and infrastructure problems facing utilities around the bay as cities cope with more sewage and tighter regulations. We also have an update from the case Mobile Baykeeper is threatening against Daphne Utilities, which was spawned by an employee whistleblower. In Bay Briefs, we outline a tax vote in Baldwin County proposed for December, and we detail a court ruling challenging the sovereign immunity of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Commentary has Luther Strange’s epilogue and a reflection on the Las Vegas massacre, cuisine...

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Baldwin asking voters to renew 1 mill tax for schools

By John Mullen Baldwin County is allowing a 1 mill property tax to expire as of Oct. 1, but has hopes of replacing it with a more voter-friendly version in a Dec. 12 special election. The Baldwin County Board of Education stands to lose more than $4 million if the tax is not renewed by voters. On Tuesday, the commission voted to authorize the election, which will be placed on the same ballot with the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican Roy Moore. The current 1 mill tax requiring 60 percent approval was first passed in...

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Fairhope, county join partnership for entrepreneurial hub

By John Mullen The city is pursuing $20,000 in grant money to help start a business incubator in Fairhope with the assistance of the University of Alabama, the Baldwin Economic Development Alliance and BBVA Compass Bank. “We will be the first location in the state for their Technology Village program,” BEDA Director Lee Lawson told the City Council last month. “This program was launched in South Carolina by Clemson University. It went out to non-university smaller areas within South Carolina and gave them the full resources of a four-year research university to create an entrepreneurial development center. “That’s exactly what the University of Alabama is proposing with this initiative in Fairhope and for this organization.” The Fairhope City Council authorized Mayor Karin Wilson to send a letter asking for three separate grants from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority to get the program up and running. Wilson said the program will be able to link with another already aimed at small businesses in Fairhope. “One of the ideas I’d love to tie in is the fact that Fairhope Local was started for independent businesses, really, entrepreneurs,” Wilson said. “I do think the marriage of the two would be great.” The program will be administered with the help of BEDA’s Baldwin Community and Economic Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Lawson said. “The reason we’ll use the (c)(3) arm is because that opens...

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Calendar of Events: Oct.5 – Oct. 11, 2017

GENERAL INTEREST Think Pink Tea This free celebration of breast cancer awareness features a runway fashion show by cancer survivors. Thursday, Oct. 5, 4-6 p.m., Mobile Convention Center. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 251-445-9691. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2. Behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Sunset cruise On Friday, Oct. 6, Blakeley State Park hosts a cruise of the lower Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. Departing at 5:30 p.m., the narrated cruise will feature complimentary snacks and drinks, ending with a twilight return to dock by 7:30 p.m. Call 251-626-0798. “Bullying Ends with Me” The Mobile County Coalition Against Bullying will hold its annual Bullying Prevention Week campaign in Mobile Schools Oct. 9-13. West Regional Branch Library will host the campaign kickoff Saturday, Oct 7, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 251-639-0004. USS Alabama Living History World War II comes alive during the USS Alabama Living History Crew Drill on Saturday, Oct 7, at 2703 Battleship Parkway. There will be plane attack at 1 p.m. Visit ussalabama.com. “Festival of Flavor” Come sample some of the best food, beer, wine and much more! Downtown Foley, Alabama, Saturday, Oct. 7, 12-5 p.m. Visit alabamafestivalofflavor.com. Mardi Gras Expo The Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Expo, showcasing the best event service providers in the area, will be...

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Bird & Conservation Expo returns to Fairhope Saturday

The Bird & Conservation Expo, the free, family friendly event of the 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, is back for another year in downtown Fairhope, Alabama. The Expo takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Halstead Amphitheater on the campus of Coastal Alabama Community College (previously Faulkner State Community College) in Fairhope. The Bird & Conservation Expo features raptor demonstrations from Environmental Studies Center in Mobile, snake shows from 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center, and exhibits from Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, including touch tanks-plus additional exhibitors, vendors, and...

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Students gone wild

Editor: Ashley Trice was right on the mark when she said we need “better control” over alcohol and drug use on college campuses (“Change needed on America’s college campuses,” Sept. 21-27). Her idea to put “adult medical professionals” in dorms and frat houses is a step in the right direction. I have another idea — random drug testing. Our Mobile-area private and public schools have drug testing programs in place. Some do a better job than others in administering the tests but they are in place and their primary purpose is to give kids a reason to reject illegal drugs. Why not continue the tests in our colleges and universities? Many of these young people “go wild” when their parents are not overseeing them every day. Recent national drug surveys indicate that 20 percent of 18-25-year-old people use illegal drugs. That is especially problematic because their brains are not fully developed. We have over 25,000 college-age people in Mobile so that means over 5,000 of them are purchasing and using illegal drugs. Every one of these people knows it is wrong to use these drugs and every one of them is “thumbing their nose” at thousands of dedicated law enforcement officers and military personnel who risk their lives on a daily basis to keep these drugs out of their hands. Their “loose lifestyle” encourages foreign drug smugglers to increase...

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