Author: Dale Liesch

Council to meet later on Tuesday

The Mobile City Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The pre-council meeting will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26 in the council conference room on the 9th Floor of the south tower in Government Plaza. These changes are to allow councilors and other city leaders to pay their respects to Officer Justin...

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Mobile Housing Board considers creating new nonprofit partner

The Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners is in the midst of absorbing employees from its nonprofit arm, Mobile Development Enterprises. Members were, therefore, hesitant to agree to create another nonprofit when it met Wednesday, Feb. 14, despite the recommendation of new Executive Director Akinola Popoola. Instead, commissioners gave Popoola permission to explore the creation of another nonprofit, all while voicing their concerns. “We’ve spent a year and a half winding down a nonprofit,” MHB Vice Chairman Reid Cummings said. “How will this differ from MDE?” Popoola told Cummings it would be legally different from MDE and be used in...

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Mobile Airport Authority announces new airline, possible airport move

The Mobile Airport Authority announced Wednesday new nonstop flights to Orlando from a new carrier and the possibility of opening Brookley Aeroplex to commercial flights in the future. Via Airlines will begin service to Orlando from Mobile Regional Airport in May with $99 introductory, one-way fares. Via Vice President of Operations Matthew Macri said service would begin with one flight every Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. The new flights could depart from a new airport in the future, as MAA Executive Director Chris Curry also announced tentative plans to move at least some commercial flights to an airport at...

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Airbus, Bombardier partnership could produce 600 new jobs

Challenges from United States-based manufacturers to a proposed partnership between Airbus and Bombardier are “still possible,” Airbus Americas Chairman Emeritus Allan McArtor told a gaggle of reporters Tuesday as officials announced more specifics about a deal that would lead to the construction of a second final assembly-line facility in Mobile. Most recently Boeing challenged Bombardier over allegations the Canadian company used government subsidies to dump its C-Series aircraft into the American market. However, the U.S. International Trade Commission found in favor of Bombardier and deemed Boeing had not been injured as a result of the allegations. “That was a...

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European Union delegation talks foreign investment in Mobile

Representatives from European Union countries visiting Mobile had their eyes on the aerospace industry amid a proposed partnership between Airbus and Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier and challenges brought by United States-based manufacturer Boeing. Consuls general from Belgium, France, Great Britain, Ireland and Germany took part in a business roundtable hosted by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce last week to discuss foreign investment in the city. The meeting took place a week or so after the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled in Bombardier’s favor in a dispute with Boeing over tariffs the U.S. Department of Commerce initially placed on...

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Candidates qualify for vacant seats on Mobile Circuit Court

A whopping 13 candidates have qualified to run for Mobile County Circuit Court judge and will appear on the primary election ballot Tuesday, June 5. Runoffs are scheduled for July 17 and the general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 6. It’s a particularly crowded field on the Republican side, especially in Place 6, where four candidates have qualified. Those names include Harry Satterwhite, Barney March, Buzz Jordan and Brandy Hambright. • Harry Satterwhite joined the bar more than 23 years ago and has operated his own law firm for the last 16 years. Satterwhite is a top-rated attorney...

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Stop work order lifted at midtown Publix

Work can continue on a composite fence at the midtown Publix development after a stop work order was lifted on the opinion of Mobile City Council attorney Wanda Cochran. The fence in question was briefly taken down, but was partially replaced as of Monday, Feb. 13. City attorney Ricardo Woods said he didn’t know the exact reason the fence was taken down, but told Lagniappe it was in the wrong place, according to plans submitted to the city. In a memo sent to District 1 City Councilman Fred Richardson, Cochran wrote that the developer, John Argo, built the fence...

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Raising Cain, literally

The man responsible for reviving Mardi Gras in Mobile after the Civil War may be one of the only Mobilians to be buried three times. Joe Cain lies in eternal rest with his wife, Elizabeth, at the historic Church Street Cemetery downtown, but the couple was actually buried in Bayou La Batre first, Wayne Dean said. Dean, who portrays Cain’s alter-ego, Chief Slacabamarinico, during the Joe Cain procession the Sunday preceding Fat Tuesday each year, said he was present when the Cains were moved in the late 1960s. Before the move in 1966, Dean said Joe Cain was like...

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