Author: Dale Liesch

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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Federal judge tosses discrimination case against city

A United States District Court judge has found for the city of Mobile and the Mobile County Personnel Board (MCPB) in a lawsuit claiming racial and gender discrimination in the Parks and Recreation Department. In an order dated Jan. 31, Judge Kristi DuBose entered a summary judgment for the city and against Katrina Frazier, a longtime Parks and Recreation Department employee. In the suit, Frazier argued that she was passed over for a series of promotions because of both racial and gender discrimination, as well as in retaliation for filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the city....

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Assessment shows $200 million in maintenance costs at city owned properties

Property owned by the city of Mobile could cost $200 million in maintenance over the next 10 years, members of the Mobile City Council learned Tuesday afternoon. Commercial real estate firm CBRE presented councilors with the results of a facilities assessment Tuesday, following the regularly scheduled council meeting. The $200 million in expected maintenance comes from $83 million in deferred maintenance to get city owned structures up to acceptable measures, CBRE Executive Vice President Michael McShea told councilors. Of that, $25 million would go to the 53-year-old Mobile Civic Center. Another $117 million comes from projected routine maintenance, he...

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Mobile council approves extension of sales tax increase

The city’s sales tax rate will stand at 10 percent for the foreseeable future, after Mobile city councilors approved an extension of a 1-cent sales tax increase for another five years. The extension, by a 6-1 vote, gives the council a funding stream for its popular Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) until Sept. 30, 2023. Councilwoman Bess Rich voted against the extension and was instead in favor of a recommendation from an ad hoc committee she chaired that would replace the current sales tax increase with a combination of a garbage fee and a 10-mill property tax increase. The state...

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Letter seeks plaintiffs in potential lawsuit against GAF

A local law firm has teamed up with a Michigan-based class action firm seeking plaintiffs for a possible lawsuit against Mobile roofing tile manufacturer GAF Materials Corp. A letter from the firm of Burns, Cunningham & Mackey sent to a number of residents near the facility on Emogene Street in midtown said the firm was partnering with Liddle & Dubin in Detroit to “investigate the possibility of a filing litigation against GAF Materials Corp. for the emission of noxious odors.” “Due to your proximity to GAF Materials Corp., you may have experienced odors associated with this neighboring facility,” the...

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