Entries from February 2007 ↓

Mayor keeps appointment authority

Mayor Fred Small avoided losing his power to appoint top city officials after meeting privately with two City Council members Monday morning.

In other business, the City Council:

Approved spending $13,600 for construction of a fenced area at Trione Park that will serve as a dog park.

Approved the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Alabama 181 and Lawson Road.

Mayor keeps appointment authority

Beach cities nix March 13 school vote

No voting on March 13. Neither city has set a new date.

It sounds like the meeting in Orange Beach got interesting:

“Orange Beach opponents, who also appeared to be primarily retirees, were more aggressive, hooting and hollering and aggressively challenging council members. One man, who was told not to speak out of turn or he would be asked to leave, challenged Blalock and Councilman Larry Alexander to physically remove him.”

Wonder if their school board meetings will be as exciting if they ever split away?

Beach cities nix March 13 school vote

Zoning rules could expand

The Baldwin County Commission plans to consider next week whether it wants to allow every land-use designation — including industrial and manufactured housing — to be considered for use in all zoned districts.

Zoning rules could expand

Another drug dealer taken down in Baldwin County

More good news in the war on drugs

Another drug dealer taken down in Baldwin County

Tax increase for island school systems also raises car taxes

If the 7.5-mill property tax increases pass in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, residents will pay more for their car tags, according to county officials.

Gulf Shores Mayor G.W. “Billy” Duke III, meanwhile, said he believes the tax incrase would apply “only to real estate” and not to vehicles.

Officials: Boost in tax hits car tags

Sex offender arrested in Foley

 A registered sex offender has been arrested by the FBI in Baldwin County and charged with transmitting pornography over the internet to a minor. 48-year-old Michael Anthony Douglas was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of sending obscene material over the internet.

Registered sex offender charged with distributing porn over internet

Douglas’ Sex offender registration info – Douglas is a registered sex offender living in Foley

Sound off about the school split

Quotes form the Baldwin Register Sound Off on the school split:

Money should go to classroom I agree with the person who said the DA and the Attorney General should look into the Baldwin County Board of Education, the way they are spending the money down there fighting Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The money should be spent on kids, not trying to stop a school from leaving.

Beach towns need nearby residents Yes, it’s a bit offensive that the beach cities would not want the towns that I live in such as Elberta, Lillian, and Summerdale to not be included in the new high school if they built one down toward the beach. The beach cities could use some of our input because our students have a lot to add to what their students represent down there. We tend to be more traditional communities with a strong set of values, and we already have strong elementary and middle schools. So if the beaches don’t join us, it will be their loss.

Recommends these two votes This is about the school system split. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, please mark your calendars for two important dates. One, March 13, vote “no” on the school system split and tax increase. Two, the next municipal election to vote Gulf Shores Mayor Billy Duke and Orange Beach Mayor Pete Blalock out of office. These two mayors have caused more than $650,000 of local taxpayers’ money to be spent trying to jam a school system split and tax increase down the throats of people who do not want it. Remember, vote “no” on the tax increase and then vote them out of office.

Baldwin Register Sound Off

Citywide trail system is targeted in Gulf Shores

Combined with existing routes “a 50-mile system is not beyond reach.”

Citywide trail system is targeted

School and county commission officials to work together

A pilot program to study the impact of new subdivisions on Daphne East Elementary is the first step in efforts between the school system and county planners to work together better. Sheriff Mack also plans to increase law enforcement presence in schools.

“Some school board members asked whether the county could consider school capacity when they evaluate new development in some high-growth areas.”

The growth in Baldwin County doesn’t seem likely to slow down any time soon so any steps towards improving planning are a welcomed.

Pilot program to study impact on Daphne East

Cancer Center planned for Baldwin County

Easlan Capital, a developer from Atlanta, purchased 20 acres on the northeast corner of U.S. 90 and Baldwin County 13 in Daphne for $1.6 million and plans to build an M.D. Anderson Cancer Center there, according to David Morris and Joe Courtney of Courtney & Morris , who handled the transaction. Malbis Plantation sold the land. Providence Hospital in Mobile partnered with M.D. Anderson in July to enhance cancer treatment in southwest Alabama.

Map of the location

Maybe they’ll fill in that big water hole where people seem to enjoy getting they trucks stuck.

Cancer Center planned for Baldwin County

Riverside property

57 units overlooking Shellbank River and the Mobile Tensaw Delta in Spanish Fort

Riverside property

Builders not shying away from Baldwin, Mobile counties

Anyone who driven any where around Baldwin Co. could have told you this: they’re are new houses going up everywhere.

Builders not shying away from Baldwin, Mobile counties

Baldwin Co. street sign thefts rampant

1500 reports per year cost the county $100K.

There’s also a new line of defense in the war on street sign thefts: nighttime surveillance cameras in Baldwin County’s highest hit areas.

Baldwin Co. street sign thefts rampant

Former Orange Beach Mayor given 10 years in prison

It’s not enough for Russo. And he still claims he did a good job as mayor?

The sentence was less than the minimum called for under advisory sentencing guidelines.

Former Orange Beach Mayor given 10 years in prison

Local custody case with an international twist

A Daphne woman is trying to keep her son in the United States instead of in Australia with the boy’s father.

A typical story from the local news that provides very few details about the situation. Is the boy better off with the mother? Maybe…maybe not.

Local custody case with an international twist