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Meyer is Looking to Hire 300

Meyer Vacation Rentals will host job fairs on Friday, May 1 between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Both job fairs will take place at the Meyer Services building located at 509 East Section Avenue, Foley, Alabama in the Foley Industrial Park. Job seekers will have opportunities to apply for immediate positions that include housekeepers, quality assurance inspectors, maintenance techs and warehouse staff.  Seasonal, part time and full time positions are available.

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Gulf Shores is looking for a partner to develop prime beach lot

In a step toward advancing the Vision 2025 Plan the city adopted this past year, Gulf Shores is looking for a partner to develop a piece of city property near the main beach intersection in town.

City officials, including Economic Development Coordinator Blake Phelps, hope this project will be the starting point of changes to the beachfront area. The lot is directly east of Alvin’s Island and goes runs to West First Avenue, bordered on the south by West Beach Boulevard and on the north by West First Avenue.

“This two acres is a key piece, but it’s only two acres,” Phelps said. “I think there’s a lot of potential there within the district. The two acres, we hope, is just the first domino to fall, the first thing to really get that redevelopment going.”

via Gulf Shores is looking for a partner to develop prime beach lot – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Future of Eastern Shore MPO in flux, but are Baldwin County school-tax politics the issue? | AL.com

If the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization board members are skittish with moving forward operating the group as is, a Mobile-based commission could be interested in absorbing them.

A proposal could be discussed as early as Wednesday to suggest incorporating the transportation funding planning arm on the Eastern Shore under the purview of the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission and away from the Baldwin County Commission’s budget.

via Future of Eastern Shore MPO in flux, but are Baldwin County school-tax politics the issue? | AL.com.

Thomas Hospital wants to build south Alabama’s first free-standing ER in Daphne

Thomas Hospital, an Infirmary Health System facility, wants to build south Alabama’s first free-standing emergency department in Daphne.

If the Fairhope-based hospital receives certificate-of-need approval from the State Health Planning and Development Agency and moves forward with construction, the facility will be the third in Alabama.

via Thomas Hospital wants to build south Alabama’s first free-standing ER in Daphne | AL.com.

Fairhope Council Approves “New Retail Store” Plan

The city council unanimously gave conditional approval to a site plan for what documents refer to as a “new retail store” — to be built on  Morphy Ave., east of the Rite Aid drugstore.

The applicant’s intent is to re-locate the existing Dollar General from the nearby Baldwin Square Shopping Center, according to Mayor Kant; but some other store may locate there if plans change.

According to national media reports, Dollar General, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar chain stores proliferated after the ‘Great Recession’ began in 2008; and continues as alternatives to their ‘big box’ cousins that are fewer in number and usually more distant. 

Like the bigger chains, they have been criticized for promoting rural sprawl, especially in the northeastern and northwestern parts of the country — and for damaging local independent and regional businesses (like Fred’s, Greers grocery, etc.).

via Council Approves “New Retail Store” Plan | Fairhope Times.

Real Estate News: Alabama investor’s $1.4M bid beats out 15 bidders for Fairhope home on Mobile Bay

Battle Plan Capital paid $760,000 for 31 acres off Baldwin County 13 in Daphne, and plan to develop The Retreat at Tiawasee, according to Nathan Cox, CEO of Bellator Real Estate & Development and Truland Homes. The property is adjacent to The Estates of Tiawasee, and the new subdivision will feature 48 estate size lots with homes starting in the high $300s.

Local attorneys Max and Utopia Cassady paid $200,000 for Canal Plaza, a 4,000-square-foot building at 25299 Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to Realtors. The two-story building has been renovated and is occupied by Cassady Taupeka PC, a law firm with attorney Mark Taupeka and the Cassadys. The partners have also opened Orange Beach Title in the building. Bob Shallow of REMAX Paradiserepresented the buyers and Patrick Daily of REMAX of Orange Beach worked for the sellers.

An Alabama investor beat out 15 other bidders with his cash offer of $1,425,000 for a 5,240-square-foot house with 160 front feet on Mobile Bay in Fairhope, accordingWilliam Bone of The National Auction Group of Gadsden.  The absolute auction attracted 16 registered bidders from six states including Texas and Missouri. The four-bedroom, 5 ½ bath house was owned by Mike Carter, who owns numerousGodfather’s Pizza restaurants, according to Bone

via Alabama investor’s $1.4M bid beats out 15 bidders for Fairhope home on Mobile Bay | AL.com.

Open in Foley: Moe’s BBQ arrives, Shoe Station sets record; next up, Academy Sports

The grand-opening drum beat of change continues to spread in Foley as Moe’s Original Bar B Que opened Saturday, following Shoe Station last month, and Academy Sports + Outdoors is a few weeks off.

The openings are part of a trend that began to heat up last year all along State Highway 59. Foosackly’s opened in April followed by Whataburger in June, Popeye’s in late summer, and Hobby Lobby and Big Lots in October.

via Open in Foley: Moe’s BBQ arrives, Shoe Station sets record; next up, Academy Sports | AL.com.

Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school

The Daphne City Council has begun reviewing a proposal to back a city-seeded, 30-acre technology park that would offer 461,000 square feet of high-end office space on the Eastern Shore.

The city’s Industrial Development Board is spearheading the project, dubbed the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex, as the first phase of a 75-acre, master-planned development on the southwest corner of Champions Way and Alabama 181, east of Daphne High.

via Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school | AL.com.

Dog the Bounty Hunter leases Bay Minette office space

Duane and Alice Chapman signed a year-long lease on a storefront office on Bay Minette’s Courthouse Square Wednesday night.

Ed Pepperman, whose Delta Realty Company manages the rental property for local businessman Jerry Redmon, said the couple plans to run a business called Da Kine Bail Bonds out of the roughly 1,200-square-foot space.

In most cases that wouldn’t be news.

But this wasn’t a typical case since Duane and Alice are the real names of Dog and Beth from the Country Music Television network’s popular reality show “Dog and Beth: On the Hunt.”

Since when does Bay Minette have any businesses?

More growth coming to Baldwin County? Better build a new school and a new jail for this one.

via Dog the Bounty Hunter leases Bay Minette office space | AL.com.

Collected for decades, Manci’s Antique Club memorabilia sold in a few hours at public auction

No matter how odd the item, everyone seemed to want to walk away with something. A pair of figurines dressed as mariners? $215. A Texaco gravity pump gumball dispenser now filled with marbles? $160. And an antique Victor Victrola phonograph with table that still spins? $1,600.

On Saturday, 220 of the items left behind were being sold at a public auction. Johnson said it’s only about 2/3 of the contents found inside the 3,700-square-foot building. The bar is scheduled to reopen around the middle of May, and the kitchen on the first day of June.

via Collected for decades, Manci’s Antique Club memorabilia sold in a few hours at public auction | AL.com.

3 New Restaurants Opening Up Along Causeway

Things are heating up out on the Causeway.  Three new restaurants will be opening their doors by this summer.

With warmer weather on its way to the Gulf Coast many will be headed out — and some will be be spending a little more time on the Causeway, where things may look a little different.

Not one, but three new restaurants will be popping up.  Gulf Coast Coney may be the most unexpected, it’s specialty isn’t seafood but Coney dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, and plenty of sweets.

via 3 New Restaurants Opening Up Along Causeway.

The Sky Is Falling (Gradually): Experts discuss negatives of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools

Local economist Semoon Chang said there is little “if any” negative impact on Baldwin County’s real estate market and economic development in the short-run.

“The problem is the negative impact will kick in gradually,” Chang said. “Once people begin to realize and feel the negative impact, it would be very difficult, costly and time-consuming to reverse the trend.”

What are some of the possible long-term negatives? Chang cited several, some of which might be considered positives by referendum opponents. Specifically, two of those include the growth of private schools and splintering the public school system throughout the county.

Other negative examples Chang mentioned:

  • Possible injuries of students from use of many portable classrooms. The Baldwin County School System said, during the campaign, that the number of portable classrooms could go from 100 today to 500 within 10 years. The increase would compensate a continued growing enrollment that has seen a 25 percent jump in the last 10 years of over 6,100 new students. The growth pattern, before the election, was expected to continue.

  • Hesitation of high-tech firms in locating to Baldwin County.

  • Lower quality of education that may lead to higher crime rates.

  • Slower increase in property values especially in towns in which public schools are located.

  • Lower quality of life in general

 

via Experts discuss potential long-term ‘negatives’ of defunding Baldwin County Public Schools following referendum loss | AL.com.

Gulf Shores developments: condo, duplexes on rise; Beach Express median plaza, subdivisions in works

Riding a population surge and waves of record-breaking tourism growth, developers and investors are locking in on Baldwin County’s coast.

So far this year, projects that moved through the Gulf Shores Planning Commission include:

  • Wahoo Plaza, a unique 6-lot commercial plaza on the Foley Beach Express median at Baldwin County 8.

  • Southwinds Subdivision, a 76-lot single-family residential development near the heart of downtown.

  • 53-lot expansion of Craft Farms North.

  • Waterside Resort on Little Lagoon, a 46-unit, single-family subdivision on West Fort Morgan Road. The planned unit development was approved by the council in November.

  • Cottages at Lagoon Pass, a 16 two-story, single-family development on West Beach.

  • Beach Life Condominium, a 4-duplex, 8-unit development in the 300 block of East 1st Avenue.

  • National Bank of Commerce building at the corner of West 2nd Street and West Commerce Avenue.

  • Midtown Gulf Shores, a 7-lot, mixed-use commercial planned unit development at West Commerce Avenue and West 2nd Street. The project will need City Council approval.

No one moving into these new locations has children so the effects on crowded portable learning trailers is expected to be minimal.

via Gulf Shores developments: condo, duplexes on rise; Beach Express median plaza, subdivisions in works | AL.com.

Unemployment in Baldwin: 8.4%

Unemployment statewide ticked up to 9.1 percent in December from 9 percent in November, when adjusted to cancel out normal season trends. The number of unemployed people also increased slightly, to almost 195,000.

Joblessness in Baldwin County stayed flat at 8.4 percent. That’s equal to 6,800 people looking for jobs.

Alabama job market recovery frozen again in December

Baldwin County stands to gain when Fantasy replaces Holiday

Every little bit helps when it comes to the cash generated by tourism. That’s the idea behind a new advertising and public relations push designed to persuade guests of Carnival Cruise Lines to visit area attractions while they’re in the neighborhood, instead of confining their memories of the Gulf Coast to the interior of a cruise terminal

The results of a survey just released by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell College of Business indicates that although Baldwin County is currently reaping some of the benefits from the cruise industry, it is only a small piece of the pie.

Baldwin County stands to gain when Fantasy replaces Holiday