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Unusual Seasonal Visitor Returns | Fairhope Times

A lady from the city of Mobile notable for her unusual manicure has taken up residence again at the library — after disappearing during colder winter months.

She can often be found at the municpal beach pavilion during overnight hours searching through garbage cans, possibly for food.

Usually reliable sources have identified her as Wanda Hudson, who lost her home to forclosure in 2002 and was inadvertenly locked in a storage locker she had been living in; an attorney in that case had an office in Fairhope area at one time.

via Unusual Seasonal Visitor Returns | Fairhope Times.

Real Estate News

Ross Dress For Less has leased 22,500 square feet of space in Foley Square off Ala. 59 and Pride Drive in Foley, adjacent to the center’s anchor store, Academy Sports Outdoors, according to Josh Burmeister and Buff Teague of JLL, who represented the landlord. Ross Dress For Less sells brand-name clothing, shoes, accessories and housewares at discount prices. Construction on the store space will begin in August. Academy Sports opened its new 62,000-square-foot store last week.

The MR/DD Board paid $80,000 for a lot on U.S. 90 in Robertsdale, and plan to build an office there, according to Joe Steen Real Estate & Development. The board provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ProHealth, which provides home health services, has leased 1,300-square-foot office at 105 Lottie Lane in Fairhope, and will open next month,according to Joe Steen Real Estate & Development.

Stirling Properties has been hired as the new leasing and sales agency for Spanish Fort Town Center off Interstate 10 and U.S. 98 in Spanish Fort, according to Stirling’s Angela McArthur and Jeff Barnes, who will handle leasing at the center. The 447,748-square-foot mixed use development on 230 acres is anchored by Bass Pro Shops, JC Penney and Kohl’s. The first step in revamping the center will be the opening of a new community park on 3.5 acres near JC Penney, according to McArthur. The park will open in June and feature a splash pad, children’s park and an outdoor exercise area.

Ron Jon Surf Shop will open later this month and will be the first business to open in Amber Isle at 22753 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach, according to store officials. The 7,300-square-foot store will eventually be joined by the Wing Shack, Hotel Indigo and White Sands Resort hotel.

A local builder paid $80,000 for 4.3 bank-owned acres on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach adjacent to Gulf State Park, according to Pratt Thomas of Merrill P.Thomas Co., who represented the bank. The property is across the street from the Gulf and has 1.5 acres of wetlands, he said. The developers owed more than $1 million on the land when they gave it back to the bank several years ago. At one time a condo project, Romar Villas, was planned for the property.The buyer, Jeff Patterson, is looking to build a road over that acreage, according to Thomas. Perry Mason of Avast Realty worked for the buyer.

 

Fairhope Pier Visitors Struck By Car | Fairhope Times

Seventy-seven year old Spanish Fort resident Patricia Steele and her husband asked the city council to take measures to restrict vehicles driving on the municipal pier after they were knocked down by a car making deliveries to the new pier restaurant (now ‘Shux’ — formerly the ‘Yardarm’) last March 30th.Steele said the small car (Toyota Corolla) driven by an employee of the restaurant struck them at the pier’s entrance-end while it was backing up, — knocking both down, sending them to the emergency room where they were treated for minor injuries and later released.

via Fairhope Pier Visitors Struck By Car | Fairhope Times.

Lead or leave Baldwin County school system? Fairhopians discuss options amid funding woes | AL.com

“You can’t expect us to have the same type of educational excellence in Fairhope without paying for it.”

That was Kerry Flowers’ message Tuesday night to a group of around 100 parents, educators, civic leaders and others gathered to discuss the future of the Eastern Shore city’s schools. Flowers, chairman of Fairhope’s Education Advisory Committee, led the forum at Fairhope United Methodist Church.

He broke down for those gathered how the EAC had facilitated about $2.5 million in cash and in-kind services from the ci

via Lead or leave Baldwin County school system? Fairhopians discuss options amid funding woes | AL.com.

Waters rise on Fairhope house flooding issue – LagniappeLagniappe

Flooding, stormwater management and drainage have been the dominant issues during the public participation periods at the last two Fairhope City Council meetings, with residents seeking answers about an issue they say is the city’s responsibility to fix.On Monday, Kathy Barr addressed the council about her parents’ flood-prone home at 705 Cedar Ave., which the family says has been inundated with flood waters 11 times in the last 20 years. The Barnettes sued the city in 2006 over repeated flooding and settled out of court for a cash payment of $27,000.

via Waters rise on Fairhope house flooding issue – LagniappeLagniappe.

Do Fairhope residents want a separate school system? – FOX10 News | WALA

Nearly 100 concerned Fairhope citizens showed up to an education forum Tuesday night, May 12, hosted by the City of Fairhope’s Education Advisory Committee.

The forum informed citizens about current Fairhope School expenditures and statistics, such as the 88 percent of students who graduate from Fairhope High School, who end up going to a two or four-year college.

Dr. Semoon Chang with the Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies prepared a presentation for Tuesday’s meeting that explained some of the key issues of an under-funded county school system.

via Do Fairhope residents want a separate school system? – FOX10 News | WALA.

Three names emerge for judicial appointment in Baldwin County | AL.com

Two Eastern Shore attorneys and a current district court judge are vying for Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s consideration to serve as a new Baldwin County circuit judge.

Fairhope attorney Clark Stankoski, Daphne attorney William “Bill” Scully Jr., and Fairhope attorney and District Court Judge Scott Taylor are the three names that emerged from a Baldwin County Judicial Commission’s nomination process for appointment to the vacated circuit judge seat.

The three names were publicized in a news release issued Wednesday by Presiding Judge Langford Floyd.

via Three names emerge for judicial appointment in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Fairhope’s first roundabout expected to open in summer 2016 | AL.com

By mid-summer 2016, Fairhope’s first roundabout is expected to be open at the intersection of Fairhope Avenue and Baldwin County 13.

While many variables could change that timetable, Baldwin County Engineer Cal Markert said the joint project between the county, city and Alabama Department of Transportation is at a point where work can finally proceed.

via Fairhope’s first roundabout expected to open in summer 2016 | AL.com.

Fairhope expands sign regulations to police jurisdiction | AL.com

Driven by a need to guide growth within its police jurisdiction, the Fairhope City Council on Monday approved a standalone sign ordinance.

The ordinance gives the city more enforcement power over signs in areas, such as the Alabama 181 corridor, that are in Fairhope’s police jurisdiction, which generally extends three miles to the south and east of the corporate limits and north to Daphne’s jurisdictional line.

via Fairhope expands sign regulations to police jurisdiction | AL.com.

3 arrested in Fairhope after police recover vehicle stolen in Pennsylvania | AL.com

Police arrested three Robertsdale residents Thursday night after detectives discovered they were driving a car stolen in Pennsylvania, according to the Fairhope Police Department.

Around 10:20 p.m. Thursday, police responded to a report of a suspicious person outside the Murphy Oil gas station on State Highway 181. A man appeared to be approaching random customers for some reason, said Sgt. Craig Sawyer.

via 3 arrested in Fairhope after police recover vehicle stolen in Pennsylvania | AL.com.

Msgr. Michael Farmer, back from Rome, will coordinate construction of St. Michael high school | AL.com

When the Rev. Msgr. Michael Farmer left Mobile in 2011 for a four-year appointment in Rome, the archdiocese was examining the feasibility of a new Catholic high school in Baldwin County.

His stint in Rome over, Farmer has now returned to Mobile to become the archdiocese’s point man for the construction of St. Michael Catholic High School, whose name and Fairhope location were chosen during his absence.

via Msgr. Michael Farmer, back from Rome, will coordinate construction of St. Michael high school | AL.com.

‘181 looks terrible’: Fairhope wants to expand sign restrictions to guide appearance of outlying areas | AL.com

Knowing that growth to the east is inevitable, Fairhope city leaders are looking to gain more oversight of the municipality’s outlying areas, specifically the Alabama 181 corridor.

To that end, the council is ready to vote on a measure on May 11 that will give the city authority to enforce its sign ordinance in its police jurisdiction, which generally extends three miles to the south and east of the corporate limits and north to Daphne’s jurisdictional line.

via ‘181 looks terrible’: Fairhope wants to expand sign restrictions to guide appearance of outlying areas | AL.com.

Eastern Shore MPO passes long-range plan, but future in question – LagniappeLagniappe

In a 2012 vote, the newly-formed Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) selected the Baldwin County Commission to provide planning staff, support services and required cash, in-kind or soft-match funds to assist with transportation planning in Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope and Loxley. But the MPO’s relationship with the county could change soon if a handful of policy board members get their way.

At the April 22 policy board meeting, SARPC Executive Director Chris Miller said he has been in talks with the county commission about possibly taking over the county’s transportation funding organization.

At the meeting, the policy board adopted its Draft 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, which outlines $560 million in projects over the next 25 years. MPO Coordinator Matthew Brown said $537 million of the total is labeled as ALDOT projects and also includes funding for the proposed Interstate 10 bridge project over the Mobile River.

via Eastern Shore MPO passes long-range plan, but future in question – LagniappeLagniappe.

Fairhope soccer complex construction set to kick off as council awards $2.4 million in bids | AL.com

Years of planning and reeling in costs came together Monday night when the Fairhope City Council’s approved bids, totaling $2.42 million, for a new soccer complex on Manley Road.

"This has been a long time coming and I’m really looking forward to them breaking ground on this," Council President Jack Burrell said.

via Fairhope soccer complex construction set to kick off as council awards $2.4 million in bids | AL.com.

Miscommunication delivered Dauphin Island Regatta racers into deadly storm | AL.com

A fluke miscommunication is being blamed for delaying the start of the 2015 Dauphin Island Race, a postponement that was disastrous and possibly fatal for some participants.

An official at Fairhope Yacht Club, which hosted the event, said Tuesday that concerns about stormy weather had nothing to do with the delay in the start of Saturday’s race, and that organizers had no idea that the day would bring a sudden blast of gale-force conditions.

Many sailors have reported that the start times for Saturday’s race were delayed by about 90 minutes. Some have said they heard the race initially was canceled, then reinstated. According to a race official, the confusion stemmed from an erroneous cancellation announcement posted to Fairhope Yacht Club’s website.

via Miscommunication delivered Dauphin Island Regatta racers into deadly storm | AL.com.