Friday, September 4, 2020

Fairhope Walking School Bus

 On Fridays, the Fairhope Walking School Bus takes a detour to visit the downtown castles on their walk to Fairhope West Elementary School. The residents of the castles go out of their way to make the visit a special occasion for the children. 

For more information and to sign up for the Walking School Bus, visit Fairhope Walking School Bus



Friday, August 28, 2020

Rock Creek Golf Club Sold

On Saturday August 15, 2020, Golfcopartners, LLC a North Carolina based Golf Company, completed its purchase of Rock Creek Golf Club. 







“As proud owners of our other course in Fernandina Beach, Florida, The Golf Club at North Hampton, we are looking forward to learning more about Rock Creek, the local community and elevating the golfing and customer social experience at Rock Creek,” states Patrick Schneider.

Scott Schneider elaborates and says that ”Our philosophy with Rock Creek is simple and transparent. Our intent is to operate as a golf course and social gathering center that serves the local community and surrounding area. We expect to bring the club to a higher standard of excellence and deliver something special for the community, members and other customers of the club. The club will continue to be semi- private, but open for public play. We expect to make many improvements to the facilities and course over the next couple of years to elevate Rock Creek as a first choice destination for golfers to play and for others to gather socially and enjoy themselves.”

Located off the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay in Baldwin County, within a 700+ -home golf community in Fairhope, Rock Creek Golf Club is a popular venue for locals. Beginners and seasoned golfers enjoy the 18-hole Earl Stone layout with elevation changes unique to the Southern Alabama region. Guests, residents and members enjoy the panoramic golf course views over casual fare and refreshments in the full-service, award-winning restaurant and outdoor patio at the Clubhouse. A fully-stocked golf shop with the latest golf attire and equipment is also available for last minute purchases or special orders.

Rock Creek 251.928.4223

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Fairhope Leaders Unite

After a stunning victory at yesterday’s municipal election, Mayor-elect Sherry Sullivan was warmly welcomed by all members of the City Council. 


Mayor-elect Sullivan was greeted by a massive crowd at her post election party including every member of the City Council consisting of Robert Brown, Jack Burrell, Jimmy Conyers, retiring Council member Jay Robinson, Kevin Boone and newly elected Corey Martin.

In a landslide victory, Mayor-elect Sullivan received 58% of the vote in a four way race leaving only 25% of the votes to incumbent Mayor Karin Wilson. 

6,546 residents voted in the election with each winning candidate receiving at least 55% of the vote. With 1,628 votes, incumbent Mayor Wilson lost 52% of voters from her 2016 campaign. 

This dedicated, hard working group of individuals said they are excited to serve Fairhope in the coming years and would like to thank everyone for their support. 

Friday, August 21, 2020

Fairhope Wins over Spanish Fort

 45-34 was the final score between Fairhope and Spanish Fort in the first game of the 2020 season. Below is the photo gallery from the game.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Iconic Clock Corner Cleared of Contaminants

Workers were diligently removing unused fuel from 4 tanks buried underneath pavers on the corner of Fairhope Ave and Section St. 

The largest of the 4 tanks, pictured below being emptied, contained about 20” of remaining fuel making it about halfway full.  

Once completed, the City of Fairhope and the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation will finalize the purchase of the iconic clock corner and it will be added to the Parks Deed deeming it open and public property in perpetuity. 




Thursday, July 23, 2020

Fairhope 2020 Municipal Elections

2020 MUNICIPAL ELECTION CANDIDATE LIST
ALL CANDIDATES ARE AT LARGE
Election Date: August 25th, 2020

MAYOR:

JOHN MANELOS
ANNETTE SANDERS
SHERRY SULLIVAN
KARIN WILSON -(Incumbent)

COUNCIL PLACE NO. 1:

JACK BURRELL -(Incumbent)
DEB HOPKINS

COUNCIL PLACE NO. 2:

COREY A. MARTIN -(Unopposed)

COUNCIL PLACE NO. 3:

JIMMY CONYERS -(Incumbent and Unopposed)

COUNCIL PLACE NO. 4:

ROBERT BROWN -(Incumbent)
HOWELL GIBBENS

COUNCIL PLACE NO. 5:

KEVIN BOONE -(Incumbent)
JOSHUA N. GAMMON

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Fairhope Single Tax Association Monthly Meeting Review


As the Fairhope Single Tax Colony readies for its upcoming monthly meeting, The Fairhope Courier reviews previous meeting notes and a few topics on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting.

    In the March 11, 2020 FSTC membership meeting, Ken Niemeyer expressed several concerns regarding the $6.2m BP RESTORE ACT grant to redevelop the pier and the process behind the decision making of individuals involved. Mr. Niemeyer noted his experience as an invited member of the design focus group hosted by the engineering firm hired by the City to oversee the project.

    Mr. Niemeyer stated the current design from the City would damage the natural appeal of Fairhope's bayfront park. He noted the engineers were developing the plan without visiting the sites in question and did not consider Fairhope's unique history and background. He emphasized the engineer's goal is to spend the entire budget rather than develop specific, character enhancing projects the entire community would benefit from.

    Mr. Niemeyer concluded with noting the City misrepresented the impact of the sewer project at Fels Avenue and Mobile St. by stating there would be no impact to the park or sidewalk, both of which were heavily affected.

    Single Tax Treasurer Michael Upchurch presented a balanced 2020 budget that was adopted by the Board.

    Archives committee chair Catherine King noted that 125 years ago, after overcoming several obstacles, the Colonists were able to dig a well and hit water at 112 ft to provide safe and consistent source of drinking water to the developing community.

    On June's meeting Agenda, the Colony intends to discuss electronic billing, consideration of a new policy charging all non-lessee members a demonstration fee, multiple sidewalk projects and requests, possible approval of new members and reports on Founder's Corner and White Avenue Park.

The next monthly meeting of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony is June 10, 2020 at 6:30pm.
    

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Fairhope City Council Considers Pier Plan


    "Project Engineers, Planners and Landscape Architects for the City of Fairhope... presented a preliminary conceptual plan at the April 27th City Council Work Session. The purpose of the project is to make safe and user-friendly improvements to the 10-acre South Beach Park area (Municipal Pier) to enhance citizens’ use of the waterfront park facilities while ensuring the park’s long-term resiliency and sustainability." according to the City's website. 

    After immense public disapproval after the initial unveiling, the Fairhope City Council considers its options regarding the redevelopment of the city's most prominent public park. Council members noted they had received several complaints about the redesign, with the new parking layout being an especially egregious concern. 

    The City's release about the project states, "Plan development for the South Beach Park Project, thus far, has involved the expertise of professional engineers from a variety of disciplines, key city staff and elected officials, an independent steering committee, and state and federal funding agency representatives.".

    The project is being paid for by the City of Fairhope’s $6.2 million RESTORE (Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies) Act Grant from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
 

City of Fairhope City Council Meeting

  Date: 06/08/2020 5:00 PM  
 Location: Council Chambers

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fairhope Celebrates 125 Years of History


On Friday November 15th, the Fairhope Museum of History held a birthday bash for the Community of Fairhope. Many museum docents and attendees dressed in period fashion and entertained the crowd with their costumes, cake, balloons and countless stories from times past.


Friday, November 15, 2019

Organic School Closes


According to a volunteer at the Marietta Johnson School of Organic Education, the school is no longer in operation for full time classes. The current administration intends to offer after school classes to continue the Organic School tradition.

The last two years of dwindling enrollment and lack of clear leadership led to the end of the 112 year old school.

What happens to the $2mil Trust Fund and $1mil of real estate is yet to be determined.