Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fairhope Christmas Parade

One of the biggest crowds yet to enjoy downtown Fairhope during the Holiday parade.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fairhope Christmas Parade this Friday

Fairhope’s Christmas Parade
Friday, December 5, 2014
Downtown Fairhope
The Fairhope Magical Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Morphy and Section Street, and continues down Section and Oak Street.

City of Fairhope Santa Saturdays
Saturday, December 6th & 13th, 2014
Santa will be in front of the Fairhope Museum of History in downtown Fairhope from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. for children to visit. Parents may bring cameras to take pictures.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Colony Meeting for November

     The Single Tax meeting began promptly at 6:30 presided by Lee Turner. He asked if there were any member or lessee concerns at which point Director David Jester requested to read something he brought and asked for it to be made part of the record. He stated from The Code of Alabama 1975:
"Each nonprofit corporation shall keep correct and complete books and records of account and shall keep minutes of the proceedings of its members, board of directors and committees having any of the authority of the board of directors; and shall keep at its registered office or principal office in Alabama a record of the names and addresses of its members entitled to vote, directors and officers. All books and records of a nonprofit corporation may be inspected by any member, director or officer, or his or her agent or attorney, for any proper purpose at any reasonable time."
     President Turner then asked if there were any other concerns at which point The Fairhope Courier asked for clarification on the issue of openness at the meetings. Pres. Turner stated that would be in the Trustee's report which would occur during the "business" portion of the meeting and therefore after the public left.
     Citing the fact the Rent Study Committee had not met, the FSTC council voted to keep the demonstration fee at .002 for 2015.
     The decision was also made to add to the bylaws concerning the public meetings. Secretary Leslie Stejskal and Trustee Leigh Rogers interpret the word "Public" to mean "Members Only" and intend to amend the bylaws to reflect this change.
The next Fairhope Single Tax meeting is December 10, 2014 at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fairhope City Council meeting, November 10, 2014.

     After approving minutes from the previous council meeting, Mayor Kant started the council meeting with a little “house-keeping”. He stated the lawsuit with the city’s previous insurance company Alabama Municipal Insurance Company is settled. The agreement reached after a four year long, $1.6 million dollar lawsuit, leaves AMIC paying $1.1 million and the city the balance of $500,000. Former Fairhope Municipal Judge Jody Bishop was the Circuit Court Judge over the case.
     Mayor Kant then invited everyone to attend the Lighting of the Trees event in downtown on Thursday November 13th and The Downtown Stroll on the 21st from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Saturday the 22nd is Movie in the Street at 6:30 followed by 55th Annual Open House downtown on Sunday the 23rd. Mayor Kant finished up by reminding everyone to “Shop local”.
     Councilman Richard Mueller reminded everyone to support the Fairhope Pirates on Friday.
     Councilwoman Diane Brewer mentioned the Fairhope Film Festival that happened over the previous weekend and was “amazed at the quality of the films” and noted it was a “class act”.
     Councilman Mike Ford mentioned Recycle Day is approaching and the Round Up Day play happening on Saturday 15th at the Colony Cemetery. “Show time is at 11:00am.” Tickets are $10.00.
     Councilman Kevin Boone congratulated City Clerk Lisa Hanks on being elected President of Alabama Municipal Clerks and Administrators Association.
     President Jack Burrell mentioned the Veteran’s Memorial Wednesday at 4:45pm at Henry George Park. He also thanked Mike Ford and Rich Mueller for their service.
     “Everyone that has a badge will have a camera.” stated Chief Joe Petties. Fairhope budgeted $30k for the purchase of 40 body cameras for the entire police department. This will increase officer safety as well as increase cooperation amongst citizens and those tasked with protecting them.
     Morphy Avenue will be receiving two new speed bumps near the park to slow traffic to 15mph.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fairhope’s Annual Lighting of the Trees Celebration

Sherree Pierce
 Join us as we turn on over 1 million lights in downtown Fairhope. 
The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and lights come on at 6 p.m.
Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:30 p.m.
For information contact 251-929-1466

Saturday, November 1, 2014

City of Fairhope Announces Veterans Activities

     The City of Fairhope will honor its military veterans with a Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 8th. The parade will start at 10 a.m. and will begin and end at the Fairhope Civic Center. Participants include local veterans organizations, military vehicles, the Dogwood Trail Maids, local boy and Girl Scout troops, the Fairhope High School Band, the Daphne High School ROTC, the 1165th MP Company, the British Car Club and many other local groups. Leading the parade will be Fairhope’s 2014 Veteran of the Year, Clarence Bishop. A light breakfast featuring the Center Stage Show Choir will be held before the parade begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center lobby for all veterans and parade participants.
     The celebration will continue, on Tuesday, November 11th at 5:45 p.m. in Henry George Park. A sunset prayer service will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial, Tears of Sorry, Tears of Joy. Chris Peters, associate pastor with the Trinity Presbyterian Church of Fairhope will lead the prayer service and Taps will be performed following the prayer by Chris Peters. The ceremony will begin at 5:45 p.m.
For more information on the parade or the sunset prayer service, call Paige Turberville at 251-929-1466.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recent Decline in Gas Prices

     What caused the recent decline in gas prices and is that good or bad for the economy? A Reddit reader asked the question, "Why is the recent drop in gas prices a bad indicator for the overall economy?" The top answer chosen stated,
     "It's because oil prices are a fairly good indicator for how well people think the economy is doing. The central idea is that everyone, and every business uses some form oil to conduct operations. As such, higher oil prices tend to reflect an increase in business activity and lower prices reflect a slow down. Now the tricky part is that the oil price you see on TV is actually the price a few months down the road. The oil price displayed on the news is what's know as an oil future, basically someone is buying a contract to receive oil a few months from now at whatever the price is expected/predicted to be. Overall gas prices themselves don't necessarily have a large impact on the economy, but the economy has a large impact on gas prices, that's why so many people look to it in order to gauge economic performance."
In reply to that,
     "There is no "speculation" on why the prices are going down. We know why they are falling. Saudi Arabia increased production to drive down the price to stave off viability Oil Shale. They are protecting their place in the market. Oil Shale cost more to use so the higher the price the more viable it is. If the prices are to low then it is not worth mining. My speculation is that this will have a positive effect on the US economy. People will have more to spend at X-Mas and travel more."
In reply to that,
"A couple of problems with this:
1) You mean shale oil, not oil shale. Unfortunately they are very different things. Oil shale is a rock that contains organic matter but hasn't turned to oil yet, and nobody has figured out how to make oil out of it cheaply. Shale oil, or more generally tight oil, is oil that is hard to get flowing to the well but is otherwise fine. The recent boom in the US is all about tight oil.
2) Saudi Arabian production is the proximate cause of falling oil prices, but as for the Saudi motivation, it's not so clear. For example, it's quite possible that the US asked Saudi Arabia to produce more in order to hurt the Russians, who rely on oil exports. Putting some tight oil producers out of business could just be a bonus.
I agree with you on the economic impact. Energy prices have been central to the economic story of the past decade, and this is the best news in a while."
In reply to that,
"Saudi Arabia did not increase production - a false assertion made throughout this thread. They're simply not paring back production as they normally would because no matter how much they pare it back, the price will not be propped. Normally this isn't a problem, but many oil (opec) nations build the price of oil into their budgets and so falling oil prices means they need to pump MORE oil - not less- to balance the budget. This increases supply, and harms cooperation in the cartel."
And finally,
"In the last few weeks, the US overtook Saudi Arabia in oil production."
     The fracking boom, shale oil, cheap coal, cheap natural gas and Canadian Tar Sands are all factors in the price of gas at the pump and are also related to Fairhope and its community.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fairhope Film Festival Nov. 6-9

View the list of this year's films here.
Buy tickets here.
Volunteer here.

From FFF's website:

     The Fairhope Film Festival is a film lover’s film festival, offering participants the opportunity to see world-class award winning films in a unique, picturesque location over a four-day period. The focus is on national and international film festival competition finalists of the past year: the “best of the best” in cinema arts. Notable foreign and feature films, documentaries and shorts—many that never made it to the big box theaters or were only there briefly–will be selected for appreciative audiences. Although the festival will pull out all the stops, Southern-style, to host opening and closing events and parties, the emphasis will be on the art of filmmaking and the experience of seeing exceptional films. Directors, actors and screenwriters will participate in the screenings both in person and via live electronic transmission.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Single Tax Colony Meeting for September

     September 10th's meeting started as usual at 6:30pm in the Fairhope Single Tax Colony Library. During the member and lessee portion, one lessee stood and affirmed his preference for land value taxation and questioned why his membership application was denied without a reason given and asked for support from everyone in achieving membership. Pres. Turner continued the meeting without comment at which point an audience spoke and asked for a response which Turner denied. 
     The audience member continued and noted he, along with all other nonmembers, was asked to leave the previous meeting after member/lessee concerns and that he thought this was inappropriate. He stated he had taken the advertised class for membership and in one of the course materials given, Fairhope 1894-1954, on page 96 read: 
"Be it resolved further, that public notice is hereby given that the regular meetings of the council are open to the public, and at such meetings all reasonable suggestions and requests from anyone interested in the public administration of Fairhope will be welcomed and considered by the council."                                   (Minutes, January 18, 1904)
      Director Carol Saltz and Trustee George Gilmore said the creation of the City of Fairhope in 1908 changed this policy. The audience member asked where in writing it changed at which point Pres. Turner said he would be happy to have lunch with the participant the next day to talk about these issues. The audience member said he couldn't understand the resistance to the meetings being public considering how much land is involved and how much the City is involved to which Turner replied, "It's a business, a meeting by members of the business". Pres. Turner then asked Trustee Gilmore to research when the "open to the public" policy changed and all nonmembers then left the meeting.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Calculator

     Calculating the Demonstration fee and taxes due for Fairhope Single Tax Corporation property can be confusing and time consuming. The Fairhope Courier has developed this interactive calculator to determine the total cost of taxes and fees for Colony property.
     Edit the amounts in blue to match Baldwin County property tax records and the total will be automatically calculated. Double click on the values to edit. 
     Here is a link to search Baldwin County tax records to collect the information needed. Be sure to use "appraised" and not "assessed" value for the land only and to enter the name in this format: "FST Last name, First name". At the bottom of the tax page is a link that says, "View Appraisal Record", this is where the property tax is split into "Land" and "Improvements". Be sure to only use the appraised land value to achieve the correct results.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony August Meeting

     The August meeting of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony was brought to session promptly at 6:30pm by President Turner. The member and lessee portion of the meeting had a few speakers mainly concerning prior actions taken by the board and the rejection of three lessees for membership. The Colony does not maintain a set criteria for acceptance and the lessees were not given a reason they were denied. The Colony allows 20 people per year to take the class to make them eligible for membership. At the current rate, it would take about 160 years for the 3,200 lessees to become members. 
     Director Jester spoke about the editorializing of minutes produced by Secretary Stejskal. He researched past minutes and stated the secretary has power to edit the minutes but not the ability to interject personal preferences. He noted the struggle to get by-laws passed and mentioned the Colony is currently being sued for the expulsion of members. The agenda listed attorney fees paid for services rendered for removal of the three members totaling about $8,200. This does not include the current lawsuit, only counsel during the revocation of membership.
     At this point, President Turner stated the member/lessee portion was over and it was time to enter the business portion and required all non-members to leave the meeting. All non-members then left the meeting and assembled outside to discuss the happenings of the meeting. The rejected applicants questioned why they were denied and made assumptions about the possible reasoning. Those lessees and other interested parties conversed for about an hour and then left, vowing to return again next month.
The 2014 membership class begins September 2 at 7:30pm.
The next Colony meeting is September 10, at 6:30pm.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony Meeting for July

     The Fairhope Single Tax Colony meeting for July was called to order promptly at 6:30pm by President Lee Turner. After the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, Pres. Turner asked if there were any member/lessee concerns at which point a lessee inquired about treasury reports. The lessee asked if there were any financial reports and if the lessees were privy to them. Treasurer Colin Keleher noted there were monthly, as well as annual, treasury reports available at the front desk for anyone interested in viewing them. The lessee asked for the lessees to be notified of this. 
     After a bit of confusion about who would speak next, Dean Mosher was chosen as there were nonmembers present who wanted to hear his presentation. Those nonmembers would not be allowed to hear the presentation of Thomas Hospital associates nor the computer company presentation about file scanning and storage which would be heard during the "Business" portion of the meeting and therefore no nonmembers would be allowed to attend despite laws to the contrary (Section 10A-20-9.05).
     Dean Mosher came before the board and membership with a question and to share some history of the organization. "The question I have for you is a Georgist question." he said after telling a brief history of the past 30 years of the Colony during which he has been very involved. He continued, "Under any kind of Georgist system, how can we justify taking 70% of the leasehold value, in condemnation, that they have created?... Because I would like you to rethink that position."
     After Mr. Mosher spoke, another member of the audience voiced his concern on the conflict of interest rising from President Turner's position with the Colony and his position as chairman of the city's planning commission. The audience member referenced specific cases, properties and events that were in conflict with Colony and City ordinances. Secretary Leslie Stejskal stated there wasn't a conflict of interest. All nonmembers then left the meeting as required by the board.

Mr. Mosher's full presentation can be heard here.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Colony Lands and City Limits

Yellow is the City, Green is Colony land in the City and the Blue striped area is Colony land outside the City. 
These are the current maps distributed by the City and the Chamber of Commerce. The Fairhope Single Tax Colony does not maintain a map of its properties. 
Shading of map by

Friday, June 13, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony Meeting for June

     The Fairhope Single Tax Colony monthly meeting for June 10th was held in the small library in the FSTC office. Present were most of the board and approximately seven members. Two of the members present had their membership revoked the previous night, June 9, by the executive council in a 4-1 vote.
     After the "member/lessee concern" portion of the meeting, any nonmembers were required to leave. The two members were then told to leave as they were now considered nonmembers and could not stay for the remainder of the meeting which is referred to as the "business" portion. One member then objected and asked Trustee Leigh Rogers to please read Article VI Section 2 from the FSTC Constitution. Trustee Rogers resisted and stated that a meeting had been held earlier to discuss this particular section of the Constitution and had decided to interpret it to mean the members had lost their rights the previous day when the council voted to revoke their membership. The member insisted at which point Trustee Rogers read the section aloud. The section reads:
"No measure of general legislation passed by the Executive Council shall be in force until thirty days have elapsed after its passage without the filing of a petition for its submission to the membership; provided, that nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the immediate taking effect of any order of the Executive Council necessary to the execution of measures already in force."
      Treasurer Colin Keleher then spoke and stated it didn't seem as though the revocation was in effect. Trustee George Gilmore then arrived at the meeting and was asked to read the same section. He obliged and then the council continued the push to evict the members at which point the two members left the meeting. 
The FSTC meets the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is Wednesday, July 9.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony June 9th Special Meeting

     The Fairhope Single Tax Colony held a special meeting June 9, at 6:30pm in Centennial Hall on the Faulkner State Campus. The meeting was called due to a petition filed by a small portion of the membership to remove two members. The members in question allegedly violated the spirit of the corporation by referring lessees to legal counsel, writing about their understanding of the rules of the corporation, writing about Alabama Supreme Court rulings concerning the Colony, violating the constitution, and spreading misinformation about the corporation and its members.
     Immediately after the meeting was called to order by President Lee Turner, Trustee George Gilmore was called to speak. After a few moments of wordy rhetoric about Georgist philosophy, he was interrupted by a member asking what the meeting was all about. He tried to tie everything together but handed the meeting back to Pres. Turner who then required everyone who wasn't a member to leave. The Colony is a special circumstance 501c4 non-profit organization in Alabama and as such its meetings are open to the public by proxy. When several audience members vocalized their opposition to leaving, Pres. Turner said they would be forced to call the police. Those not wanting to leave then offered to be arrested at which point a legal debate began amongst the attorneys present. After approximately 45 minutes, Pres. Turner adjourned the meeting with instruction that it would resume in the Colony office library with members and their attorneys only present. Anyone else wishing to stay must remain outside the building on the sidewalk.
     Once the meeting resumed in the Colony library, about seven participants waited outside the offices. After approximately an hour, the Fairhope Police responded to a call from someone inside the building worried about the safety of the occupants as they thought the calm, small crowd was there to presumably inflict harm on an unknown person inside the building for unknown reasons. The people outside had been asked to be there and were well within the law and were not being loud or disruptive. The act of calling the police was presumably a bully tactic to intimidate the witnesses gathered outside. The police then left due to a "shots fired" emergency call somewhere else in the city. After the meeting adjourned, the members filed into the street airing their grievances to those still present. The executive counsel voted 4-1 to remove the two members from the organization. Many members started a petition to bring the memberships in question to a membership wide vote, not dependent on the five executive directors.
     A  public opinion poll of those present at the meeting resulted in three votes to remove the members and 35 to keep the members in good standing and to enforce the public's opportunity for attendance at the monthly meetings.
     The next meeting of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony is Tuesday 10th at 6:30pm in the Colony office library.
     To read all of articles concerning the Fairhope Single Tax Colony, click here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Primary Election Ballots for Voting Tomorrow, June 3rd.

This is the Democratic Ballot.

This is the Republican Ballot.

Ballots for June 3, 2014 primary election in Baldwin County, Al. 

Democrats may find themselves voting for a Republican if they want to have any say in choosing their political leadership.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Alabama's Biggest Beach Party This Weekend

     The Hangout Music and Arts Festival kicks off today at 4:00pm. Over 70 acts will perform on six stages over the course of the weekend culminating with a Sunday night finale featuring the 20th Anniversary of Outkast. Being one of the most prominent recording artists from the south and with 40,000 people attending the festival, Outkast is sure to throw the biggest party this beach has ever seen.
See us @FairhopeCourier on Twitter.

Single Tax Leaseholder Newsletter

If you are a leaseholder of Fairhope Single Tax Colony Land, sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on the happenings of the Colony. Send us an email here or enter your email address in the box on the right.

Fairhope Single Tax Colony Meeting for May

     The monthly meeting for lessees and members of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony was held in the Library at 6:30pm. After approximately five minutes, it was announced all non-members were to leave as the meeting had become private. Two lessees and about a dozen others left the meeting.
     The issue currently at hand is the process of distributing funds from eminent domain proceedings due to the expansion of Highway 181. Leaseholders affected by the condemnation have been sent a settlement letter issued by the Colony. The letter stipulates 30% of the State funds go to the leaseholder while 70% go to the Colony. Many, including some members of the Colony, don't agree. 
     The dissenting members argue the issue has been settled through the Alabama Court System. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Eminent Domain and the Fairhope Single Tax Colony

For the original article with more explanation, an example and definition of terms used, click here.

     This is a ruling concerning eminent domain and the distribution of funds to owners and lessees of property condemned by the State of Alabama.
     In 1992, Alabama condemned property for a public easement. The Fairhope Single Tax Colony and the lessee, SouthTrust Bank, had agreed the appraised value of the condemned property was $28,260, plus accrued interest, for the condemned property. The value of the leasehold interest over the duration of the lease was determined by a testifying witness to be $29,809. Since in Alabama the lessee's losses are covered first, FSTC likely wouldn't have gotten much if any had they proceeded with the new trial. Instead, after the Court of Civil Appeals sent it back to the trial court, FSTC and SouthTrust Bank settled out of court and had the settlement sealed. 
Presumably, the formula for distribution of State funds of eminent domain properties concerning owners and lessees is as follows: Take the purchase price plus economic rent less the contract rent subtracted from State funds with the remainder going to the FSTC.
For Example: The State has agreed to pay $10,000 for a piece of land to expand the highway. The tax value on the land is $10,000, therefore the contract rent is $20 per year. The economic rent is $100 per year.
Price of Land + Economic Rent = Total Value  
10000 + 9900 = 19900
Economic Rent x Remainder of Lease = Total Economic Rent  
100 x 99 = 9900

Contract Rent x Remainder of Lease = Total Contract Rent
20 x 99 =  1980

Economic Rent - Contract Rent = Leaseholder Value  
9900 - 1980 = 7920

Leaseholder Value + Purchase Price = Total Leaseholder Value
10000 + 7920 = 17920
State Funds - Total Leaseholder Value = Remainder
10000 - 17920 = -7920

Remainder + Contract Rent = Colony Share
-7920 + 1980 = -5940
     In this simplified example (every case will be fact specific), the Leaseholder Value and Colony Share exceeded what the State had agreed to pay. In this instance, Alabama law states a lessee must be reimbursed first. This means the leaseholder would get $10,000 and the Colony would receive $0. The leaseholder loses $7,920 in property value and the Colony loses $1,980 due to the state only paying $10,000 for a piece of property worth $19,900.    

Summaries of each section are in bold italics.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Farmer's Market in Fairhope on Thursday


     The market will be held on Thursday evenings from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street in downtown Fairhope.

     The Fairhope Public Library youth services department will hold story times and children's activities each week at 4 p.m. 

     The Haven will also be holding pet adoptions. 

     For more information, please call 251-929-1466.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Theatre on the Bluff May 2 & 3 at 7:30pm

 Eastern Shore Repertory
proudly presents
Directed by David Redman Scott and Erin Langley
Choreographed by Matthew Kiel

Join us for Fairhope's first THEATRE ON THE BLUFF experience. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and a friend for this fun-filled community event! Concessions will be available.

BRING YOUR OWN LAWN CHAIR OR BLANKET! Feel free to bring a picnic as well!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Fairhope Summer Outdoor Farmer's Market

The market will be held on Thursday evenings from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. behind the Fairhope Public Library on Bancroft Street in downtown Fairhope from May 1st through July 10th. The market will offer fresh Baldwin County produce, fresh cut flowers, local honey, a large variety of plants, baked goods and more.

Fairhope City Council Meeting Tonight

Here is the agenda for tonight's meeting.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

5k in Fairhope on Friday

 Photo by Rodney Kilgore

The Fairhope Public Library Foundation will hold its 6th annual Hoot Scoot Running for Reading 5k on Friday, April 25 at 6:30pm in Downtown Fairhope. For more information visit the Hoot Scoot website.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Town Hall Meeting in Fairhope with Rep. Byrne on Thursday

Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) will be answering your questions at a town hall stye meeting on Thursday, April 24, from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the council chambers at the Fairhope Civic Center.

Rep. Byrne will tour the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley on Tuesday, April 22 and host House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) for a tour of Austal USA in Mobile on April 23, 2014.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Earth Day This Saturday in Fairhope

Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fairhope Pier Park
Earth Day Mobile Bay logo
Earth Day Features:
     Ecological Exhibits
     Ecological Solutions
     Environmental Film Fest
     Off-site Parking
     Children Activities
     Recycle Electronics
     Free BRATS bus shuttle

Fun for the entire family!
Live Music Featuring:
      Ryan Balthrop Band
      Et alia

Monday, April 14, 2014

"Tea for Two" Tuesdays at The Fairhope Museum

The Fairhope Museum's weekly Tea Social is held Tuesdays at 2:00pm. This week Peggy Sagon will tell stories of what it's been like growing up in Fairhope. For more information call the Museum at 251-929-1471. 

Fairhope City Council Meeting Tonight

Here is the agenda for tonight's meeting at 6:00pm.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Seafood and Music on the Beach


     Alabama Gulf Seafood will proudly take the spotlight of the culinary stage at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores once again this year. Over 3,000 lbs of the freshest Alabama Gulf Seafood, including shrimp, crab and oysters was served last year at the festival. This year brings a newly designed outdoor courtyard featuring Acme Oyster House, The Hungry Owl and Wintzell's Oyster House. More information here.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Fair Play at The Colony?

     Occasionally, states and corporations use eminent domain to acquire public and private land to use for projects such as pipelines, electricity lines, and highways. When a person owns a piece of land and it is seized through eminent domain, the condemning entity must purchase the property at fair market value. 
     This is normally a fairly straight forward process. The difficult part is determining what the fair market value is. A piece of property has a current value on the open real estate market. It also has an intrinsic value based on the fact that the land will still be there in the future and therefore must be accounted for. This is further complicated when the land has an owner and someone who owns a lease to it.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

62nd Annual Arts and Crafts

Fairhope is preparing for one of it's biggest events of the year, The Arts and Crafts Festival. Come early and see your favorite vendors before the rain sets in! More information here.

Friday, March 7, 2014

BBQ & Brew

Fairhope's annual fundraising event for Veterans is on March 8th. More information here.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Fairhope Single Tax Colony Today

     The history of the Fairhope Single Tax Colony can be read here, here and here. But what is it today? Evidence of its contributions can be seen all across the city, but who operates it?

     The Colony held its annual elections on February 6, 2014 and the results were:

President: Lee Turner
Vice-President: Charles Lake
Secretary: Leslie Stejskal
Treasurer: Colin Keleher


Place 1: Cliff Pitman
Place 2: Carol Saltz
Place 3: David Jester
Place 4: Fred Watkins
Place 5: C.O. McCawley

Place 1: Leigh Rogers
Place 2: George Gilmore
Place 3: Ralph Jennings

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Need Help With Health Insurance?

Health insurance assistance with the Enroll Alabama Navigators is here until March 28. March 31 is the deadline to enroll for insurance.

  • 02/28/2014 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Fairhope Public Library - Computer Lab

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Weekend Parades

           Knights of Ecor Rouge Parade

  • Date: 02/22/2014 6:45 PM
  • Location: Downtown Fairhope

    Mystic Mutts of Revelry Parade

  • Date: 02/23/2014 2:30 PM
  • Location: Downtown Fairhope

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Delta

     Alabama Nature Partners presents America's Amazon, an award-winning documentary that paints a visually stunning portrait of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, an amazing watery world, and one of the continent's most diverse biological treasures.
Feb 19th 9:45 a.m
Giddens Auditorium, Faulkner State, Fairhope Campus

Friday, February 7, 2014

First Friday Art Walk

On the first Friday of every month the Eastern Shore Art Center welcomes 400 plus visitors, free of charge, for the exhibit openings. Visitors are treated to refreshments made possible by generous local business sponsors.

Artwalk is held from 6 to 8 p.m. and begins at the Eastern Shore Art Center. For more information call 928-2228.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Fairhope Planning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting

  • Date:02/03/2014 05:00 PM
  • Location:City Council Chambers
                                                                 161 North Section Street

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Public Notices for Fairhope Meetings

     Harbor Board on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

     City Council Work Session on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (Strategic Planning 
 Meeting cancelled for Work Session)

     Education Advisory Committee on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

     Personnel Board on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. (rescheduled from Friday, February 21, 2014.

     Fairhope Airport Authority on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

     Recreation Board on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hangout Music Festival Announces Performers


On May 16-18, 2014, bands will play on six stages, including the newly
 added Red Bull Sound Select stage. 

     Hangout Music Festival organizers announce and celebrate the lineup for the fifth annual Hangout Music Fest, featuring The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast, Jack Johnson, Queens of the Stone Age, Pretty Lights, The Avett Brothers, Modest Mouse and The Flaming Lips on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. 

     Weekend tickets go on-sale tomorrow, Thursday, January 16 at 10 a.m. EST at for $229.

The Confirmed 2014 Hangout Music Festival Lineup:

The Black Keys
The Killers
Jack Johnson
Queens of the Stone Age
Pretty Lights
The Avett Brothers
Modest Mouse
The Flaming Lips
Wiz Khalifa
Childish Gambino
Amos Lee
Conor Oberst
Tegan and Sara
Portugal The Man
Fitz and the Tantrums
Capital Cities
Boys Noize
The Bloody Beetroots
Ingrid Michaelson
Blackberry Smoke
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Chance The Rapper
Allen Stone
The 1975
Claude VonStroke
Los Lobos
Andrew W.K.
Black Lips
Moon Taxi
Little Green Cars
Tom Odell
Balkan Beat Box
Valerie June
Wild Belle
Robert DeLong
Shakey Graves
Bronze Radio Return
Wild Cub
Gemini Club
The Wans
Diarrhea Planet
Bad Suns
Desert Noises
John and Jacob
Ethan Tucker
Mystery Skulls
Lonely Biscuits
Los Colognes

* additional bands will be announced.