Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Happy 60th Anniversary to Jerry and Mary Ann Tomecek

    The Fairhope Courier would like to wish a very happy 60th Anniversary to Jerry and Mary Ann Tomecek of Fairhope, Alabama. Four children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren later, they are still as happy as the day they met. 

60 year Anniversary September 16, 1961 to September 16, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Fairhope To Begin Comprehensive Plan With September 22nd Public Meeting

     The City of Fairhope’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan will kick off
September 22nd with a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. at the James P. Nix Center. All Fairhope residents are invited to attend.

    The project involves the creation of a community-driven comprehensive land use plan for the City of Fairhope to address growth with an emphasis on environmental stewardship and legal foundation for implementation. Included in the project scope of work is plan development that envisions sustainable community growth infused with aspects of green infrastructure.

    The September 22nd meeting is the first of multiple meetings that will be scheduled over the course of the next three months. Meetings will be set at locations throughout town and at times that will allow all residents to attend. Virtual options will also be available. 

    The community engagement portion of the project is expected to run through February 2022. Throughout the process, residents can email for more information. 

    Fairhope Mayor Sherry Sullivan urges all residents to plan to take part in this project that is essential to future growth in the City.

“Fairhope has experienced incredible growth in the past 10 years, and it is time for us all to take a thoughtful look at what we want our City to be going forward,” said Sullivan. “It is critical that residents, organizations, businesses and all other stakeholders in our community participate and be engaged with this process. Our team is setting up meetings, in-person and virtual, that will make it easy for you to take an hour and register your feedback. Please take advantage of these opportunities so we can grow Fairhope together.”
This project is sponsored by the RESTORE Council in cooperation with the State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Public Land Privately Occupied

Despite public outcry and urging by citizens of Fairhope for the Baldwin County Commission to act, public access to public land remains blocked by private land owners adjacent to the property and a historic cemetery remains in shambles.

For the past 40 years, citizens have been denied access under threat of arrest for trespassing to Fellers Lane and Molokai Avenue on the eastern shore of Fairhope. 

A private structure used to house a motorhome was constructed on public land blocking public beach access from Fellers Lane.

According to Flor Fellers, she and her husband Paul, the couple currently occupying the land, do not and have never, paid taxes on the land yet enjoy exclusive access. The do not allow any access to citizens despite the plot of land clearly being labeled public use on Baldwin County's website.

"It's something we're working on." claims Commissioner Joe Davis lll when asked why private individuals were allowed to block access by constructing a storage building and planting landscaping.

The cemetery is State owned and it is unclear why it was allowed to be neglected and why adjacent land owners were allowed to remove the grave stones marking those buried there. Remnants can still be seen beneath the overgrowth.

Nearby Zundel Road is a similar property yet it is maintained by Baldwin County and even has a pier built by the county.

An update from Commissioner Davis is forthcoming.