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 CompPlan@FairhopeAL.gov 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.


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