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A Mobile County judge dismissed the city’s lawsuit over contested body camera footage in a DUI case.


More than 21 million gallons of sewage have spilled in Mobile and Baldwin Counties this year.


Current RSA Tower tenant Hand Arendall signs lease to relocate to the renovated Merchants Plaza building.


Mama’s on Dauphin, a downtown lunch staple since 2003, is a part of what makes downtown special.



J. MARK BRYANT Sports Writer STEPHANIE POE Copy Editor DANIEL ANDERSON Chief Photographer LAURA RASMUSSEN Art Director BROOKE O’DONNELL Advertising Sales Executive


Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson and the city council — targeted by several potential lawsuits — are at odds over executive and legislative duties.


BETH WILLIAMS Advertising Sales Executive ALEEN MOMBERGER Advertising Sales Executive RACHEL THOMAS Advertising Sales Executive MELISSA EDGE Editorial Assistant



A profile of Melody Zeidan, chair of the Mobile Arts Council’s 5th annual Art Throwdown taking place Sept. 15.


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“The Gulf Coast Blues Boy” Jamell Richardson picked up the guitar and ventured into blues with the blessing of his mother, a pastor who raised him on gospel.


“I Am Not Your Negro” captures James Baldwin’s thoughts on the often apathetic and ignorant aspects of the race debate.


Jags Night on Dauphin helps kick off USA’s home football schedule Thursday night.


The University of South Alabama football program, which hosts Oklahoma State at Ladd-Peebles Stadium Friday, is implementing a clear-bag policy for fans attending home games.


Boozie’s been giggling all weekend after watching a local weatherman get a little windy on the air Friday night.

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Celebrating Oktoberfest with executions Editor: October is a pleasant time of year to be in Alabama — especially if you love killing. Sure, happening times can be had in pumpkin patches and at the Kentuck, Cotton and Boll Weevil festivals — and Oktoberfest is always wellcelebrated with bawdy Bamas, barrels’ worth of beer and brats — but now, Alabama’s largest media outlet, is reporting that Alabamians can ring in the change of season with back-to-back executions. Specifically: “The Alabama Supreme Court has scheduled October execution dates for two death row inmates. Jeffrey Borden is set to be executed on Oct. 5, and Torrey McNabb on Oct. 19.” One capital punishment cheerleader ginning up her pompoms for these back-to-back killings is Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich. Rich recently waxed on about her love for the death penalty to a class of cops learning how to handle digital evidence in violent crime cases. Standing alongside Alabama’s rookie Attorney General Steve Marshall, Rich remarked, as if reflecting on her favorite pie, “Well, I’m kind of fond of the death penalty.” D.A. Rich wasn’t asked a question to logically elicit her blood-lusting, full-throated hankering for state-sanctioned murder; rather, she volunteered her affinity for the death penalty to the officers as “she couldn’t stay at the event because she had to be in court later … in a capital murder case that was being retried.” Perturbed about having to attend a court hearing concerning the reversal of Garrett Dotch’s 2008 murder conviction, a case she prosecuted, Rich complained: “We got the death penalty. And we have this pesky little group called the Equal Justice Initiative that likes to hire fancy lawyers in New York pro bono and spend millions of dollars trying to repeal the

death penalty in the state of Alabama.” Venting further, D.A. Rich said: “I think we need the death penalty … so we’re continuing to fight the Equal Justice Initiative and big law firms who have millions of dollars and want to come down and reverse all of our death penalty cases.” Putting aside (1) D.A. Rich’s malcontent over the worldrenowned, award-winning work of that “pesky” EJI group spearheaded by civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson and its laudable, effective efforts fighting not only the death penalty, but racism and injustice across Alabama and America, and (2) the fact that legions of individual EJI attorneys — appointed and volunteer private attorneys in Alabama — and also federal public defenders (including myself, once) have won reversals of Alabama death penalty cases — not just “big law firms” — Rich’s histrionics about there being any “repeal” of the death penalty in Alabama is overly melodramatic at best. On its website, the Death Penalty Information Center observes: “Judicial override of jury recommendations of life, the imposition of death sentences after non-unanimous jury sentencing recommendations, and prosecutorial misconduct, race bias and ineffective assistance of counsel have made Mobile County, Alabama, one of the most prolific death sentencing counties in the United States. … Just two prosecutors, Ashley Rich and Jo Beth Murphree, account for 90 percent of the Mobile death penalty cases decided on appeal since 2006, and both have had death sentences overturned for improper prosecutorial practices.” In July 2011, D.A. Rich was even celebrated for her passion pursuing poisonous injections with her selection by the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation for its “Best of the Best” award. (Though Rich received this national award in part for obtaining a death sentence in the aforementioned Dotch case that was subsequently over-

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turned, there is no indication Rich was stripped of her award, or that she’s giving it back.) Moreover, as I have written elsewhere, after a hiatus of more than two years, Alabama has been busy “ritualizing killing” long before the announcement of Borden and McNabb’s forthcoming execution dates. Since the possibly torturous execution of Christopher Brooks in January 2016, the death chamber in that hell-on-earth Holman Prison in Atmore has been busily humming along; it has claimed three more lives since Brooks’, including the irrefutable torture of Ronald Bert Smith in December 2016. (Strapped to a gurney like it was a stake, Smith acted just like you might expect someone being burned alive from the inside out, heaving, coughing, clenching his fists, moving his lips and opening an eye during an excruciatingly savage 13-minute death rattle.) Additionally, it was just this summer that a patently unfair new death penalty law aimed at accelerating executions in Alabama by gutting death row inmates’ rights to appeal their convictions was signed into law. If D.A. Rich is “fond” of the death penalty, she’s not only been having her cake, she’s been eating it for a disturbingly long, dehumanizing stretch now; the signing of the so-called “Fair Just Act” into law was the rancid cherry on top. None of this changes the fact that Alabama is less muggy and buggy — and can be a very nice place to visit — especially in October. But, should you find yourself having a brat and a beer with D.A. Ashley Rich and a brouhaha breaks out, be careful! As Nietzsche counseled: “Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful … the hangman and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey.” Stephen Cooper Woodland Hills, California

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Legal litany



judge has dismissed an attempt by the city of Mobile to override a local court ruling prohibiting a police officer from testifying in a criminal trial because he failed to capture and preserve footage of the defendant’s arrest on the body camera he was wearing at the time. As Lagniappe reported in August, Municipal Court Judge Shelbonnie Hall prohibited local prosecutors from “mentioning or referring to anything captured on video by the body camera” worn by the Mobile Police officer who arrested Terry Druckenmiller for DUI in 2016. According to MPD’s own body camera policy, officers are supposed to “record all contacts with citizens in the performance of official duties” and are instructed not to stop recording an event until “all arrests have been made.” It’s unclear if that happened in this case, as prosecutors were unable to produce any footage of the arrest, either because it was never recorded or was deleted after the fact. Druckenmiller’s defense attorney, L. Daniel Mims, has argued the footage should have been collected and preserved as evidence. City Prosecutor Cherlina P. Monteiro has explained in court that “once the MPD’s computer data storage reached full capacity, new video feed recorded over old data” — meaning the video was likely lost, if it ever existed. Based on a Supreme Court ruling in Brady v. Maryland, prosecutors are required to provide the defense with any evidence that could be “exculpatory,” meaning that if any evidence favorable to a defendant is suppressed, it could constitute what is commonly referred to as a Brady violation. In short, Monteiro argued that because there’s no way of knowing what happened on the video of Druckenmiller’s arrest, it would be impossible to determine whether anything on that video could have been “exculpatory” and, thus, required to be turned over as “Brady” material. She went on to suggest that following Hall’s ruling in the future would mean the city couldn’t prosecute any criminal charge unless the event in question was recorded, calling the defense’s request to see the video without knowledge of what it shows a “fishing expedition.” However, Mims claims that no matter what video taken at the scene might have shown, his client would be entitled to it under Rule 16 of the Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure, which give defendants the right to inspect “any written or recorded statements” made to law enforcement. Because of that, Mims said, his client is entitled to any recording of any statements he made to his arresting officer. In a typical DUI stop, an officer might ask, “Have you been drinking?” and a driver might respond by saying things like “yes,” “no” or “I’ve had a few” — all statements Mims believes could have been caught on video the night of his client’s arrest if the officer had followed MPD’s policy on body cameras. In a previous interview, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said that, in the context of an active investigation, prosecutors view body camera footage the same as any other piece of evidence collected, an

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approach Mims agrees with. However, he said, if it is viewed as evidence, it should treated as evidence, preserved and made available to both parties at trial. With Hall’s ruling siding with the defense, the city of Mobile decided to petition the Mobile County Circuit Court to review her actions — an attempt that was ultimately stopped short when Circuit Judge Jay York tossed out the city’s petition in late August. There was at least some concern about Hall’s ruling impacting future cases where body camera footage isn’t recorded or preserved, but Mims said he isn’t sure about that, adding it isn’t uncommon for two judges in the same court to reach different conclusions. To have any sort of “precedent-setting” effect on cases in Mobile, Mims said, the issue would need to be appealed out of municipal court again and into the circuit court, and eventually to the appellate courts of Alabama’s Unified Judicial System. Mims said he also isn’t sure whether the dismissal of the city’s petition means York or the circuit court agree with Hall’s position on police body cameras. Judges typically have the authority to decide what evidence is deemed admissible at trial, and Mims said objections to those decisions are something higher courts only review under special circumstances. Either way, York’s actions have sent Druckenmiller’s DUI case back to Hall’s docket, where an upcoming trial has been scheduled for Sept. 26. Unless dictated otherwise, Hall’s previous order barring the arresting officer’s testimony will be in effect. In the meantime, the city of Mobile is continuing to fight another legal battle over police body camera footage. Filed by Fox10 (WALATV) in June, that lawsuit deals with how much access members of the public should have to footage captured on the body cameras, which they paid for. While Fox10 initially sued to force the disclosure of MPD’s written policies on body cameras, the focus of the suit has been redirected since those policies were released. Now, the station’s legal team is focusing on footage from an interaction that occurred with students from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and an unidentified MPD officer last fall. While painting the midtown cannon after an annual football rivalry, students were pepper-sprayed by the officer. The police chief at the time publicly apologized for that incident, yet despite interest from parents, the press and the general public, footage from the responding officer’s body camera has never been released publicly. Fox10 is once again seeking that footage along with any correspondence officials had related to the film and the media’s repeated attempts to obtain it. The city has yet to respond to the amended complaint in the case. Ultimately, MPD’s practices for releasing body camera footage may hinge on an opinion of the Alabama Attorney General, which city officials requested in July. In Mobile last week for an unrelated event, Attorney General Steve Marshall made no mention of the pending request.


Bringing back Broad



he city took another step in the transformation of Broad Street with a community meeting last week to gain public input on the project. Held at the James Seals Community Center, the meeting allowed residents to provide input on the $21.3 million project on everything from the shape of the proposed tree grates to the style of crosswalks and medians to be used. The majority of the project will be paid for with a $14.4 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant. The funds will be used for all project phases, city spokeswoman Laura Byrne wrote in an email message, including repaving. The Alabama Department of Transportation and the city of Mobile also will be contributing $3.5 million and $3.3 million, respectively. The ALDOT funding will be used for a portion of the paving cost, Byrne wrote, while the city will also be on the hook for a portion of the paving. “The project will entail roadway reconstruction, including pavement removal and replacement in some areas and milling and overlay in others,” she wrote. The project includes a reduction of lanes, or diet, from six lanes to four and the addition of landscaping, as well as room for pedestrian and bike lanes. Several “gateways” are planned along the project area. Those plans have not changed from the original proposal, Byrne wrote. “The project is still in the development phase but the number of gateways have not changed at this time,” she wrote. “Beautification efforts remain a goal of the project.” The plan also calls for more WAVE bus stops, turn lanes and utility updates. The first phase begins on Beauregard Street

from Water to Congress streets. The second phase starts on Broad Street and stretches from Congress to Canal streets. The third phase continues on Broad Street from Canal to Baker streets. The fourth and final phase will connect Broad Street to the Three Mile Creek Greenway via Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in 2018. “Once completed, we will provide safe, pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly access, beautify the streetscape and stimulate economic activity throughout Mobile,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said in a statement. “This project will connect citizens from the transportation hub on Water Street to homes in neighborhoods to jobs at Brookley Aeroplex to recreation on the Three Mile Creek Greenway.” Mobile was chosen for the grant in 2016 after two previous failed attempts. The city received the award for Broad Street and portions of Beauregard Street and MLK Avenue because of the roadways’ proximity to the Brookley Aeroplex. A consultant group pointed out the need for a lane reduction along Broad more than a year ago. Traffic engineers from the Toole Design Group made the recommendations after spending a week in Mobile as part of a multimodal study paid for by the Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization. The group used average daily traffic figures to argue for fewer lanes on most downtown streets, except for Government Street from Broad to the Bankhead Tunnel. With roughly 12,000 to 17,000 vehicles per day, Broad Street was a good candidate for a lane reduction. The consultants said ideally one lane from each side of Broad could be converted into bike or pedestrian lanes.

Stepping down



he Mobile Police Department officer involved in the shooting death of 19-yearold Michael Moore last year has resigned, according to Chief Lawrence Battiste. “Officer Harold Hurst has resigned,” Battiste wrote in a statement released to media late Friday afternoon. “We must still await the findings from the U.S. Department of Justice, and we will continue to fully cooperate with that investigation.” Hurst, who shot and killed Moore following a traffic stop in June 2016, was ultimately found to have acted within the law after a review by a Mobile County grand jury last fall. As Battiste alluded, a DOJ investigation into the incident is still active, though if there have been any developments from that inquiry they have not been disclosed to the public. No details about the reason for Hurst’s resignation were released as of press time. Since the incident occurred more than a year ago, Hurst has remained on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the federal investigation. Though Hurst was quietly assigned to administrative duty only a month after the incident, he was returned to administrative leave after the decision drew criticism from several political and religious leaders, primarily in Mobile’s black community.

Moore’s death sparked controversy in Mobile and led to a number of peaceful protests, some held as recently as June. Moore was shot and killed after being pulled over by Hurst, who was reporting for his regular shift at the MPD’s third predict at the time. According to MPD, Moore was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the week, and after being confronted by Hurst exited the vehicle with a weapon in the waistband of his shorts. Hurst claims he saw Moore reach for the gun, prompting the use of deadly force. However, witnesses at the scene repeatedly claimed they never saw Moore reach for a weapon, and there was even some dispute in witness reports to the media about whether Moore had a weapon at all. Some of that ambiguity was fueled by “a mistake” Public Safety Director James Barber said occurred during the initial response to the scene. While police initially said a gun had been recovered “in Moore’s possession,” it wasn’t disclosed until later that the weapon wasn’t recovered until after Moore’s body had been transported from the scene to a local hospital. Hurst was not wearing a body camera at the time of the incident. S e p t e m b e r 7 , 2 0 1 7 - S e p t e m b e r 1 3 , 2 0 1 7 | L AG N I A P P E | 7




embers of the Mobile City Council have been invited to speak to the National League of Cities about the success of its capital improvement program, or CIP. The CIP began in fiscal year 2016 and uses a threeyear extension of a roughly 20 percent sales tax increase to make infrastructure improvements. The roughly $30 million in funds each year are split between citywide projects and each of the seven council districts. Councilors have since been reaching out to residents to glean how best to use the $3 million each district receives per year. The NLC was looking for cities that have found innovative ways to fund capital projects. Council Vice President Fred Richardson nominated Mobile’s CIP program and it was selected. Richardson, Council President Gina Gregory and Councilman Levon Manzie were selected to speak at the upcoming NLC CIty Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November as a result. The trio will be speaking as part of a workshop called “The Case for Collaboration: Tackling the Infrastructure Backlog.” Manzie called it an “honor” to share with other cities around the country the success of Mobile’s CIP program. “I think it’s awesome,” he said. “To be thought of in this category is a plus for this city. It shows how progressive this council and the administration has been in transforming the city.” The CIP initially began to help work through the city’s $200 million backlog in infrastructure projects. While work has begun, many projects are still pending and

the CIP is set to end in 2018. Several councilors have considered extending the sales tax increase, or making it permanent to continue the program indefinitely. Gregory said the program is certainly something that is on the mind of all of the councilors, but some source of funding will have to be found in order to continue it. RIchardson has come out in favor of making the tax increase permanent, maintaining a penny addition on the sales tax. “I know what the problems are,” he said. “I’m not guessing. I just need the funding.” If the program were made permanent, Richardson said, he would secure bonds on other projects and pay off debt to get even more done. Other councilors said they’d be in favor of extending the tax increase to get more capital projects completed. “I don’t think that anybody would argue against it,” Councilman John Williams said, adding the tax increase has actually lessened the tax burden on residents. The city can get through the backlog of projects before the prices for materials increase, he said. It also prevents the city from taking on new debt. “If we just ran out there and borrowed again, we’d be chasing our tail,” Williams said. “I think we’re on a great path to be one of those cities that people are going to start visiting us and ask ‘how’d you do that?’ I really believe that.” Councilman C.J. Small said he supports extending the tax increase “100 percent.” He said he’s heard no opposition to it from residents of District 3. “The residents can see the work being done across the

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district, from sidewalk improvements to parks to the revitalization of streets,” he said. “It has been a great success. Without the CIP, Mobile would be further behind in infrastructure needs.” Councilman Joel Daves, chairman of the body’s finance committee, said he’s in favor of extending the tax increase another five years before letting it sunset. Extending the CIP program for five years would allow for a longer planning period for projects in the future, he said. “Three years is a little too short once we got into it and saw how it worked,” Daves said. “It’s better to have a five-year plan, where you can take on bigger projects over an extended period of time if you have a five-year horizon. That’s one reason to extend it.” Putting a sunset on the tax increase makes the council accountable to residents. It would help prevent the funds being wasted, he said. “They have the ability to lobby, you know, if the money starts getting wasted,” Daves said. “They have the ability in five years to lobby their councilperson in five years to not have it renewed.” Manzie said he’s in favor of an extension of the sales tax increase. “Until we can build consensus around another source of funding, I’m in favor of extending it,” Manzie said. “Other things need to be done.” Councilwoman Bess Rich supports a different form of revenue. She chaired an ad hoc committee on taxation that looked at a possible property tax increase. The group wrote a report on its findings, but talks have gone nowhere to this point. “The sales tax is regressive and not business friendly,” Rich said. “So, right out the chute, a way to replace it is very important.” Rich added that the sales tax increase is not sustainable and revenues from it are affected by internet shoppers and people choosing to buy products elsewhere. “The 10 percent sales tax, one of the highest in the nation, just is not the tool to sustain what you need to do to operate,” she said. “Everyone understands that it costs money to operate, or to maintain, or to create new. So, we have to look at other resources that are out there and other means of getting that done.” Instead, Rich would like to model an infrastructure improvement program in a similar fashion to the county’s pay-as-you-go program. It would allow city residents to vote, via a referendum, on projects they feel are important to the community. “It’s a much more sustainable and business friendly way to do business, to achieve your desires and needs,” she said.


Taxing situation



oving the intersection of Alabama 180, or Canal Road, and Alabama 161 a few hundred yards south is a remedy officials here believe will improve traffic — and cost a bundle. At the same time, the move might create an entrance, with a traffic light, to a parcel of land north of the Justice Center where Rouses wants to build a new supermarket. “That’s exactly one thing that’s on my mind,” Orange Beach Councilman Jeff Silvers said. “We know that we’ll have to pay for some of that with the state.” Farther west, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said his city has traffic worries, too. “We’ve got issues over the bridge and trying to fix our bridge in Gulf Shores,” Craft said. “We’ve got people lined up in the left lane to go to school, and they have folks coming over the top trying to go to work, and we have accidents there on a regular basis.” Both cities began discussions in Tuesday council work sessions on raising money to help the state fix some of those problems. Both resort towns are considering raising the lodging tax 2 percentage points, which would make the overall rate 13 percent. “The state can’t do anything without some matching money and it’s expensive stuff,” Craft said. “In order to get them to spend money down here, you’ve got to meet them somewhere around 50-50. That means we’ve got to come up with a significant amount of money to do improvements to highways.”

The current lodging tax rate is 11 percent with the state getting 4 percent; each city collects 5 percent and 2 percent goes to the island Convention and Visitors Bureau to woo tourists to vacation in both cities and the Fort Morgan peninsula. Both cities say the extra funds — about $5 million for Orange Beach and just under $3 million for Gulf Shores — will be used for roads and the clean beach initiative, Leave Only Footprints. Orange Beach spends nearly $1 million per year for the beach program and Gulf Shores spends about $600,000. “To do any of that, it takes money and neither of us has that kind of monies for that without taking away from what we need to spend for the rest of the city and our residents,” Craft said. He doesn’t believe the added tax will keep visitors away. In 2016, Gulf Shores collected $7.7 million in lodging taxes. The majority, $4.3 million, was used in the general fund budget. Another $2.6 million was used for a variety of projects including Leave Only Footprints, and about $300,000 remained in reserve for beach activities. Orange Beach collected $15.7 million in lodging taxes in 2016, with most spent on maintaining infrastructure and the beach-cleaning program. Statewide in 2016, Alabama collected more than $61 million in its 4 percent share of the lodging tax. More than $21 million — 34 percent — was collected in Baldwin County alone. Travelers spent $13.3 billion in Alabama in 2016, $4.2 billion of that in Baldwin County.




han West knew parking requirements her committee recommended for new construction in Fort Morgan were much more strict than previous regulations, but she also knew something needed to be done. “I was afraid they were going to play heck with it because it was really strict,” West, the chairperson of the Fort Morgan Planning and Zoning Advisory Committee, said. “I was afraid it would get amended.” But the local committee’s proposal sailed through the Baldwin County Planning Commission in June and was approved by the Baldwin County Commission in August. The concern was over huge rental houses in Fort Morgan that bring in big groups, who bring lots of cars. “They’ve got one duplex that has 11 bedrooms per side,” West said. “Overflow parking was all over the place.” Baldwin County District 4 Commissioner Skip Gruber agreed. “It was causing havoc in that whole area,” Gruber said. “People parking on other people’s property, parking in the road, people just parking on top of the dunes. Just anywhere they could park, they were parking.” It became a public safety concern as well, West said, one the local committee is glad the county recognized with the change in parking requirements on the peninsula. The advisory committee presented those concerns and recommended changes in the code. West said she’s happy with the change, and that the county responded to the requests of the residents.

When those sprawling homes were built, Baldwin County code required only two parking spaces per dwelling regardless of the number of bedrooms. “That didn’t work, so that’s why we went with the number of bedrooms determining the number of parking spots,” Gruber said. With the new code, dwellings with four bedrooms must have at least two parking spaces. If there are five or six bedrooms, three spaces are required. For the larger homes with seven or more bedrooms, four spaces are required per unit, plus one additional space per unit for every two bedrooms over eight. The massive 22-bedroom duplex would be required to have 12 parking spaces if it were built today. Gruber says builders will also face scrutiny from federal wildlife officials as they carve parking areas out of undeveloped dunes. “They have to figure that into their plans when building a house,” he said. “They have to go to Fish and Wildlife to determine how much Fish and Wildlife is willing to give them for the beach mouse. It’s called the taking of the habitat of the beach mouse.” While the change doesn’t affect homes built under the old requirement, Gruber says the new regulations will keep the problem from growing. “We can’t go back and change the others, but we said, from this time forward we will fix that problem,” Gruber said. The changes faced no opposition at any level of the approval process. “Everybody was really happy with it,” Gruber said. “It passed without any problem. S e p t e m b e r 7 , 2 0 1 7 - S e p t e m b e r 1 3 , 2 0 1 7 | L AG N I A P P E | 9


Marshall law



n a speech well-tailored for his audience at the Brevard Hand-Alex Howard Chapter of the Mobile Federalist Society last week, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall discussed issues of federal overreach and constitutionality. Marshall, who is currently campaigning to the keep the position he was appointed to by former Gov. Robert Bentley, focused his comments on the changing role of attorneys general in the United States and how those changes have impacted the work his office performs daily. “Historically, the attorney general, not just in Alabama, has limited their role to what was occurring within their own state’s boundaries and didn’t see themselves as somebody that would impact or affect issues of national importance,” Marshall said. Yet Marshall said that role began to shift in the 1990s around the time that a group of attorneys general filed a series of lawsuits against the tobacco industry. Those lawsuits’ success resulted in a multi billion-dollar financial settlement, but more importantly, Marshall said, those actions were the first significant example of attorneys general “stepping outside of the criminal justice lane” to essentially bypass Congress and regulate an industry. According to Marshall, that paved the way for other attorneys general to use lawsuits as a means to force federal agencies to change or adopt new regulations. That was the case in 2007 when Massachusetts successfully sued the Environmental Protection Agency, compelling it to label carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act. “They did so arguing that the state had a special standing to litigate issues of public importance, and the [U.S.] Supreme Court agreed,” Marshall said. “A controversial decision at the time, and one many conservative AGs didn’t

agree with, and yet what we’ve seen is those same conservative AGs — including ones in Alabama — adopting the strategy for a different purpose.” That purpose, instead of regulation, was deregulation through litigation, which a number of Republican attorneys general have used as “a check on the federal government’s ability to regulate,” according to Marshall. No stranger to the practice, Alabama joined several multi-state lawsuits targeting regulations deemed to be “overreaching” during the Obama era. Most notable were the lawsuits that challenged and successfully blocked the “Waters of the U.S” rule, which expanded the EPA’s authority under the Clean Water Act as well as a Department of Labor directive on overtime pay and a Department of Education policy governing the bathrooms students are allowed to use at educational institutions that receive federal dollars. Since President Donald Trump took office, however, the roles have reversed, as more liberal attorneys general have started using lawsuits to challenge policy changes enacted through executive orders. Despite being a Republican, Marshall said, he views the proper relationship between state and federal government as one of “principle, not partisanship.” “Even when we have friends in Washington, litigation and threats of litigation can be useful to call something to their attention and prompt them to do the right thing,” he said. “We’re not going to agree with President Trump on everything. Sometimes the Trump administration will do something that overreaches into the the sphere of the states, and when it does, we’ll join in litigation against the administration just as we would have done against Hillary Clinton.” In fact, under Marshall’s leadership, Alabama recently

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joined 10 other Republican states threatening legal action against the Trump administration for its “failure” to roll back expansions to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Marshall said his position on the program, which grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children, isn’t based on “empathy” or a “belief” about the people who work in this country under DACA, but on the principle that immigration policy is “a congressional decision, not one that should be decided by executive order.” In a letter sent in June, attorneys general from those 10 states gave the Trump administration until this week to make a decision on DACA. On Sept. 5, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially announced the program will end following a six-month delay in enforcement so Congress can take up the issue legislatively. “Whether everyone agrees or not, we’ve reached a point in this country where AGs can have a significant impact on national policy by regulation through litigation, spurring the federal government to act, and by blocking the federal government through certain actions,” Marshall said. “The end goal is not conflict for conflict’s sake, but, as Alexander Hamilton put it, ‘To form a double security to the people by preventing either government from overpassing their constitutional limits by a certain rivalship.’”

Alabama v. Birmingham

Though Marshall focused primarily on the role his office plays nationally, he also discussed a controversial state-level issue: Confederate monuments and a recently passed Alabama law that prohibits their removal or obstruction. A long-standing issue in Southern states, monuments and statues honoring Confederate soldiers were thrust back into the news after violent protests of a decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee last month in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, with the passage of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act earlier this year, it’s against the law to “remove,” “alter” or “disturb” any monument in place for more than 40 years. With a reignited interest in removing symbols of the Confederacy, the city of Birmingham ordered a monument to Confederate soldiers in one its parks to be covered in an attempt to bypass the law while searching for a legal way to remove it permanently. Marshall’s office quickly filed suit against the city of Birmingham. In Mobile — another city with historical ties to the Confederacy — he said his decision was strictly about “enforcing the law.” “My job is not to provide my personal belief about what should or shouldn’t happen, but when a law is lawfully passed, I’m there to enforce it,” Marshall said. “I expect we’ll see [this case] go up to the appellate courts to give guidance to other municipalities going forward.”

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met the sound. Needless to say, we didn’t fish anywhere near the mouth of the bayou. And that was treated sewage. We’re talking about 21 million gallons of raw sewage over the past eight months being dumped into our waterways. As justifiable as it is to get worked up about the Press-Register dumping unwanted ad circulars into local streets, where they find their way into waterways, it does seem we’ve mastered the collective shrug when we have millions of gallons of sewage flowing into our streets and waterways and no one is held accountable. It’s time for the sewage companies to stop offering the same tired excuses and get busy fixing the problems. Because guess what? It’s going to rain hard here again very soon. Probably this week. And a spokesperson saying it just rained too darn hard isn’t an acceptable excuse. Neither is a fuse blowing and nobody noticing for days. We spend tremendous amounts of time as a community worrying about the environmental impact of any new development, but are standing in a river of sewage flowing into the bay while we do so. Local leaders pay a lot of lip service to this area’s unique environment and close relationship with water, but there really should be a sense of outrage over 21 million gallons of sewage spilling in our communities so far this year. The heads of the sewage companies involved and the cities and counties impacted need to have a serious come-to-Jesus. We can’t go into 2018 knowing another 30 million gallons of sewage is going to end up in local waterways just because it rained.


port-a-potty, the constant issues we’re having with sewage spills are unacceptable. Following the deluge last week from Hurricane Harvey, roughly 1 million gallons of sewage spilled into local waterways. On Aug. 30 alone there were 30 separate sewage overflows in Mobile County. Baldwin had five reported ongoing spills. So that means when the clouds finally parted and everyone headed out onto the water for Labor Day weekend, plenty of freshly minted E. coli buddies were there waiting. Just a few weeks ago, Fly Creek in Fairhope was the recipient of several hundred thousand gallons of untreated sewage after a fuse blew at a lift station. The backup system and a warning horn were also not functional and toilet water flowed unfettered into the creek until Monday morning, when people living nearby complained to city officials about the stench. I love the smell of raw sewage in the morning. Meanwhile that weekend the people kayaking in Fly Creek or out in the bay were splashing in … well, you know what. They just didn’t get the news until Monday. Looking back through Lagniappe’s coverage of this issue, there was a story right at the end of last year where officials discussed the above-average numbers of sewage overflows and spills that finished out 2016. With 21 million dumped so far in 2017, it sounds like last year was just a warmup. When you read through story after story about these fecal events, the excuses are almost always the same — heavy rainfall. It’s sad we accept heavy rainfall as an excuse for having failing sewage systems. Newsflash:

It rains a lot here. In fact, it rains a lot all over the Southeast. This shouldn’t catch everyone off guard. Our sewage systems should be built and maintained to handle our frequent gully washers. And, of course, that’s where the real issues lie. Maintenance and upkeep of our sewer systems in Mobile and Baldwin counties clearly falls far short of what it should be. We constantly hear Mobile Area Water and Sewer Systems, as well as the myriad sewer systems in Baldwin County, address these big spills by complaining about infrastructure and their inability to properly maintain or repair broken pipes or wornout lift stations, etc. But if these groups are actually attempting to improve the situation, it doesn’t seem to be working. In Baldwin County, rapid population growth might offer some excuses to the sewer bosses across the E. coli-filled bay, but Mobile really can’t place blame there. The city has had the same population for many years now. Is there a plan in place to stop this river of poop, or are we just going to keep buying the “it rained really hard” excuse? I grew up on the water and was fortunate enough to be able to fish, crab and flounder in the Mississippi Sound as much as I wished. At that time, though, my neighborhood had a great big septic tank. Every Thursday it dumped gallons and gallons of treated sewage into a bayou I still only know as Sh** Creek. While the hardhead catfish were excited by the routine discharge, the odor was disgusting and there was a noticeable decline in water quality around where the bayou

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ere’s something fun to think about: In the first eight months of this year, more than 21 million gallons of raw sewage has been discharged into Mobile and Baldwin county waterways. Yes, that’s 21 million gallons — roughly 32 Olympicsized pools worth of poopy water dumped into bayous, creeks and the bay. Those spillage numbers come from Mobile Baykeeper, the local group that advocates for crazy things like clean water and air in our community. Lately they’ve been focusing a good bit on getting the word out about these massive sewage spills, and if 21 million gallons won’t get your attention, nothing will. Unfortunately for the humans who like to spend time on the water locally — as well as the aquatic creatures who also make use of local waterways — spills and overflows have become a way of life around here. We don’t really even blink these days when we hear of some meager 100,000-gallon sewage spill. One million gallons or more is what it takes to turn my head. Frankly, when I hear about a spill that’s “only” 30,000 or 40,000 gallons, I’m just thankful it’s not more. It just sounds like a bad toilet overflow or something now. But if you’re remotely interested in boating, fishing, oystering, swimming, wading or just being able to stand next to water that doesn’t smell like a music festival





t was an absolutely glorious Labor Day weekend. On Saturday, my kids spent time racing kayaks with friends across the bay in Fairhope. On Sunday, the whole family and I took a boat ride with friends from Dauphin Island to the Mississippi coast. My daughter had an absolute look of bliss on her face as we made our way to Gautier for a party. She would scream, “Go faster, Uncle Rob! Go faster!” any time our captain dared to slow down his boat. The water was as smooth as glass much of the way and the sun’s rays made it look like we were gliding across a sea of gold. The largest pod of dolphins I have ever seen came around the boat at one point, showing us their fins and putting on quite the show. One even jumped up and flipped out of the water like it was performing for an audience at Sea World. It was incredible. While we were making our own fun on our local waters, my social media feed was full of friends doing the same thing — holding up their last snapper catches of the season, posting photos of their kids in front of Middle Bay Lighthouse or on Sand Island, or holding up bushwackers at Pirate’s Cove. Add in breathtaking sunsets and a gorgeous nearly full moon over the water each night, and it was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer. And it reminded me just how lucky we are to have this magnificent playground in our backyard. But with the horrific images coming out of Texas of the devastation Hurricane Harvey caused, coupled with the impending destruction Hurricane Irma is certain to bring wherever she makes landfall and beyond, we are also reminded sometimes there is a high price to pay for living in paradise. Anyone who lives on the Gulf Coast knows this troubling truth, of course, but after years of not getting a direct hit from a major storm, it can drift to the back of our minds. Storms like Irma make sure we don’t forget. And so do stories from those who have experienced hell at the hand of Mother Nature. We tied up the boat in Gautier at the waterfront home of my co-publisher Rob Holbert’s parents, as they were hosting a surprise 50th birthday party for him. (Happy Birthday, old man!) Rob’s mom and I chatted about Houston and how long it would take for them to rebuild. She would know. The very home we were standing in had been severely damaged by Katrina. She pointed out how high the water came up in the house — the very spot where we stood had been underwater. It was just crazy to even think about. Even after all of these storms finally move out and the sun starts shining again, the recovery process takes so long. Mrs. Holbert said workers would come to their house, make repairs for a few days and get it to a certain point. Then they would have to do the same thing for a bunch of other folks, so they wouldn’t see them again for weeks. There just wasn’t enough labor to handle it all. It sounded like such a long and grueling process. One many in the Lone Star state are sure

to experience in the coming months and years. As I sat around a dinner table with friends on Monday night, we discussed the forecast and possible paths of Irma and hoped none of those spaghetti plots would have her aiming at us. Afterward, the conversation turned to our own hurricane “war stories” from storms past. Our experiences were far less dramatic than those who experienced Harvey in Texas, Katrina in Mississippi or Louisiana, or who remember experiencing Frederic here. But it definitely brought back memories of preparing for a “big one.” One couple talked of how they watched a giant water oak swaying back and forth for hours during Ivan or Katrina. I can’t remember which one they said now. They could see the ground literally rising up as it swayed. It finally fell and brought up a big chunk of their midtown backyard along with it, while also taking out another tree. But thankfully it didn’t take out their house, as they feared it could have. We talked about the infamous “jog to the east” Ivan took, sparing us the worst of his wrath but devastating Pensacola. Another couple talked of how a tiny little tropical storm that wasn’t very memorable for anyone else around here caused massive flooding at their family’s home on Fish River. My husband and another guest talked about some of the storms that affected South Florida, where they had both lived. We all offered how long it took us to get power back after Ivan and Katrina. And of the big one that hit here back in the ‘70s, Frederic. Most of us were small children when it hit and couldn’t really remember much about it. Though we have weathered storms such as Elena, Danny, Georges, Ivan and Katrina over the years, Mobile has not had a devastating direct hit since ol’ Frederic and that was in 1979, 38 years ago. We have been fortunate. (Please everyone knock on the nearest piece of wood you can find.) One will eventually hit here again. It may not be next week (hopefully not), but it will happen. How prepared is our city? I don’t know. I mean, how prepared can any city really be for one of Mother Nature’s monsters? But after watching countless individuals and groups here reach out to help people they don’t know in Texas over the last couple of weeks — I am sure the same will be done for the victims of Irma — at least we know we all have each other’s backs. We all know the risk we take living on the Gulf Coast but we also know the rewards. That’s why we immediately jump right in to help one another because we know it’s going to be us one day. And we know our neighbors will return the favor. It is very scary to watch a large Category Five hurricane swirling out there, not knowing where it will land at this point. And it is going to be devastating, no doubt. But even still, I can’t imagine living anywhere else in this world. Because in our lifetimes, this magnificent water that we have the privilege of living near gives us far more than it could ever take away.

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Politicians, you have to pick: Auburn or Alabama



peculiar thing happened this Saturday in Atlanta. Spotted among the hundreds of cardboard signs near the set of ESPN’s “College Gameday” were at least two signs apparently supporting Sen. Luther Strange, who is in a runoff later this month against Roy Moore for the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat. For those who missed the three-hour college football pregame show that morning, one sign was a giant cardboard head of Luther Strange, and another said “Even Saban Supports Strange,” spelling out ESPN vertically. Normally ESPN frowns on political signs at these events. (They prefer that their talking heads take a more overt approach, like shaming people into accepting the latest social justice trope.) But to get this past the official signwatchers at “College Gameday” and on TV was a brilliant gesture by some pro-Luther folks. That day, the Alabama Crimson Tide were playing the Florida State Seminoles in a much-ballyhooed matchup. Thus, there were probably a good many eyeballs tuned in across the state. Most election campaigns occur during football season. Traditionally, Election Day is the first Tuesday in November, which makes the union of football season and campaign season a natural one. In Alabama, however, politics and likely election results are largely already settled by the time football season even starts. Being a one-party state, all the so-called action happens in the state’s primaries and by the time the fall campaigns start, the outcome is a foregone conclusion. For this Sept. 26 special election Republican primary runoff, I would expect Strange and Moore to start becoming very familiar with football in Alabama. That’s not just Auburn and Alabama, but all the other colleges — South Alabama, UAB, Troy, Jacksonville State, Samford, etc. Also, it might behoove these candidates to hit a few high school games along the way. On Saturday, both Moore and Strange stayed within the confines of the state to attend Auburn’s home-opener against Georgia Southern. Both candidates will likely do the same for Alabama’s home-opener this week against Fresno State in Tuscaloosa. It’s not that by hitting an Auburn or Alabama game to campaign will better a candidate’s standing in Lee or Tuscaloosa counties. People drive from all over the state to attend college football games. Given the circumstances of a hotly contested race, it’s only logical to have an outpost outside the stadium, maybe offering free bottled water or plastic cups. All of this is obviously for show. What would happen if we drilled down a little further in search of what candidates think of college football? Outsiders like to joke that you have to declare your allegiance to Alabama or Auburn when you cross the state line. (That’s not true, obviously. It’s just a hokey myth.) For the sake of character, wouldn’t we like to know where a

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candidate’s loyalties lie when it comes to college football? To say that you are for both teams seems like a cop-out. Sure, some people can be for both teams, I suppose. But on Iron Bowl day, you can’t be for both Alabama and Auburn. You have to pick one. When politicians are asked “Auburn or Alabama?” they chuckle and decline to comment. Yes, this a trivial subject in the grand scheme of the universe. But 80,000-plus seat stadiums aren’t filling themselves up by accident. The whole Iron Bowl rivalry is as Alabama as any politician who has held statewide office. Wouldn’t it be a true test of character to force a candidate to declare “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle?” Two years ago while running for president, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) was cornered about his state’s college rivalry between Florida State University and the University of Florida. Rubio, a UF alum, didn’t shy away from taking a dig at FSU. “Look, I don’t have anything against Florida State,” Rubio said in a radio interview. “I think there has to be a school where people that can’t get into Florida can go to college, and so that’s why we have Florida State.”

… IF YOU CANNOT COMMIT TO THE CRIMSON TIDE OR THE TIGERS, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO COMMIT TO A TOUGH VOTE? That comment upset a lot of people in Tallahassee, obviously. But when it came time to vote, it did not matter. Rubio was trounced by Trump in the presidential primary six months later. He lost Leon County (home to FSU) by .9 percent of the vote. However, he lost Alachua County (home to UF) by nearly 10 points. Rubio went on to run for re-election in the U.S. Senate and seven months later defeated then-Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Florida) in the 2016 general election. Florida voters might have preferred a Trump presidency, but they didn’t seem to be bothered by a Rubio U.S. Senate candidate who was steadfast in his collegiate allegiances. It is probably a little different in Alabama. But if you cannot commit to the Crimson Tide or the Tigers, how are you going to commit to a tough vote? Voters are expected to believe you will hold strong and be resolute and unwavering on a tough vote. How can voters expect their candidates to hold strong to their policy positions when they are too fearful to take a position on “War Eagle” or “Roll Tide”? You can root for both 364 days of the year (although that still seems like a cop-out), but on the 365th day candidates and political leaders should have to pick one. If you, as a politician, can’t handle that task, then the odds are you’ll sell out your voters down the road.




oger Stone, longtime political consultant and adviser to Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign for president, stated in a 2008 New Yorker magazine interview, “Politics is not about uniting people. It’s about dividing people and getting your 51 percent.” That’s a cynical way to view the political process, but there are many who take this view to heart. One can run a campaign aimed at dividing people, with the ultimate goal of getting 51 percent of the vote, but as we’ve seen things play out on the national level, such a strategy can lead to toxic and very negative results. A leader can divide, but it doesn’t mean they will conquer. A Pandora’s box of bad outcomes is loosed when a candidate has divided the populace in order to get to 51 percent. Of course, getting the majority of votes is the goal of any political campaign, but how a candidate achieves that is just as important as achieving it. This was very evident in Mobile’s recent mayoral

election. Mayor Sandy Stimpson ended up winning the election handily, but unfortunately — and not due to Stimpson — it became a divisive campaign. I frequently saw social media posts stating blacks now make up slightly over half of the electorate in Mobile. As a result of this slim demographic edge, it was constantly stated that if solidarity were practiced by the black electorate in Mobile, Sam Jones was assured victory. Putting aside the fact that you never, in any election, get 100 percent turnout of any voting age demographic, there was a fatal lack of understanding that when the racial makeup of a city is that close, almost 50-50, a mayoral candidate can only win by building a racial coalition, not by trying to appeal to mainly one racial demographic. The demographics are just too close. A candidate for mayor of Mobile will not win by strictly appealing to all whites, nor will he or she achieve victory by trying to appeal only to blacks. It’s


a strategy that for the foreseeable future will only result in failure. A candidate will only make it to 51 percent by turning out whites and blacks to vote for him or her. A coalition has to be formed, maintained and energized to get out and vote. Stimpson did the better job of this, just as he did in 2013, and it showed in the results. Sadly, post-election there were a plethora of social media posts castigating and labeling blacks who voted for Stimpson as traitorous. Why? I truly believe if Sam Jones were the better candidate and had run a better campaign, blacks would have voted for him in larger numbers. But he was not the better candidate, and just like the last time his campaign strategy was faulty and not well executed. If a candidate fails to motivate people to vote for him or her, it’s not the fault of the voters — it’s the fault of the candidate. Period. Campaigning is about connecting with people, it’s about constantly communicating with people, it’s about the ability to inspire and get voters to buy into the belief that as an office holder you will continually put the best interests of one’s constituency first. As with the first mayoral election between the two, Stimpson did a much better job of this than Jones. You can’t blame the voters. Contrary to one social media post I saw, we are not “at war” in Mobile. Stimpson’s victory does not mean blacks in Mobile are under siege, as another social media post intimated. I have not agreed with everything Stimpson has done as mayor, but I don’t think there is any way one can deny that he has tried to have an inclusive and forward-thinking administration. Also, it’s hard to deny that he has been a tireless worker. The man pops up everywhere. He has shown a willingness to engage with citizens regardless of race or socioeconomic standing, which is exactly what you want a political leader to do. From my vantage point, he has done so with sincerity. Community is built and strengthened through consensus and by various parts of the community meeting on common ground and agreeing to move forward for the benefit of all. A mayor can be the catalyst for and help facilitate this process, or he or she can be an obstacle to and impede this process. That’s why it’s important that whoever seeks or holds that office — or any political office, for that matter — does not do so by dividing people to get and maintain that magic 51 percent. A candidate may win by following such a strategy, but you’d better believe at the end of the day it will be the people who end up losing.

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Merchants Plaza redevelopment signs major tenant BY RON SIVAK/COLUMNIST/BUSINESS@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM


eritage Land & Development recently announced its first new tenant for the $30 million redevelopment project in downtown Mobile at Merchants Plaza since acquiring the property about three months ago. Hand Arendall LLC signed a lease for three floors of the eight-story office building, located at St. Francis and Royal streets, where it will relocate its current Mobile offices from the RSA Tower. Extensive buildout is planned, and the work will begin immediately, according to Dean Nix of Harbert Realty, who represented the landlord. Dan Lovell and Eric Getty with Graham & Co. and Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties worked for the tenant. “Hand Arendall recently relocated its Birmingham offices to the historic Federal Reserve redevelopment in downtown Birmingham, so we felt like Merchants Plaza in Mobile could offer a similar opportunity that complements the firm’s strategic plan,” Preston Bolt, managing lawyer of Hand Arendall’s Mobile office, said. “We are excited to be a part of this downtown revitalization project, and proud to renew our commitment to downtown Mobile.” “This project is a perfect fit for Hand Arendall’s needs. We are looking forward to having the firm in Merchants Plaza, and they are the first of many tenants headed our way,” John Glassell, principal of Heritage Land & Development, said. Merchants Plaza will mainly offer leasing space to office and retail businesses, according to a news release. Availability on the ground floor and parking deck offers restaurant space in addition to retail. The site is classified as a Class A building property. Allan Cameron of NAI Mobile or Dean Nix of Harbert Realty can offer more information on leasing options. NAI Mobile is the local footprint of NAI Global, an in-

ternational network of more than 400 firms globally. Harbert Realty Services represents Heritage Land & Development in many of its redevelopment projects regionally. The brokerage is one of the largest privately held, full-service commercial real estate firms in the Southeast.

Commercial real estate moves

Premier Medical Group recently opened in a newly remodeled facility, encompassing 12,600 square feet of clinic space. The upgrades more than double the former floor plan and plans are in place to offer expanded services for Baldwin County residents, according to a news release. Premier Medical was formed in 1997 through a merger of Mobile Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Center with Dauphin West Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists. The medical practices trace their histories back to the practice of Mobile-based Perdue & Perdue, founded in 1915. The property was originally acquired in August 2016. White-Spunner Realty represented PMG in the original purchase of the 4.25 acres and a building at 1302 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne. Premier currently has three locations in Mobile and one in Jackson. • A local investment group last week closed on the sale of three lots on Old Shell Road across from the new Publix development in midtown. The site, which sold for $375,000, totals just under an acre of land. Designated as sections 2503, 2505 and 2507, the lots will be redeveloped into a retail center and have spaces available for lease toward the end of this year. Amber Dedeaux with Vallas Realty handled the transaction and will be leasing the spaces in the new retail center. • The owners of a 7,700-square-foot office suite situated on three acres, home to recently relocated Dr. Thomas R. Dempsey of Orthopedic Quick Care as well as Hollon

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Dental and Dr. Charles Demeranville dental practices, was recently listed for $1.4 million. The tenants will remain in place. The property is in close proximity to the University of South Alabama, according to Pratt Thomas with The Merrill P. Thomas Co., who manages the listing. • Grand Properties Josephine LLC has purchased a 23-acre parcel located on Marjon Lane in Josephine, across from Pirates Cove. The property will be subdivided into 14 large waterfront lots. Kennedy Striplin, leasing executive with Stirling Properties, brokered the sale. • Local investors purchased 65 acres fronting Grand Bay Wilmer Road and Dawes Road in Grand Bay for $690,000, according to Allan Cameron, who brokered the transaction. The buyers are planning to develop a residential lakefront subdivision. • John Delchamps with The Merrill P. Thomas Co. reported that the Papa Murphy’s Pizza franchise recently opened its fourth location locally, leasing a 1,632-square-foot restaurant space located at 3976 Government Blvd., inside the Skyland Shopping Center in Mobile. George Catranis of Catrinas Enterprises represented the landlord. Delchamps worked for the tenant. • Visiting Angels is opening its first Mobile office and will occupy 703 square feet of leased space at Regency Professional Center, located at 5901 Airport Blvd., Suite 204. Jill Meeks, leasing executive with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.

Lee joins Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund board

Thomas M. Lee has joined the board of directors of the Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Lee is president and CEO of Foley-based Vulcan Inc., an aluminum products manufacturer. Vulcan produces aluminum coil and sheet and is the largest highway sign manufacturer in the United States, according to a news release. Lee just completed a three-year term on the NIST MEP National Advisory Board for small and medium manufacturers, and was a former chairman of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce and a past winner of the Walton M. Vines “Free Enterprise Person of the Year” award. “I am proud to join AOSF as it strives to provide some of Alabama’s poorest children educational opportunity that they would never receive otherwise,” Lee said. “I have met many of the parents, and I can tell you we have a lot of desperate mothers and grandmothers who want their children to stay in school, succeed and not become a statistic.” The AOSF provides nearly 2,000 low-income K-12 students access to more than 150 public and private schools that better meet their unique needs. AOSF serves nearly 600 children in Mobile and Baldwin counties, with thousands more on the waiting list. For more information, visit the AOSF website.


Looking for lunch downtown? Mama’s has it

MAMA’S ON DAUPHIN 220 DAUPHIN ST. MOBILE 36602 251-432-6262


Photo | Daniel Anderson


owntown is my favorite. Downtown gives you a feeling like you are a part of something much larger than yourself. It puts you in your place when you see how much is going on in a bustling few blocks. For a pretty big city, Mobile ranks among those on the somewhat smaller side. I often forget there is any sizable difference between Mobile and a small college town — say, Hattiesburg — until I’m standing near Bienville Square on a weekday during lunch. I’m guaranteed to run into someone I know, which is the mark of a small town. I can’t find a place to park, which is indicative of a larger town. I can walk from one end of downtown to the other with little effort, a sign of a small town, but the face of something much bigger smiles on me when I notice that of the dozens of restaurants in a tiny radius, I will have trouble getting a table at any of them. I like that. It’s a busy food scene these days. And I recently drove downtown on a sunny day that almost hinted of fall to meet friend and downtown worker Craig Simmons. Craig has a day job, but is a budding rock ‘n’ roll guitar player currently training in that pre-Billy Gibbons bluesinfluence phase we all fondly go through and revisit from time to time. The man doesn’t have the hair for ‘80s glam. He’s a little bit Fender and a lot Gibson, just about as twosided as this city, but he’s a smart kid with a good head on his shoulders. We expect a lot from him. Thinking of places I’d not reviewed downtown, I shamefully realized (with a little help from Craig) that I’d never done Mama’s on Dauphin. It’s been around since 2003, kind of something I have taken for granted for too long. Let’s meet at noon. Craig and I get there to face a short wait, as he held us a place in line, but we were seated in less than two minutes. I remembered this room. In the mid 1990s when I moved here, this place was a little coffee shop, café and bar called The Bean and Barley. It was the first place I ever played in the Port City. Tables rest on the former stage in the window where any passersby used to get a glimpse of my “good side” as I performed my acoustic set. Craig and I weren’t fortunate enough to get the high rise, and were seated at a two-top along the wall. This place is a lunch spot only, set up for sandwiches,

Mama’s on Dauphin is generally soul food, but you could also call it Southern or country cooking. It’d be just as familiar and welcoming in a small town as it is in an urban center. salads and daily specials of meats and threes. That’s exactly what we were into today. You know you are getting tea ($1.95) in a place like this. Don’t fight it. We both had unsweetened, which I took straight. Craig reached for the packet of pink stuff, which I believe could be the reason he prematurely lost so much of his hair. He might want to consider laying off a bit. We also both chose daily specials ($8.95) and expected great results. We got them. My un-coiffed friend was all about the meatloaf. He had his choice of brown or tomato gravy. What monster orders brown gravy on meatloaf? This was a bit of a test to see whether our friendship would continue or not. He wisely chose the red. It came with mashed potatoes, of course, but he also was allowed two more sides. Black-eyed peas were a logical choice. Collards placed third. It was noted that Craig used the clear pepper sauce for the greens and Louisiana-style hot sauce for the peas. I love Thanksgiving so much that I have loads of trouble passing up cornbread dressing. It’s my kryptonite. Today it came with my choice of fried or baked chicken, and I chose the latter. I asked for turnips, but the waitress said the turnip truck didn’t make it in today. Not wanting to copycat Craig, I let the greens slide and took on the squash casserole instead. Black-eyed peas were also a part of my diet and I added an extra side salad with

blue cheese dressing. Full disclosure: I wasn’t impressed with the squash casserole. It had a bit of a vinegar aftertaste that was off-putting, but everything else made up for it. The dressing was moist and spectacular, nice and salty next to the chicken. The peas were great with hot sauce and the side salad was exactly what I needed. Despite my feelings about the casserole, I still cleaned my plate. I even ate the (yellow) cornbread. My morning walk was upward of four miles so it’s OK to have dessert, right? Craig thought so. Two pieces of pie ($3.95 each) found their way to our table with an extra black coffee for the rock star. Neither pie was served hot and both were very good. It was a tough decision as to whether or not the pecan beat out the chocolate truffle, but it did. I almost asked for ice cream, but was already pushing it. So here’s what you’ve got. This place is generally soul food. You could also call it Southern or country cooking. No matter what you call it, there’s a reason the line is out the door for the lunch rush. I could eat there many times per week and never get the same thing twice. Musicians rub elbows with CPAs, the elite dine with the common man, all sharing the bond of great classic food. Whether it’s a big city or a small town, you have to have a place like Mama’s on Dauphin. It’s a part of what makes downtown special.


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FLOUR GIRLS BAKERY ($) 809 Hillcrest Rd. • 634-2285

GROWLER STATION AND BITES 1801 Old Shell Rd. • 345-4767



HOT SUBS, COLD SALADS & CATERING 6300 Grelot Rd. • 631-3730 $10/PERSON • $$ 10-25/PERSON • $$$ OVER 25/PERSON

COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE ALL SPORTS BAR & GRILL ($) 3408 Pleasant Valley Rd. • 345-9338


CLASSIC HOTDOGS, GYROS & MILKSHAKES 4701 Airport Blvd. • 342-3243

ATLANTA BREAD COMPANY ($-$$) SANDWICHES, SALADS & MORE. 3680 Dauphin St. • 380-0444


OLD-FASHIONED SOUTHERN BAKE SHOP 156 N. McGregor Ave. • 219-7261


GOOD OLD AMERICAN COOKING 263 St. Francis St. • 405-1497


3662 Airport Blvd. Suite A • 525-9177


CLASSIC AMERICAN DINER 58 N. Secion St. Fairhope • 928-8521

CAFE 219 ($)

SALADS, SANDWICHES & POTATO SALAD 219 Conti St. • 438-5234


CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN FARE 61 Section St. • Fairhope • 928-4321







QUICHES & SANDWICHES 4366 Old Shell Rd. • 343-9889


FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES ($) BURGERS, MILKSHAKES & FRIES 4401 Old Shell Rd. • 447-2394 4663 Airport Blvd. • 300-8425 5319 Hwy 90 • 661-0071 1225 Satchel Page Dr.• 378-8768


FAMOUS CHICKEN FINGERS 29181 US Hwy 98 • Daphne • 375-1104 7843 Moffett Rd. • 607-6196 1109 Shelton Beach Rd. • 287-1423 310 S. University Blvd. • 343-0047 2250 Airport Blvd. • 479-2922 7641 Airport Blvd. • 607-7667 2558 Schillinger Rd. • 219-7761 3249 Dauphin St. • 479-2000

FOY SUPERFOODS ($) 119 Dauphin St.• 307-8997



AUTHENTIC SUB SANDWICHES 7449 Airport Blvd. • 375-1820


SANDWICHES, CATERING & DELIVERY TOO 6920 Airport Blvd. • 414-5444 9 Du Rhu Dr. • 340-8694 62 B Royal St. • 432-0360


PIZZAS, SANDWICHES, COCKTAILS 26 N. Royal St. • 338-2000


1252 Govenment St.• 301-7556

107 St. Francis St. • 415-1700 3244 Dauphin St. • 476-0320 3215 Bel Air Mall • 476-8361 4707 Airport Blvd. • 461-9933 435 Schillinger Rd. • 639-1163 1682 US HWY 98 • Daphne • 621-3215 30500 AL 181 • Spanish Fort • 621-3020



PUB FOOD AND DRAFT BEERS 251 Dauphin St. • 287-6871

CHICKEN SALAD, SALAD & SOUP 2370 S. Hillcrest Rd. Unit R • 660-0501 5753 Old Shell Rd. • 408-3236 1802 US Hwy 98 Suite F• 625-1092

CHI-TOWN DAWGZ ($) CHICAGO STYLE EATERY 1222 Hillcrest Rd. • 461-6599

CONNECTION FROZEN YOGURT ($) 1880 Industrial Pkwy. • 675-2999


HOME COOKING 4054 Government St. • 665-4557

LICKIN’ GOOD DONUTS ($) 3242 Dauphin St. • 471-2590


SLAP YOUR MAMA GOOD HOME COOKING 220 Dauphin St. • 432-6262


GREAT SANDWICHES, COFFEE & MORE 1087 Downtowner Blvd. • 643-1611

MARY’S SOUTHERN COOKING ($) 3011 Springhill Ave. • 476-2232

COFFEE, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DESSERT 351 George St #B • 405-0003




HOT LUNCH, DAILY MENU (INSIDE VIA) 1717 Dauphin St. • 470-5231


PHILLY CHEESE STEAKS, GYROS & MORE 7101-A Theodore Dawes Rd. • 653-2979


22159 Halls Mill Rd. . • 648-6522



CLASSIC BURGERS, HOTDOGS & SETTING 1808 Old Shell Rd. • 473-7872


DONUTS, COFFEE & SANDWICHES 1976 Michigan Ave. • 442-4846 3876 Airport Blvd. • 219-7369 505 Schillinger Rd. S. • 442-4845 29160 US Hwy 98 • 621-2228


6358 Cottage Hill Rd. • 725-6917 AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB 101 N. Bancroft St.• 990-5100


HOTDOGS SANDWICHES & COOL TREATS 3371 Dauphin Island Pkwy • 300–4015

MOMMA GOLDBERG’S DELI ($) SANDWICHES & MOMMA’S LOVE 3696 Airport Blvd. • 344-9500 5602 Old Shell Rd. • 287-6556


INSIDE THE MOBILE MARRIOTT 3101 Airport Blvd. • 476-6400


PDQ ($)

SAISHO ($-$$)







HIBACHI 1 ($-$$)

BAR FOOD 271 Dauphin St • 438-9585

GOURMET GRILLED CHEESE 5955 Old Shell Rd. • 287-6134

CHICKEN FINGERS, SALAD & SANDWICHES. 1165 University Blvd. • 202-0959

1500 Gov’t St. • 287-1526


85 N. Bancroft St. Fairhope • 990.8883

BAKERY, SANDWICHES & MORE 750 S. Broad St. • 438-1511 4464 Old Shell Rd. • 342-8546 107 St. Francis St. Suite 102 • 438-2261


FUDGE, PRALINES & MORE 17111 Scenic Hwy 98 • Fairhope • 928-8477

R BISTRO ($-$$)

334 Fairhope Ave • Fairhope • 928-2399



2906 Springhill Ave. • 479-4614


SANDWICHES, SOUTHWEST FARE, 7 DAYS 1203 Hwy 98 Ste. 3D • Daphne • 626-2440


AUTHENTIC FOODS FROM HIMALAYAN REGION 3210 Dauphin St. • 287-0115 400 Eastern Shore Center • 459-2862


BACKYARD CAFE & BBQ ($) HOME COOKIN’ LIKE MOMMA MADE. 2804 Springhill Ave. • 473-4739

BAR-B-QUING WITH MY HONEY ($$) BBQ, BURGERS, WINGS & SEAFOOD 19170 Hwy 43 Mt. Vernon. • 839-9927


A FAVORITE BARBECUE SPOT 5456 Old Shell Rd. • 343-0001


DOWNTOWN LUNCH 101 N. Conception St. • 545-4682


LUNCH & DINNER 3004 Gov’t Blvd. • 287-1220

BBQ AND MORE Jubilee Sq.Ctr. Hwy 90, Daphne • 210-2151 McGowin Park Ctr. Satchel Paige Dr. • 471-1050 7721 Airport Blvd. • 380-8957




HOMEMADE LUNCH & BREAKFAST 104 N. Royal St. • 434-0011

SALLY’S PIECE-A-CAKE ($) BAKERY 5638 Three Notch Rd.• 219-6379


COFFEE, SMOOTHIES, LUNCH & BEERS. 5460 Old Shell Rd. • 344-4575


COFFEE, LUNCHES, LIVE MUSIC & GELATO 3 Royal St. S. • 415-3000


CUPCAKE BOUTIQUE 6207 Cottage Hill Rd. Suite B • 665-3003


SANDWICHES, SOUPS, SALADS & MORE 41 West I-65 Service Rd. N Suite 150. • 287-2793

SUGAR RUSH DONUT CO. ($) 4701 Airport Blvd. • 408-3379


AT FLU CREEK 831 N Section St. • Fairhope • 990-7766

RIBS, SANDWICHES & GREAT SIDES 3314 Old Shell Rd. • 479-9898


5401 Cottage Hill Rd. • 591-4842

MOE’S ORIGINAL BAR B QUE ($) BARBEQUE & MUSIC Bayfront Park Dr. • Daphne • 625-RIBS 701 Springhill Ave. • 410-7427 4672 Airport Blvd. • 300-8516

SAUCY Q BARBQUE ($) AWARD-WINNING BARBQUE 1111 Gov’t Blvd. • 433-7427



A PREMIER CATERER & COOKING CLASSES 1880-A Airport Blvd. • 450-9051



HIGH QUALITY FOOD & DRINKS 251 Government St • 460-3157

SOUTHERN COOKING & THEN SOME 1716 Main St. Daphne • 222-4120



CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN CUISINE Battle House Hotel, Royal St. • 338-5493


17111 Scenic HWY 98 • Point Clear • 928-4838

THAI FARE AND SUSHI 2000 Airport Blvd. • 478-9888 HIBACHI GRILL & ASIAN CUISINE 309 Bel Air Blvd • 470-8033 2370 Hillcrest Rd. Unit B • 380-6062


JAPANESE & CHINESE CUISINE 3959 Cottage Hill Rd • 666-6266



WINE, BEER, GOURMET FOODS, & MORE. 720 Schillinger Rd. S. Unit 8 • 287-1851



QUALITY FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE 5045 Cottage Hill Rd. • 607-6454


AMAZING SUSHI & ASSORTMENT OF ROLLS. 661 Dauphin St. • 432-0109

FOOD, WINE & MORE 5150 Old Shell Rd. • 341-1497


WINE BAR, CRAFT BEERS & BISTRO 6808 Airport Blvd. • 343-3555

RICE ASIAN GRILL & SUSHI BAR ($) 3964 Gov’t Blvd. • 378-8083


216 St Francis St. • 421-2022

273 S. McGregor Ave • 287-0445 6345 Airport Blvd. • 287-0555 940 Industrial Pkwy • 308-2158 6850 US HWY 98 • Daphne • 753-4367



FIREHOUSE WINE BAR & SHOP 323A De La Mare Ave, Fairhope • 990-0003 1104 Dauphin St.. • 478-9494


LIVE MUSIC, MARTINIS & DINNER MENU. 26 N. Royal St. • 338-2000


BISTRO PLATES, CRAFT BEERS & PANTRY 2304 Main St. • 375-2800


UPSCALE WINE BAR 9 Du Rhu Dr. S 201 • 287-7135

6455 Dauphin St. • 433-0376

STIX ($$)

610240 Eastern Shore Blvd. • 621-9088


9091 US-90 Irvington • 957-1414



JAPANESE CUISINE 3654 Airport Blvd. S. C • 725-6078




CASUAL FINE DINING 104 N. Section St. • Fairhope • 929-2219

LUNCH BUFFET 3674 Airport Blvd. • 341-6171


SEAFOOD AND SUSHI 551 Dauphin St.• 219-7051

113 Dauphin St.• 436-0989

SEAFOOD, ASIAN & AMERICAN CUISINE 69 St. Michael St • 375-1113

3966 Airport Blvd.• 343-5530





THAI KITCHEN & SUSHI BAR 960 Schillinger Rd. S • 660-4470

3758 Dauphin Island Pkwy. • 473-1401

GRILLED STEAKS, CHICKEN & SEAFOOD 720A Schillinger Rd. S. S2. • 607-7200 901 Montlimar Dr • 408-3133

DAILY SPECIALS MADE FROM SCRATCH 57 N. Claiborne St. • 694-6853


CHARM ($-$$)


CORNER 251 ($-$$)

DAUPHIN’S ($$-$$$)

HIGH QUALITY FOOD WITH A VIEW 107 St. Francis St • 444-0200

DUMBWAITER ($$-$$$) 9 Du Rhu Dr. Suite 201 167 Dauphin St. • 445-3802

FIVE ($$)

7 SPICE ($-$$)

ABBA’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE ($-$$) 4861 Bit & Spur Rd. • 340-6464


FRIED, GRILLED, STEAMED & ALWAYS FRESH 3300 River Rd. • 973-9070





ECLECTIC DINING & SPACE 6955 Airport Blvd. • 633-7196

KAN ZAMAN ($-$$)

QUALITY CAJUN & NEW ORLEANS CUISINE 29249 US Highway 98 Daphne. • 621-1991



GREAT & QUICK. 3702 Airport Blvd. • 308-2131 274 Dauphin St. • 545-3161 2502 Schillinger Rd. Ste. 2 • 725-0126 6890 US-90 • DAPHNE • 621-2271







FISHERMAN’S LEGACY ($) DELI, MARKET AND CATERING. 4380 Halls Mill Rd. • 665-2266

MONTEGO’S ($-$$)






LAUNCH ($-$$)

TAZIKI’S ($-$$)

TIN ROOF ($-$$)



LULU’S ($$)

4513 Old Shell Rd.• 473-0007


FRESH CARIBBEAN-STYLE FOOD & CRAFT BEER 6601 Airport Blvd. • 634-3445 225 Dauphin St. • 375-1576 107 St Francis St #115 • RSA Bank Trust Building

MOSTLY MUFFINS ($) MUFFINS, COFFEE & WRAPS 105 Dauphin St. • 433-9855





EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE & TASTE 271 Glenwood St. • 476-0516


THAI & SUSHI 5369 D Hwy 90 W • 661-5100

33 N Section St. • Fairhope • 990-5635

15 N Conception St. • 433-2299



COFFEE AND DONUTS 759 Nichols Avenue, Fairhope • 928-7223

GREAT FOOD AND COCKTAILS 609 Dauphin St. • 308-3105

OVEN-BAKED SANDWICHES & MORE 1335 Satchel Page Dr. Suite C. • 287-7356 7440 Airport Blvd. • 633-0096 30500 State Hwy 181 #132 • 625-6544

195 S University Blvd. Suite H • 662-1829




MIND-BLOWING ISLAND FOOD 3700 Gov’t Blvd. Ste A • 602-1973

TRADITIONAL SUSHI & LUNCH. 312 Schillinger Rd. • 633-9077

GUMBO, ANGUS BEEF & BAR 72. S. Royal St. • 432-SCAM (7226)

WRAPS & SALADS 3220 Dauphin St. • 479-2480





3869 Airport Blvd. • 345-9544 5470 Inn Rd. • 661-9117 28975 US 98 • Daphne • 625-3910

2550 Dauphin Island Pkwy S. • 307-5328

2579 Halls Mill Rd. • 479-0006

ORIGINAL SANDWICH AND BAKE SHOP 42 ½ Section St. • Fairhope • 929-0122 102 Dauphin St. • 405-0031

SANDWICHES, SUBS & SOUPS 2056 Gov’t St. • 476-2777

SEAFOOD & SANDWICHES 212 ½ Fairhope Ave •Fairhope • 928-4100


562 Dauphin St.• 725-6429


DOWN-HOME COUNTRY COOKIN 7351 Theodore Dawes Rd. • 654-0228 13665 N. Wintzell Ave. • 824-1119 SOUTHERN CASUAL FAMILY DINING 10800 US HWY 31 • Spanish Fort• 621-4995


AMERICAN RESTAURANT & BAR 250 Dauphin St. • 476-1890



GREAT SMOOTHIES, WRAPS & SANDWICHES. Du Rhu Dr. • 378-5648 570 Schillinger Road • 634-3454

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CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FOOD 351A George & Savannah St. • 436-8890 HIGH QUALITY FOOD & DRINKS 251 Government St. • 432-8000 GREAT LUNCH & DINNER 3607 Old Shell Rd. • 445-8700


LOCAL INGREDIENTS 203 Dauphin St. • 690-6824

NOJA ($$-$$$)

INVENTIVE & VERY FRESH CUISINE 6 N. Jackson St. • 433-0377


MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT & HOOKAH 1248 Hillcrest St • 634-9820 MEDITERRANEAN CAFE 1539 US HWY 98• 273-3337


BAMBOO STEAKHOUSE ($$) SUSHI BAR 650 Cody Rd. S • 300-8383


DELICIOUS, TRADITIONAL THAI CUISINE 28600 US 98 • Daphne • 626-5286 3821 Airport Blvd. • 344-9995



30500 AL-181 • Spanish Fort • 206-8768 3654 Airport Blvd. • 338-9350 GULF COAST CUISINE, REINVENTED 200 E. 25th Ave. • Gulf Shores • 967-5858 LIVE MUSIC & GREAT SEAFOOD 200 E. 25th Ave. • Gulf Shores • 967-5858 CAJUN KITCHEN & SEAFOOD MARKET 2005 Government St. • 478-9897

RALPH & KACOO’S ($-$$) THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 1595 Battleship Pkwy. • 626-0045

R&R SEAFOOD ($-$$)

LAID-BACK EATERY & FISH MARKET 1477 Battleship Pkwy. • 621-8366


916 Charleston St. • 433-9374


SANDWICHES & COLD BEER 273 Dauphin St. • 433-4376 Hillcrest & Old Shell Rd. • 341-9464

SEAFOOD, BURGERS & STEAKS 6120 Marina Dr. • Dog River • 443-7318. LOCAL SEAFOOD & PRODUCE 6036 Rock Point Rd. • 443-7540

THE HARBOR ROOM ($-$$) UNIQUE SEAFOOD 64 S. Water St. • 438-4000



HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS ($-$$) WINGS, SEAFOOD, BURGERS & BEER 7721 Airport Blvd. Suite E-180 • 639-6832


751 Azalea Rd. • 301-7964

EVERYTHING BAKED OR GRILLED 2617 Dauphin St. • 476-9464


1715 Main St. • 375-0543

SEAFOOD, STEAKS, & EXTENSIVE WINE LIST 6232 Bon Secour Hwy County Rd. 10. • 949-5086




BRILLIANT REUBENS & FISH-N-CHIPS. 101 N. Brancroft St. Fairhope • 990-5100

FRESH SEAFOOD FOR OVER 75 YEARS 605 Dauphin St. • 432-4605 6700 Airport Blvd. • 341-1111 1208 Shelton Beach Rd. • Saraland • 442-3335 805 S. Mobile St. • 929-2322



BURGERS, DOGS & 27 BEERS & WINES. 19992 Hwy.181 Old County Rd. Fairhope • 281-2663

ASHLAND MIDTOWN PUB ($-$$) PIZZAS, PASTAS, & CALZONES 245-A Old Shell Rd. • 479-3278


WINGS, BURGERS & PUB GRUB 6880 US-90 #14 • Daphne • 625-4695


A SOUTHERN GRILL & BAR 3673 Airport Blvd. • 344-2131


BAR & GRILL 29740 Urgent Care Dr. • Daphne • 662-9639 6255 Airport Blvd. • 447-2514

OLD 27 GRILL ($)

LUCKY’S IRISH PUB ($) IRISH PUB FARE & MORE 3692 Airport Blvd • 414-3000




WINGS, PO-BOYS, BURGERS 210 Eastern Shore Center, Hwy. 98 • 929-0002


3958 Snow Rd C. • Semmes • 645-3400


COMFORT FOOD 1716 Main St. Ste. C • Daphne • 281-2982


SMALL PLATES, PIZZAS, PASTAS & WINE 3250 Airport Blvd. • 450-4556


DELIVERY 350 Dauphin St. • 431-9444


GREAT PIZZA. LUNCH & DINNER 4356 Old Shell Rd. • 342-0024

ITALIAN, STEAKS & SEAFOOD 18 Laurel Ave. • Fairhope • 990-0995


Bel Air Mall • 476-2063

ITALIAN FOOD & PIZZAS 11311 US HIghway 31 Spanish Fort• 375-0076


PASTA & MORE 9 Du Rhu Dr. • 340-6611


PIZZA, SUBS & PASTA 1368 ½ Navco Rd.• 479-0066



PIZZA, PASTA, SALAD & MORE 102 N. Section St. •Fairhope• 929-2525

PIZZERIA DELFINA ($) PIZZA & PASTA 107 Dauphin St. • 375-1644

ROMA CAFE ($-$$)

PASTA, SALAD AND SANDWICHES 7143 Airport Blvd. • 341-7217


HEARTY MEXICAN FARE 736 holcombe Ave.• 473-0413




MIRKO ($$)



PIES & AWESOME BEER SELECTION 2032 Airport Blvd. • 471-4700 5660 Old Shell Rd. • 380-1500 29698 Frederick Blvd.• Daphne • 621-3911

MEXICAN CUISINE 3977 Gov’t Blvd. • 660-4970

HOMEMADE PASTAS & PIZZAS MADE DAILY 5901 Old Shell Rd. • 342-3677

AZTECAS ($-$$)

AUTHENTIC ITALIAN DISHES 312 Fairhope Ave. • Fairhope • 990-5535



5055 Cottage Hill Rd. • 308-4888 2394 Dawes Rr. • 639-3535 2004 US 98 • Daphne • 265-6550




5556 Old Shell Rd. • 345-7484

A TASTE OF ITALY. BYOB. 28691 U.S. Highway 98 • 626-1999



3250 Airport Blvd. Springdale Mall• 450-4556

FRESH CUISINE NIGHTLY ON MENU 1709 Main St. • Daphne • 626-6082

WINGS, TENDERS, HOTDOGS & SANDWICHES 312 Schillinger Rd. • 633-5877

BEST WINGS & SPORTING EVENTS 6341 Airport Blvd. • 378-5955

FAMOUS BURGERS, SANDWICHES & WINGS 60 N. Florida St. • 450-0690

GUIDO’S ($$)

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD 211 Dauphin St. • 375-1076

TASTE OF MEXICO 5452 Hwy 90 W • 661-5509

TAQUERIA MEXICO ($-$$) AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FLAVOR 3733 Airport Blvd. • 414-4496

MOUTH WATERING MEXICAN FOOD 1175 Battleship Pkwy • 625-2722



ENCHILADAS, TACOS, & AUTHENTIC FARE Ok Bicycle Shop • 661 Dauphin St. • 432-2453 763 Holcombe Ave • 473-0413





3300 W. Beach Blvd. Biloxi • 877-774-8439




158 Howard Ave. Biloxi • 800-725-2239 STEAKS, SEAFOOD, FINE WINE







1980 Beach Blvd. Biloxi • 800-747-2839

777 Beach Blvd.Biloxi • 877-877-6256

THE DEN ($-$$)


CQ ($$-$$$)


BLU ($)



AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE 800 N Section St. • Fairhope • 990-0783 830 W I65 Service Rd. S • 378-5837 4663 Airport Blvd. • 342-5553



MIGNON’S ($$$)



TASTE OF MEXICO 880 Schillinger Rd. S. • 633-6122 5805 US 90 • 653-9163


TIEN ($-$$)

JIA ($-$$)






OUTSTANDING MEXICAN CUISINE 2066 Old Shell Rd. • 378-8621

850 Bayview Ave. Bilox • 888-946-2847



FUEGO ($-$$)


BR PRIME ($$-$$$)










875 Beach Blvd. Biloxi • 888-952-2582

MEXICAN CUISINE 260 Azalea Rd. • 375-1095


3050 AL 181 • Spanish Fort • 621-7433







FIRE ($$-$$$)



280 Beach Blvd. Biloxi • 288-436-2946

303 Poarch Rd. Atmore • 866-946-3360 PRIME STEAKS, SEAFOOD & WINE




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Weeks Bay Plantation hosts oyster roast, concert BY ANDY MACDONALD/CUISINE EDITOR | FATMANSQUEEZE@COMCAST.NET


t will prove to be a shucking good time at Weeks Bay Plantation’s Oyster Roast featuring Willie Sugarcapps this Sunday, Sept. 10. Tickets are $50 per person and include roasted oysters prepared by Chef Randall Baldwin (of Dyron’s Lowcountry in Mountain Brook) and a live musical performance by our buddies in Willie Sugarcapps. What’s better than Gulf Coast oysters and Gulf Coast musicians? The event runs 3-6 p.m. and tickets are limited. I know what you’re thinking. You don’t like oysters. It’s OK. For those of you who do not partake there is a “concert only” ticket for $30 per person. Whether you’re eating or not the event is BYOB, so pack a cooler and a blanket or some lawn chairs. They will have soft drinks and water. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, one child entry per adult. Phone 251-2798745 or visit for more information.

2017 Chef’s Challenge a hit for Feeding the Gulf Coast

The Wharf Uncorked on Sept. 14

A high-stakes weekend begins Thursday, Sept. 14, at 4720 Main St. in Orange Beach as The Wharf Uncorked opens with a kickoff party and a Chef Showdown. Get a front-row view as Chef Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort defends his title against Jason Ramirez of Villaggio Grille, Chris Kelly of Driftwood Steakhouse and Justin Cobb of Wolf Bay Lodge. This is the first of many events, followed by Friday’s “Sip, Sample & Scampi” held at Rouses Market in Gulf Shores with an array of meats, cheese and wine samples from Delicato Family Vineyards, plus a cooking class with Rouses’ Chef Nino. This event is 2-5 p.m. More than 10 restaurants will curate local wine dinner menus and pairings Friday night as part of the celebration, leading up to Saturday’s Grand Tasting at The Wharf where vendors will have food, wine, beer and spirits all along Main Street and Wharf Parkway. There’s so much more. Visit www.thewharfuncorked. com for details and ticket prices. Recycle!

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Mobile chefs brought their A-games to this year’s Chef Challenge for Feeding the Gulf Coast. Last week’s event reported about 600 in attended to support the worthy cause. Noble South, Café Del Rio, Ralph and Kacoo’s, Stevie’s Kitchen, Cammie’s Old Dutch and Bake My Day were just a few of the participants this year. The competition was stiff but in the end it was Chef Arwen Rice of Red or White who took home the gold in the entrée category with her pork and beef tamales with corn

salsa and marinated queso fresco. Naman’s Catering nabbed the best appetizer. Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama won for best soup as well as People’s Choice. Cammie’s Old Dutch won for best dessert. It was a qualifying round for the World Food Championships coming up in November, and the judges chose Café Del Rio to represent. This was the event’s 19th year. Let’s hope the 20th will be bigger and better!

The Wharf Uncorked Food & Festival Sept. 14-16 combines book signings, wine auctions, local cuisine, wine tastings, culinary and wine demonstrations and more.

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emperatures are reaching a boiling point in Fairhope, where Mayor Karin Wilson remains at odds with the city attorney and a majority of the City Council after three former employees and now an outspoken citizen have filed notices of claim against the city — precursors to potential lawsuits. Meanwhile, text messages between Wilson and an IT contractor were subpoenaed by the City Council last month, and their subsequent release is causing a stir, putting the mayor on the defensive. In a conversation last week, Wilson said the “leak” of the texts was the latest attempt by the City Council, primarily President Jack Burrell, to “usurp power from the mayor’s office” as part of a “mission to make me look bad.” At the same time, Wilson said the council’s subpoena — spurred by a resolution written by the city attorney — appears to only be “aiding” three of the plaintiffs in claims against the city, essentially gathering evidence on their behalf. Attorney Harry Satterwhite, who according to Wilson is representing the mayor’s office in spite of the council’s refusal to officially hire him in that capacity, said he was considering filing a lawsuit against the council. “Just about every legitimate proposal [Wilson’s] brought up, [the council] has unanimously voted down,” Satterwhite said. “So really, her back is against the wall, she has to do something legally.” For his part, Burrell said he believed Wilson’s termination of three longtime employees earlier this year was not done “with cause.” Further, he pointed to the city’s strong council/weak mayor form of government, suggesting, “If she wanted to vote, she could have run for City Council.” While Wilson rode a wave of controversy into office — defeating four-term incumbent Tim Kant with 53 percent of the vote a year ago amid a citywide debate over unchecked development and a proposed 240-unit apartment complex on the banks of environmentally sensitive Fly Creek — she has enjoyed relatively strong support and nominal success in the months since. But over the past year, the mayor and council have also frequently been in conflict, with tempers flaring at public meetings and on social media over decisions involving not only personnel, but also the budget, planning and zoning, board appointments and city contracts. “Mayor Kant was here a long time and [he had] some really entrenched supporters,” Satterwhite said. “There were employees who were closely tied to him and Jack Burrell of course was too, and that was very disappointing … but there’s a lot of the employees and the council, and Jack, [who] are constantly trying to do things every day to tear [Wilson] down, work against her, conspire against her … it’s amazing.” Wilson said suing the council was “the last thing I want to do,” but “I can either sit back and continue things the way they are or I’m going to stand up for my role as mayor.”


The rhetoric reached a crescendo last week after The Courier, a newspaper owned by Gulf Coast Media covering the Eastern Shore, published text messages between Wilson and employees of Elias Technologies Inc., which had been hired by the city to perform IT work on behalf of the Fairhope Police Department. Burrell said last week the council had reason to believe Wilson instructed Elias to go beyond its authorized scope of work to “spy” on employees, elected officials and even the public. The text messages had been obtained by the City Council on the order of a subpoena issued after the council adopted a resolution Aug. 14 originally seeking “the keywords searched on Jennifer Fidler’s and Sherry Sullivan’s computers and phones, all documents and electronic records produced by the search, all communications, written or electronic, between Mayor Wilson, [Fairhope IT Director] Jeff Montgomery and Elias Technologies Inc. or its agents and employees regarding the search of Sherry Sullivan’s and Jennifer Fidler’s computers and phones, an answer to the questions, what was Elias told to look for, what were the results of the searches, who told Elias what to look for?” Fidler and Sullivan were the city’s public works and community affairs directors, respectively, and along with Human Resources Director Pandora Heathcoe have filed notices of claim against the city for wrongful termination and demotion. Fidler and Sullivan’s terminations Feb. 24 were widely criticized by some residents and elected officials — despite Wilson’s authority to do so — and Wilson confirmed last week it was the result of “insubordination.” At the time, the council called a special meeting and enacted a temporary hiring freeze. Satterwhite said that meeting — held Feb. 27 — was illegal because the council did not provide enough notice and furthermore cannot enact a hiring freeze with a “budgetary reason.” Wilson said the meeting, and city attorney Tut Wynne’s lack of communication about the the proposed resolution, caused an irreparable rift between her and Wynne. While the situation was unfolding, the texts released last week suggest Wilson was attempting to use Elias Technologies to obtain evidence to support her decisions to fire Fidler and Sullivan. “I want records for ethics,” Wilson texted to an Elias employee the day the two were fired. That weekend, she followed up with additional requests for email records from Fidler, Sullivan, Kant and Burrell noting “Jeff [Montgomery, IT director] did find what he needed to support my decision to terminate.” However, Wilson later texted, it “was not the proof wanted from Jeff. Badmouthing yes but not about overturning. Wish could get this before tomorrow meeting especially any communications with Jack Burrell.” According to subsequent texts, the employee with whom Wilson was corresponding apparently complied, but was unable to uncover anything “of any value.” Around the same time, a controversy was stewing over

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a contract the Fairhope Airport Authority awarded to one of its own board members — a decision endorsed by Burrell along with a letter of approval from the Alabama Ethics Commission. At the next City Council meeting March 9, the council voted against two of three of Wilson’s nominees for the Fairhope Airport Authority. One of three members had resigned, but Wilson wanted to exercise her authority to appoint new members across the board. Instead, the council retained two who wrote letters of interest to the City Council. “What is happening is [the] council trying to infringe on the mayor’s authority,” Wilson said during the meeting. “First of all, you’re infringing on our authority because this is council discussion,” Burrell shot back. “You gave a very good description of [your candidates] and nobody questions their qualifications … but the concerns about the Airport Authority … these are not valid concerns. There’s nothing going on. All this stuff you are reading on social media is a bunch of bunk.” Councilmembers Jimmy Conyers and Jay Robinson supported the mayor’s nominees. “Again, these are my appointments,” Wilson said, suggesting the two board members she wanted to replace — Pam Caudill and Vince Booth — had “dragged my name through the mud” and been “extremely rude” to her. When she noted the airport carries 21 percent of the city’s debt, Burrell began to interrupt. “It’s a two-way street, mayor,” he said. After the meeting, Wilson texted the Elias employee to say it was “another unbelievable night during council,” noting “I have to get a handle on Jack trying to take me down.” Records responsive to the City Council’s subpoena comprise seven months of text messages between Wilson and the Elias employee, whom Lagniappe has chosen not to name. A more comprehensive report on their content can be found on The Courier’s website,, but the texts appear to show Wilson first attempting to obtain electronic data from former employees’ computers and devices, then growing concerned that her requests may have fallen outside the contractor’s scope of work. “The detail invoice that was sent I think will get me in trouble,” Wilson texted April 24. “There were things done not in the scope of work …” Around the same time, Wilson noted she wanted the company to begin working on the police department’s IT issue. Later, the company said it would send an amended invoice to the police department comping the additional work. According to The Courier, the amended invoice “was delivered to [Police Chief Joe] Petties on June 23 but was never signed by him and returned to the company.” Alarmingly, on July 7 Wilson texted the Elias employee “the police department has lost trust.” Wilson and Satterwhite, meanwhile, railed against the reporter who published the texts and Burrell, who they suspect “leaked” the text messages responsive to the subpoena. Satterwhite, who claims to be a former journalist, called the reporter a “dang hack” who is “putting out propaganda for [Burrell].” A statement provided by The Courier defends its reporting, noting: “The Courier seeks to report the truth and follows recognized journalistic best practices by verifying the accuracy of documents it uses in reporting. The Courier also seeks input from all sides of any controversial issue and reports relevant statements from all parties if they offer comment. Our responsibility is to keep our readers informed with the truth.” At Satterwhite’s insistence, The Courier did publish a retraction to clarify Wilson’s statement about the police department’s trust. However, reached over the weekend, Chief Petties said while he was taking the advice of his own personal attorney and not speaking about the situation, “the [Courier’s] report speaks for itself.” Satterwhite remained on the defensive. “When you really look at it and boil it down, it’s hype,” he said of the texts. “They’re just hyping it up to have something against her. We’re not saying she’s perfect — she said some things that maybe they can take out of context and use against her — but at the bottom of it, there’s not a law that has been broken, no ethical provisions that have been broken. And all she’s trying to do is good things for the city the whole time, and try to protect the city from people suing the city. And if that’s wrong, I don’t know how you operate as mayor.” On the other hand, Burrell confirmed the texts as legitimate and said it’s Wilson

COVER STORY who has been attempting to delay operations of the city. “Everything from refusing to sign off on resolutions passed by the council, to trying to look at my personal emails, to questioning everything former employees did, to what the council is [legally allowed to do] … I don’t like it one bit. I’m not under investigation and she has no right to look into my personal business,” Burrell said. He also denied Wilson’s accusation of “colluding” with former employees to seek damages against the city, instead suggesting the information responsive to the subpoena will help determine whether Wilson went beyond the contract’s scope of work. “We acknowledge the mayor doesn’t need a reason to terminate, so why is she using [the Elias] contract to investigate people if not for political gain? I do not believe they were let go with cause. I don’t see any evidence they were let go for cause. I said the mayor has a right to terminate, but to say there was cause and search for evidence later, to me that is a sign there is no cause, and it’s my own speculation that she felt the need to find a cause.”

The Ripp Report

Lagniappe spoke with Wilson and Satterwhite Aug. 29, the day after a City Council meeting that included routine budget discussions. Coincidentally, the city had also received its fourth notice of claim that day, this one by citizen activist Paul Ripp, who lives within the 36532 ZIP code but outside Fairhope city limits. At the meeting the previous night, Burrell refused to allow Ripp to speak during the council’s allotment for public participation, where anyone who wishes to speak is allowed three minutes each to address the council. “You’ve relinquished your rights,” Burrell told Ripp before having Chief Petties escort him back to his seat. “It’s a privilege and I’ve had more complaints about you getting up here and spreading innuendo, talking about citizens and employees and council members, and most people that I’ve talked to don’t want to give you time in this meeting.” Ripp, who identifies himself as a nonprofit writer “identifying and exposing public corruption,” later noted he’s been barred from speaking at previous planning and zoning and City Council meetings, each time getting an attorney to write a letter to restore his rights. But he said his claim in this instance arises from Burrell’s alleged breach of policy. “They’re going to try to say ‘it’s not a right, it’s a privilege,’” he said. “That would be true if it was their policy, but that is not their policy; the policy is to allow people to speak for up to three minutes. Where [Burrell] screwed up is announcing public participation and saying ‘anyone who wishes to speak can speak’ then denying me — he also asked if anyone else wanted to speak after denying me.” Ripp said he suspected Burrell’s distaste for his commentary is rooted in the Fairhope Airport Authority, where Ripp spawned an ethics com-

plaint over the aforementioned airplane hangar contract awarded to a board member. Burrell said he couldn’t confirm or deny whether he’d been investigated or questioned over that complaint, but it wasn’t part of his decision to deny Ripp public participation. “This was not retribution,” he said. “[The Airport Authority complaint] didn’t even cross my mind. I’ll probably be careful here — this is a frivolous claim — but we’re there to conduct business, and I have received numerous complaints that Mr. Ripp has been using public participation … and he always comes up there and says it’s Paul Ripp with The Ripp Report basically representing his blog, using innuendo and creating controversy. There are no constitutional rights to be able to speak in a council meeting. Our own ordinance states the presiding officer has to give you permission.”

Going forward

While the feuds have been ongoing, Wilson said it is distracting from progress. While she counts a new planning director and appointments on the planning commission as a win-win — “that alone will change the course of Fairhope’s future forever” — dozens of municipal jobs remain unfilled, and she fears the council will not favor her forthcoming budget proposal, which is expected to provide more money for infrastructure improvements at the expense of debt repayments. At public meetings Aug. 28, the council accepted the findings of a Wilson-supported utilities study determining sewer pump stations and pipes are operating at, and sometimes over, capacity, but also refused to consider her proposal to rebid the city’s health insurance and stop-loss contract, which she claims could have saved $1 million per year. Burrell said the deadline had passed. But while offering little detail, Wilson claims she’s uncovered “all kinds of stuff” unfavorable to the City Council, the city attorney and the previous administration, not limited to an alleged “fraud” of Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds whereby the city repaired a broken sewer main and built a “mack daddy” pump station on private property, in anticipation of private development. “The main concern when you look at all this is why the council and city attorney are aiding the claimants, and that should be the biggest concern,” Wilson reiterated about the text messages in a brief follow-up interview Tuesday. “There is absolutely nothing to this — [Elias and I] had a lot of talks before we even had a scope of work, because we were going to use them for a lot of purposes.” Meanwhile, after the council denied her formal request to hire Satterwhite on June 26, Wilson said she has appointed him as “attorney for the office of the mayor” using her own source of funding. “When all this unfolds, you’ll see this was definitely about the overarching story — the council’s intention is to keep people distracted and the media has perpetuated it.”

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Art Throwdown led by talent-laden Zeidan BY KEVIN LEE/ARTS EDITOR/KLEE@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM


f you could magically get another body part, what would you choose? Another couple of arms, more hands? Melody Zeidan might need another head or two because she wears so many hats. Already a mother of three young children and an attorney, Zeidan will be on her way to medical school before long. Add in her forays into fashion design and roles in musical theater and you’ve got a busy gal. Now she’s donned another chapeau as chair of Mobile Arts Council’s biggest annual fundraiser, the Art Throwdown set for Sept. 15. The urge overtook her during a MAC board meeting when the previous chair couldn’t return to the role. “I thought to myself, ‘You know, I’ll be done with school by then. I’ll have taken the MCAT by then. I will have submitted my medical school applications by then. I work at night so my days are free, so why don’t I do it?’” Zeidan confessed. It will also be one week after her role in Joe Jefferson Playhouse’s current production of “Annie” concludes. She has previous stints on Mobile stages, in “Aida,” as Gary Coleman in “Avenue Q” — both at JJP — and in Mobile Theatre Guild’s “The Colored Museum.” Zeidan’s love for musical theater was fostered early, “in choirs and stuff like that.” When as a teen she left her Camden, Alabama, hometown and enrolled at the Alabama School of Math and Science, she found a “pretty cool drama department.”

After law school at Vanderbilt, Zeidan practiced in Birmingham for a decade. Fate next returned her to a familiar place when her husband accepted his “dream job” at the AM/NS Calvert plant north of Mobile. Melody took the opportunity to chase an early yen for medical school. She currently works nights as a medical scribe at Mobile Infirmary. “I’ve applied to UAB, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Loyola, Tulane, Baylor, Wake Forest, South Florida, all kinds of places. We went down the list and picked places where my husband could either transfer within his company or at least work in his field,” Zeidan said. Her daughter was the source of a 2012 endeavor, GlitzyGab Designs. That’s “gab” as in Gabrielle, not chattiness. “My daughter wanted to be in beauty pageants and those little Toddlers in Tiaras dresses can be super expensive, so I pulled out my old, dusty sewing machine and found out I kind of loved that stuff. I started doing it for other people, too — mostly Mardi Gras gowns since I love making formal gowns,” Zeidan said. Zeidan donated one of those gowns for the 2016 Throwdown’s silent auction. It was her first year for board participation or Throwdown attendance. Though no longer a complete rookie, Zeidan’s initial turn at the Throwdown helm has been helped by those around her. Prior chair Debbie Stevens has assisted, as has longtime MAC volunteer Sally Trufant.

“Lucy [Gafford] and Angela [Montgomery] at the office are amazing. I really haven’t had to do anything. They’re fantastic,” Zeidan said. The sixth incarnation of the event is subtitled “Retribution,” thanks to a twist on the usual arrangement. Customarily, contestants from Mobile’s creative realm square off in something akin to TV shows such as “Iron Chef” or “Chopped,” with the previous year’s champion defending their title. Each gets items from a mystery box, a few tools, an assistant and 90 minutes to make art. This time around the entrants are from all the previous years. Nancy Raia (2012), Amanda Youngblood (2013), Ameri’ca Tickle (2014), Rando Dixon (2015) and Devlin Wilson (2016) will face off in an event that runs 6-9 p.m. “I’m super excited we’re at The Temple [corner of Claiborne and St. Francis] this year. The artists will be in the middle of the floor, right under that big, beautiful chandelier,” Zeidan said. DJ Ron Anthony will provide music. The Royal Scam will supply food and a wealth of adult libations — especially MAC’s notorious “Red Roosters” —

IF YOU COULD MAGICALLY GET ANOTHER BODY PART, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE? ANOTHER COUPLE OF ARMS, MORE HANDS? MELODY ZEIDAN MIGHT NEED ANOTHER HEAD OR TWO BECAUSE SHE WEARS SO MANY HATS. ” will be on hand. Aside from the competition decided by open auction at the evening’s end, the silent auction will be just as alluring. The cavalcade of items includes work by artists including Kathleen Kirk Stoves, Melissa Diegan and Fred Marchman; passes to Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile Opera, Mobile Symphony Orchestra, JJP and Theatre 98 events; memberships to a jazz society; a stay at the Battle House Hotel and Spa; swag from Mobile Carnival Museum and much more. Tickets to what is always one of the hallmark events on the Mobile cultural calendar are available online at They cost $30 in advance, $35 day of the event. Call 251-432-9796 for more information.

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“We don’t even have a title right now, but we just want to help,” Hackney said.

Canadian trio leads chamber music season

Nearly a quarter century ago, a violinist, a cellist and a pianist from the University of Toronto’s music faculty pooled their talents for a go at an international career. The Gryphon Trio has since found themselves the toast of Europe, Canada and the United States, logged 15 albums for Analekta and commissioned and premiered more than 75 new works for contemporary composers. On Sept. 10, Mobilians can indulge in the sounds of this two-time Juno Award-winning combo as they launch Mobile Chamber Music’s new season with a program that includes works by Haydn, Wijeratne and Schubert. The 3 p.m. show is at the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center on the Main Campus of the University of South Alabama. For ticket information, call 251-476-8794 or go to


Photography” exhibition curated by Richard McCabe of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. The collection by 11 phoHurricane Harvey has done more than pull in aid and tographers was to be adjusted for tighter Houston confines boats from Mobile to Houston. It’s altered Azalea City culbefore departure, but will now remain in Mobile until the tural schedules. state of the Texas facility can be better assessed. A Mobile Museum of Art collaborative exchange with “The school was supposed to start classes yesterday but, Houston Baptist University set for October has been delayed. of course, has been closed. Jim said the water has been lapThe tentative opening is now January 2018. ping at the door of his apartment,” Hackney said. “It was determined [Aug. 28] this wasn’t going to work. The additional time has altered parameters and goals. Two of the three abstract painters in the exhibit have had “Originally he was thinking eight to nine pieces each by their studios flooded,” Mobile Museum of Art’s Stan Hackthree different artists, but we decided we’re going to expand ney said. on it. He’s going to make a larger selection, and hopefully As MMoA’s manager of external affairs and curator of it can be something to help and support artists dealing with contemporary art, Hackney has been in extensive contact this crisis,” Hackney said. with HBU’s Jim Edwards, director and curator of its ConAn expanded show would entail moving the location. temporary Art Gallery. “We were within days of talking about transportation and Originally slated for the West Gallery where Janet Cardiff’s sound installation spent much of last year, it might be moved now that’s not going to happen. Frankly, January may be a little optimistic depending on what happens,” Hackney said. to the other side of the building where the exhibit “American Art, 1945 to the Present” sits currently. Mobile’s offering was the “Contemporary Alabama

Houston disaster delays MMoA exchange

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LIKE I OFTEN SAY, I PAY HOMAGE TO THE OLD SCHOOL BLUES ALL THE TIME, BUT I WASN’T BORN IN THE ‘30S AND ‘40S, SO I CAN’T RELATE TO COTTON-PICKIN’ BLUES. ” to be the blues, because that’s what the traditional sound reminded me of. Like you said, gospel and the blues are neck-and-neck. Once I got my mother’s blessing to do it, that’s all I really needed. I was going to do it anyway, but her blessing and support behind it meant a lot to me. Really, it wasn’t hard at all. Centanni: I didn’t know about this until recently. You spent time on the road with the late, great Mel Waiters. You had to pick up something from him. What did you learn from being a part of Mel

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amell Richardson is getting ready to give Soul Kitchen and the Gulf Coast a new taste of the blues. The “Gulf Coast Blues Boy” is on the cusp of releasing his latest album, “Blues How I Wanna Blues.” With its mix of blues and soul highlighted by impeccable work on the guitar, Richardson lives up to the album’s title. His exhilarating stage presence and audience interaction make this release party the perfect environment for experiencing this music for the first time. Richardson’s conversation with Lagniappe is a chance for readers to step inside the bluesman’s world for insight into the album, his life and, of course, the blues. Stephen Centanni: I’m not going to ask you about what the blues means to you, but I do want to talk blues. I’ve heard a lot of oldschoolers, such as the late T-Model Ford and the late Robert Belfour talk about how blues is dying. You also hear these people who scream, “Keep the blues alive!” like it’s going somewhere. What do you think about the current state of the blues? Is it on life support? Jamell Richardson: I think the older generation has a hard time accepting the new generation’s feel of the blues. Like I often say, I pay homage to the old school blues all the time, but I wasn’t born in the ‘30s and ‘40s, so I can’t relate to cotton-pickin’ blues. The way I feel, the way for the blues to really evolve, it has to be able to appeal to the younger audience. That’s my outlook on it, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do. Centanni: You started out at a young age in gospel and made a transition into the blues. There’s such a connection between gospel and the blues. Musically, there’s a commonality, but there is a definite difference between the scenes. What was it like making that transition from the gospel world to the blues world? Richardson: My grandmother was a pastor, God rest her soul, and now my mother is a pastor. I grew up in church dealing with the opinionated people who see blues as the devil’s music. I said to myself that if I had to choose a career other than gospel, it would have

“The Gulf Coast Blues Boy” Jamell Richardson picked up the guitar and ventured into blues with the blessing of his mother, a pastor who raised him on gospel. Waiters’ band? Richardson: Honestly, man, the crazy thing about it is that I grew up in church, and I always prayed and asked God for a sense of direction. When I was with him, I didn’t understand why I was playing the blues or the soul blues. My first real blues job was playing with Mel Waiters. I really didn’t understand making that transition from gospel with him, not knowing that two or three years later I would be doing the exact thing that he was doing. It was crazy, but when I look back on it, he was my mentor. I learned a lot about what not to do. I’m a very observant person. I sit back and learn from mistakes and learn the business. I learn by asking questions. All you gotta do is look and listen. He was a really big mentor to me. I learned a lot about what not to do in this business, God rest his soul — and I miss him every day. Centanni: As far as the new material, the title track is like a personal testimony. With all you lay out in that song, how do you want to blues? Richardson: I blues how I want to blues. If you’ve ever been to my show, it can be a very spur of the moment thing. It’s not the ordinary blues. If I feel like jazzing it up, I’ll jazz it up. If I feel like making it funky, then I’ll make it funky. People have their own opinion of what the blues is supposed to sound like. I can truly say that once I got it in my mind and in my heart that I was gonna do it how I wanted to do it, that’s when the doors started opening up to me. Once I let go and did it how I wanted to do, the people started

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responding to it. I’ve been blessed to have played for little kids, older people, white, black and young. I’ve been able to entertain my crowds. I sit there, and I strategize the scene and seeing the music work on every type of crowd and race. I knew it had to be it. So, I do it how I want to do it. Centanni: That’s such a hardcore blues track. Then, you have “Hero.” It’s a pretty sweet and gentle piece of soul blues. Where did that song come from? Richardson: I left the song open. Being a hero, it can go all kinds of ways. When I wrote that song, we had just found out that my step-dad had dementia. I was in a real deep place where I had to take care of him and my mom at the same time. I was in a real emotional place when I wrote that song. Centanni: Those are the only tracks I’ve heard so far. What else can we expect from this album? Richardson: Man, I’m gonna groove you. I’m going to make you want to kiss on your wife and make you want to dance. I’m also going to try to take you on an overall journey. I’ve got one song with a Jamaican/Latin feel but [it] still has that blues soul. All the songs have a soul base. Once again, I’m gonna do it how I want to do it and how I feel it. I even have a wedding song on that album. Centanni: Your live show is crazy. Your music is awesome, and the live show makes it better. What else can we expect? Do you have any surprises for the crowd? Richardson: Other than me jumping off the stage, I don’t know, man [chuckles]! It’s gonna be up in the air. I don’t know what the surprise is until I actually do it.

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RVA Blues


Band: The Bush League Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 p.m. Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Blvd., Tickets: Free

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he Bush League’s impressive blues style took form 10 years ago in Richmond, Virginia. Bassist Royce Folks and vocalist “JohnJay” Cecil molded Hill Country, rock, soul and gospel into a single form called “RVA Blues.” Next, they brought guitarist Brad Moss and drummer Wynton Davis into the fold, combining old school with new school sounds. Together, this quartet began to shape the RVA Blues and showcase their trademark sound through extensive touring. When the band arrives in Mobile, The Bush League will give the Blues Tavern audience a shot of “Moonshine,” the latest single from this eclectic Virginia outfit. A strolling foundation of classic rock ‘n’ roll introduces the track. The riff is met with a grooving drumbeat and soulful vocals that take the track in an aural tangent into the blues world. This song should be an instant favorite with locals, and The Bush League’s stellar live show should win them many new fans.

Thick cuts

Band: The Handsome Scoundrels EP Release Party Date: Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 p.m. Venue: The Merry Widow, 51 S. Conception St., Tickets: $8, available at The Merry Widow and Ticketfly Mobile’s punk scene has always been an enigma. Local groups focusing on this underground genre come and go, but a few Azalea City punk outfits have managed to last. The Handsome Scoundrels are one such band. For seven years, The Handsome Scoundrels have delivered an adrenalized brand of punk rock that is both beguiling and fun. Just when the public thinks this Nappie Award-winning band has faded into the shadows, it emerges triumphantly with a new release and a run of live shows. This show will introduce the local audience to their latest release, “Thick Cuts” on Outloud! Records. For this special occasion, the group has recruited metalcore masters Son of a Gun to help energize the crowd. Many punk groups tend to force evolution on their sound, with horrible results. Pulling inspiration from classic artists such as The Vandals and Assorted Jelly Beans, The Handsome Scoundrels maintain their appealing punk style. The band maintains upbeat rhythms throughout “Thick Cuts,” even with the acoustic-driven ballad “Drive Thru Angel.” Considering the content and production, this EP is some of The Handsome Scoundrels’ best material to date.

Cajun pop

Band: Amanda Shaw Date: Friday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m. Venue: The Listening Room Mobile, 78 St. Francis St., Tickets: $25 artist donation Pop music can become stale, its cookie-cutter nature sometimes leaving little room for innovation. But Amanda Shaw uses her fiddle and the sounds of Louisiana to create a refreshing pop sound that is truly unique. Shaw began studying music with violin lessons at age 4. Four years later, she was embracing the Cajun sounds that filled her hometown of Mandeville, Louisiana. Before she left high school, Shaw was on the road and performing. Her mix of Cajun, new-school country, rock and pop has gathered numerous fans and allowed her to perform regularly at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Shaw’s genre-mingling has given her pop sound an edge. Sugary anthems like “Busy Body” is riddled with Cajun fiddles and pop rhythms. Shaw’s sweet voice make this song fun and thoughtful. Her latest single, “Soulful Dress,” uses upbeat, blistering rock to prove Shaw’s artistic versatility.

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AREAMUSIC LISTINGS | September 7 - September 13


Alchemy— Black TarPoon w/ Southern Sinners, 10p Big Beach Brewing— Titanium Blue, 6p Blind Mule— Bahamacide, Think No Think, DJ Scantron and Clickbait, 9p Bluegill— Al and Cathy Blues Tavern— Last Call Rodeo, 8:30p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— David Chastang, 6p Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Jeri Flora Bama— Rowdy Johnson, 2p// Greg Lyons, 5p/// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Mark Sherrill, Chris Newbury, James Daniel & Mel Knapp, 6p//// Zachery Diedrich, 7p//// Jo Jo Pres, 10p//// Mario Mena Duo, 10:15p Listening Room— Wood & Wire, 8p Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p Manci’s— Ross Newell McSharry’s— The String Slingers, 7p SanBar— Jim Andrews, 7p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Matt Slowick, 6p Wind Creek Casino— No Idea, 8p


Alchemy— All Sports Bar & Billiards— DJ Markie Mark, 10p Beau Rivage— Sebastian Maniscalo Tour, 8p Big Beach Brewing— DieDra Ruff, 6:30p Blind Mule— Satan and the Sunbeams, The Hallers, Glass War, Strange Her, 9p Bluegill— Lee Yankie, 12p// Blind Dog Mike, 6p Blues Tavern— Johnny No, 9p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Zydeco, 6p Cockeyed Charlie’s— DJ Chill, 10p Crooked Martini— Fat Lincoln Dority’s Bar and Grill— Will Kimbrough, 6p Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Jason Justice Duo, 1p// LeaAnne Creswell & Darrell Roberts, 2p/// Sean Casaway, 5p//// Jack Robertson Show, 5:30p//// Hung Jury, 6p//// Hurricane Warning, 6p//// Brian Hill Duo, 9p//// Ty Taylor & The Kinfolk, 10p//// The Magic Johnsons, 10:15p//// Jay Williams Band, 10:30p IP Casino— Sinbad, 8p Listening Room— Amanda Shaw, 8p Lulu’s— Jeri, 5p

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Manci’s— Delta Smoke McSharry’s— DJ Chi, 10p Moe’s BBQ (Daphne) — The Tree-Oh, 8p Moe’s BBQ (Foley) — Justin Fobes, 6p Moe’s BBQ (Mobile) — Lefty Collins, 6:30p Moe’s BBQ (Semmes) — The Dunaway Brothers Saenger— The Black Jacket Symphony: The Beatles’ SanBar— Scott Koehn, Lisa Zanghi, 7p Soul Kitchen— Jamell Richardson, 9p Tacky Jacks (Gulf Shores)— Three Bean Soup, 6p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Beave and Cleave, 6p Wind Creek Casino— No Idea, 9p Windmill Market— Jim Andrews and David Jones, 11:30 a


Beau Rivage— Little River Band, 8p Big Beach Brewing— Pale Moon Rising, 3p Bluegill— Jamie Andamson, 12p// Fat Lincoln, 6p Blues Tavern— The Bush League, 9p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Rock Bottom Duo, 6p Cockeyed Charlie’s— DJ Chill, 10p Felix’s— Blind Dog Mike Flora Bama— Lefty Collins Band, 1p// J. Hawkins Trio, 2p/// Jack Robertson Show, 5:30p//// Mario Mena Band, 6p//// Jezebel’s Chillin, 6p//// Mel Knapp, 9p//// Ja Rhythm, 10p//// Brian Hill Trio, 10:15p//// Yeah, Probably, 10:30p IP Casino— Clint Black, 8p Listening Room— David Olney with Daniel Seymour, 8p Lulu’s— Light Travelers, 5p McSharry’s— DJ Carter, 10p The Merry Widow— Handsome Scoundrels, Son of a Gun, 9p Moe’s BBQ (OBA) — Troy Martin Pirates Cove— Johnny Barbato, 5p Soul Kitchen— The Shannon Pierce Band, Nanafalia, Sunny Vaiden, 8p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Damien Lamb Duo, 12p// Pierce Parker, 6p Wind Creek Casino— No Idea, 9p


Big Beach Brewing— Davo, 3p Bluegill— Quintin Berry, 12p//

Everybody’s Here, 6p Blues Tavern— John Hall Jam, 6p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Matt Neese, 6p Felix’s— Lee Yankee Flora Bama— Smoky Otis, 12p// Jason Justice, 1:30p/// Al and Cathy, 2p//// Perdido Brothers, 6p//// Sean Gasaway, 8p//// Greg Lyon, 10:15p Lulu’s— Greg Brown, 1p// Cadillac Attack, 5p McSharry’s— Trad. Irish Music Session, 6:30p Old 27 Grill— Lisa Zanghi, 6p Tacky Jacks (Gulf Shores)— Lisa Christian, 2p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Jimmy Gambino, 12p// Jimmy Lee Hannaford, 5p


Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— BDM, 6p Felix’s— Matt Bush Flora Bama— Gove Scrivenor, 2p// Cathy Pace, 6p/// Kevin Swanson, 8p//// Petty and Pace, 10:15p Lulu’s— Brett Burns, 5p


Bluegill— David Chastang Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Ryan Balthrop, 6p Butch Cassidy’s— Chris Powell Cockeyed Charlie’s— Jordan Bramblett Fairhope Brewing—Green Drinks Felix’s— Bobby Butchka Flora Bama— T-Bone Montgomery, 2p// Perdido Brothers, 6p/// Jon Puzan, 8p//// Bruce Smelley, 10:15p Lulu’s— Jimmy Lumpkin, 5p Moe’s BBQ (Daphne) — Jimmy Lee Hannaford, 6p


Alchemy— Bartender of the Year Competition, 6:30p Blind Mule— Comedy open mic, 8p Bluegill— Matt Neese Blues Tavern— Art, 8p Boudreaux’s Cajun Grill— Ryan Balthrop, 6p Felix’s— Rebecca Barry Duo Flora Bama— Neil Dover, 2p// Rhonda Hart and Jonathon Newton, 6p/// Lee Yankie, 8p//// Alabama Lightning, 10:15p Listening Room— Jason Easy, 8p Old 27 Grill— Youth Open Mic Night, 6:30p

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Inside James Baldwin’s views on race





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amuel L. Jackson reads an unfinished work by James Baldwin in the ever more timely documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which expands just 30 pages of notes on a planned book, “Remember This House,” into a full-length feature through archival footage and voiceover taken from Baldwin’s books, essays, interviews, broadcasts, speeches and films. Baldwin planned a book on the lives and assassinations of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. This film takes the planned structure of that book and utilizes it for a documentary about those three men through the lens of Baldwin’s work. We learn not just about those civil rights leaders, but about Baldwin, whose work is classic, yet chillingly and entirely current. This Academy Award-nominated film, which came out before the recent Charlottesville events, was already incredibly prescient and relevant, and you literally cannot tell the difference between footage from the 1960s and, when in black and white, footage from this decade. Photographs of men holding up signs with swastikas that say “White Supremacy” could be from the last millennium or the last month. In our era of hot takes and a 24-hour news cycle of frothing talking heads,

the experience of watching the carefully chosen, evenly spoken words of Baldwin, a writer, is truly humbling. His measured, reasoned responses spoken by Jackson and, most powerfully, by Baldwin himself — on “The Dick Cavett Show” and others — are truly eye-opening. You think you know all about what he’s going to say — of course equality is good! — but the intelligence and clarity of his words is breathtaking. What an arch, dignified, thoughtful man, and how (unusually) reserved a performance we get from Samuel L. Jackson, whose famous voice is known for its quality of outrage. Baldwin is humbly aware of his own limitations when he compares himself to his close friends whom he sought to write about, admitting he does not share the responsibilities they do, and admitting the privilege he took when he left the United States for Paris. He describes so clearly the advantage this perspective gave him, and what drove him, reluctantly but inescapably, back to his native country. He felt it was time to pay his dues. The film also brilliantly weaves in film and television of the time, with clips of a range of culture, from Stepin Fetchit to Sidney Poitier, the garish “Gong Show” and the melodramatic “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” One cannot argue that things today have improved very much when Baldwin

says, “There is really little difference between entertainment and narcotic.” His opinion on so many aspects of American life is searing, caustic and fairly bleak, but by the film’s end it is hard to disagree with much of what he says. He takes every supposed enlightened impulse and sees through it. He explicates the problem of racism as so much more profound than we want it to be. When he describes Bobby Kennedy saying that in 40 years America may see a black president, Baldwin scoffs and reads Kennedy’s statement with the addendum “If you’re good.” He rejects the condescending olive branch. I didn’t want to watch “I Am Not Your Negro.” I felt uncomfortable just writing the title. I thought it wasn’t “for” me. I thought I didn’t need to be exposed to whatever I presumed it had to say. I was very wrong. This was a very profound experience, artistically and culturally. Baldwin reserves his harshest criticism for just such a person, an example of which he gives as “the Kennedy brothers,” not malevolent but “apathetic and ignorant.” In the words of Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed unless it is faced.” “I Am Not Your Negro” is currently available to rent, and to stream for free on Hoopla through the Mobile Public library.

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Presbyterian Church. Call 251-625-6888.

“Lunch at The Shoppes” The Shoppes at Bel Air will host “Lunch at The Shoppes,” Sept. 7-9. During lunch hours, participating restaurants and retailers throughout the mall will offer specials and promotions. Live music and art displays located throughout. Call 251375-1297.

Bartender competition The annual Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Alliance seeks competitors for the Mobile Regional Bartender Competition to be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. at Alchemy Tavern. Visit

“Jag Night on Dauphin” The Jags’ home opener against Oklahoma State begins with a pep rally downtown on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. with a parade from Cathedral Square west to Moe’s Original BBQ. After the pep rally, the fun continues with the Greek Alumni Bar Crawl. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope hosts an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2 behind the Fairhope Public Library downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Unity Walk Kingdom Covenant Connections presents the 12th annual Unity Walk three-day community event of praise and worship Sept. 8-10 in Spanish Plaza Park, 401 Government St. Call 251-753-6253 or visit Civil War history, narrated Join Blakeley State Park Saturday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. for a cruise through the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta to sites of naval engagements, summarizing the April 9, 1865, Blakeley land battle. Visit or call 251-626-0798. Stallworth Lecture in Southern History The 11th N. Jack Stallworth Lecture in Southern History, “The Reconstruction of Rights: The Fourteenth Amendment and Popular Conceptions of Governance in the South,” given by Laura F. Edwards, Peabody Family Professor of History at Duke University, will be given Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. Call 251-460-6210. Bookmark contest The Daphne Public Library announces its 2017 “Back-to-School” Bookmark Contest, open to students in grades K-12. Through Sept. 29. Call 251-621-2818. TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Spanish Fort

in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, the Archduke Piano Trio will perform in concert. Tickets available at the door. For more information or special accommodations, call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.

Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141.

“Windows to the Sea” “Windows to the Sea” is the newest permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium. Visit

Midtown Optimist Club Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542. Toastmasters Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit for more information.

ARTS “Live at Five” “Live at Five,” a new concert series in Fairhope, presents Roman Street on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Halstead Amphitheater on Coastal Alabama’s campus. Bring refreshments and a blanket. Free admission. Donations accepted at the door to benefit future concerts. LoDa Artwalk Join downtown Mobile art galleries, institutions, studios and unique shops as they open their doors and welcome you inside Friday, Sept. 8, 6-9 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district.

“Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure” A new, highly interactive exhibit at GulfQuest features more than 500 authentic artifacts recovered from deepocean shipwrecks. Visit

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Comedy show Comic Alex Stypula of Pittsburgh will perform Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Blind Mule. Hosted by Ryan Jetten. Call 251694-6853. Book signing Author John Sledge will be signing his new history book, “These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War,” at the BraggMitchell Mansion from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12. Visit “Annie” Join Joe Jefferson Players as they present “Annie,” through Sept. 10. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit

Mobile Mystery Dinners A performance of “Insanity of Murder” will take place Saturday, Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m. at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Tickets MUSEUMS include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865“Modeling Medicine” 7398. The Mobile Medical Museum presents “Modeling Medicine: The Josiah Clark Nott Pathological Specimens, Window into 19th Gryphon Piano Trio Century Healthcare,” a talk by Stefanie Mobile Chamber Music presents the Rookis and Michael A. Flannery. Thursday, Gryphon Piano Trio in concert in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. USA Health Strada Patient Care Center. Call 251-415-1109. on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. Access tickets at or by calling 251-476-8794. Learning Lunch The History Museum of Mobile’s September Learning Lunch will feature Archduke Piano Trio local botanist, natural historian and author On Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

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Bill Finch on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at noon in the museum auditorium. Call 251-2087569. “Right on Course” The United States Sports Academy’s American Sport Art Museum & Archives is open free to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the newest pieces on display is “Right on Course.” Visit www.

Fairhope’s founding Learn more about the 1894 founding of Fairhope at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471. Little Discoveries “Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email jholland@ Thursdays at MMoA Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.

SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES South Alabama football The University of South Alabama Jaguars welcome the Oklahoma State Cowboys Friday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Note: USA has implemented a policy allowing only clear, see-through bags at games. Visit “Bulls on the Beach” The 5th annual “Bulls on the Beach,” a high-energy rodeo featuring professional bull riders from across the Southeast, takes place Sept. 8-9 at The Flora-Bama in Orange Beach. For more info and tickets, visit

Hurricane 5K Flat certified 5K course starts at the Dauphin Island Estuarium and winds through the island’s residential neighborhoods. Fun run approximately one-half mile. Saturday, Sept. 9, 8 a.m. To register or for more info, search for “Hurricane 5K” on Group rides South Alabama and Mississippi Mountain Bike Association invites all levels of cyclists to join them every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at USA Bike Trails and Sunday at 9 a.m. at Chickasabogue Park. Email Weekly 1K/5K Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate. Bingo Join Via Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center (171 Dauphin St.) for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311 Bridge lessons The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fitness and athletics classes New fitness classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Curvy yoga, Tone It Up! (fusion workout), Zumba, basketball clinics (ages 8+) and sports conditioning (ages 8-17). To register or for more information, call 251-463-7980 or visit Dance and art classes Classes offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School include belly dance, ballroom dance, ballet and tumbling (ages 6-8), beginning piano (ages 8+), watercolor painting, zombies and superheroes art, and pet portraits art. Call 251-463-7980 or go to Pickleball for adults (indoors) Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School, Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to Ballroom dance Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit Ballroom dance The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance Society hosts dances the first and third Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email

WORKSHOPS Car Buying 101 Learn the tools of the trade when it comes to dealer offers and financing. Workshop on Monday, Sept 11, 6-7 p.m. at Lifelines/Consumer Credit Counseling,

705 Oak Circle Drive E., Mobile. Call 251602-0011.

PUBLIC MEETINGS Baldwin County Commission: First and third Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., 322 Courthouse Square, Bay Minette. Work sessions are the second and fourth Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. rotating between Bay Minette, the Foley Satellite Courthouse, the Fairhope Satellite Courthouse and the Baldwin County Central Annex Building in Robertsdale. Baldwin County Planning Commission: First Thursday at 6 p.m., 22251 Palmer St., Robertsdale, Bayou La Batre City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 13785 S. Wintzell Ave., www.cityofbayoulabatre. com. Chickasaw City Council: Second and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m., 224 N. Craft Highway, 251-452-6450. Citronelle City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m., 19135 Main St., 251-866-7973. Creola City Council: Second and fourth Thursday at 6 p.m., 190 Dead Lake Road, #A, 251-675-8142. Daphne City Council: First and third Monday at 6:30 p.m., 1705 Main St. Work sessions are the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., Dauphin Island Town Council: First and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m., 1011 Bienville Blvd., Elberta Town Council: Third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the town hall. Workshop meeting on the second Tuesday. Fairhope City Council: Second and fourth Monday at 6 p.m., 161 N. Section St. Work sessions are held before each council meeting at 4:30 p.m., www. Fairhope Planning Commission: First Monday at 5 p.m., 161 N. Section St. For more information visit www.cofairhope. com. Foley City Council: First and third Monday at 5:30 p.m., 407 E. Laurel Ave. Work sessions begin at 4 p.m., www. Gulf Shores City Council: Second and fourth Mondays at 4 p.m., 1905 W. First St., Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting begins at 9 a.m.; council meeting begins at 10:30 a.m., Mobile Planning Commission: First and third Thursdays at 2 p.m., 205 Government St., www.urban.cityofmobile. org. Orange Beach City Council: First and third Tuesdays at 5 p.m., 4099 Orange Beach Blvd., www.cityoforangebeach. com. Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave., www. S e p t e m b e r 7 , 2 0 1 7 - S e p t e m b e r 1 3 , 2 0 1 7 | L AG N I A P P E | 35

STYLE HOROSCOPES RANDOM OBSERVATIONS AND MUSINGS VIRGO (8/23-9/22) — College football is here and you’ll transform into a monster devouring chicken wings, pizza, beer and trash talk. You don’t so much insult people, but you do eat so much food and drink so much alcohol that you invariably end up sleeping in your friends’ bathrooms. LIBRA (9/23-10/22) — A most terrible fate will fall upon you as the Senate runoff nears — Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” will get stuck in your head for a minimum of three days. A lobotomy will not only cure you of the awful tune, but also of politics altogether. SCORPIO (10/23-11/21) — Kids are back in school and that means a few things for you. First, you can go outside without pants on between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and second, you can openly curse in the grocery store. Finally Greer’s will know your true feelings about Pink Lady apples. SAGITTARIUS (11/22-12/21) ­­— After reading about the latest disputes between Fairhope’s mayor and city council, you’ll set a new professional goal to be referred to as a “dang hack” in print. Also, if you’re ever quoted by a reporter, be sure to use the phrase “whoever smelt it, dealt it.” CAPRICORN (12/22-1/19) — After watching a particularly emotional episode of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” you’ll feel extra sensitive. Later, when you hear Everclear’s “Father of Mine” you’ll begin to sob uncontrollably. Your dad will ask what the hell is wrong with you. AQUARIUS (1/20-2/18) — You’ll prepare for Hurricane Irma by loosening the nails in your rafters and cutting halfway through all the trees in your yard. You’ve studied insurance fraud enough to avoid common pitfalls, and determined this is the most foolproof way to get that dream house you’ve always wanted. PISCES (2/19-3/20) — You’ll welcome the Oklahoma State Cowboys to Mobile by wearing a Stetson hat and denying civil rights to same-sex couples. Often under the radar as the most regressive state in the nation, The Sooner State is also notable for frequent tornadoes and roads that seemingly never end. ARIES (3/21- 4/19) — You’re on the fence about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement regarding the end of DACA protections for so-called “dreamers.” On the one hand, you support dreams. On the other hand, you’ve sort of wanted to be deported to Mexico yourself. TAURUS (4/20-5/20) — You’ll cowboy up with a few stiff drinks and hop on an angry bovine at the Flora-Bama’s “Bulls on the Beach” rodeo this weekend. The resulting scar will complement that of the shark bite you survived in the South Pacific, as well as the bullet that grazed you from an outlaw’s gun. GEMINI (5/21-6/21) — You’ll be embarrassed when South Alabama’s “clear-bag policy” exposes the foil-wrapped hot dogs you’ve been smuggling into Ladd Stadium. Security will have you leave them at the gate, but the condiments in your body cavities will pass without suspicion. CANCER (6/22-7-22) — You’ll celebrate the news of Prince William and Kate’s forthcoming third child by texting them a sarcastic “thumbs up” and “winking” emojis. Interestingly, those will be the same expressions your uncle will offer to welcome the news of your first child. LEO (7/23-8/22) — You’ll fire off a letter to one in 10 Wisconsin residents asking them to participate in survey attempting to determine “How much cheese is too much cheese?” Your answer will appear months later in the form of another question, “How exactly does one define ‘cheese?’”


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the second half, also ran for a score. James Washington, a preseason All-American at wide receiver, caught six passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. Tyron Johnson, a transfer from LSU, added a 44-yard scoring pass. Oklahoma State’s offense is far from one-dimensional. Tailback Justice Hill (132 yards, one touchdown) was one of three Cowboys who ran for at least 90 yards. OSU had 640 yards of total offense. • USA safety Jeremy Reaves has been named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Watch List. The senior was previously selected first-team all-Sun Belt for the second consecutive preseason. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound defender is also on the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists. Reaves would be just the fourth Jaguar to play in the Senior Bowl. The 2018 edition of the contest will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 27. Georgia has the most players (12) on the watch list, followed by Alabama (10), Ohio State (9), Penn State (9) and LSU (8). • USA defensive lineman Tre Alford is among 146 nominees for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The senior is a three-time member of the Sun Belt’s Academic Honor Roll, and received a degree in exercise science in May. Off the field, he has volunteered at the Special Olympics and Wilmer Hall Children’s Home events while also participating in the reading program at UMS-Wright. Alford has taken part in proceedings on campus sponsored by the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and helped USA freshmen move into their dorm rooms the last two years.

Full slate in Foley

As mentioned in a previous column, the Foley Sports Tourism Complex’s Event Center will have its debut this weekend with the “Bounders Beach Bash”. The gymnastic meet will bring more than 500 participants and their families to the 90,000-square-foot, multi-use facility located due east of the Tanger Outlet Mall. The 16 natural grass fields at the FSTC will also be busy with the Publix Super Cup. The youth soccer tournament has grown so large that it has been divided into two weekends, the first for girls and the second for boys. This weekend has 107 teams registered, 20 percent more than 2016. In addition to the youth action, the women’s soccer teams from Embry Riddle University and Lee University

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hen football fans start to file into LaddPeebles Stadium on Friday night for the University of South Alabama’s home opener, some crucial changes will be found at the turnstiles. Beginning this season, the Jaguars are implementing a clear-bag policy for all gridiron games. Anyone who has attended a New Orleans Saints contest lately knows the same clear-bag policy is standard at all National Football League stadiums. Numerous NCAA institutions are now introducing the rules. “Implementing a clear-bag policy for football games at Ladd-Peebles Stadium will enhance the safety of all fans at our games and make their entry into our football contests more efficient and effective,” said Greg Keel, USA assistant athletic director of ticket operations. “This policy mirrors what fellow Sun Belt institutions Appalachian State, Georgia Southern and Louisiana currently have in place, and also aligns with numerous NCAA FBS institutions and all 32 National Football League franchises.” According to USA officials, this policy will limit the size and type of bags permitted inside the stadium. However, it is not a restriction on many of the items fans have brought into the stadium in the past. Only clear tote bags smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, one-gallon plastic freezer bags and small, handheld clutch purses no larger than 4 inches by 6 inches will be allowed in Ladd-Peebles this fall. USA officials said this policy would not extend to other Jaguar sports during the 2017-18 academic year. Prohibited bags include — but are not limited to — purses, backpacks, diaper bags, binocular cases, camera cases, fanny packs, luggage, any bag larger than the permissible size and any bag that is not clear. Guests with necessary medical items or equipment will be allowed to enter the stadium with proper inspection. For more details on the policy, visit jaguarathleticfund. com. In preparation for this season, all current Jaguar Athletic Fund donors and football season ticket holders received one complimentary Jaguar-branded clear tote bag. These same bags can be purchased online through or in person on campus at the USA Bookstore. • For the home opener, the Jags will face one of the best squads in the nation. Oklahoma State entered the 2017 campaign ranked among the Top 10 in most polls. The Cowboys lived up to the billing as they blasted Tulsa 59-24 last weekend. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was nearly perfect, completing 20 of 24 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Rudolph, who was pulled early in

BEGINNING THIS SEASON, THE USA JAGUARS ARE IMPLEMENTING A CLEAR-BAG POLICY FOR ALL GRIDIRON GAMES. will play Sunday at 2 p.m. at the championship stadium. “This is what we were built for,” FSTC Interim Director David Thompson said of the schedule. “We have been playing on the fields for over a year now, and we’re finally getting the chance to pair that success with all our Event Center has to offer. We are now, truly, a sports tourism destination.”

Walk to battle cancer

During September, supporters from across the nation come together for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer events that observe Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. These raise money to assist the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where families never receive a bill. The local race is Saturday, Sept. 23, at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park. Check-in will be at 7 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 8 a.m. “We’ll have a Kids Zone with face paint, bubbles, color sheets and St. Jude swag,” organizer Maya Constantine said. “There will be a DJ playing music during the run. Our hospitality tent will be open with snacks and drinks. Gulf Coast Ducks will be doing discounted tickets for those who show their bib when they purchase a ticket.” Registration is $10 and includes a T-shirt. Participants may sign up in advance at, or at the park the day of the race.

THE NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD PUZZLE LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION By Jeff Chen / Edited by Will Shortz ACROSS 1 Way around London, with “the” 5 E.R. V.I.P.s 8 Haunted house sound 13 Backflow preventer in a drain 18 Brief, as a visit 20 Sub 21 Oscar role for Vivien Leigh 22 Astonishing March Madness success, e.g. 24 He denied Christ three times 25 Device with a Retina display 26 The opposition 27 “Madame X” painter John Singer ____ 29 23-Across, literally? 33 Cozy 35 Actor ____ Buchholz of “The Magnificent Seven” 36 Epitome of simplicity 37 Sour 39 Spicy fare? 41 “Where America’s Day Begins” 43 Made an impression? 45 Iron: Fr. 46 Get ready to be dubbed 50 Machine-gun while flying low 52 Stereotypical oil tycoon 54 Remains unused 56 Sweets 58 Take both sides? 60 Word on a jar 61 Muskmelon variety 65 Bombs developed in the 1950s 66 Some airport figures, for short 67 Eminently draft-worthy 68 Pitch 71 Wiped out 72 Middling 73 Plenty sore, with “off” 74 Heat 76 Antiparticle first observed in 1929 78 Noon, in Nantes 79 Disaster film? 82 Singer Simone 83 Doomed 85 N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer Thomas 87 Ladies’ shoe fastener 91 Staff openings? 92 By way of 94 Wine bar order 96 Elusive 97 ____ Lenoir, inventor of the internal-combustion engine 100 Location of Waimea Valley 101 What one will never be, in golf 102 Tended, with “for” 104 Comedian’s stock in trade 106 118-Across, literally?

17 Line usually on the left or right side 19 Tonto player of 2013 20 ____ characters (Chinese writing) 23 Murderer of Hamlet 28 Tuna, at a sushi bar 29 Doesn’t keep up 30 Go up against 31 Facial feature of the Bond villain Ernst Blofeld 32 Jargon 34 Runs for a long pass, say 38 One component of a data plan 40 What the prefix “tera-” means 42 Contributed to the world DOWN 43 56-Down, literally? 1 Sign of nervousness 44 “Don’t you ____!” 2 Sea urchin, at a sushi bar 47 Line judge? 3 Declare verboten 48 Home to the National 4 Break off a romance Border Patrol Museum 5 Takeaway, of a sort 49 Teacher’s unit 6 When a baby is expected 7 1904 world’s fair city: Abbr. 51 Funny Tina 8 Utilities, insurance, advertis- 53 Bubkes 55 60-Down, literally? ing, etc. 9 Loosely woven fabric with a 57 Stay 59 Setting eschewed by rough texture Hawaii: Abbr. 10 Try to find oneself? 61 Capturer of some embar11 ____ quotes 12 What a designated driver rassing gaffes 62 “The Iceman Cometh” takes playwright 13 Candy that fizzes in the 63 Hospital sticker mouth 64 Handling well 14 New Hampshire 69 Winner of four 1990s15 Gives stars to 2000s golf majors 16 Have no existence

110 Africa’s oldest republic 112 Result of some plotting 114 Bingo square 115 Old Russian ruler known as “Moneybag” 116 Detective in a lab 122 Frisbees and such 123 Like spoiled kids 124 Metallic element that’s No. 21 on the periodic table 125 Like many concept cars 126 Gregor ____, protagonist in Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” 127 Snack food brand 128 Latin years

70 1953 Leslie Caron film 75 Other: Abbr. 77 Networking assets 80 “Ta-ta!” 81 Former world capital called “City of Lights” 84 Shift+8 86 “Everybody’s a comedian” 88 Certain cheap car, informally 89 Mathematician Turing 90 Apt rhyme for “fire” 93 Asked for a desk, say 95 That the sum of the numbers on a roulette wheel is 666, e.g. 98 Uganda’s Amin 99 Marsh birds 102 Showing politesse 103 Lower 105 International package deliverer 107 Desi of Desilu Productions 108 Show a bias 109 Nintendo game princess 110 Lens caps? 111 Where fighter jets are found: Abbr. 113 “Gangnam Style” hitmaker 117 ____ pro nobis (pray for us) 118 Sch. in Fort Collins 119 The dark side 120 Symbol on the flag of Argentina or Uruguay 121 “Eww, stop!”


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t’s really happening this year! What, you are wondering? Fall!!! I mean, football has started, pumpkin spice is popping up all over and, the best part of all, the weather!! We are supposed to see temps in the low 60s/high 50s this weekend!! I didn’t think that was even possible this time of year. But I’m not going to hold my breath waiting, because right now I’m sweating. I sat outside to drink one beer and needed to take a shower afterwards. But even if we get just two nights of fall weather, I’ll take it. So grab those sweaters and start cutting firewood — it’s fall, y’all!

A boatload of Laboring

I love three-day weekends but it kind of takes it out of me. Since “fall” is coming, I had to get the last of my summer in, so what did I do? I went to the bay and once getting there Saturday mid-morning, we packed an ice chest and loaded the boat. Something about boats and beers just work I’m pretty sure I had about five beers in an hour, oops. Let’s just say all those beers on the boat made for drunken football viewing. Did my team win and by how much? Just kidding. Then, on Sunday, it was off to Pirate’s Cove and apparently we weren’t the only ones with that idea, the place was as packed as I had ever seen it. The wait time for food was an hour and a half, but luckily the wait for their delicious bushwackers was short! One of Boozie’s spies was jealous of the bushwacker snaps, so she decided to head to Moe’s to get to a bushwacker for herself. She said Moe’s wasn’t nearly as crowded as Pirate’s Cove and she had very little wait time for her food, but she said when she went farther downtown it was packed! She wasn’t sure if this was an every Sunday night thing or if it was just because of Labor Day. Downtown was hopping so much that she thought it was a Friday or Saturday night. That’s what I like to hear!

Moe fun

While on the subject of Moe’s, I must fill you in. A few weeks back I first told you of Moe’s BBQ on Airport having a sign competition with its Chick-fil-A neighbor. Well, now things have escalated and are giving everyone a good laugh, so much so that the sign conversation has been reported by national new outlets! It all started when Chick-fil-A’s sign suggested people try their new smokehouse BBQ sandwich. Moe’s followed up with “Chickfil-A I thought we were friends.” Chick-fil-A responded with “Moe’s we miss you! Let’s be friends again!” Moe’s then responded with “I’m with Diamonds now … But it would be my pleasure.” Chick-fil-A then came back with “Moe’s so happy for you! As friends can we ask a favor?” What are friends for right? Moe’s had to say “My pleasure Chick-fil-A, What can Moe’s BBQ do for you?” Their response: “Moe’s any way we could get a look at that white BBQ recipe?...” Then Moe’s replies with “Shyeah, we’ll send it over when

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pigs fly.” Then Diamonds chimes in with “Let her go Moe.” Even if you didn’t get to personally follow these signs as they changed, you can’t help but laugh! Boozie hopes the two work it out. Losing Moe’s or Chick-fil-A would be hard, but at least you know Diamonds are forever!

Sweet Nic

Guess who’s back, back again? Nic is back, so tell a friend! Ha! Anyways, Mobile’s fave visiting actor Nicolas Cage is back in the Mobile area filming yet another movie. He might as well buy a house here. Unfortunately, it’s not the making of a new “National Treasure” sequel, Boozie’s favorite. Judge me all you want, they are great! Anyways, rumor is he’s filming a new movie called “Between Worlds.” While we don’t know much about it, we do know ole Nic is a sweetheart! He took time out of his busy filming schedule to stop and surprise patients and staff at USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital on Aug. 30, visiting more than an hour. Boozie is told by an inside source that he visited kids fighting cancer and other illnesses, giving fist bumps, signing autographs and being an all-around good guy to patients and their parents. He spent a few minutes each with dozens of kids, going room to room, talking about his 11-year-old son, chatting with the staff and thanking teachers and caregivers for what they do to help heal the sick. One encounter with a young patient caused him to tear up. He also took time to pose for lots of group photos with super-excited nurses and female docs. The hospital began to buzz within minutes of his arrival. And even though he is a celeb, he is just like us — he had to use hand sanitizer before visiting with the kids! Nic was even spotted working on Labor Day over in Daphne. What a man, works on holidays, visits kids in the hospital and once saved the Declaration of Independence! Insert hearteye emoji for personality. But sorry, Nic, that long, dark hair you’re sporting isn’t for Boozie! But I’m sure it’s for the role, so I’ll let it go for now.

Flatulence in the forecast

A local woman’s Facebook video went viral over the holiday weekend, garnering hundreds of thousands of shares and millions of views. The video appeared to show a LOCAL 15 meteorologist passing gas on air last Friday night. While we can’t confirm the toot in question was actually a toot, as the video suggests, we do feel sorry for the guy. One minute you are just doing your job, the next you are an internet celebrity. But we just think he should own it and make a joke out of it himself. This could be the best thing ever for his career, as he is now a web sensation. There is no such thing as bad publicity, right? Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Nicolas Cage lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!

LAGNIAPPE LEGALS | 251.450-4466 | PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that The Mobile City Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing to consider an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance adopted May 16, 1967 As Amended, ORDINANCE 64-___-2017 AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 64.4.J, MOBILE CITY CODE, AS AMENDED,TO MAKE ALLOWANCES FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MOBILE, ALABAMA THAT CHAPTER 64 OF THE MOBILE CITY CODE, “ZONING,” IS HEREBY AMENDED AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 64-4.J. of the Mobile City Code, as amended, is hereby amended and reading in its entirety as follows: Sec. 64-4. - Supplementary regulations. J. Telecommunications towers and facilities. 1. Findings. a. The Federal Communications Act of 1934 as amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (“the Act”) grants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) exclusive jurisdiction over: (1) The regulation of the environmental effects of radio frequency emissions from telecommunications facilities. (2) The regulation of radio signal interference among users of the radio frequency spectrum. b. The city’s regulation of towers and telecommunications facilities cannot have the effect of prohibiting any person from providing wireless telecommunications services in violation of the Act. 2. Purposes. The general purpose of this subsection is to regulate the placement, construction and modification of towers and telecommunications facilities in order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public, while at the same time not unreasonably interfering with the development of the competitive wireless telecommunications marketplace in Mobile. Specifically, the purposes of this subsection are: a. To regulate the location of towers and telecommunications facilities in the city; b. To protect residential areas and land uses from potential adverse impact of towers and telecommunications facilities; c. To minimize adverse visual impact of towers and telecommunications facilities through careful design, siting, landscaping, and innovative camouflaging techniques; d. To promote and encourage shared use/collocation of towers and antenna support structures as a primary option rather than construction of additional single-use towers; e. To avoid potential damage to property caused by towers and telecommunications facilities by ensuring such structures are soundly and carefully designed, constructed, modified, maintained and removed when no longer used or determined to be structurally unsound; f. To ensure that towers and telecommunications facilities are compatible with surrounding land uses; and g. To facilitate the provision of wireless telecommunications services to the residents and businesses of the city in an orderly fashion. 3. Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning: a. AASHTO means American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials b. Antenna means a wireless antenna, including a macrocell antenna and a microcell antenna. c. Antenna support structure means any building or other structure forty-five (45) feet in height or taller and which complies with the maximum height allowed in the district in which it is located, other than a tower which can be used for location of telecommunications facilities. d. Applicant means any person that applies for a permit for telecommunications facilities. e. Application means the process by which an owner submits a request to develop, construct, build, modify or erect telecommunications facilities. “Application” includes all written documentation, verbal statements and representations, in whatever form or forum, made by an applicant to the city after the initial written application is submitted concerning such a request. f. Base Station means structure or equipment at a fixed location that enables FCC-licensed or authorized wireless communications between user equipment and a commu-

nications network. This term does not include a tower or any equipment associated with a tower. This term includes, without limitation: (1) Equipment associated with wireless communications services such as private, broadcast, and public safety services, as well as unlicensed wireless services and fixed wireless services such as microwave backhaul. (2) Radio transceivers, antennas, coaxial or fiber-optic cable, regular and backup power supplies, and comparable equipment, regardless of technological configuration (including Distributed Antenna Systems (“DAS”) and small-cell networks). (3) Any structure other than a tower that, at the time the relevant application is filed with the City under this section, supports or houses equipment described in paragraphs (1)-(2) above and has been previously reviewed and approved by the City. g. Camouflage means any tower or telecommunications facility which is designed to minimize a visual impact and to blend into the surrounding environment. The term “camouflage” does not necessarily exclude the use of uncamouflaged lattice, guyed or monopole tower designs. h. City means the City of Mobile, Alabama. i. Collocation means the mounting or installation of transmission equipment on any existing tower or base station that exists at the time the application is filed with the City for the purpose of transmitting and/or receiving radio frequency signals for communications purposes. j. Eligible Facilities Request means any request for modification of an existing tower or base station that, within the meaning of the Spectrum Act, does not substantially change the physical dimensions of the tower or base station and involves (1) the collocation of new transmission equipment, (2) the removal of transmission equipment, or (3) the replacement of transmission equipment. k. Engineer means any structural engineer licensed by the State of Alabama. l. Existing means, for a constructed tower or base station, that the tower or base station has been previously reviewed and approved under the applicable City zoning or siting process, or under another applicable State or local regulatory review process, provided that a tower that has not been reviewed and approved because it was not in a zoned area when it was built, but was lawfully constructed, is “Existing.” m. FAA means the Federal Aviation Administration. n. FCC means the Federal Communications Commission. o. MUTCD: Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, for Streets and Highways, as published by the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration p. Owner means any person with fee title, or with written permission from a person with fee title, to any plot of land within the city who desires to develop, construct, build, operate, modify or erect telecommunications facilities upon such land. q. Person is any natural person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company, or other legal entity, private or public, whether for profit or not for profit. r. Spectrum Act means Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief Act and Job Creation Act of 2012, 47 U.S.C. § 1455(a). s. Substantially changes means a modification of an existing tower or base station where any of the following criteria is met: (1) For a tower not located in the public rights-of-way: a. The height of the tower is increased by more than ten percent or by the height of one additional antenna array with separation from the nearest existing antenna not to exceed twenty feet, whichever is greater; or b. There is added an appurtenance to the body of the tower that would protrude from the tower by more than twenty feet or more than the width of the tower at the level of the appurtenance, whichever is greater. (2) For a tower located in the public rights of way and for all base stations, refer to City Code Chapter 57: a. The height of the tower or base station is increased by more than ten percent or ten feet, whichever is greater; or b. There is added an appurtenance to the body of that structure that would protrude from the edge of that structure by more than six feet; or c. It involves the installation of ground cabinets that are more than ten percent larger in height or overall volume than any other ground cabinets associated with the structure; or d. It involves the installation of any new equipment cabinets on the ground if there is no pre-existing ground cabinet associated with that structure. (3) For any tower or base station: a. It involves the installation of more than the standard number of new equipment cabinets for the technology involved, but not to exceed four cabinets; or b. There is entailed in the proposed modification any excavation or deployment outside of the current site of the tower or base station; or c. The proposed modification would cause the concealment or camouflage elements of the tower or base station to be defeated; or d. The proposed modification would not comply with the con-

ditions associated with the prior siting approval of construction or modification of the tower or base Station, unless this non-compliance is due to an increase in height, increase in width, addition of cabinets, or new excavation that does not exceed the corresponding thresholds in this section. (4) To measure changes in height for the purposes of this definition, the baseline is: a. For deployments that are or will be separated horizontally, measured from the original support structure; b. For all others, measured from the dimensions of the tower or base station, inclusive of originally approved appurtenances and any modifications that were approved by the City prior to February 22, 2012. (5) To measure changes for the purposes of this definition, the baseline is the dimensions that were approved by the City prior to February 22, 2012. t. Telecommunications facilities means antennas, transmission equipment, towers, base stations, or antenna support structures. However, the term “telecommunication facilities” shall not include: (1) Any satellite earth station antenna two (2) meters in diameter or less which is located in an area zoned industrial or commercial; (2) Any satellite earth station antenna one meter or less in diameter, regardless of zoning category. u. Tower means a structure built for the sole or primary purpose of supporting any FCC-licensed or FCC-authorized Antenna, including any structure that is constructed for Wireless Communications Services. “Tower” does not include a Base Station. v. Transmission Equipment means equipment that facilitates transmission of any FCC-licensed or authorized Wireless Communications Services. Transmission Equipment includes an Antenna and its associated equipment, which includes any and all on-site equipment, such as back-up generators and power supply units, cabinets, coaxial and fiber optic cables, connections, shelters, radio transceivers, regular power supply units, and wiring, to which a wireless antenna is attached in order to facilitate mobile broadband service and personal wireless service delivered on mobile broadband devices. w. Wireless Communications Services means without limitation, commercial mobile radio services, personal wireless services, all FCC-licensed or authorized back-haul and other fixed wireless services, broadcast, private, and public safety communication services, and unlicensed wireless services. 4. Permit Required. Except as otherwise allowed, no person shall erect, modify, install, or construct any telecommunications facilities without a permit. To obtain a permit, a person must submit an application to the Zoning Department for applications on private property and to the Engineering Department for applications on the Right of Way or City property with any applicable fees as may be established by the City, using the engineer’s certification form from the Zoning Department for applications on private property and from the Engineering Department for applications on the Right of Way or City property. All permits shall comply with all structural and safety standards adopted by the city, including, but not limited to: AASHTO, MUTCD, International Building Code and International Electrical Code, as adopted by the City, City Code Chapter 57, and City Code Chapter 17, Storm Water Management and Flood Control Ordinance. The following categories of permits are established: a. Class 1. A Class 1 permit shall be required for an eligible facilities request, as defined in this section. b. Class 2. A Class 2 permit shall be required for: (i) any modification of an existing tower or base station, including the collocation of new equipment, that substantially changes the physical dimensions of the existing tower or base station on which it is mounted; and (ii) any collocation not eligible for a Class 1 Permit. c. Class 3. A Class 3 permit shall be required for the siting of any telecommunications facilities that is not a collocation subject to a Class 1 or Class 2 Permit. 5. Application Review Process. a. Applications shall be reviewed within a reasonable period of time. (1) Applications for Class 1 permits shall be acted on as provided in paragraph c. (2) Applications for Class 2 permits shall be acted on within 90 days, adjusted for any tolling as described in paragraph b. (3) Applications for Class 3 permits shall be acted on within 150 days, adjusted for any tolling as described in paragraph b. b.The timeframe for review shall begin to run when the application is submitted, but shall be tolled if the City finds the application incomplete and requests that the applicant submit additional information to complete the application. Such requests shall be made within 30 days of submission of the application. After submission of additional information, the City will notify the applicant within 10 days of this submission if the additional information failed to render the application complete.

Applications may also be tolled by mutual agreement of the City and the applicant. c.The City shall grant applications for Class 1 permits within 60 days, adjusted for any tolling as described in paragraph b., provided that the City finds that the applicant proposes an eligible facilities request. (1)The City shall impose the following conditions on the grant of a Class 1 permit: (i) the proposed modification or collocation shall not defeat any existing camouflage elements of the existing tower or base station; (2)To the extent federal law provides a “deemed granted” remedy for Class 1 permit applications not timely acted on by the City, no such application shall be deemed granted until the applicant provides notice to the City, in writing, after the time provided in paragraph c. has expired. Any Class 1 permit that is deemed granted by operation of federal law shall be subject to the conditions listed in paragraph c.(1). (3)If the City determines that the application does not qualify as an eligible facilities request, the City will notify the applicant in writing of that determination and will process the application as a Class 2 or Class 3 permit application, as applicable. d.The City may approve, approve with conditions, or deny an application for a Class 2 or Class 3 permit. The City’s decision shall be in writing and supported by substantial evidence contained in a written record. e. In addition to application fee, application fee, applicants shall also reimburse the City for any actual, out of pocket costs incurred in reviewing the applications, including, but not limited to, engineers and other technical consultants. 6. Development of towers. a. A tower shall be a permitted use “by right” in zoning districts I-1 and I-2. A tower shall be a prohibited use in zoning districts R-A, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-B, and H-B. No person shall build, erect or construct a tower upon any plot of land within a zoning district designated B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, or B-5 unless planning approval has been granted by the Mobile city planning commission. Application shall be made to the Mobile city planning commission in the manner provided in the chapter. b. No person shall build, erect or construct a tower upon any plot of land within any zoning district unless required building permits and permits and approvals have been obtained from the urban development department of the city. c. Towers shall be permitted to height of one hundred eighty (180) feet in I-1 and I-2 zoning districts. Towers may be permitted in excess of the maximum height allowed for the zoning district in which it is located in accordance with subsection J.18.b, “Criteria for Site Plan Development Modifications,” and, if granted a variance by the board of zoning adjustment. d. The city may authorize the use of city property in appropriately zoned districts in accordance with applicable law; however, the city shall have no obligation whatsoever to use city property for such purposes. e. No new tower shall be built, constructed or erected in the city unless such tower is capable of supporting another person’s operating telecommunications facilities comparable in weight, size and surface area to applicant’s final design. For the purposes of this paragraph, applicant’s final design shall mean the telecommunications facilities on the applicant’s tower within six (6) months of the completion of tower construction. f. An application to develop a tower shall include: (1) The name, address and telephone number of the owner and lessee of the parcel of land upon which the tower is situated. If the applicant is not the owner of the parcel of land upon which the tower is situated, the written consent of the owner shall be evidenced in the application. (2) The legal description, parcel identification number, key number and address of the parcel of land upon which the tower is situated. (3) The names, addresses and telephone numbers of all owners of other towers or usable antenna support structures within a one-half mile radius of the proposed new tower site, including city-owned property. (4) Written documentation that the applicant: (1) Made diligent, but unsuccessful efforts for a minimum of fortyfive (45) days prior to the submission of the application to install or collocate the applicant’s telecommunications facilities on towers or usable antenna support structures owned by the city and other persons located within a one-half mile radius of the proposed tower site; or (2) Written, technical evidence from an engineer that the proposed tower or telecommunications facilities cannot be installed or collocated on another person’s tower or usable antenna support structure located at the proposed site in order to meet the coverage requirements of the applicant’s wireless communications system. (5) Written, technical evidence from an engineer that the proposed structure meets the standards set forth in subsection J.6, “Structural Requirements” of this section. (6) Written, technical evidence from an engineer that the proposed site of the tower or telecommunications facilities does not pose a risk of explosion, fire or other

danger due to its proximity to volatile, flammable, explosive, or hazardous materials such as LP gas, propane, gasoline, natural gas, corrosive or other dangerous chemicals within the site. (7) A map of the city and the first half-mile of all bordering communities showing the design and location of the applicant’s entire existing wireless telecommunications network. Such map shall also show the location of the proposed tower and antenna sites which are the subject of the application, their dimensions, and specifications of the site. (8)Certificate from an engineer documenting collocation capability of the applicant’s telecommunications tower. (9)An accurate photo simulation depicting how (i) the tower would appear as proposed, and (ii) the proposed tower would appear if a collocation that did not substantially change the physical dimensions for the tower was later added. (10)If the applicant alleges that failure to approve the application will result in unreasonable discrimination among providers of functionally equivalent services pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B)(i)(I) and/or that failure to approve the application will prohibit or have the effect of prohibiting personal wireless services pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B)(i)(II), the applicant must so state on the application and provide documentation in support of this claim. 7.Setbacks. a.All towers shall be set back as follows: (1)For I-1 and I-2, setback shall be on all sides a distance equal to the underlying setback requirement for the particular zoning district. (2) For B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 or B-5, setback on all sides shall be a distance equal to the height of the tower, unless the applicant submits an engineer’s certification and otherwise demonstrates to the planning commission the safety of the proposed design. b. Setback requirements for towers shall be measured from the base of the tower to the line of the lease parcel on which it is located. 8. Structural requirements. All towers must be designed and certified by an engineer to be structurally sound and, at minimum, in conformance with the current building code as adopted by the city, as may be amended from time to time, and any other standards outlined in this article. a. Towers must be located and equipped with step bolts and ladders so as to provide ready access for inspection purposes; b. Guidewires or other tower accessories must not cross or encroach upon any street or other public place or over any electric power lines or encroach upon any other privately owned property without written consent of the owner; c. All towers must be constructed of approved corrosion resistant non-combustible material. The minimum type of construction for isolated radio towers, not more than 100 feet in height, must be of type 4; d. Towers must be designed to resist wind loads in accordance with EIA/TIA-222-F series. Consideration must be given to conditions involving wind loads on ice-covered sections and localities subject to sustained freezing temperatures; e. All towers must be permanently and effectively grounded. 9. Separation or buffer requirements. a. Towers shall be separated from all residentially zoned lands, including R-B and H-B, by a minimum of two hundred (200) feet or one hundred fifty (150) percent of the height of the proposed tower, whichever is greater. b. Tower separation distances for the purposes of compliance with this subsection shall be measured from the base of a tower to the closest point of residentially zoned land. 10. Method of determining tower height. Except as otherwise provided for eligible facilities requests, measurement of tower height for the purpose of determining compliance with all requirements of this subsection shall include the tower structure itself, the base pad, and any other telecommunications facilities attached thereto. Tower height shall be measured from grade. 11. Illumination. Towers shall not be artificially lighted except as required by FAA. Upon commencement of construction of a tower, in cases where there are residential uses located within a distance which is three hundred (300) percent of the height of the tower from the tower, and when required by federal law, dual mode lighting shall be requested from the FAA. 12. Fencing. Any fences constructed around or upon parcels containing towers, antenna support structures, or telecommunications facilities shall be constructed in accordance with the fencing requirements as defined by the zoning district and the chart of permitted uses where the tower

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LAGNIAPPE LEGALS | 251.450-4466 | or antenna support structure is located, unless more stringent fencing requirements are required by FCC regulations. 13. Landscaping. All landscaping on parcels containing towers, antenna support structures or telecommunications facilities shall be in accordance with the applicable landscaping requirements in the zoning district where the tower, antenna support structure or telecommunications facilities are located. 14. Noise. No equipment shall be operated at towers and telecommunication facilities so as to produce noise in excess of the applicable noise standards under WAC 173-60, except during emergencies, or periodic routine maintenance which requires the use of a backup generator, where the noise standards may be exceed temporarily. 15.Electromagnetic radiofrequency emissions. a. The Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996 (FTA) gives the FCC sole jurisdiction to regulate radiofrequency (RF) emissions, and telecommunications towers which meet the FCC standards shall not be conditioned or denied on the basis of RF impacts. b. In order to provide information to its citizens, copies of ongoing FCC information concerning telecommunication towers and facilities and radiofrequency emission standards shall be made available. Applicants for tower sites shall be required to provide information on the projected power density of the facility and how this meets the FCC standards. 16. Access. All parcels upon which towers are located must provide paved access to at least one paved vehicular parking space on site, except I-2 districts. 17. Maintenance. a. Tower owners shall at all times employ ordinary and reasonable care and shall install and maintain in use nothing less than commonly accepted methods and devices for preventing failures and accidents which are likely to cause damage, injuries, or nuisances to the public. b. Tower owners shall install and maintain towers, telecommunications facilities, wires, cables, fixtures and other equipment in substantial compliance with the requirements of the National Electric Safety Code and all FCC, state and local regulations, and in such manner that will not interfere with the use of other property. c. All towers, telecommunications facilities and antenna support structures shall at all times be kept and maintained in good condition, order, and repair so that the same shall not menace or endanger the life or property of any person. d. In the event the use of a tower is discontinued by the tower owner, or if the tower owner ceases to operate the tower, the tower owner shall provide written notice to the city of its intent to discontinue use or cease operations, and the date when the use shall be discontinued. 18. Camouflage and Aesthetics. Wireless facilities, support structures, antennas and related facilities shall meet the following requirements: a. They shall be designed and placed in such a manner so as to be screened to minimize their distraction from surrounding properties and public rights-of-way. This shall include the color of the tower, antenna or related facility, the materials and textures of such tower, antenna or related facilities, and the materials or devices used to screen, conceal or blend the tower, antenna or related facility into or with the surrounding properties and development. b. Along the right of way, the design of the related facilities shall, to the extent possible, use materials, colors, textures, screening, and landscaping that will blend them into the natural setting and surrounding buildings. c. If an antenna is installed on a structure other than a tower, the antenna and supporting electrical and mechanical equipment must make the antenna and related equipment as visually unobtrusive as possible. d. Wireless facilities and support structures shall be designed and constructed to be stealth/camouflaged. The terms stealth or camouflage shall mean the following: (1) The nature of design and construction do not draw undue attention to the structure; (2) Design and construction cannot clearly be distinguished from the general character of the area in which they are located; and (3) Design and construction do not cause a conflict with the appearance, character and aesthetics of the site upon which the facility is located, the surrounding properties or the general neighborhood in which they are located. e. Methods of achieving stealth/camouflage may include: (1) Ensure that physical design and construction are

concealed within an architecturally designed feature/ structure newly constructed on site, which matches or compliments the existing main structures on-site and in the surrounding area. (2) Locating the facility/tower and associated antenna/ supporting equipment on or within an existing structure or building already on a site with no obviously distinguishable changes to that structure. f. Wireless facilities and support structures in historic districts shall be consistent with the design standards for historic districts, see City Code, Chapter 44, Article IV. 19. Telecommunications facilities on antenna support structures. a. Any telecommunications facilities which are not attached to a tower may be permitted as an accessory use to any antenna support structure at least forty-five (45) feet tall, regardless of the zoning restrictions applicable to the zoning district where the structure is located. Except as provided in paragraph e., telecommunications facilities are prohibited on all other structures. The owner of the structure on which the proposed telecommunications facilities would be installed shall, by written certification to the urban development department, establish the following at the time plans are submitted for a building permit that: b. The telecommunications facilities shall not extend more than twenty (20) feet above the maximum height of the antenna support structure; c. The antenna support structure and telecommunications facilities comply with the current building code as adopted by the city, as may be amended from time to time; and d. Any telecommunications facilities and their appurtenances located upon the roof of an antenna support structure, are set back at least one (1) foot from the edge of the roof of the antenna support structure. However, this setback requirement shall not apply to: (1) Telecommunications facilities and their appurtenances, located above the roof of an antenna support structure if such facilities are appropriately screened from view through the use of panels, walls, fences or other screening techniques approved by the city. (2) Camouflage antennas which are mounted to the exterior of antenna support structures below the roof, but which do not protrude more than twenty-four (24) inches from the side of such an antenna support structure. e. Telecommunications facilities shall not be prohibited as described in paragraph a. where the application is for a Class 1 eligible facilities request, or where the applicant can demonstrate that denial of the application would violate 47 U.S.C. § 332(c)(7)(B)(i)(I) or (II) 20. Existing towers. a. An existing tower may be modified or demolished and rebuilt to accommodate collocation of additional telecommunications facilities as follows: (1) Tower shall be a permitted use “by right” in zoning districts I-1 and I-2. A tower shall be a prohibited use in zoning districts R-A, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-B, and H-B. No person shall build, erect or construct a tower upon any plot of land within a zoning district designated B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, or B-5 unless planning approval has been granted by the Mobile city planning commission. Application shall be made to the Mobile city planning commission in the manner provided in this chapter. (2) No person shall build, erect, or construct a tower upon any plot of land within any zoning district set forth above unless required building permits and approvals have been obtained from the urban development department of the city. (3) The total height of the modified tower and telecommunications facilities attached hereto shall not exceed the current height of the tower or the maximum height allowed under this article. Certification by a structural engineer shall be required to meet collocation standards. (4) A tower which is being rebuilt to accommodate the collocation of additional telecommunications facilities may be relocated on the same parcel subject to the setback requirements of this article. However, if it is impossible for the tower to be rebuilt in compliance with the setback requirements of this article, such setback requirement may be waived to allow the tower to be rebuilt in its exact previous location, or within a twenty-five-foot radius of the previous location. b. Criteria for site development modifications. (1) The Mobile city planning commission may grant approval of a site plan development modification pursuant to subsection 20.c. if a person, upon application to the city, demonstrates with written evidence that: (a) The location, shape, appearance or nature of use of the proposed tower will not substantially detract from the aesthetics of the area nor change the character of the neighborhood in which the tower is proposed to be located; and, (b) The site plan development modification will not create any threat to the public health, safety or welfare. (2) In addition to the requirements of subparagraph (a)

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of this section, in the following cases, the applicant must also demonstrate with written evidence, the following: (a) In the case of a requested modification to the setback requirement, that the area of the parcel of land upon which the tower is proposed to be located makes compliance with subsection J.7. impossible, and the only alternative for the person is to locate the tower at another site which poses a greater threat to the public health, safety or welfare or is closer in proximity to a residentially zoned land; (b) In the case of a request for modification of the height limit in a zoning district for towers and telecommunications facilities, that the modification is necessary to (i) facilitate collocation of telecommunications facilities in order to avoid construction of a new tower; or (ii) meet the coverage requirements of the applicant’s wireless communications system, which requirements must be documented with written, technical evidence from an electrical engineer(s). c. The board of zoning adjustment may waive or modify the requirements of subsections J.6. (Development of towers), J.6.c. (Maximum height of towers), J.7. (Setbacks), J. 9 (Separation or buffer requirements), J.12 (Fencing), J.13 (Landscaping), J.16 (Access), and J.19. (Telecommunications facilities on antenna support structures). Section 2. If any section, subsection, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is for any reason held to be unconstitutional or otherwise invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance. Section 3. This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its adoption and publication as required by law. Adopted: _________ Lisa C. Lambert, City Clerk The Public Hearing will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm, in the Auditorium of Government Plaza. Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 2017

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL The Dauphin Island Property Owners Association is seeking proposals from parties interested in leasing the Isle Dauphine Clubhouse building located at 100 Orleans Drive, Suite B, Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528. The property is available for lease as a restaurant beginning May 1, 2018. The Isle Dauphine Clubhouse building is located at the Isle Dauphine Golf Club which is located on the Gulf of Mexico. The property to be leased is a building consisting of three (3) floors, all with a southern view of the beach and Gulf of Mexico, and a commercial kitchen on the second floor. Proposals should be submitted to the Dauphin Island Property Owners Association via mail at: Post Office Box 39, Dauphin Island, Alabama 36528 or via e-mail to Proposals to be submitted by November 1, 2017. Please contact Office Manager Louise Carrubba at 251-861-2433 for a site visit. Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017

NOTICE OF COMPLETION STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF MOBILE NOTICE OF COMPLETION In accordance with Chapter 1, Title 39, Code of Alabama, 1975, NOTICE IS HERBY given that Thomas Industries, Inc has completed the Contract for Convention CenterEmergency Repairs, CN-155-16, One South Water Street, Mobile, Al 36602. All persons having any claim for labor, materials, or otherwise in connection with this project should immediately notify City of Mobile, Architectural Engineering Department, P.O. Box 1827, Mobile, AL 36633-1827. Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 2017

NOTICE OF COMPLETION STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF MOBILE NOTICE OF COMPLETION In accordance with Chapter I, Title 39, Code of Alabama, 1975, NOTICE IS HEREBY given that S & S Sprinkler Company, LLC, has completed the contract for Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center Parking Deck - Fire Sprinkler Replacement, One South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama 36602, CN-066-17. All persons having any claim for labor, material or otherwise in connection with this project should immediately notify the Architectural Engineering Department, City of Mobile, P. 0. Box 1827, Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827. Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 21,28, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts Mobile Harbor improvement open house The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, will host an open house to update all interested parties on the ongoing study to evaluate impacts of widening and/ or deepening the Mobile Harbor Federal Navigation Channel. The open house will be held at the Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Rd, 36544 Irvington, Ala., Sept. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Any person with an interest in the proposed harbor improvements and the status of the ongoing study is welcome to attend. This event is an opportunity to give members of the public an update on the proposed project’s status and recent milestones, and to receive the public’s comments and concerns related to potential impacts associated with the project. Members of the project team will be on hand with graphical displays to explain the various ongoing studies they are conducting and to answer questions related to the proposed project.The open house is one opportunity to share comments that will become part of the preparation of a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed project. In addition to the open house, members of the public may submit comments by email to mil or by mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, 109 Saint Joseph Street, Mobile, AL 36602. For more information, on the proposed Mobile Harbor Federal Navigation Channel project, visit http://www.sam. Lagniappe HD August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017

STORAGE DISPOSAL PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, pursuant to Alabama Statutes, that the goods stored in units rented by occupants listed below will be sold to the highest bidder at a public auction online at on September 22, 2017 at 10:00 am to satisfy liens claimed by STORAGEMAX MIDTOWN, together with all costs of sale. Talicia L Holcombe, Heather Rampulla, Michael A Mitchell Any of the above goods may be withdrawn from sale by STORAGEMAX MIDTOWN at any time without prior notice. Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

ADVERTISEMENT OF COMPLETION In accordance with Chapter 1, Title 39, Code of Alabama, 1975, notice is hereby given that NATIONS ROOF CENTRAL, LLC, Contractor, has completed the Contract for Partial Reroofing of Central BOE Office at 201 N. Craft Highway, Chickasaw, Alabama 36611, for the State of Alabama and the Mobile County, City of Chickasaw Board of Education, Owners, and have made request for final settlement of said contract.  All persons having any claim for labor, materials, or otherwise in connection with this project should immediately notify the Lathan Associates Architects, P.C. 1550 Woods of Riverchase, Ste. 200 Hoover, AL  35244, 205-988-9112. Nations Roof Central, LLC, Contractor 2914 Lawing Lane, Rowlett, TX 75088 Lagniappe HD August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 14, 2017

FORECLOSURES FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made by the herein referenced Grantees in the terms of that certain Vendor’s Lien Deed executed on April 26, 2017, by Brent L. Chestang and Sabrina N. Johnson, a Grantees to Iras Development Company Inc. an Alabama corporation, as Grantor which said Vendor’s Lien Deed was recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate, Mobile County, Alabama, in Real Property Book LR7509, Page 1246 and default continuing under said Vendor’s Lien Deed, by virtue of and pursuant to the power of sale contained in said Vendor’s Lien, the following described real property will be sold at public outcry, for cash, to the highest bidder, in front of the North entrance of the Courthouse of said County, located at 205 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama 36644, during the legal hours of sale, on October 12, 2017. Lot 120, as per plat of TIMBERLAND, UNIT VI as recorded in Map Book 124, Page 55, Probate Court of Mobile County, Alabama. Said sale is made for the purpose of paying said Vendor’s Lien debt and costs of foreclosure. Iras Development Company Inc. Holder of said Vendor’s Lien. WILLIAM B. JACKSON, II STOKES & CLINTON, P.C. Attorneys for Lienholder Post Office Box 991801 Mobile, Alabama 36691 (251) 460-2400 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 21, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by

Rian K. Moore, an unmarried person, originally in favor of Magnolia Mortgage Company, LLC, on the 10th day of January, 2002, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Mobile County, Alabama, in Book 5104, Page 0428; the undersigned Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, doing business as Christiana Trust, not in its individual capacity, but solely as trustee for BCAT 2015-13ATT, as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse at Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, on October 5, 2017, during the legal hours of sale, all of its right, title, and interest in and to the following described real estate, situated in Mobile County, Alabama, to-wit: Lot 50, Bavarian Park Estates, 2nd Unit, according to the map thereof recorded in Map Book 13, Page 59 of the records in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Mobile County, Alabama. Property street address for informational purposes:  5048 Easy Street, Mobile, AL  36619 THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED.  THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. Alabama law gives some persons who have an interest in property the right to redeem the property under certain circumstances.  Programs may also exist that help persons avoid or delay the foreclosure process. An attorney should be consulted to help you understand these rights and programs as a part of the foreclosure process. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the expenses of foreclosure. The successful bidder must tender a non-refundable deposit of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) in certified funds made payable to Sirote & Permutt, P.C. at the time and place of the sale. The balance of the purchase price must be paid in certified funds by noon the next business day at the Law Office of Sirote & Permutt, P.C. at the address indicated below. Sirote & Permutt, P.C. reserves the right to award the bid to the next highest bidder should the highest bidder fail to timely tender the total amount due. The Mortgagee/ Transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and to credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. This sale is subject to postponement or cancellation. Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, doing business as Christiana Trust, not in its individual capacity, but solely as trustee for BCAT 2015-13ATT, Mortgagee/ Transferee. Rebecca Redmond SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL  35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 369971 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 14, 2017

MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE SALE Default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by that certain mortgage executed by John Albert Rockwell, Jr. and Jeannie R. Rockwell, husband and wife, originally in favor of Union Planters Bank, National Association, on the 19th day of May, 1999, said mortgage recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate of Mobile County, Alabama, in RP 4714, Page 0030; the undersigned Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, as Mortgagee/Transferee, under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in said mortgage, will sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, in front of the main entrance of the Courthouse at Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, on October 26, 2017, during the legal hours of sale, all of its right, title, and interest in and to the following described real estate, situated in Mobile County, Alabama, to-wit: Lot 20, Scanlan Way, Second Unit according to the plat thereof recorded in Map Book 23, Page 85, in the Office of the Judge of Probate Court Records, Mobile County, Alabama. Property street address for informational purposes:  5351 Scanlanway Dr. W, Satsuma, AL  36572 THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD ON AN “AS IS, WHERE IS” BASIS, SUBJECT TO ANY EASEMENTS, ENCUMBRANCES, AND EXCEPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE MORTGAGE AND THOSE CONTAINED IN THE RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE JUDGE OF PROBATE OF THE COUNTY WHERE THE ABOVE-DESCRIBED PROPERTY IS SITUATED.  THIS PROPERTY WILL BE SOLD WITHOUT WARRANTY OR RECOURSE, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED AS TO TITLE, USE AND/OR ENJOYMENT AND WILL BE SOLD SUBJECT TO THE RIGHT OF REDEMPTION OF ALL PARTIES ENTITLED THERETO. Alabama law gives some persons who have an interest in property the right to redeem the property under certain circumstances.  Programs may also exist that help persons avoid or delay the foreclosure process. An attorney should be consulted to help you understand these rights and programs as a part of

LAGNIAPPE LEGALS | 251.450-4466 | the foreclosure process. This sale is made for the purpose of paying the indebtedness secured by said mortgage, as well as the expenses of foreclosure. The successful bidder must tender a nonrefundable deposit of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) in certified funds made payable to Sirote & Permutt, P.C. at the time and place of the sale. The balance of the purchase price must be paid in certified funds by noon the next business day at the Law Office of Sirote & Permutt, P.C. at the address indicated below. Sirote & Permutt, P.C. reserves the right to award the bid to the next highest bidder should the highest bidder fail to timely tender the total amount due. The Mortgagee/Transferee reserves the right to bid for and purchase the real estate and to credit its purchase price against the expenses of sale and the indebtedness secured by the real estate. This sale is subject to postponement or cancellation. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC, Mortgagee/Transferee Elizabeth Loefgren SIROTE & PERMUTT, P.C. P. O. Box 55727 Birmingham, AL  35255-5727 Attorney for Mortgagee/Transferee 408105 Lagniappe HD August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017

PROBATE NOTICE OF COURT PROCEEDING July 27, 2017 Case No. 2014-1128-2 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of DORIS JEAN LITTLE, Deceased On to-wit the 9th day of October, 2017 at 2:00 PM in COURTROOM 1, THIRD FLOOR, Mobile County Government Center Annex, 151 Government Street the court will proceed to consider the FINAL SETTLEMENT as filed by BOBBIE J WINSTON. NOTICE is hereby given to all parties in interest who may appear and contest same or file a proper responsive pleading thereto if they then think proper. DON DAVIS, Judge of Probate. Attorney Name and Address: MICHAEL S. MCNAIR, 2151 GOVERNMENT STREET, MOBILE, AL 36606 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, 2017

NOTICE OF COURT PROCEEDING CASE NO. 2017-1597 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Notice of the filing of petition for Summary Distribution in the estate of William L. Rouse, Jr., Deceased. Notice is hereby given that a Petition for Summary Distribution has been filed by John S. Rouse on August 9, 2017, and that 30 days after the notice of publication hereof and pursuant to law the Court shall be requested to enter an order directing summary distribution of the estate of said decedent. Don Davis, Judge of Probate. Attorney: James H. McDoald, Jr., Esq. 50 Saint Emanuel St. Mobile, AL 36602 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 2017

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: BERNIE LEON NEWBERRY Case No. 2017-0285 Take notice that Letters of Administration have been granted to the below named party on the 18th day of August, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Cause Of Action of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Cause of Action Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. GINNY LYNN NEWBERRY as Administratrix of the estate of BERNIE LEON NEWBERRY, deceased. Attorney of Record: DEENA R. TYLER, Esq. Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 14, 2017

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: DAVID H. PEACOCK Case No. 2017-1460 Take notice that Letters of Administration have been granted to the below named party on the 18th day of August, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. MARCELIUS BROWN as Administrator of the estate of DAVID H PEACOCK, deceased. Attorney of Record: HENDRIK S. SNOW, Esq. Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 14, 2017

NOTICE OF COURT PROCEEDING August 10, 2017 Case No. 2017-1082 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of HARLAND FREDERICK RENTSCHLER, Deceased On to-wit the 18th day of September, 2017 at 9:30 AM in COURTROOM 1, THIRD FLOOR, Mobile County Govern-

ment Center Annex, 151 Government Street the court will proceed to consider the Petition to Probate Last Will and Testament of Harland Frederick Rentschler as filed by CYRINA LYNN RENTSCHLER. NOTICE is hereby given to all parties in interest, specifically DUANE RENTSCHLER, who may appear and contest same or file a proper responsive pleading thereto if they then think proper. DON DAVIS, Judge of Probate. Attorney Name and Address: MICHAEL S. MCNAIR, 2151 GOVERNMENT STREET, MOBILE, AL 36606 Lagniappe HD August 17, 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: JOSEPH E. VELLA, Deceased Case No. 2017-1268 Take notice that Letters Testamentary have been granted to the below named party on the 11th day of August, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. J. MICHAEL DRUHAN JR as Executor under the last will and testament of JOSEPH E. VELLA, Deceased. Attorney of Record: DEENA R TYLER Lagniappe HD August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: DOROTHY C. WILLIAMS, Deceased Case No. 2017-1139 Take notice that Letters Testamentary have been granted to the below named party on the 16th day of August, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. BOOKER T. WILLIAMS as Executor under the last will and testament of DOROTHY C. WILLIAMS, Deceased. Attorney of Record: PRO SE Lagniappe HD August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: CLAUDE D. BOONE, Deceased Case No. 2017-1352 Take notice that Letters Testamentary have been granted to the below named party on the 16th day of August, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. SARA P. BOONE as Executrix under the last will and testament of CLAUDE D. BOONE, Deceased. Attorney of Record: MOLLY SULLIVAN, ESQ. 1809 Old Shell Road Mobile, AL 36607 Lagniappe HD August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017

NOTICE OF COURT PROCEEDING July 31, 2017 Case No. 2009-0797-4 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of DOROTHY MACK WATSON, Deceased On to-wit the 2nd day of October, 2017 at 2:00 PM in COURTROOM 1, THIRD FLOOR, Mobile County Government Center Annex, 151 Government Street the court will proceed to consider the FINAL SETTLEMENT AND REPORT OF INSOLVENCY as filed by DEBRA K. MACK. NOTICE is hereby given to all parties in interest who may appear and contest same or file a proper responsive pleading thereto if they then think proper. Don Davis, Judge of Probate Attorney Name and Address: VANESSA ARNOLD SHOOTS, 56 ST. JOSEPH STREET, STE 1311, Mobile, AL 36602 Lagniappe HD August 24, 31, Sept. 7, 2017

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: MARTHA CASSINELLI MEYER, A/K/A MARTHA MEYER-PATRICK Case No. 2017-1272 Take notice that Letters of Administration have been granted to the below named party on the 24th day of August , 2017 by the HONORABLE DON DAVIS, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. ANTHONY DALE PATRICK as Administrator of the estate of MARTHA CASSINELLI MEYER A/K/A MARTHA MEYER-PATRICK, deceased. Attorney of Record: MICHAEL S. MCNAIR, Esq. Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 21, 2017

NOTICE OF SALE The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time -12pm, if not claimed - at  7471 Theodore Dawes Rd., Theodore, AL 36582. 2005 Nissan Maxima 1N4BA41E25C811818 1998 Lexus SC400 JT8CH32Y7W1001089 1999 Mercury Marquis 2MEFM74W9XX671585 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time -12pm, if not claimed - at  740 Lakeside Dr., Mobile, AL 36693. 2003 Jeep Liberty 1J4GK48K53W633594 2015 Chevrolet Camaro 2G1FD1E32F9105735 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time -12pm, if not claimed - at  11804 Padgett Switch Rd., Irvington, AL 36544. 2005 Maserati M138 ZAMBC38A350017201 2005 Victory Cargo Trailer 5LBBE202651005665 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time -12pm, if not claimed - at   612 Sweeneys Lane, Mobile, AL 36617. 2002 Buick Rendezvous 3G5DB03E82S507489 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  7960 Two Mile Rd., Irvington, AL 36544. 1996 Lincoln Town Car 1LNLM82W2TY718622 1998 Dodge Durango 1B4HS28Y9WF120384 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  5680 Rayco Rd., Theodore, AL 36582. 1994 Honda Accord 1HGCE1823RA002733 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  3151 Moffett Rd., Mobile, AL 36617. 1998 Nissan Frontier 1N6DD21S2WC342832 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 06, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  7820 Murray Heights Dr. W., Irvington, AL 36544. 1998 GMC Sierra 1GTEC14W4WZ552414 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

These abandoned vehicles will be sold on 10/05/2017 from 5781 Three Notch Rd Mobile Al. 36619 at 9 am HOND   1HGEJ8142WL074046 JEEP       1C4NJPBA8HD211811 NISS       1N6SD11S7PC449958 JEEP        1J4FX48S9WC179837 INFI        JNRAS08U45X109386 NISS        1N6AD06U27C461337 Lagniappe HD August 31, Sept. 7, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  18342 Couch Plant Rd., Summerdale, AL 36580. 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe 1GNEC13Z42J160206 1998 Toyota Camry 4T1BG22K6WU258566 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  120 Michael Donald Ave. Apt. B., Mobile, AL 36604. 2006 Chevrolet Impala 2G1WB55K769255716 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  703 Saraland Blvd., Saraland, AL 36571. 2003 Ford Crown Vic 2FAFP71W83X174086

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  1717 Bream Dr., Mobile, AL 36605. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 1G1PE5SB7E7134927 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  1400 Azalea Rd. Apt. 412, Mobile, AL 36693. 2006 Chrysler 300 2C3KA53GX6H294284 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  7610 Marie Rd., Theodore, AL 36582. 2011 Toyota Corolla JTDBU4EEXB9138247 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  8255 Old Gulfcrest Rd., Chunchula, AL 36521. 2005 Chevrolet Classic 1G1ND52FX5M238598 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  7391 Zeigler Blvd., Mobile, AL 36608. 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe 3GNEC18R9TG131179 2004 Honda Accord 1HGCM56324A066843 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on October 13, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at  7960 Two Mile Rd., Irvington, AL 36544. 1998 Chevrolet ‹S›10 1GCCS19X4W8238358 2017 Toyota Camry 4T1BF1FK6HU698331 Lagniappe HD Sept. 7, 14, 2017

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