The Fairhope Conservation Easement is in limbo while Weeks Bay and the city council, does damage control. Let me make it clear that there is nothing wrong with conservation easements. The Fairhope Conservation Easement that is proposed is a political football being thrown around by the City Council. It is an excuse by special interests, developers, that want the property out of the control of the city. The property in question is prime property in the Fairhope municipal city limits, that cost us 13 million.
BALDWIN COUNTY MUNICIPAL ALERT – MUNICIPAL CONSERVATION EASEMENT
BALDWIN COUNTY MUNICIPAL ALERT – MUNICIPAL CONSERVATION EASEMENT | THE RIPP REPORT / BALDWIN COUNTY LEGAL EAGLE
In Fairhope, a conservation easement involving city property has become an issue for the entire county, all 14 municipalities. A conservation easement in a municipality is radically different than one…
Weeks Bay is now doing damage control due to the push back from Fairhope citizens, over 600. Today Weeks Bay had a lecture at the Graham Creek Nature Reserve. Invited were representatives of the 14 municipalities in Baldwin County. I could not make it but wish I were a fly on the wall. Weeks Bay is trying to convince municipalities in Baldwin county that they can manage municipal property better than the municipality.
If you actually believe that to be true than I have a great business opportunity in a Gold mine in Belize, that is a sure thing.
Think about the Fairhope City Council and the reason they insist that they make this decision, without public input. The Council has gone on record saying that they need to make the decision now because Fairhope cannot trust the elected politicians in the future to do the right thing. That is their reason. Think how damn stupid a position that is for an elected official to have.
The council wishes to give away the rights and control of 106 acres on one side of town while they look at buying 40 acres on the other side of town?????
DELIBERATE DISTORTION OR TWISTING OF MEANING
The Fairhope City Council and Weeks Bay are trying to tell the general public that a Conservation Easement does not mean Weeks Bay owns the property. True they also have no lease or title to the land.
It is all about planning and a land use plan that works with a comprehensive plan, not a conservation easement. The council wants the cart before the horse. They do not want to wait because they know no plan is going to give away 106 acres of municipal property.
DISPOSAL | THE RIPP REPORT / BALDWIN COUNTY LEGAL EAGLE
The President of the Fairhope City Council has held on to that title for over 7 years. This is extremely rare, most often Councils share the position of Council President with other Council members.
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