Baldwin County is spinning out of control. Development in Fairhope and Daphne are under a building moratorium. Spanish Fort is in panic mode about a proposed apartment development, within the vicinity of the new School, with a potential of 300 new students. Both communities, for decades, ignored infrastructure and promoted development. Now they are faced with slowing down development to catch up on infrastructure.
That is poor planning and a failure of the politicians.
Schools in the lower south half of Baldwin are stretched to the max. Portables are being added and any new construction to schools will be at full occupancy the first day at school. School campus’s are a hodgepodge of portable classrooms and sport utility buildings. Some municipalities are forming their own school districts, which only adds another level of tax and duplicity.
Baldwin County is the only county in Alabama that has an unregulated sewer system. Spanish Fort is entirely dependent on Baldwin County Sewer Service. Consumers with Baldwin County Sewer should read the history of the company. The FBI should step in because the County Commission has had a no see, no hear, no talk approach to a problem that smells worse than the sewage.
Baldwin County Sewer Service – Lagniappe Series
In the middle of all this development chaos, the County Commission, and the way-to-powerful County Sheriff, Boss Hoss, in their infinite wisdom, are going to turn Bay Minette into a jail town. The county has numerous infrastructure and social needs. To spend 65 million dollars on a jail that can boast it has 951 inmates without spending a penny on social programs aimed at preventing crime is shortsighted to say the least.
Bay Minette will become a shadow of the jail, surrounded by attorney offices and void of it’s proud history.
D.R. Horton has built over 4000 homes in Baldwin and Mobile County. They are now facing a class action lawsuits due to inferior construction. D.R. Horton will not be the last sued for shoddy construction in such a fast paced construction environment.
It is estimated that Baldwin County needs approximately 6000 workers, most being in the service industry. If that is true, and the rumor that the Baldwin County “blackhole” Megasite, may have an electric car manufacturer interested in the site. Expect the development in north Baldwin to rival that of south Baldwin.
The mega site, like the 65 million dollar jail, are dream projects of very few people, advocating for those who have a connection and benefit to the projects.
Ten years ago, people across the county said Hell No to any kind of zoning, screaming all the while about their property rights. This was exactly what the developers, some Baldwin County lawyers, Judges and Councilman, wanted. They did not want to pick pecans. They wanted to knock them down. The result is Baldwin County is a sprawl of municipalities and a patchwork of subdivisions, apartments and commercial property all lacking cohesive planning.
Today citizens are defining property rights differently. Zoning can protect your property from storage buildings, gas stations or dollar stores, becoming your neighbor.
It is not Hell No! It is now Hell Yes to zoning.
The irony of zoning can be best explained by the recent lawsuit filed by RSA, Retired Systems of Alabama, over the new district 19, Point Clear. RSA is a development bully, they use the excuse of being the representative of retired Alabamians, to abuse the same constituents. The zoning district 19 was formed BECAUSE OF RSA. RSA was making development proposals that were contrary to the community’s wishes. RSA destroyed the marine gas station at the Grand and also proposed housing on a spit of land surrounded by the golf course. Now the bully developer, RSA, wants to sue the county and discredit the voters who voted for the zoning. Is that a neighbor or a bully?
“Three elections are scheduled in February for two new planning districts outside of Fairhope (8 and 37), plus Planning District 36 in Seminole. A petition has been received to create yet another district outside Foley — Planning District 35 — and it is currently being evaluated by probate court”
What connects Mobile and Baldwin county is the Mobile Basin, America’s Amazon, the cradle of biodiversity. This Jewell of Alabama is under environmental threat.
The Berry Steam Plant has 21 tons of toxic coal ash in a pond on 600 acres surrounded on three sides by the river. A breach could be 5 times worse than the B.P. oil spill.
The Alabama Port Authority now proposes to cover up 1200 acres of the bay to store dredging spoils. The location is the best site for the Port Authority to save money. Forget about the 1200 acres of America’s Amazon and biodiversity being covered with mud and silt.
Let’s not forget about that bridge that will span the entire bay.
Is it all about traffic? Or developing the Eastern Shore and Baldwin County?
First, no toll. Then all the politicians decided on a coup for tolls. The cost and design has changed so many times that even the double talking flip flopping politicians don’t know.
All of the above has an effect on the quality of life in Baldwin County.
The Baldwin County planning department is trying to put brakes on a runaway train. Zoning is necessary for any kind of development planning. Without zoning, there can be no brake.
The County Planning Department needs your help please fill out the questionnaire;
Please attend these citizen driven meeting or shut up about problems that face all of Baldwin county.
Thanks for the post. It is very unfortunate that the City of Gulf Shores is so
much a part of the problems of over production of subdivisions. They are now everywhere, all with small lots, inexpensive houses, and we all have to use the same roadways that have not been changed in years, and I only here talk, talk, talk, of more and wider North/South road projects. Nothing will be built in the near future. We need less housing and more roads.
Thanks for the post. Please keep us informed
Meanwhile the politicians get richer.
Hey Ripp, can you help me count my millions??
Hey file another ethics complaitn!!
It sounds like the Jester, the one that quit.
I feel like fairhope has been swallowed whole.
The politicians are whores to the Catalysts pimps. But in the end, it is we residents that get screwed and the bill for the truck
I hope the builders get sued to hell and back
I worry about the roads and schools and overcrowding. The Eastern Shore has a different feel than say 10 years ago. Maybe 5. We grew so fast withiut really planning. What is the next step?
The next step is to hold the Catalyst-owned politicians to account for their damage
Hey present politicians, You are in danger. Whether you are a banker or a developer, the feds will come for you since you took money from the developers. Jester, Conners, Drunk Joe, or Jack, The damage will be upon you
Mobile Commissions went to jail in the 1980’s. You are next
“Save the date!” They forgot to put the date.
Looks like another consultant scam. Seen this sh#t before. Not impressed. Ripp what about a new high achool? Any wird in where? Thanks.
Mega Shite!! What a complete kickback scheme in plain sight! Baldwin county citizens appear brain dead. What a complete joke of a steal. Damnn.
This boom is not good growth but a Cancer type growth
Get off your knees, take your mouth of Jack, use what manhood you have left and realize what is happening through this unbridled growth.
Can you not see past Jack’s genitals to see what is happening or have you become his bottom and have become blind?
Save for one election in 2016, when you rig the outcome for 50 years, this is what you get. Fairhope and BC and Alabama are corrupt to th3 core.
Biggest economic boom the eastern shore has ever seen and you sit behind a keyboard and b*tch!!
Another troll for Burrell
I’ve been talking about this since moving back to Baldwin County. I live in Foley in a no zone subdivision with only a limp HOA to carry out laws. Baldwin County would only care if I was making meth or growing pot. They could care less about helping the residents. They only care about tourist and money. They claim to be a city moving forward. City’s moving forward do not place all grocery stores and shopping in one hub. After six years, I will have a Mexican Supermarket behind my backyard. Do you think the County cares about their retired residents…NO! We have no rights. During a critical buyers market, it’s likely I’ll be unable to relocate. The expense to avoid rodents, roaches, and other predator’s will be costly for us retiree’s and still our sleep will be often interrupted by late night truck deliveries and very early morning dumpster pick up. Hwy 98 is also very loud because Baldwin County has no noise ordinance for loud muffler’s. Sirens are heard often and no one care’s about speed limits, so safety and health is out of the question. Who will be next to enter the door of the cancer center? Maybe those who are so careless and have no consideration about the health of others but only want to fill their pockets because of greed. May God have mercy on you all!!
No, may God judge the politicians that sold out to the developers and allowed the developers to ruin this place
Baldwin County has become Alabama’s honeypot
So many people waiting to be taxed and governed because they are too busy paying mortgages on DR Horton cheaply built homes. Serves them right
Y’all old people need to get a life. Young ones are moving in. This is not the place to retire and get old. Go to an old folks home in Montgomery with the democrats. Quit b&tchin and get movin!!!
Fairhoppe is an always will be a retirement community. Come on. But I do see congestion. I do see a fading lifestyle we once had. All for what? Growth for growth’s sake? Everything is always bigger and better right? What about Fairhope and keeping Fairhope Fairhope? Tim Kant was our best mayor. Sad he is gone. What is he doing now? Can he help?
It was Tim Kant that ignored the infrastructure and sewer. His administration was corrupt.
Tim is a good Christian.
In church weekly.
These people should be shot. Damn y’all ignorant.
Y’all think Tim Kant is good for Fairhope? I guess y’all voting Kay Ivey?
this council has given us the worst inflation in forty fricking years Ripp.
Time 4 a change. What have we got to lose? MeeMaw needs a soft chair and a nitting needle.