Daphne and Fairhope have a lot more in common than some think. One thing is that, if you allow the developers full rein, they will develop every square inch of land.

Fairhope has Fly Creek Apartments and Daphne has the Daphmont neighborhood at Johnson road and highway 98. The intersection has already been impacted by the recent construction of apartments.

Daphne planning board OKs 19-building apartment complex

Mobile-based Big Sandy LLC is developing the 20-acre site, southeast of the intersection of Johnson Road and the state highway, as Colonnade at Eastern Shore. Heritage Construction Company out of Madison, Miss. is handling the project engineered by Hutchinson, Moore & Rauch LLC of Daphne.

Source: blog.al.com/live/2014/04/daphne_planning_board_oks_19-b.html

A service station with 24 hour service and food facilities is now proposed next to the apartment site, further impacting the intersection and neighborhood. As usual, the residents living in the area were last to be notified. In less than 2 minutes you can reach 2 gas stations and at least 6 eating establishments, yet they want to put a service station on an already taxed intersection. In Fairhope, they put a gas station on a roundabout.

BOYCOTT: The Gas Station on the New Roundabout

Fairhope has been cited for many national awards for its beauty. But, it deserves awards for more than just flowers. Placing a gas station located on a safety roundabout in a residential area on theโ€ฆ

Source: rippreport.com/2017/05/24/boycott-the-gas-station-on-the-new-roundabout/

The apartment complex has caused a traffic jams each morning for residents and the school buses are overcrowded.

The residents of Daphmont have rallied into an organized group opposing the change of zoning. Daphne residents can expect meetings being canceled and rescheduled and their concerns will fall on deaf ears. They will hear about property rights without their property rights being mentioned. The owners and developers will present studies and data that supports the project and will promise road improvements, that will never come. The city will explain that the project was approved years ago and that there is nothing they can do.

To add insult to injury there is also conversation about Rock Creek wanting to tap into Dale Rd. that would take traffic to Johnson Rd. Rock Creek is experiencing heavy traffic congestion at the current Rock Creek entrance/exits on 98. Rock Creek has opposed connectivity through Parker Rd and Sandy Ford yet they want to connect to Johnson Rd through Daphmont neighborhood? Really! Daphmont is opposed to such connectivity as it obviously will cause yet further congestion in the neighborhood and the intersection at highway 98.

Daphmont neighborhood is being changed by non residents, their quality of life is being impacted, traffic has increased and property values will suffer, that is what your mayor, council and planning and zoning need to hear.

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  1. Violet Latham | June 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm |

    Great reporting Mr. Ripp. Anyone paying attention can see that the developers are still running the asylum. Fairhopers are adversely affected by new developments in Daphne because it puts more cars on 98 leading to Interstate Ten. Fairhope drivers play second fiddle to Daphne drivers. One day soon folks are gonna wake up and realize we let too many people onto the eastern shores.

    • Jester Triple-Six | June 21, 2017 at 10:46 pm |

      This is not reporting but slanderous!

      So how is Fairhope going to stop the growth in Daphne? What everyone needs to understand this area is growing so they need to embrace it, plan for it and work with developers! Fairhope is not going to stop it because Daphne and other municipalities want the tax dollars. Daphne has the big-box retailers and the tax base to possibly start a city school system. Because of this tax base, Daphne can do more with less population. However, with more retail comes more population, if they build it they will come!

      Fairhope will never be a Seaside, Seaside was built from the ground up, Fairhope has been here a while. Fairhope needs to take advantage of 181 being widened and plan for some retail out that way, Fairhope planning area is going to grow regardless of what others may want. It simply can not be stopped, property owners do have strong property rights in Alabama. Get over it!

      • Anonymous | June 22, 2017 at 6:59 am |

        Growth can’t be stopped, but it CAN be managed with a zoning and ordinances. A master plan has yet to be implemented and enforced by the city.

        • Jester Triple-Six | June 22, 2017 at 12:39 pm |

          Totally agree that it can be managed but Fairhope can not do anything about the growth of Daphne or other municipalities. AND Fairhope will never be a Seaside. There has been a Master Plan, an updated Master Plan, then updated again. The Master Plan is not worth the paper it has been written on if it is not followed.

          You can’t slap words on a Master Plan then one day try and enforce it. Nor can you enforce a Master Plan when it is against the laws of the state.

          This new administration has been in office now for what, 9 months? No plan, no strategy just spend, spend, spend and spend more on this, on that!

          Nothing from her or her sidekick. Ripp, people like me should have you looking hard at QKFF and her corruption, but you only look at those that have built this city.

          Your hypocrisy has no bounds.

          • Tara Finch | June 22, 2017 at 2:28 pm |

            Kant was a crook. Still is. Burrell and Boone are nect to go.

          • Anonymous | June 22, 2017 at 7:43 pm |

            Agree, totally unacceptable to not have plan regarding growth after nine-months of office, especially considering growth was THE central theme of this mayoral/council election. Completely frustrated with the broken promises.

      • People who believe like you have convinced me to keep doing what I can to wake folks up. Quite simply you do not see the big picture and certainly are missing the message.

        • Jester Triple-Six | June 22, 2017 at 1:11 pm |

          IF it were not for the city council, QKFF would destroy what it took 30 years to build, she will destroy in 4 years.

          • Anonymous | June 22, 2017 at 5:58 pm |

            Hello Tim Kant! This sounds like something you would say!

          • Watching Jester the Asshole | June 22, 2017 at 6:07 pm |

            Court Jester Triple-Six. Why don’t you go serve your King and shut the hell up. It’s one thing to post. But, it seems like it has become a full time job for you. Your whole court is a Joke along with everything you post. Damn. Just call Ripp and talk to him if that’s all you’ve got to do. Stupidity must run deep in your family! Y’all could ruin Fairhope in one day! Y’all doing a pretty good job as it is!

            • Jester Triple-Six | June 22, 2017 at 9:10 pm |

              With all the lies being spread on here someone has to bring balance to this forum. If not, then all of QKFF supporters will try and blame everything on the council.

              I bet the mayor’s supporters blame this bad weather on the council!

              Seems like I have frustrated QKFF supporters with the truth!

              • I don’t blame the bad weather on the council but the blame does fall on the past council for not ever fixing the infrastructure That cannot withstand this weather. People need to be held accountable!! On a night like this… Just go outside and you can smell the sewer at the bay, by fly creek, in the wetlands!! It’s a travesty!!
                The cells of Baldwin county

            • Anonymous | June 25, 2017 at 3:44 pm |

              Jester needs to start his own blog or FB page where he can type his fingers to the bone without irritating the crap out of everybody else. Dang, I’ve never heard anybody who likes to jabber as much as he does.

          • Francis Paul Ripp | July 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm |

            The council has done absolutely nothing, but be obstructionist.

  2. Anonymous | June 21, 2017 at 8:10 pm |

    I sincerely hope that there is some way that our City Council will kill the Fly Creek Apartments. Here are the facts as I see them (and I am sure you will point out where I am incorrect):

    1) No one wants more Fly Creek development b/c of the obvious damage to the environment.
    2) Only Corte and the out of state developers are in favor b/c of the money involved.
    3) There are too many apartments in the area already, in part because of the still unrented Colonnade apartments mentioned in this article. They are only a couple of miles away from Fairhope and they remain unrented after almost a year.
    4) The schools and roads are already overcrowded and under-funded.
    5) Fairhope’s population has been adamant that we don’t want to lure transients. There are hundreds of homes for rent and available to purchase for less than the rents discussed.
    6) Jack Burrell campaigned on his promise that he voted against the apartments the first time’ why has he changed his mind?
    7) Kevin Boone should recuse himself b/c of his ties to the parties involved in Fly Creek.
    8) Robert Brown should recuse himself b/c of his recently admitted admiration for Mr. Corte.
    He failed to mention this dedication when he was running for city council.
    9) Our Mayor campaigned and won mainly because of her promise to do her best to get rid of the apartment plan and maintain the integrity of the city. It is time for her to go to the Council and make a deal that she will clean up her administration in exchange for the Council doing the right thing for the city. They will all be losing some ‘friends’ over it, but they will one day be proud of not destroying this wonderful city.
    10) If the Council does nothing other than ram this apartment deal through against such massive opposition and in seven years (or less) this becomes Section 8 housing (because by then the investors have made their money and moved on), we will still remember the names of the men who dealt Fairhope a death blow.
    Please Please speak to the Councilmen if you know them. I have sent emails about this and never received replies, so it is clear that the Council Members do not care about those other than their personal friends.

    • its in the PIPELINE

      The truth is coming soon
      Raising my right HAND

      • A whole bunch of people are going to have to raise their right hand.

        • Jester Triple-Six | June 22, 2017 at 12:44 pm |

          That is why the IT Technician left the city of Fairhope, he knows his hand will be raised! QKFF will be raising her right hand too! I want to the fly on the wall when she is deposed, I can see it now, “uh, well, let me see, you know what I mean, uh, oh, well, it is everyone else’s fault, not mine.” Duh, Duh!

          • Anonymous | June 22, 2017 at 8:52 pm |

            Did the IT Tech quit his/her job recently with no explanation or was he/she fired? There have been so many allegations flying around, but I don’t see that anything illegal was done. What am I missing or are some trying to make a mountain out of a molehill? I have no doubt that Wilson’s two ‘Cabinet members’ are morons who consistently give her bad advice b/c they have to control her in order to keep the status quo. Who was the IT person and what happened to that position?

          • The it guy I know was interviewed by the FBI

    • The only elected official working for voters is Mayor Wilson.

      • Jester Triple-Six | June 22, 2017 at 12:45 pm |

        Keep living that lie, just keep believing that. When you wake up, you will break out into a sweat!

    • Anonymous | June 22, 2017 at 7:20 am |

      The 10 point plan will never happen.
      #1. Developers do not care about green-except in their pockets

      #2 correct

      #3 developers do not care

      #4 see #3

      #5 see#4

      #6 you don’t know Jack do you?

      #7 fat chance

      #8. The reasons these dweebs run for public office. To reward friends and families with taxpayer $$$$

      #9 This one is really a stretch!!!!!

      #10. BINGO

      Someone turnout the lights Fairhope will be closed!!

      • Anonymous | June 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm |

        So are you saying section 8 housing is not allowed in Fairhope? Is it because Fairhope doesn’t care about minorities? Or low-income people? Is Fairhope just about the wealthy and wants to remain predominantly white? Didn’t Mayor Wilson run on a platform of inclusion of everyone? Clarify, please!

        • Anonymous | June 23, 2017 at 9:17 am |

          Your comment is a classic reaction to the indoctrination of victimhood. Only whites are capable of achieving the economic means to live in FH? Absurd

        • Anonymous | June 23, 2017 at 9:44 am |

          Fairhope already has some Section 8 housing. If you haven’t noticed, Fairhope is not a large city, has little or no public transportation and has few jobs available for uneducated workers. Additionally, Section 8 housing always becomes run down quickly because those with no ownership interest do not take care of property. This is why Fairhope and most other cities would prefer to have owner-occupied housing as much as possible. Why would anyone who couldn’t afford the rent want to move here anyway?

    • Jester Triple-Six | June 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm |

      Maybe the reason you have not received a reply, perhaps the emails were intercepted by the IT department and it will take time for QKFF to read all of them before having them released to the council’s email accounts! Spygate!

    • Anonymous | June 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm |

      No…Robert Brown should recuse himself because he is a builder and developer and already has his mind made up as to which way he will vote and who he will automatically side with!

      • Trevor Hoss | June 22, 2017 at 8:40 pm |

        So Brown is a goober.

      • Jester Triple-Six | June 22, 2017 at 9:01 pm |

        Robert Brown is one of the best council members we have, he is smart, methodical in thought and when he speaks he is to the point. He asks the right questions and wants to do what is right for Fairhope!

  3. They are all in the same COMPANY!! Big Sandy LLC
    Start searching the secretary’s of state’s business entity. Laurel LLC, headwater holding LLC, Marlin management LLC, north ridge LLC
    Kevin Boone, John Avent Jacob Cunningham, Ray Hix Haymes sneddeker… The list goes on and on !!
    12940 underwood rd
    Summerdale Alabama
    Start looking at campaign donations …
    They just change the LLCs it is a JOKE

    Follow the soccer balls ….. It’s in the PIPELINE
    They are being watched closely……..

  4. Daphneman | June 22, 2017 at 8:41 am |

    I am worried about my property value. Congestion is getfing worse.

    • You should. Your tax s are going up. Daphne is a mess because of the Council and mayor. They have sold out the town to the real estate bosses

  5. Tara Finch | June 22, 2017 at 8:54 am |

    Human feces or maybe large goose droppings spotted at thr pier. Citizen alert!

  6. Leslie Gagnet | June 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm |

    Nothing should be built until the roads are taken care of. We do not have enough jobs in Daphne to handle all of the apartment complexes being built. Commutes are way to long already. We do not need anymore traffic than what we can handle. It has gotten crazy around here. Greed is a terrible thing.

  7. Violet Latham | June 22, 2017 at 3:54 pm |

    The good ole boys have all been paid off for all the deals that were in the works when kant was defeated (rightly so). Fairhope is getting too big. It is already not the retirement destination it used to be. It’s more like a place for young families that has gotten entirely way out of hand. When these young kids need a 8A high school in ten years everyone is going to see that the cart went way before the horse. So if the sewers and roads aren’t up to snuff then why are we even considering corte’s apartments? What is the plan to grow the infrastructure and schools (new buildings are neeeded)? Come on goobers we cannot have it both ways! We need to slow the frick down and preserve what we have. Jack you and Kevin Boone better realize people know about you now. Please understand we want to save our city.

  8. Daphne and Fairhope better work together. And not to screw the people.

  9. Melvin Beam | June 23, 2017 at 7:23 am |

    The people of Daphne DESERVE what they got. The mayor and several council people are developers bought and paid for by the real estate people. Their campaigns were run by Catalyst which is a real estate interest. Two county commissioners are in the real estate business. Why are people surprised? When this area looks like an Atlanta suburb and taxes are too high, our quality of life
    Will be over. Our quality of life here is just about gone here in Baldwin County and we have no one to blame but ourselves for electing these self serving people thinking they would safe guard our home. In the end they sold them. It is like entrusting your children to pimps

  10. Beverly Thomas | June 23, 2017 at 10:10 am |

    I was there last night Mr. Ripp. You shut the good ole boys down! Daphne got a dose of Paul Ripp last night!!

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