Several weeks ago Lagniappe published the story below:

Point Clear residents fight RSA condo proposal – Lagniappe Mobile

Point Clear residents fight RSA condo proposal – Lagniappe Mobile

A controversial condo development in historic Point Clear is likely to be considered by the Baldwin County Planning & Zoning Commission Sept. 5, two months after the applicant tabled the request amid concerns from nearby homeowners. The Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), which purchased The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and nearby properties in …


This is a dispute between the Point Clear Properties Association and RSA, Retirement Systems of Alabama. RSA owns the Grand Hotel. They make the decisions, the management of the hotel only follows orders. Just like the toll bridge, Goat Hill telling us what to do.



After a 4 and half hour meeting of the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization, they voted to stand firm against Poison Ivy. It was a sight to behold every politician in Baldwin County showed…


The piece of property in question is the quaint marina next to the Grand Hotel, 1.27 acres. The homeowners association has done an excellent job of opposing the 12 unit condo project. A petition of over 400 signatures and an additional 100 letters have been submitted to the Baldwin County Planning Commission.

The Homeowners Association, local residents, the Baldwin County Planning Commission and the Fairhope planning Board are all in opposition to the zoning change.

This opposition has now infuriated RSA and they intend on punishing Point Clear and the entire Eastern Shore.

If a condo is built on the site the fuel station would not be allowed, however no condo project has been approved. So why the hell did RSA take out the fuel tanks?

RSA decision to remove the gas tanks has cost jobs and they forced the hotel to close the Marina. They took the gas tanks out and stopped pumping to the general public for the first time in 50 years. Think about that now! everyone will have to go to Fly Creek Marina, Fairhope, 6 miles away. Every pontoon boat, every jet ski, fisherman or tourist. This is going to be a pain in the ass for everyone needing fuel.

The condo project sounds like something hatched while on the golf course, or maybe over a scotch by some fat cat from Montgomery, who wants a condo by the Grand. Makes ya wonder just who the 12 condo’s are for?

The Baldwin County Planning Commission should not hear the re zoning case until RSA puts the gas tanks back. This area is zoned TRD Tourism Resort District and RSA wants to kill the tourist part and penalize the eastern shore for not bowing to RSA.

To install a new fuel station and marina along the Eastern Shore would take years and miles of paperwork, if it is even possible.

RSA should hang their head in shame, instead they are going to take your access to fuel for watercraft and bully their way forward.

Baldwin County Planning and Zoning meeting is Sept 5. Please let your voice, letter or e-mail be heard.

Please encourage the Baldwin County Planning Commission to support tourism and the property owners of Point Clear. This case should not be heard until RSA returns the property to it’s original condition, prior to application. Tourist Resort District’s were formed to encourage and promote tourism, that is what EVERYONE wants, not to KILL tourism.

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  1. Stand up for your homes, Baldwin! | August 31, 2019 at 8:52 am |

    Baldwin County is a chump to Alabama. Full of suburbanites just waiting to be taxed and governed; paying mortgages on over-priced houses built with balsa-like wood; and paying a gas tax so the people in the other counties can have nice roads with Baldwin paying for it
    So you folks in Baldwin need a bridge to get to Mobile? The state will put a toll on it. It was this topic you started waking up and took a stand
    Now Baldwin County you see where someone wants to put a condo up so the movers and shakers in Montgomery can have a place to stay on the weekends Don’t like it? Then keep pushing back on outside interests running roughshod over you!!!
    These bullies are not really tough as they want you to think. Stand up for yourselves and we he bullies will fun like scalded dogs
    Just take the toll bridge for example. When the Baldwin people stood up, the politicians and outside interests all backed off. Even the Governor declared it dead

  2. Spanish Fort Oracle | August 31, 2019 at 7:45 pm |

    RSA got those condos built on the golf course. What do hey want they will get. They can do a lot more than pull a few gas pumps to get their way

  3. If the project is approved I will be the first to buy one of the units. I just love Point Clear

    • Georgia Orwell | August 31, 2019 at 9:57 pm |

      Plenty of property for sale in this area……..the marina does not need to be developed for you to ‘buy a unit’!

    • Francis Ripp | September 1, 2019 at 7:17 am |

      I doubt that they are already spoken for and each will get a boat slip, compliments of RSA

  4. Georgia Orwell | August 31, 2019 at 9:56 pm |

    I have been so shocked by the recent attacks on Point Clear landowners by RSA. RSA may be digging its own grave here.

  5. Daniel Boone | September 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm |

    Alabama sure is strange and backward. It’s like folks here just care if your a Christian or not and nothing else matters.

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