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We're so humbled for our community to be featured in an article in the latest issue of the Current Connection publication that is distributed nationwide.
A biannual newsletter of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, State Lands Division, Coastal Section and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, you may read the article and the rest of the informative issue by clicking here: http://www.mobilebaynep.com/images/uploads/library/AL_CC-V11-Issue_2_Winter_2017-2018-web.pdf
Still looking for participants here on the Peninsula portion of the Parkway. Contact us if interested.
Trash pick up news from the City of Mobile...
We're on track to pick up South trash routes on schedule, November 6th through 10th. November 10th is Veterans' Day, but we WILL pick up trash and garbage that day.
Always interesting to see what our community looked like many years ago.
Thank you Paul T. Butler for this 1940's look at Mobile's coastal Peninsula.
Please consider getting involved in this process, if only by written feedback. This issue is very important to the future of our watery community.
The public boat launch on the bay side of McNally Park is closed temporarily.
Thanks to Capitol Improvement Project (CIP) funds, the launch into McNally Park Channel leading into Mobile Bay from the park is being completely rebuilt.
Thank you Councilman Small, City of Mobile and all involved for making this much needed project a reality.
See you there!
HELEN WOOD PARK IS CLOSED ...
According to Mobile City Parks, Hurricane Nate did the most significant damage at Helen Wood Park near the tip of the peninsula on the western shore of Mobile Bay in the mouth of Dog River. The PARK IS NOW CLOSED until further notice.
The popular fishing pier is now on the northside of DIP; the potties have been destroyed and generally the place is a wreck with storm debris brought in by the waves.
Officials say they are assessing how to make the park safe before reopening, however due to the extent of damage, repairs will take time.
Meanwhile, McNally Park fared rather well with mostly storm debris leading to and around the jetties. The Parks department say that the debris will be cleared soon. The Perch Creek side is open.
This looks interesting from the economic potential for our community....
We welcome Seaglass jewelry artist Sandy Porter to our line up of talent participating in the upcoming Art & Paddle - Peninsula Style NEXT Saturday beginning at 10 am at McNally Park.
Sandy combs the bayshore for just the right pieces to create her unique jewelry - a great recycle use of materials!
She joins other artists of varying crafts including the culinary food crafts from Smokin Gringo's and Cammie's Little Dutch!
Hope you're planning to attend this fundraiser sponsored by Thompson Engineering & Coldsmith, Ryder and Associates. All donations are appreciated and will go toward implementation of the Mobile Peninsula Corridor Master Plan.
Another art form we're proud to feature during the upcoming art fundraising event for the Peninsula....
Handmade quilts made from upholstery fabric, are just one of Dorothy Parker's works to be shown. Just in time for the cooler weather ahead!
Make plans now for Art & Paddle - Peninsula Style Saturday, October 7th beginning at 10am in McNally Park on Mobile's bay shore.
Another wonderful cleanup opportunity this Saturday....
Hope you're making plans to come join Saturday morning's annual Coastal Cleanup starting at 8am.
Meet at McNally Park (4380 Park Rd) on Mobile's western bay shore to register & pick up supplies then be sent out to remove and record litter that makes its way downstream along either the bayfront (Garrow's Bend watershed) and/or around Perch Creek - part of the Dog River Watershed.
Be sure and wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle, hat and sunscreen. We provide the rest!
For more info, message us!
Work began today at Helen Wood Park on Mobile's bay front as the rusted pavilion was demolished.
A new pavilion and other upgrades are coming to this favorite fishing spot at the foot of the Dog River Bridge thanks to funding made available through the City's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
The Peninsula welcomes the new
Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program, a project of Birmingham Audubon open now in Mobile.
Mobile, Ala.—A new program focused on coastal bird monitoring and stewardship in Mobile and Baldwin Counties launched this week with the opening of Birmingham Audubon’s Coastal Programs Office at 118 North Royal Street.
Science and program-management staff begin with surveys of coastal birds along 20 miles of routes this fall, and with stewardship of beach-nesting species next year. Birmingham Audubon represents Alabama in a gulf-wide network of National Audubon conservation programs from Florida to Texas.
The Birmingham Audubon Coastal Programs staff will implement the Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program, a program of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources funded through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
We can't wait to show you our birds!
Photo: Debbie Watkins
Good Morning from the Peninsula....
the City of Mobile's western bay shore.
Photo: Debbie Watkins 08.17.17
Thinking of participating in the first ART-PENINSULA STYLE art show on Mobile's bay front? Check out the rules of participation...
Good morning from the Peninsula's western bay shore!
This beautiful sunrise compliments of Debbie Watkins. Thanks Debbie.
More good news for our community! Did you know...
The Peninsula portion of DIP is home to six (6) parks? One is Trimmier Park; home to B.C. Rain High School football.
Thank you Councilman Small and the Administration's Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) much needed improvements to Trimmier Park, the design of which is pictured, are coming. Improvements also include a Challenge Course.
Construction should begin next year.
Celebrating the 4th....
The jetties at McNally Park is a great place to watch fireworks from all around Mobile Bay. And please, properly dispose of all trash.
Have a safe and Happy Independence Day!
And remember, NO trash pickup this week. Trash will be picked up Tuesday, July 18th.
Coming up channel, just past Gilliard Island to the right of the sailboat. Eastern Shore pictured behind. It's HUGE!
Pack a basket, come hang out at one of McNally Park's still new picnic table/bench sets at the tip of the jetties tomorrow morning and catch a rare chance to see two new HUGE cranes moving up Mobile Bay.
The Alabama State Port Authority (ASPA) say the two Chinese built cranes are are classed as "super post-Panamax" units - the biggest class of container ships and cranes currently in use worldwide.
ASPA says if the current schedule holds, the Mobile arrival will mark the end of a voyage that began Shanghai in late April and went around the Cape of Good Hope.
Just some of the advantages of living on Mobile's coastal Peninsula!
The vast wetlands comprising a large part of the Peninsula portion of DIP, Mobile's coastal barrier island, are doing their job beautifully absorbing the flooding rains sent to us by TS Cindy.
Thank you Wesley Sheffield for sharing this picture of Perch Creek at DIP yesterday and reminding us of the vital role these "swamps" play in our coastal lives.
In answer to a recent question - Why "The Peninsula"?
What a wonderful way to spend the day as a family at the fishing hole on Perch Creek. Look for the new sign coming soon!
Pictured: Tait-Callaway family of Theodore.
So happy to see the start of Phase 1 of our new pocket park.
So much fun yesterday joining Mobile Baykeeper partner Hanlon Walsh as we taped Beverly McDowell's show that will air Sunday morning on Cumulus Radio stations! We talked Crepe Myrtle Trail, the ride, historic coastal oaks, the Peninsula, Dog River and everything in between. Thank you Beverly!
It's that time of year, BEAUTIFUL weekends in Mobile's coastal community. Whether it's biking, fishing, kayaking, sailing or plain walking....the Peninsula has a spring event for you!
Mark your calendar to come join us for this great Mobile United sponsored health event!
For all cycling lovers looking for a good ride. Our partners at ACF want you to know.....
Notice anything different? Look closely.
Thank you Bay Furniture & Appliance for your willingness to be the example of small, affordable upgrades to older buildings that, when made, can improve the overall look of a community.
This example shows how painting the existing bars across the window make them virtually disappear leaving a more welcoming look to the business.
Not pictured are the improvements made to the company's sign. And soon, the new sidewalks, grass and trees will be installed!
Did you know......
Thank you ACHT for all you do to help our coastal community insurance plight.
Planning underway for this year's Crepe Myrtle trail ride across Brookley and along the bay front Saturday April 1st!!!
Welcome "Little Dutch" (baby of "Old Dutch Ice Cream" on Old Shell Road) to the Peninsula!
Thank you for believing in the Heart of Parkway!
Please remember us when shopping Amazon!
We just love seeing people enjoy the Fixit station at McNally Park along the bayfront Crepe Myrtle Trail.
Thank you again, Delta Bike Project, for making it a reality!
For 30 years, this community has hosted the ONLY West Mobile Bay shore clean up effort during Alabama's participation in the International Coastal Cleanup.
So proud to have the effort recognized in this quarter's Alabama PALS (People Against a Littered State) newsletter
https://www.alpals.org/default/assets/File/Newsletters/Volume_37_2017_01.pdf along with the wonderful TEAM AIRBUS!
Read the entire issue that also boasts Dog River Clearwater Revival's 2016 cleanup success!
Effective February, Tio's is NO LONGER on the Peninsula.
Did you know....
You can now get delicious authentic Puerto Rican cuisine at the Peninsula's newest unique sandwich shop?
Welcome Tio's Gourmet - 2100 Dauphin Island Parkway inside the Discount Center! The emparedado was awesome!
As Mobile's biking community grows....
(Note the connection to the bay!)
City of Mobile to create Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail
Mobile, Ala.— The City of Mobile is creating a Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail Management Plan that will be the framework for the multi-model pathway. It will identify next steps, cost estimates, community benefits, easement needs and logical project section priorities.
The City will utilize the plan to foster community partnerships, seek grant funding for trail design and construction and effectively incorporate plan implementation into the Capital Improvement Plan.
Last year, Mayor Stimpson announced his plans to build a twelve-mile greenway that would stretch from the University of South Alabama to Mobile Bay. The City is now leading the planning and construction efforts that will use a phased approach that builds the trail in sections over time.
The Mobile City Council is expected to vote on the $46,530 professional services contract during Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting. This includes a $20,000 Grant received from the Community Foundation of South Alabama. Pending Council approval, the management plan will be spearheaded by Moffatt & Nichol and is expected to be completed in June.
“This is a monumental step to restoring Three Mile Creek to its historic significance,” said Mayor Stimpson. “Three Mile Creek was Mobile’s drinking water source before World War II, and now it can once again connect communities throughout Mobile. This new trail will encourage fitness, beautify a vital waterway and educate citizens.”
Here's another event happening to benefit our community....
Did you know.....
- Why is Mobile's coastal peninsula "the Heart of the Parkway"?
- Dauphin Island Parkway, State Hwy. 163 is 33 miles long with 12 different communities.
From our Board of Directors, Advisors and Committee Chairs....
Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday❤️️
From our Board of Directors, Advisors, Committee chairs and dedicated volunteers......
Have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!
While the map below shows launch sites currently available on Mobile's Peninsula, Dog River's Scenic Blueway is evolving as are several of the trails found along our coast.
Thank you to everyone who worked to make our first fundraiser a success! Special thanks to our dedicated Fundraising Committee and Board members; Bay Furniture & Appliance for such a fabulous location; PODS for our storage units and some items and the hundreds of people who came out and caught some terrific bargains!
Mark your calendar for Veteran's Day weekend 2017, as we plan to do it again!!!!
Come check out all the goodies for sale and support the mission to redevelop our community
A Spooktacular forecast for this Saturday's 7th Annual Dog River Ghost Chase across our scenic Dog River Bridge!
Register today and don your favorite costume for this family friendly 5k run/walk awareness event!
Native lantana not only makes for a lovely blooming fall yard plant it also provides much needed food for butterflies. It requires little care, even during these dry days.
This iconic piece brought lots of positive attention to our community last week. This article in the MCPSS newsletter explains...
The T-2C Buckeye Navy trainer airplane that sits outside B.C. Rain High School on Dauphin Island Parkway has become a landmark.
Bringing it to the school’s front lawn would not have been possible without the help of volunteers that officials thanked today. That includes:
The U.S. Navy for donating the airplane
VT-MAE employees for assembling the aircraft
Workers in the MCPSS Facilities Division for building a concrete slab to hold the aircraft
Welding students at Faulkner and Bryant career-tech centers for building a fence, and automotive students for painting the fence
B.C. Rain JROTC students and military veterans for taking care of the display.
This was all done under the leadership of Principal Marlon Firle and Mobile County Public School’s Career-Technical Education Division.
“It took teamwork to make this possible,” said Alfred Orange, a sophomore at B.C. Rain who is in JROTC. “All of these people came together to help us. That’s what we do in ROTC – we practice teamwork.”
VT-MAE officials and military veterans present at a ceremony Friday said they are always willing to put in time for the students at B.C. Rain, which houses the Signature Academy of Aerospace and Aviation. The school provides hands-on training for students interested in careers in aerospace or aviation technology and has several local businesses and organizations who are very involved in mentoring the students.
“It takes a lot of partners to make things happen,” said Assistant Superintendent Larry Mouton, who oversees workforce development and career-technical education for MCPSS. “It took hundreds of hours to put this all together. And now, this aircraft represents not only the spirit of B.C. Rain. It is also the spirit of the community, the spirit of America and the spirit of the military.”
Have a wonderful weekend enjoying this beautiful place we call home. Thank you for your support.
Did you know.....
This was the 30th our western bay shore has hosted the annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup? Thanks to Mobile County Traffic Department who wrote the date on the back of the signs when they made them!
The annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup is THIS SATURDAY, rain or shine. We are again hosting the West Mobile Bay Zone from McNally Park, 4380 Park Road, beginning at 8am.
Please wear clothes that will keep you cool and can get wet and dirty. Free T-shirts, gloves, bags and Miko's Italian Ice are given to all participants!
Contact us for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our partners on the river side Dog River Clearwater Revival are hosting two zones, one at Dog River Park the other at Lipscomb Landing off Riviere Du Chien Road. Contact: email@example.com for more info.
Notice the mass of litter ruining the Ibis Rookery? A visual example of why we need you to join us Saturday, September 17th, for the Annual Coastal Cleanup from the Peninsula's zone at McNally Park where hundreds of volunteers comb shorelines and remove/record whats retrieved. This year we want to tackle this site also.
For this area...we need shallow draft vessels and a strong will. Please contact us if you can help.
What a beautiful sight today - An Ibis rookery just north of Brookley Aeroplex.
All this this on the west shore of Mobile Bay in the Garrows Bend Watershed.
So good to see much needed improvements coming to our waterfront parks! Thank you City of Mobile for furthering our master plan goal of passive recreation.
For a complete list of the funded improvements planned for our part of District 3, visit the City's website www.cityofmobile.org and follow the links to the Capitol Improvement Plan.
The following is a message from the family of the late William Dotch - founder of the shop and an original board member with the Peninsula.
Thank You DIP!
On Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 11am to 3pm, we want to show the DIP community and surrounding areas how much we appreciate your continuous support and dedication to Dotch's Barber & Style.
Come out meet our new team of barbers, enjoy free refreshments and good music. If you are 18 or older and need to register to vote.....We got you covered! Still need school supplies??? We have that too! First come first serve!
Come and meet a representative of the Peninsula of Mobile Organization and get involved in your community!
We look forward to seeing you on the 27th and We Appreciate Your Business!
Thank you ALDOT for hosting an Environmental Connection meeting Tuesday and including the Peninsula.
A pedestrian study of our corridor, State 163/Dauphin Island Parkway, will be conducted in support of the Master Plan that calls for a more walkable-bikeable community.
Other groups represented included: http://www.joinacf.org/ http://www.disl.org/, http://dogriver.org/, http://www.mobilebaynep.com/, the Mobile Chapter of http://www.sierraclub.org/alabama and http://hikealabama.org/joomla/.
Not all presenters or attendees are pictured.
Congratulations to a Peninsula institution on surviving a challenging year and continuing to support our community.
The late William Dotch was an original board member with the Peninsula of Mobile.
Members of the Board of Directors recently were given a peek at prioritizing recommended Action Items listed in the new Master Plan for the Peninsula Corridor!
The weather may be dreary but look at this bright new addition to Waffle House at 1754 DIP - the gateway to our community!
Thank you Mgr. Daphne Wells for ensuring people have place to dispose of their trash before it becomes litter damaging the image of our community and waterways that surround it.
Hope you enjoy this hot, summer day!
Happy Father's Day! Get out and enjoy!
Please come Tuesday night in support of our community and the Peninsula's plans.....
Come help our community this Saturday and get a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Bay Furniture & Appliance!
If you haven't seen their furniture? Just visit their website http://www.bayfurnitureco.com/
If Drones are your thing and given our community includes Mobile's biggest airfield - Brookley - please consider attending this workshop....
From our partners at Alabama Coastal Foundation....contact them for more info on this fun night of baseball!
We are shocked and saddened by the news of the random act of violence that resulted in the shooting of our Council member C.J. Small in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday and grateful to hear he is in stable condition.
Our prayers are with him for healing and for a safe and speedy return to US soil.
Proud day today as we received the 2016 Group of the Year award for the organization’s “outstanding work and commitment to protecting rivers and their watersheds” during the 18th Annual Alabama Water Rally section of the National River Rally conference held in downtown Mobile.
The Peninsula of Mobile began in 2013 working toward implementing the mission of “Supporting the development of a clean and vibrant community while working to sustain the sensitive environment which IS … The Peninsula. The group is planning the release of the nearly completed draft master plan for re-development of the aged community based on coastal resilience.
Pictured (L-R) Peninsula Advisory Board Member Aven Warner; Director, Debi Foster; Board of Directors Co-Chair Kathy Sanders.
Have you seen the improvement???? Thank you Namans!!!
Our most sincere thanks go out to all the people at the table today to discuss the Peninsula's proposed pilot project with lead partner Bay Furniture & Appliance 3311 Dauphin Island Parkway.
The purpose of the groundbreaking project is to create a demonstration template for “Retro‐Fitting” (redoing) older existing properties with large asphalt areas using practical Low Impact Development strategies to absorb and filter storm water before it enters nearby waterbodies.
Our special thanks to ALDOT for hosting the meeting and to both them and the City of Mobile for their participation in the creation of such a project. Pictured from top left to right are:
Stewart Hanley - Peninsula of Mobile, Phil McIntosh and Courtney Harkness - Thompson Engineering, James Foster - resident, Vince Calametti and Don Powell - ALDOT , Terry Plauche - Plauche Landscape Architect, Tim Williams - Peninsula, Marybeth Bergin - City of Mobile.
Not pictured are: Micheal Smith and Jason Shaw - ALDOT, Debi Foster - Peninsula, Marybeth Sullivan and Denise Brown - City of Mobile.
Did you know....
The signs are up!!! Thank you City of Mobile, ALDOT and our partners Dog River Clearwater Revival for making this happen.
Specific thanks to the Dog River Scenic Blueway (DRSBW) committee who's been hard at work for nearly 10 years on this project.
Signage now leads people to the Peninsula's two Blueway launch points - Robinson Bayou (Gulfdale) and Helen Wood Park. The DRSBW is part of the National Parks Service River Trails System and is on the Delta Route of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.
It's that time of year again. Please be careful as you drive during this season of turtle crossings.
If you liked Saturday's ride and want the trail to become a reality, consider putting this on your calendar!
Our annual coastal gift.
Members of the Peninsula's Board of Directors and Advisory Board were shown the DRAFT Peninsula of Mobile Corridor Master Plan last night. Final touches are now being made to the document which should be complete within weeks.
Pictured is GMC's project lead Brandon Bias during last night's monthly board meeting.
The rain should be about out of here and the temperatures cooler for tomorrow morning's clean up at 1750 Dauphin Island Parkway just north of the Waffle House.
Please bring your favorite gloves, hand tools and any gas or battery powered tools to help us give this long-time eyesore a face lift for the summer and get it ready to become our community Visitor Center.
It was so good to join supporters and partners last night at Councilman CJ Small's District 3 meeting at Maryvale School on Dauphin Island Parkway north of I-10.
Some of our community's dedicated volunteers were happy to spend a few hours this morning helping our partners Mobile Airport Authority and Airbus ready for next week's opening of Doyle Park.
Pictured L-R: Sue Winter, Kathy Degnan, Debi Foster, Kathy Sanders, Aven Warner, Alvin Berstein (kneeling).
Representatives from Federal and State agencies along with reps from government and non-governmental organizations on both sides of the bay met this morning for Alabama Coastal Basin meeting. The group meets quarterly to share information related to clean water.
Part of the Alabama Clean Water Partnership, the group's mission is to protect, improve, and maintain water quality in Alabama’s Coastal River Basins by meeting the goals of the Clean Water Act through basin wide public/private partnerships.
The Peninsula was grateful to be included in today's discussions.
For more info visit http://www.cleanwaterpartnership.org/alabama-river-basins/…/
Organizers are firming plans for the 3rd Annual Crepe Myrtle Trail Family Bike Ride along Mobile's bay front , Saturday, April 2nd beginning at 8am. Hope you're planning to come!
Thank you pictured partners: Team Share the Road, Mobile Baykeeper, Alabama Coastal Foundation, Mobile Airport Authority, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Mobile United, Delta Bike Project! Many more like Dog River Clearwater Revival, Mobile County Health Department, MAWSS are working to make this the best ride yet!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Delta Bike Project, City of Mobile Parks and Chris Holmes Construction for making this FIXIT station at McNally Park a reality. Hundreds of cyclists using the Peninsula's bay and river front trail now have access to quick repairs. This will be really handy during the upcoming Crepe Myrtle Trail ride April 2nd!
Gratitude abounded as returning Dog River Clearwater Revival Board President Claire Wilson accepted a River Steward Award from Debi Foster during DRCR's Annual Meeting Wednesday evening at the Grand Mariner.
They're finished!!!! It took a year but we now have four concrete tables & benches near the water's edge for everyone to enjoy!
The tables are located at: (1) Fishing Hole - Perch Creek @ DIP; (2) Perch Creek side of McNally Park; and (1) along the drive leading out to the jetties on the bay side of McNally.
Thank yous go to: Aven Warner, City Parks & Rec, Mobile Airport Authority, Chris Holmes Construction, Clark Kelly, Bay Concrete and American Rental.
Despite the fog, progress is continuing this morning on the concrete tables & benches being installed around our waterfront parks!
Thank you Board Chair Stewart Hanley for this great shot of a Navy donated plane being delivered at BC Rain.
VTMAE, the group handling the craft, is an industry partner of the school's aviation program.
Reportedly, career tech welding students will construct a fence around the display.
Construction has started on our new Fixit Station at McNally Park! Thank you Chris Holmes Construction and Delta Bike Project for this great tool for cyclists using the Crepe Myrtle Trail!
Did you know that 80 percent of all shore birds have eaten plastic? Think before you buy and especially before you toss.
Awesome updated map showing the projects either underway or proposed for our community.
Thank you Advisory Board member Angela Rangel for her great handiwork!
Let's all support this effort to showcase our community!
See you Saturday!
Thank you Councilman Small and Representative Drummond for resurrecting this parade in honor of our beloved board member, the late William Dotch.
Buying electronics this time of year?
Amazon's 2015 Electronics Gift Guide can help you find high-tech gifts for everyone on your list.
You can generate donations for Peninsula Of Mobile when you buy items on Amazon's Electronics Gift Guide at smile.amazon.com!
This morning's 2nd Annual Mobile Bay National Estuary Program Breakfast where hundreds saw our Peninsula featured as a member of the NEP's two county Community Action Committee.
Thank you NEP for your continued support of Mobile's coastal community!
A link to the video will be provided once released.
Tonight's last 2015 meeting of the Dog River/Garrow's Bend Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee focusing on the 186 miles of Mobile's waterways that comprise our community's two watersheds.
Please make sure to take the survey then share it! You'll find more info here:
As our waters cool, the manatees are on the move south. PLEASE be careful in your boats and don't let another of our endangered creatures die this way.
We made the latest issue of Business Alabama! Thank you "Map for Mobile". Now, let's make it happen!
Great meeting with recreation users of Dog River and Garrow's Bend watersheds as the outreach phase of the watershed management plan continues. Thank you Mobile Bay NEP for funding this project.
We are particularly grateful to be a part of this planning process especially now that one of our projects has been approved for phase one funding!
Mark you calendars - The DIP Holiday Parade is returning to our Peninsula community! Thank you Councilman Small and Representative Drummond!
Mark your calendars!
In keeping with our mission to support a clean and vibrant community...
Thank you Rose Flowers for sharing scenes of our Trimmer Park Saints doing their community proud in Semmes today!!! What a beautiful day for a game.
Check out our new Peninsula Projects map! Each one is moving along in varying degrees of implementation. How exciting!
Thank you Scott Cox for sharing this photo of the wonderful birds seen on our Peninsula.
FINAL NUMBERS from our Coastal Cleanup site
90 volunteers - helped fill 63 bags of trash from the shorelines - weighing approximately 537 pounds! PLUS 160 illegally dumped tires were removed from near Perch Creek's shore. Awesome jobs folks! Thank you!!!
Feasting on the second jubilee in recent weeks along our Peninsula's western shores.
Energizing morning as about 30 leaders gathered to see the draft designs of the first 1.7 miles of the northernmost part of the proposed Mobile Greenway along the shores of Three Mile Creek. Our Crepe Myrtle Trail with its Dog River loop hold up the southern end of this trail system. Thank you Larry Dorsey of Dorsey & Dorsey for an engaging meeting.
Hope you're making plans to join us Saturday morning, September 19th at McNally Park as the western shore of Mobile Bay (Garrow's Bend Watershed) celebrates its 25th Anniversary as a participating zone in this international event.
Thank you Rob Nykvist for the recent photo.
Start gathering the old stuff now so you'll be ready....
As fall approaches, get to know the many native plants along our shorelines that are beginning to bloom. Some are beautiful and most play an important role in perpetuating the landscape we all love along our peninsula - the Heart of Dauphin Island Parkway - Mobile's coastal shore.
Here are two websites to help you -
Did you know...
While this shows statistics Citywide, it's reflective of our community.
Thank you to the City of Mobile's new Property Maintenance Manager who took several hours today riding our corridor with us to see what we can do together to improve our overall image.
We all know the problems are many...not the least of which are many abandoned properties now in tax lien or foreclosure. Remedies to these are not easy and will not come quickly but the wheels are in motion. Rest assured, our Real Estate committee is committed to staying on top of this.
We were reminded that the maintenance of Rights-of-Way; mowing, edging, litter removal, etc., are those of the property owner albeit City, State or School System. We were assured however, that new policies are being put in place to more effectively enforce the rules especially for those who are repeat offenders. Again however, time will tell the level of effectiveness.
Meanwhile, thank you to the Park's Dept. for the new trash cans at our waterfront parks, McNally and Helen Wood. Having tops on the cans will reduce the amount of litter blowing out by regular coastal winds or being pulled out by our many critters!
Did you know...
Commonly called the American Beauty Berry, this native plant is one of the first signs of fall! When the berries change to lavender cooler weather is right around the corner.
Look for it as it grows throughout our Peninsula and is a abundant source of food for Blue Jays and Cardinals.
Rest in Peace our dear Board Member, friend and fellow Peninsula resident William Dotch. Our community has suffered a great loss.
We've been asked to share, and since our mission "Supporting the development of a clean and vibrant community while working to sustain the sensitive environment which IS … The Peninsula, the Heart of Dauphin Island Parkway, achieved through Low Impact Development, supports reductions in Homeowner's Insurance....
Great fun this morning!!!!
Waiting for a cold front?
If you didn't see us this morning on TV10...
Thank you to Asst. City Engineer Rosemary Sawyer and Steve Alexander from Fox 10 who were out before 6 a.m. at our beautiful Perch Creek to discuss tonight's meeting on flood resilience.
Hope to see you tonight at 6 at Fulton Road Baptist! The future of our community depends on your input!
How appropriate that this meeting is held tomorrow....just days before the Flood Resilience workshops -
Our time has arrived...
We've heard of Blue Moons but two moons !!!!
Funny how reflections in glass can play tricks.
Thank you also to ALDOT for our new Share-the-Road signs supporting our Crepe Myrtle Trail! Motorists are now alerted to the potential of cyclists on both the north and south approaches to the Dog River Bridge.
Stay tuned for boat launch signs ALDOT has ordered and will erect alerting people to the fact that both McNally and Helen Wood Parks provide motor boat and/or kayak launches.
Thank you ALDOT for supporting our mission!
Hope you can come!
What's been happening along the Peninsula....
It's OUR turn to focus on OUR community!
A couple of community announcements...
Thursday, May 28th at 1 p.m. we're all invited to come see what Gailliard Elementary has to offer during this free event...
GILLIARD'S CLUB SHOWCASE featuring an excerpt of the play "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"
Come join us!
Hope you can join this interesting survey....
The weather should be be fine in time for tonight's planning workshop at the Elks Lodge 2671 DIP beginning at 6 p.m. We'll have snacks if you're coming straight from work!
Let's design a bike path Mobile!
Make plans now for the 27th to come to join us at the Parkway's Elk's Lodge to share your vision for a connected bike trail system for Mobile including our own Crepe Myrtle Trail along the bay front. See you there!
A gift of Easter season blessings from McNally Park.
Welcome 2015-2016 Board of Directors and Advisory Board
It's so cool living on a working waterfront!
Thank you to Infrastructure Committee members Amy Kleinschrodt and Aven Warner for spending their first Spring Saturday cleaning two of our community eyesore properties during today's
One Block at a Time clean up!
Registration is now open.....
Tomorrow morning! Beginning at 7 - come join us as we continue our sidewalk cleanup beginning near INK WORKS and continuing south toward Legends.
Gas powered WEED EATERS NEEDED!!!!
Mark your calendars now to help us plan for our Parkway Peninsula's growth.........
A message from our Infrastructure Committee:
Our next "One Block At A Time" cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, March 21st from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
We will be working on the East side of Dauphin Island Parkway, south of the MCPSS Maintenance Department (site of last cleanup).
This is the area in front of the apartment complex and Legends Lounge. Sidewalks will be the target.
Gloves, Litter Grabbers, Trash Bags will be provided.
Tools to bring: Flat shovels and gas powered edgers.
We invite everyone to attend and help make a big impact!
Upcoming Cleanup Days - 2nd Saturdays:
Sat. April 11th 7:00 a.m.; location TBA
Sat. May 9th 7:00 a.m.; location TBA
Thank you all - looking forward to working side-by-side with you on Saturday, March 21st!
Infrastructure Committee Co-Chair
Look whooooo was watching over our Parkway Peninsula last evening at dusk!
This overall conceptual outline of a long range plan for our Peninsula will be introduced to the Mayor and City Council during Tuesday's 10:30 a.m. Council meeting.
Come show your support as we move forward ....
It's taken lots of years and a lot of perseverance, but the Dog River Scenic Blueway signs are finally a reality!!! We should start seeing them soon.
Poor picture (reflective sign w/flash :-() Pictured are: DRCR board members Bruce Coldsmith and our own, Aven Warner who spearheaded the effort.
Since nearly 1,000 of you took the time to look at the flier advertising today's talk by Mobile Baykeeper Director Casi Callaway regarding the proposed above ground crude oil storage tank farm downtown....
Pictured: Industry spokesmen Steve Gordon (l) and Jarrod White (seated), Casi Callaway and Brenda Bolton of the City's citizen's committee.
The Planning Commission hearing regarding this issue is scheduled for tomorrow at 2pm at Government Plaza.
If you're interested in learning more and how and if it could effect our community....
Hats off to Wayne McDonald who was caught this afternoon making the right-of-way in front of his property look wonderful! Thank you!
Proud to partner with Mobile Baykeeper in this worthwhile initiative....
Thank you Councilman Small for your heartfelt holiday appreciation gathering last night at Palmer Pillians School. Thank you also for recognizing our own hard working Aven Warner, who virtually alone, has maintained the CVS flower bed for years and has rid our community of some 1,000 illegally dumped tires.
It was an honor to discuss our Peninsula plans with New York Times Best Selling Author, former Mobile resident and Perch Creek wetland fan Winston Groom.
The Forrest Gump author was a featured speaker at the Alabama-Mississippi Bays & Bayous Symposium; a biennial event held alternately in Mississippi and Alabama to provide an opportunity for the community to learn about the state of our coastal environment.
Planning for a resilient future for our Peninsula was also the focus of session we co-presented with Auburn professors LeBleu and Retzlaff.
Don't miss the Airbus 5K on the Runway this Saturday, November 22. Activities include a 5K run, fun run/walk, children's activities and post party. Fun for all members of the family. Proceeds go renovation of Doyle Park. Go to < brookley5k.com > for details.
Is anyone able to put together and transport a collection from our community to this worthwhile event?
Such hard working people throughout our community doing such great things... Let's all support our community.
Here is another suggestion as to how we can make our corridor more attractive and functional in reducing storm water runoff into our nearby waters and reducing the potential of future flooding.
Thank you Bay Furniture for considering this.
Look at one of a few fox that have been spotted in the neighborhoods around McNally Park and south toward Alba Beach.
One of the considerations as we move forward with strategic planning is the inclusion of historic shipwrecks located off Mobile Bay's western shore just off the Peninsula's shores.
Thanks Auburn for showing us this valuable asset!
Happy anniversary Peninsula!
It's been one year ago today that almost 300 of us came together and agreed to pursue a plan of low impact development for our beautiful community. A lot has happened in the year. Please come Tuesday to guide where we go from here.
Following a day of touring The Peninsula, the group was treated to a barbecue dinner catered by Smokey Dembo's Barbecue and hosted by Buccaneer Yacht Club and Gulf Furniture.
Debi Foster thanks the group from Auburn and event sponsors for making the kick-off a success.
Realtor Gaines Betbeze, Sr. talks about real estate development and how it can work with the environment.
Michelle Hurtle of Airbus and Roger Wehner of Mobile Airport Authority tell the students of plans to renovate Doyle Park.
Bob Schwartz of Middleton Marine talks about the marinas on The Peninsula and the impact the boating industry has on Mobile.
The group from Auburn U. gets a beautiful view of The Peninsula from atop the Dog River bridge.
The last of 30 Auburn students (mostly grad) spent hours touring our area today following today's Coastal Cleanup. Thanks to the gorgeous weather they got to see the beauty of our peninsula; stop and visit with community leaders like William Dotch at his barber and style shop; and visit with USA Archaelogist Bonnie Gums who each told them of our unique area.
The 21 other students, who visited Tuesday, experienced a typical Mobile thunderboomer which opened the skies allowing nearly three inches of rain to fall. While stranded on a pier extending into Dog River, those students go to see littered stormwater flowing into our community's western waterbody.
More pictures and details will follow. It's been a busy week.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Smokey Dembo's, Bay Furniture and Buccaneer Yacht Club for helping make 21 Auburn students and professors feel welcomed and appreciated for their efforts to help us develop a professional plan for our community.
YOU ARE OUR HEROS!!!!
Shayla Beaco, director of community affairs, City of Mobile.
Lt. Travis Dannelly, Mobile Police Dept.
Roger Wehner, executive director, Mobile Airport Authority.
Michelle Hurdle, director of economic and community development, Airbus.
Councilman C.J. Small.
Alan Carter of WKRG interviews Alice Keel, chair of Spirit of Community/Diamond in Progress.
Let's show our community support for our Raiders. They need us!
Dog River Clearwater Revival is hosting the 4th Annual Dog River Fishing Tournament on Saturday, October 18th. Lines in at 6AM and out at 2:30PM. Fish can come from anywhere in inshore Alabama waters (Mobile/Baldwin County only). Weigh-in will be at The River Shack from 2PM-3:30PM. Captain's Meeting will be Friday, October 17th at the River Shack Restaurant from 5:30PM-7PM. Register and pay in person at the River Shack Restaurant or Springdale Travel, online at www.dogriver.org, or at the Captain's Meeting. Adult Fee $35, Youth (ages 5-15) Fee $15, and Children (ages 5 and under) Fee Free. Adult and Youth Fish Categories: Speckled Trout, Flounder, and Redfish. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. $50/boat Lunker Trout Category. Children all receive prizes for their catch.
All proceeds go towards Dog River Clearwater Revival's efforts to improve and protect the water quality of Dog River. Any questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know....
The southernmost few miles especially, of the Peninsula, are filled with wetlands. To learn more about these unique habitats,
The Alabama Coastal Foundation is reminding us TODAY,
August 13, is the deadline to sign up for the August 19 Wetlands Compliance Workshop that will take place from 9:00am to 12:15pm at the Weeks Bay NERR Resource Center (11525 US Highway 98, Fairhope). The fee to attend is just $30 and you can receive continuing education credits for your participation. Click here to download a brochure or here to register.
Just beautiful last night!
Thanks Rosemary for this great shot today of the jetties at McNally Park. Looks like someone was thoroughly enjoying this lovely day on Mobile Bay.
On July 22, Auburn University professors Charlene LeBleu (far right) and Dr. Becki Retzlaff (third from right) met with members of The Peninsula board. Beginning this fall, students from Auburn's School of Landscape Architecture, an Historic Preservation class, Land-Use Planning and Environmental Policy classes will be conducting studies of The Peninsula. (photo by Rema George)
Did you know.......
The land mass comprising the Peninsula is filled with canals and tributaries like Rabby Creek at the north end that is a minor urban stream feeding the Dog River? At the Peninsula’s midpoint is Robinson Bayou, another feed to Dog River and the latest launch site of the Scenic Blueway Trail. Just south of midway, behind the fire station, is where the headwaters of Perch Creek begin. This urban creek meanders south across both sides of the Peninsula and is lined with ecologically sensitive untouched riparian buffers that support a vast array of habitats. Many “species of concern” as listed by the Alabama Department of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries depend on these areas for shelter and food. Coastal species like osprey, blue and night herons, ibis, and egrets are often seen. Imperiled varieties of frogs, salamander, lizards, snakes, skinks, bats, sparrows, owls and even gophers, all depend on what’s left of these habitats for survival. We depend on them too.......