I hope everyone in our Foley area is having a wonderful fall season and looking forward to the holidays. It’s an excellent time to take advantage of all the local seasonal produce and crafts at the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market. There are several new business announcements that are in the works but not quite ready to publicize. I look forward to providing details in the next newsletter.
Foley has received another Gulf of Mexico Environmental Stewardship Award (GOMESA) grant of $2.5 million to be used to further expand the Graham Creek Nature Preserve (GCNP). We are working closely with our state partners and Gov. Ivey, with a common vision to protect the unique diversity of our area. Congrats to our Environmental Department led by Leslie Lassiter Gahagan, whose work resulted in these grants for Foley.
Congratulations to Foley’s Fire Chief Joey Darby for being recognized as Fire Chief of the Year for the state by the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs.
The city council has approved funding to expand and modernize recreational parks across the city. Your input is requested to help set priorities to make sure the vision reflects the wants and needs of everyone. Watch for the opportunity to provide feedback.
We have identified at least $3 million in needed drainage projects around the city. Some are small, while others, like the current Bon Secour headwater restoration project, are huge. Drainage projects in Foley are a challenge because our city is flat. Also, we receive some of the highest rainfall totals in the country. The city has spent millions in the past 10 years on drainage, but it is a constant and ever changing battle.