I hope you are enjoying the delightful spring weather here in Foley. This season is perfect for getting out in the great outdoors, and I’m excited to share that we have some wonderful local events lined up for early May.

First, the 20th Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival, hosted by the South Baldwin Chamber, is set to take place at OWA during the first weekend in May. This is a fantastic opportunity for all of us in Foley to witness the wonderful sight of hot air balloons filling our skies, weather permitting. I encourage you to keep an eye to the sky that weekend and visit the event’s website for more details.
Mother’s Day weekend marks another long-time tradition in our community with Art in The Park. Hosted by the Foley Art Center, this event brings talented artists from around the region to our very own downtown park. It’s an excellent opportunity to find a special Mother’s Day gift and enjoy quality time with loved ones. May is also the time the city sponsors Music and a Movie events in the park.

In other city news, I am pleased to announce the opening of the Juniper Street extension. This new roadway will enhance north-south access through Foley, offering an alternative to Highway 59 and the Beach Express. This is part of our ongoing efforts to improve traffic flow and accessibility for all residents.

We have also seen progress with the road extension projects along South Pecan and North Pecan streets, and there are more developments on the way. As we approach the summer, please remember that the Foley Beach Express will be undergoing widening and repaving work. I urge everyone to drive with extra care and courtesy during this busy season.

I am pleased to report positive feedback from our Strategic Plan public meetings. Your engagement is helping shape the future of Foley, ensuring that we are well prepared for growth and development.

Additionally, the City Council has recently approved $1 million in funding for sidewalk improvements aimed at increasing pedestrian safety around Foley High, Foley Elementary, Mathis Elementary and along Highway 59.

The design phase for our new library/community center is nearly complete. This new facility will be a significant upgrade from our current library and will cater to our growing community’s needs. We expect to start bidding on this project this summer.

Last, construction on the new Public Works Campus on Poplar Street is currently ongoing. This development represents a major advancement for our city’s infrastructure with an estimated completion in late Fall of 2024.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our community’s growth. Together, we are making Foley a better place for everyone.