Do you smell that? Spring is in the air! As February finally comes to a close, March has arrived with warmer temperatures, sunny days, and Azaleas blooming left and right. I know we are all excited to enjoy the gorgeous Springtime we have here in Mobile. Although this year may look a little different, rest assured that 2021 is looking up.

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“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”- Albus Dumbledore 

Mobile is a City that always remembers to turn on the light. Like every city, Mobile has faced dark times. We are a resilient body of incredible, talented, and giving people. A people of great strength and heart. Despite the challenges we have faced as a city, things are growing and glowing in more ways than one! 2021 is already looking bright thanks to impressive efforts made by non profit organizations, businesses and individuals alike who care deeply about the future of our great and beloved city of Mobile, Alabama.

“Future so bright, I gotta wear shades.” Huey Lewis

Many Mobilians are celebrating the upgrade of thousands of streetlights! 

“Crews like this one have been working with Alabama Power over the past several months to outfit thousands of older streetlights with new LED bulbs. By the end of 2021, we aim to replace more than 25,000 lights. These brighter, more energy efficient lights improve visibility and decrease the City’s use of electricity.” Mayor Sandy Stimpson. 

Mobile is getting a makeover! With renovations to Bienville Square, recently damaged heavily due to Hurricane Sandy, and upgrades to old and outdated streetlights, to cleaning up the streets and creeks, Mobile is on the track to a cleaner, brighter, and beautiful future.

Mayor Stimpson made an exciting announcement about the future of Bienville Square! We were all devastated to see Sally’s impact on our beloved Bienville Square. The good news is that Phase One of the revitalization “masterplan” is now underway! With the amazing aid of The Downtown Parks Conservancy and private partners like Regions Bank, the first phase of the rebuilding process is being implemented which includes adding storm drainage, restoration of the iconic Ketchum Fountain and the planting of many new trees.

Mayor Stimpson said it best in his “Nightly Newsletter” this past Wednesday when he said:

“There are few other places as iconic or recognizable in the City as Bienville Square, and from the moment we first surveyed the damage sustained during Hurricane Sally, we began discussing how we could repair and revitalize this vital part of our downtown. I want to thank Regions Bank for their contribution and the DPC for their vision to preserve and improve Bienville Square for future generations of Mobilians.”

Along with renovations to downtown, our waterways and city streets are actively being swept clean thanks the incredible effort by The Mobile Baykeeper! From construction sites to cemeteries, the ruthless volunteers of environmental organizations are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the health and cleanliness of Mobile’s beautiful environment. 

In more ways than one, Mobile’s future is looking brighter than ever both literally and figuratively! These changes make enjoying the city’s landscape even easier – and what a landscape it is! So, stop and smell those magnolias. It’s going to be a lovely Spring in Mobile, Alabama.

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