Posts made in January, 2015

Mayor Stimpson lacks vision, needs money for ideas.

Mayor Stimpson lacks vision, needs money for ideas.

Note: Minor edits have been made. January 21, 2015 Mayor Sandy Stimpson, the Mobile City Council and this audience, This morning, a friend brought to my attention the above story where Mayor Sandy Stimpson came before last week’s Mobile City Council meeting (January 13, 2015) seeking funds to hire consultants out of Montgomery, Goodwyn Mills and Cawood Inc., not out of Mobile or sharing his plans to work with residents to help him develop his vision for One Mobile, after a year in office. I was unaware of this event. The mayor has spent the past twenty-years from his former one-story perch at N. Conception St. and from his mansion at the top of Spring Hill dreaming of becoming mayor or at least, everyone was begging him to. He campaigned with ease on the phrase...

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New $160 million airport terminal at Mid-Continental Airport in Wichita, KS

New $160 million airport terminal at Mid-Continental Airport in Wichita, KS

The following story, from 2012, is on the construction of Wichita, KS’ new $160 million airport terminal replacing its old and current terminal at Mid-Continental Airport. This airport ranks #99 (736,000) in U.S. passenger traffic one spot behind Pensacola (PNS) #98 (740,000). Where as Mobile currently holds the #159 spot (287,000) for CY 2013. I believe this dollar amount is on the high side of what Mobile can expect its next airport terminal at BFM to cost and is probably more airport than we need. In my interview with WKRG’s Tiffany McCall, she reported the cost to move the airport ranging from $500mm-$1b, without attributing it to any source. These numbers went along way towards turning off area residents on this much-needed project. Below is an...

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al.com — Op-ed: Making the case for Mobile International Airport at Brookley Field

al.com — Op-ed: Making the case for Mobile International Airport at Brookley Field

Submitted to al.com as an op-ed to Marc Pelham’s piece on Brookley Field. January 8, 2015 Making the case for Mobile International Airport at Brookley Field By Ted Burnett My interest in moving the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) back to Brookley Field (BFM) is that it just makes sense to do it, if it’s financially, physically and politically feasible – that’s to be determined. I have no financial or commercial interest in this old idea and thus I don’t stand to gain financially from owning an aviation business at Brookley or through the sale of any nearby real estate. The only benefits that I might receive would be in a shorter commute from Daphne to this airport and maybe more competitive airfare. Like many Mobilians, I’ve long wanted to see the airport...

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al.com — Here’s a thought experiment: Daphne man wants to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to Brookley

al.com — Here’s a thought experiment: Daphne man wants to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to Brookley

MOBILE, Alabama — Ted Burnett couldn’t shake the nagging impression he felt every time he drove to the Mobile Regional Airport, the area’s major center for transportation by air. Getting to the place in west Mobile, he believes, is a fairly onerous task that requires a drive down busy Airport Boulevard. A Daphne resident, Burnett, 43, said because of the hassle he often flies out of other airports, and he had the feeling that other people felt the same way, too. That instinct led him to start a petition to try and move the airport back to the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Burnett, who also writes a blog, started a grassroots campaign waged mostly online that has garnered a few hundred signatures on Change.org and a nod from Congressman Bradley...

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Results from the Change.org Petition to move the Mobile Regional Airport

Results from the Change.org Petition to move the Mobile Regional Airport

January 2, 2015 To: Mayor Sandy Stimpson, the Mobile City Council and the Mobile Airport Authority. I submit the following list of 644 signatures, by area residents, through Change.org supporting the petition to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to Brookley Field.  The number represents “the sum of small numbers” meaning it’s a sampling of the larger population.   Mobile’s MSA based on 2010 census stands at or around 600,000.   This small number represents some larger number short of 600,000.  However, my petition was deliberately sabotage when false information was given to the media by anonymous sources thus sacking my honest efforts.  This lie inflamed the population thus making a true head count...

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