Mobile Politics

Essays found in this category pertain to local political and social issues (Mobile, AL).

GulfQuest: God is in the details.

GulfQuest: God is in the details.

November 6, 2016 GulfQuest: God is in the details. By Ted Burnett We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like. – Dave Ramsey (1960- ) An American financial author, radio host and TV personality. If there was ever a project where the details were ignored, where they got overlooked; it would have to be GulfQuest: National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s soon to be known as the federal government’s next boondoggle. The ship-shaped building blew its budget with years of cost overruns. It was somebody’s want that had no real public demand. The city agreed to step in and bailout its board of directors while it was still under construction. No doubt it was built with good intentions, a lot of money,...

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Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015.

Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015.

October 28, 2016 Air passenger traffic continues to fall at the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), in 2015. By Ted Burnett The Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) continues to lose ground to its rival Pensacola International Airport (PNS) in air passenger traffic, according to the latest FAA numbers, released in September.  Mobile Regional (MOB) and Gulfport-Biloxi International (GPT) Airports, both, fell in U.S. rankings from 162 to 163 (-1) and from 149 to 153 (-4), respectively while Pensacola held its same position at 98. In 2015, fewer passengers flew out of Mobile, AL (287,053) and Gulfport, MS (317,154) while Pensacola, FL saw an increase of 29,000 (787,916). Since 2013, there have been calls to move the Mobile Regional Airport back to its original home at Brookley...

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Lagniappe: Mobile: the most miserably fun city in the US??

Lagniappe: Mobile: the most miserably fun city in the US??

Mobile: the most miserably fun city in the US (Ashley Trice, Co-Publisher and Editor of The Lagniappe) Ashley, I have been a longtime fan of Mobile, but I’ve also become one of its biggest critics. My criticism of the city has come with my travels to other cities and what I’ve experienced. I lived in Atlanta, GA for two years, enjoying the entertainment and restaurants that go along with big cities. I attended several Braves games at Turner Field. I saw some great plays in local playhouses. Van Gogh’s Starry Night came to the High Museum. I saw my first Cirque du Soleil show under the big tent where Fulton County Stadium once stood. My girlfriend described it as “a circus without animals”, which fell way short of what I witnessed and...

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Needs and Wants

Needs and Wants

May 28, 2016 Needs and Wants By Ted Burnett Most of the things we buy are wants. And we call them needs, but they’re wants. – Dave Ramsey An American financial author, radio host and TV personality. (1960- ) Dear Mobile County (AL) Commissioners Hudson, Ludgood and Carl, I’m writing in response to the cover story, “Lofty Goals”, which appeared recently in The Lagniappe about the proposed $60 million soccer ($20 million) and aquatic complex near the I-10 and I-65 interchange.  I’ve been following this story with great interest since its announcement, in the media, several years ago.  From reading this latest piece, Commissioner Connie Hudson’s efforts to bring this project to life with any deal that she can strike is coming off as looking pretty...

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That won’t fly!

That won’t fly!

December 27, 2015 That won’t fly! By Ted Burnett Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion and adoption. – John Stuart Mill, English Philosopher (1806-1873) Mobile has long been called “the city of perpetual potential”. To me, this decades-old phrase had always been a theoretical way to somehow explain why the city has repeatedly failed to live up to its full potential, wasting each passing opportunity, while time and the rest of the world march on. Never in my wildest imagination would this concept become all too real, literally. Since Mayor Sandy Stimpson came into office, I’ve been pushing for the Mobile Regional Airport (MOB) to be moved back to its original home at Brookley Field, off Interstate-10 and Michigan Avenue, for a...

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Mobile’s Big Band Society playing at Bayfront Park

Mobile’s Big Band Society playing at Bayfront Park

Published on May 19, 2015 The Mobile Big Band Society played at Daphne, AL’s Bayfront Park. A 2 minute clip of Mobile’s Big Band Society.

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Mayor Stimpson invites citizens to attend Tourism Town Hall and I answer

Mayor Stimpson invites citizens to attend Tourism Town Hall and I answer

http://www.wtvm.com/story/28197426/mayor-stimpson-invites-citizens-to-attend-tourism-town-hall — on Friday, February 27, 2015, 9 am — 11:30 am at the Mobile Convention Center. Admission is free. February 26, 2015 Sandy, Mobile’s lack of tourism is really a reflection of the city’s quality of life offered to its residents, the attitudes and the narrow thinking of its old residents. Much damage was done to Mobile’s downtown and psyche following the closure of Brookley Field Air Force Base, in 1969. Homes and buildings were destroyed and roads widened in the name of progress and urban renewal. The progress never came. The city’s main drag, Government Street, bears the scars from that era. Its home to a mixture of historic, new, as...

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McGowin Park Shopping Center violates the basic principles…

McGowin Park Shopping Center violates the basic principles…

February 7, 2015 To: Mayor Sandy Stimpson Cc: Bess Rich Fred Richardson City Council Gina Gregory C.J. Small City Council 3 Levon Manzie City Council 2 and 2 more… Bcc: and 91 more… “Now it’s up to my administration to make sure we help this project in an expeditious way,” Stimpson said. He added that the administration wants to make sure it stays ahead of any problems. “It’s just more opportunities for Mobilians to get jobs. With this growth, it creates opportunity,” Mayor Stimpson said. He said he does not have the exact number of jobs the construction work and retail stores will create. — July 25, 2014 Mayor, You might want to read this publication on making a city great (How to make a city great by...

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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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From the desk of Fred Richardson — a series of email exchanges with myself on December 26, 2014

From the desk of Fred Richardson — a series of email exchanges with myself on December 26, 2014

Start reading from the bottom up. — Ted Dec 26 at 9:54 PM To Richardson, Fred CC Mayor Sandy Stimpson Levon Manzie City Council 2 C.J. Small City Council 3 John Williams City Council Joel Daves City Council 5 and 59 more… I sat in Gulf Coast Exploreum’s presentation to the Mobile City Council seeking $400,000 from the city for this year’s budget, not one of you council members asked them why they were bleeding money and from where. Nope y’all just patted them on the back showing your support while it bleeds in the red. Pour more money into it, Mayor’! If they knew, they didn’t confess. Ted Excellence is in the details! Sent from my iPhone On Dec 26, 2014, at 9:30 PM, “Richardson, Fred” wrote: Publish the data....

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WKRG — Petition: Move Mobile Regional Airport to Brookley Field

WKRG — Petition: Move Mobile Regional Airport to Brookley Field

MOBILE, Ala. – Mobile Regional Airport sits 11 miles west of Mobile and a lot of people have to tackle hectic Airport Boulevard to get there. Ted Burnette wants to change that. He created a petition asking the Mobile Airport Authority to move it closer to the heart of downtown – at Brookley Field. “About 600 thousand people live in Mobile and Eastern Shore and to have the smallest amount of traffic going out of the Mobile Regional Airport told me there was a problem and my conclusion is that it’s at the end of Airport Blvd., and it’s in the wrong place,” said Burnett. The Aeroplex was first established in 1929 as Bates Field and was Mobile’s first Municipal Airport. In 1948 it was renamed Brookley Air Force Base, but in...

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