Santa’s on the Beach??

Do you have strong opinions about homelessness? 

If so, now’s the right time to let the Mobile County Commission know your thoughts on housing grants.

Maybe you’d like to voice out that there’s a severe lack of low-cost housing and rental subsidies. 

As part of the HOME-ARP initiative run by HUD, the Mobile County Commission has been awarded a little over $2 milli (on) in funding. That’s a 2 with six 000000.

mcc needs to hear from you

Now, we have a say on where those funds should be allocated. 

Beneficiaries of HOME-ARP grants include those who are:

  • Homeless 
  • In danger of being homeless 
  • Victims of domestic abuse 
  • Sex trafficking 
  • Sexual assault 
  • Classified as belonging to a vulnerable population due to their housing situation

The MCC will use this info gathered from the survey (which will remain open until Feb. 14, 2023) to set its priorities. 

You can find the survey in the latest news section here.

Mardi Gras: Now in Full Swing 

mardi gras now in full swing

We’ve reached the end of the countdown. The Gras is here! 

On Saturday, the Krewe De La Dauphine staged the first carnival event of the season. Despite the rain, Dauphin Island was full of revelers, ready to get the party started!

Many spectators collected small prizes (like beads) from the floats in the parade. Some claim the not-so-great weather made for an even better time.

Folks came from all over to spend the weekend on the island, and some of them weren’t even expecting festivities. 

Roller skating and dancing in the streets made for a fantastic time for the whole family.

Several bands played during the procession to keep the boom going strong.

Even though the weather wasn’t ideal, it’s still awesome to see so many people kickstart our favorite season. 

The Ins and Outs of AL’s New Concealed Carry Law 

The new concealed carry law in Alabama has some gun owners talking. 

The new law, which permits concealed carry for those who already own firearms, went into effect last January 1. Alabama has officially become the 25th state to enact such a measure.

So, Alabamans are now allowed to legally carry hidden firearms on them or in their vehicle without the need for a permit.

How do you feel about this issue?

If you’re feeling a bit anxious about it, the Fairhope Police Department will host a free event to address some people’s concerns. 

They will explain this new permitless carry law and educate attendees about gun safety. You can find out more about it here

The Haberdasher Gains Recognition 

the haberdasher downtown mobile interior

We all know The Haberdasher as a cool little bar that hosts crawfish boils from time to time. Needless to say, it’s a valued spot in the heart of Downtown. 

The rest of the country has taken notice!

The Whiskey Advocate Magazine included it in the list of the top 101 whiskey bars in the US. 

According to the publication, the list was developed by polling experts in the whiskey and cocktail industries. Journalists and travelers weighed in on the final decision, too. 

As far as I can tell, The Haberdasher is the only bar in the state of Alabama to make the cut.

And it is well deserved. 

Christmas Ain’t Over 

Gulf Shores’ 50s-themed Sunliner Diner was the epic meeting place of 57 Santas and Mrs. Clauses from all over Alabama. 

Weeks after most folks have put away their holiday decorations, the Christmas spirit has yet to wane. 

It’s Mardi Gras season. When will they get the memo? 

Well, Kris Kringle season doesn’t have to stop in December. At least not for the St. Nick enthusiasts who gathered at the coast for the weekend. 

Funds for local organizations were also collected through raffles held over the course of the two days.

The Cotton State Santas are part of the larger International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas (IRBRS). No fake beards here! 

Is The Government Really About To Ban Gas Stoves? 

is the government really about to ban gas stoves

Many news stories have been published recently about the possibility of a ban on gas stoves in the US.

A spokeswoman for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission recently told Bloomberg that the agency is considering banning this appliance. 

However, there’s really no need for concern if you’re attached to yours. 

The use of gas stoves has been linked to approximately 13% of current cases of childhood asthma. 

This study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, was where this buzz started. 

Spire’s VP of Business and Economic Development, Nick Popielski, blames this shoddy research for the widespread misunderstanding.

Most homes in the States likely have gas stoves. Some prefer it to induction ranges. 

In reality, gas stoves are completely safe. 

As long as precautions are taken, cooks and kids should be safe from exposure to natural gas pollutants.

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