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Downtown Mobile news and info - November 2016
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Meetings for Public Input and Events for Public Fun!

Though the temperatures would indicate otherwise, we are well into fall, and all the fun and fundraisers that accompany this glorious season on the Gulf Coast. And even though recycling doesn't necessarily qualify as fun, won't it feel good to get rid of all that old electronic equipment gathering dust in your house or office! See details below.
 
Please be sure to look into a couple of important meetings later this month, both of which are asking for public participation. The city is beginning the redesign of Broad Street with the goal of making it more pedestrian and bike friendly. A less hostile barrier between downtown and the rest of the city would also help reconnect citizens to the heart of the city and its waterfront. You'll also have a chance to find out about multiple initiatives involving downtown at an open house to update everyone about the Map for Mobile, the City's new comprehensive plan.

And now for the fun! The calendar is especially full with special events for the next few days, but be sure not to miss the Schooner America's visit to Gulf Quest and Sunday's Downtown Alive event.  There are also several important fundraisers in November to explore...there are many ways and opportunities to enjoy a wonderful event and give back to the community!

RETAIL & RESTAURANT NEWS

Wet Willies

The possibilities are almost endless once you begin combining the twenty or so standard daiquiri flavors at this new downtown hot spot. They'll even create a caramel apple version to celebrate the season.The menu goes beyond flavored drinks, however, and offers steaks, burgers, appetizers and salads.


BUN-D

Some personnel transitions temporarily stopped renovations on the new restaurant going in at the corner of Dauphin & Royal Streets, but since some of you have asked, we wanted to let you know that BUN-D is back on track. The restaurant offering light, healthier fare should be serving up salads, smoothies and pitas around the first of the year. 

DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Map for Mobile Open House
November 17th, Shiloh Baptist Church
Waterfront, Downtown & Midtown
 

Time to Implement the Plan: New Zoning Code and Land Development Regulations

This open house serves as a continuation of Map for Mobile, the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The City’s current zoning and development ordinances date back to the 1960s, and in order to implement the vision outlined in Map for Mobile, we need to adopt new regulations. These new ordinances will help to preserve, revitalize, and grow the city – enhancing the overall quality-of-life in Mobile.Your input and feedback is important as these regulations are updated. Click here for more information.

Broad Street Redesign Public Meeting
November 10th 
4th Floor International Trade Center
250 N. Water Street


The project inlcudes: Broad Street/Beauregard Street from Water Street to I-10 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from Three Mile Creek to Beauregard Street.

The format is an informal, walk-in information session from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

 
SPECIAL EVENTS
If you have old computers, monitors, cell phones and laptops (and who doesn't these days?), now is the time to get rid of them without adding to the volume at the landfill. Stop by our warehouse at 711 St. Louis Street, and we'll unload your vehicle and give you a hearty thanks for being such good stewards of the earth!

There is a charge for some items...please click
here for a list of those charges and what is and isn't accepted.


You'll have a chance to tour Downtown Mobile's newest co-working space at Friday's grand opening of Fuse Factory. Check out the awesome features the space located at 200 Government Street will offer to area nonprofits and groups and individuals serving public interest. Co-working spots are still available! Please visit the website or email Patty@FuseProject.org for more information. 

PARK(ing) Day is a annual open-source global event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

After going to the polls on the November 8th, take a much needed break in our tiny, temporary park in front of 261 Dauphin Street any time between 9:00 and 5:00. Show us your "I Voted" sticker and we'll pour you a glass of tea or lemonade!

Sat., November 5th, 9:00 AM - Noon
Bellingrath Gardens

Learn the secrets behind Magic Christmas in Lights at “Create the Magic,” a new holiday workshop at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Workshop participants will get an up-close look at the meticulous process of tying strings of lights to the set pieces for Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, the dazzling annual holiday display at the 65-acre estate. At “Create the Magic,” Bellingrath staff members will show participants how to tie LED lights to a metal frame to create their own Christmas tree to take home. Space is limited and registration is required; to sign up, go to bellingrath.org.
Downtown Alive
Sunday, November 6th

Downtown Alive is promoting downtown and local businesses with a street party on November 6, 2016 2-6pm! Moe's BBQ will have a rock climbing wall, there will be a dog competition (bring your pups!), local vendors, aerial acrobats, USA Cheerleaders, Azalea Trail Maids, fitness classes, Disney Princesses and much more! Mark your calendars and bring the family to this fun fall event.
Schooner America
On November 4-8, GulfQuest/National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico will host the Schooner America, a replica of the racing yacht that won the first America’s Cup sailing competition in 1851. This will be the longest stop on the America’s tour along the Gulf Coast to promote the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda. You'll be able to tour the majestic tall ship dockside to climb aboard for a sunset sail!

For a complete schedule of America's tour opportunities,or to reserve a spot on one of the sunset sails, click
here.
MUSIC

LoDa Live - Live music in and around Downtown Mobile
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS 

Round House - Evening Chat, Lunch and Learn, Networking

Exchange 202 - Coffee Chats and Lunch & Learns

Socialize Your Bizness - What'z Up Wednesday and Fast 5

Chamber of Commerce - Member and Non-Member Events
MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

53rd Annual Cascading Mum Display - Nov. 5th - 19th, Bellingrath Gardens

Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World - Through January 1, 2017, Gulf Coast Exploreum

Filming The Camps: From Hollywood to Nuremburg, History Museum of Mobile

Treasures of NOAA's Ark - Through February 2017, GulfQuest
GALLERIES



Gallery 450

Alabama Contemporary Art Center

Mobile Arts Council

Cathedral Square Gallery
WHAT'S ON THE SCREEN

The Dressmaker - Crescent Theater, through Nov. 3

Sully - November 4 - 11

Arrival - starts November 11



 
FUNDRAISERS

Columns and Cocktails - Thurs., November 3rd

Senior Bowl Charity Run - Sat., November 5th

Sunday Night Sensation: Fundraiser for Distinguished Young Women - Sun., November 6th

Hargrove Foundation Gala - Thurs., November 10th

Gears And Beers - Sat., November. 12th

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The Downtown Mobile Alliance exists to support the redevelopment of Downtown Mobile through marketing, advocacy and the management of Business Improvement District services.
Carol Hunter
Downtown Mobile Alliance
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