Tuesday, August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010

Vegetables anyone! Today Old McDonalds Fruit and Vegetable Emporium opened on Lee Street in the Yesterdays building. A spiffy new paint job inside and out in Watermellon Red and Broccoli Green adds an enticing appeal to the business. I wasn't going to let the day go by without purchasing some tomatoes and roasted peanuts. Yes, the same tasty roasted peanuts you get at the ball park are right there waiting on you to come by.
At Noon I attended the Mobile Area Chamber Executives Meeting and lunch in the Mobile Chamber Building downtown. The cities represented were Bayou La Batre, Citronelle, Dauphin Island, Atmore, Evergreen, Chickasaw, Saraland, Jackson, Grove Hill, Tillmans Corner, Eastern Shore and North and South Baldwin County. We discussed the really desperate situation being suffered along the coastal area. . .sort of a triple banger. First Katrina, then a recessed economy and now the tourists staying away in droves due to the oil leak. Governor Riley has often said that 33% of the state's budget comes from South Alabama and now we are faced with an economy which will be off over 35% in our area by the end of the year. Looks like the state could be in trouble next year. We all need to support the coastal beaches and also the newly proposed bridge to alleviate some of the traffic from the Wallace Tunnel.

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