More on the Aloe Bay project & opportunities to provide your input!
More on the Aloe Bay project & opportunities to provide your input!

Have you been keeping up with the Aloe Bay charrette?
Our design team has been diligently at work incorporating the feedback that we have learned so far this week. With various meetings, studios, workshops and in-person events, more than 220 participants have spoken directly to the design team to start defining a vision for Aloe Bay.

Two of the most common questions we keep hearing are: "why is this project happening?"  and "why is it so important to the Town?" The idea to create a town center at Aloe Bay goes back many years of recognizing the dependency on outside aid after storm events. It was emphasized in the Dauphin Island Strategic Plan developed soon after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina. Town leadership acknowledged that the town could only be sustained into the future by diversifying the local economy in a physically suitability location. The importance of Aloe Bay as related to the plan is to "honor the Island’s cultural heritage by restoring and preserving a working waterfront for commercial fishing, recreational boating, retail, and residential uses" in a location which has been  more safe, historically, from storm impacts. The primary objective of the Strategic Plan to "identify and maintain diverse and imaginative revenue generating activities to support community services" is why the success of Aloe Bay is imperative to the long-term sustainability of the Town of Dauphin Island.

Yesterday evening, Mayor Jeff Collier shared a video from Aloe Bay discussing the reason behind the project and the planning process. Please click here or on the image below to hear what he had to say. 

If you have not had the chance to talk with our design team, several opportunities still exist. Below is the remaining schedule for the Aloe Bay Charrette this week, and we hope to talk with you during one of these times. Don't worry though - if you miss something, recordings of all of the virtual meetings will be posted to the project website:

Virtual Studios

Throughout the charrette, multiple virtual studios will be held as informal online meetings to talk openly with the design team to provide feedback and ask questions as the plan ideas evolves. Register to join via the individual Zoom links.

Jan. 21, 2021 @ 11  a.m. to Noon

Development Strategies Workshop [VIRTUAL]
Jan. 21, 2021 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Determining economic diversity and resilience are important success factors for Aloe Bay. Randy Gross with Randall Gross Development Economics will provide information on preliminary research process and findings on a potential development program. This event will be virtual so register to join via Zoom using the link: 

Work In Progress Presentation [VIRTUAL]
Jan. 22, 2021 | 5:30 to 7 p.m.

As the closing event of the charrette, join the project team to see all the work completed during the charrette week at the Work in Progress presentation. This event will be virtual so register to join via Zoom using the link below:
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