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A Message from Mayor Stimpson - January 28

Jan 28th, 2021

Posted in: MayorCOVID-19

Good evening,


It is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.


Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 32,683 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 279 cases. To review the most recent detailed report, click here.


Providence Hospital will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic tomorrow, Friday, January 29, for people age 75 and older at the Dayspring Baptist Church at 2200 Cody Road in Mobile. Vaccinations are by appointment only and walk-up visitors will not be accepted. Vaccinations for the clinic at the church must be scheduled online by visiting


There are some other first-dose, drive-thru vaccination events happening throughout Mobile County in the coming days. You can find more about those and other information about COVID-19 vaccines on the City of Mobile’s website. We have created a page dedicated to this information and will be updating it regularly with new information about vaccine availability and upcoming clinics.


Today our team gave a presentation to the board of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce outlining some of the priorities of my administration. While we have many goals, this presentation focused on growing the city which includes our affordable housing initiatives and our efforts to increase connectivity.


When we talk about connectivity on a local level, projects like the Broad Street Improvement Project that connect neighborhoods within our City come to mind. In a broader sense, connectivity speaks to what connects Mobile to the rest of the country — major projects like the expansion of the Mobile Shipping Channel and establishing a true international airport in Downtown Mobile. These kinds of projects all play a big role in how we connect with one another and how Mobile connects with the world.


Today I also had the privilege of visiting the Mobile Museum of Art with County Commission President Merceria Ludgood to experience the “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in Mobile, 1956” exhibit first hand. This exhibit features dozens of photographs captured by photographer Gordon Parks during the Jim Crow era in the City of Mobile and other areas in Southwest Alabama.

Commissioner Ludgood was instrumental in bringing these iconic photographs back to the city where they were first captured and also helped create a timeline of “Civil Rights in Mobile” that is displayed alongside the exhibit. I appreciate her taking the time to go through the exhibit with me today. I would also encourage you to go see the exhibit before it leaves town in September.


I recently found a devotional by Pastor Chuck Swindoll about sticking with our commitments that rang quite true for me. He talks about the apostle Paul writing to people of the Corinthian church encouraging them to finish a project they had started after their initial enthusiasm had waned. “Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving,” Paul writes.


No matter what you’re endeavoring to do, it’s easy to grow weary when a task takes time. It’s easy to be excited holding a golden shovel, but the challenge is keeping that eagerness when the work has begun. There are many things we are still in the process of doing here at the City of Mobile, and this evening, I can tell you that I am just as excited about all of them as I have ever been.


We are in the middle of some significant and transformational projects that will have impacts for generations to come. I hope you’re as eager as I am to see them through and finish the job.