A Message from Mayor Stimpson - October 13
Oct 13th, 2020
It is 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 14,060 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 43 cases. To review the detailed report, click here.
As of today, our teams on the ground have collected 69 % of the estimated 381,360 cubic yards of trash and debris left by Hurricane Sally. Stacked together, that amount of debris would cover more than 1 million square feet - enough to fill up the arena at the Mobile Civic Center four times.
This morning, members of our urban forestry team also welcomed a dozen expert arborists to Bienville Square to assist in our efforts to properly evaluate the health of trees damaged by Hurricane Sally. Organized by the Alabama Forestry Commission, this group includes leading arborists from seven states
As a third-party assessor, the team will help ensure that our evaluation and management of trees damaged by Sally are based on the best available science and national arboriculture standards. Like the City, this team is prioritizing public safety and the preservation of healthy trees in our public spaces.
This evening I also like to congratulate Azalea Golf Club Pro Lawrence Auer, who won the Senior Division at the Alabama/Northwest Florida PGA championship this past week in Dothan, Alabama. Auer's personal success at this level reflects well on our City and our very excellent public golf course.
I'd also like to share with you a passage I came across again while reading my devotionals this morning. InGrace for the Moment, Max Lucado urges readers to "listen to the voice of God's adventure."
He writes, "The voice of safety says to build a fire in the hearth, stay inside, stay warm and dry, right? You can't fall if you don't stand, right? You can't lose your balance if you never climb, right? So don't try - just take the safe route. Instead of building a fire in the hearth, build it in your heart. Follow God's impulses. Move overseas. Teach the class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference. Sure, it isn't safe, but what is?"
When I read this years ago, it had a direct impact on my decision to run for Mayor of Mobile. Tonight, I hope that you can take something from it as well.