Fairhope Walking School Bus Idling Until Sept. 1

Fairhope Walking School Bus Idling Until Sept. 1

Delayed Start Date set for K-6 Walkers 

Fairhope, Ala. Aug. 2, 2020 – As a safety precaution, the Walking School Bus will postpone its start date until September 1st.

After communicating with school officials, Walking School Bus organizers decided to give schools time to settle into new arrival protocols designed to minimize risk of Covid-19 exposure. Ultimately, the Walking School Bus will follow the schools’ lead.

"Children’s health is the main reason we lead daily walks to school,” says Charlene Lee, director of the Fairhope Walking School Bus. "Before they walk, students enjoy free play because recreation is another contributor to good health. The Walking School Bus will resume as soon as we can safely balance those activities with virus protections.”    

Last year, the daily train of students left from either Coastal Alabama Community College to Fairhope West Elementary or from Citizens Bank to Fairhope East Elementary. On an average day, more than100 children walked to school, which meant far fewer parents sitting in a morning car line waiting to drop off students.

"Parents who opt to drive rather than put children on a bus this fall may see long car lines, so I urge anyone driving near schools to be alert and patient,” Lee says. "When the Walking School Bus gets back in gear in September, it will alleviate some congestion.”

The Walking School Bus, a program of the Baldwin County Trailblazers, is supported by local sponsors, grants, and the City of Fairhope. To learn more about the Fairhope Walking School Bus, the only daily walk to school program in Alabama, visit http://fairhopewalkingschoolbus.weebly.com.Forms are available on the website for parents who wish to register a child to participate in 2020-21.  

2020 Municipal Election Guides for Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee is offering several opportunities or voters to get to know the candidates in the upcoming Municipal Elections for Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort.

The Chamber has released Election Guides for each city. These guides include valuable information about absentee voting and district maps. Each candidate for Mayor and City Council has also answered questions that help the community understand where they stand on pertinent issues on the Eastern Shore. The goal is to help voters make an informed decision at the polls. 

Paper versions are available at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce office at 327 Fairhope Avenue in Fairhope.


Did you miss the LIVE Mayoral Candidate Forums or want to see them again? Follow the links below to re-watch each Mayoral Forum for Spanish Fort, Daphne and Fairhope. 

Election Day for the 2020 Municipal Elections is August 25, 2020. 

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce does not endorse any specific candidate but does strive to educate voters on where candidates stand on issues facing the local business community.


Get to Know the Candidates for Facebook Live Mayoral Forums

Mayor Forums
Get to know the candidates.  


Join us on Facebook Live for mayoral forums for each city. Hear from each candidate about the issues you care about so you can make an informed decision at the polls.

Spanish Fort Mayoral Candidate Forum
Tuesday, August 4
6 PM
Facebook Live
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Daphne Mayoral Candidate Forum
Thursday, August 6
6 PM
Facebook Live
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Fairhope Mayoral Candidate Forum
Tuesday, August 11
6 PM
Facebook Live
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WABF 1480 AM radio will broadcast live for those who are not on Facebook. Listen live on the radio, the WABF phone app, or online at www.wabfradio.com.

Important Dates to Remember 

 August 10
Last Day to Register to Vote 
or Municipal General Election 

August 20
Last Day to
Apply for a Regular Absentee Ballot

August 24
Last Day to
Hand-Deliver Absentee Ballot (Deadline: 5:00 PM)

August 25
Municipal Election Day


New Mask Requirement in Alabama Schools Through August 31

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her fifteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Amended Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Info Sheet 1

Safer at Home Info Sheet 2

Safer at Home Info Sheet 3

Fifteenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation

Resources for Businesses


Drive-in COVID-19 Testing Offered Monday Through Friday in Robertsdale

The RSA Tower, 201 Monroe Street, P.O. Box 303017, Montgomery, AL  36130-3017
(334) 206-5300 • FAX (334) 206-5520  Web Site: alabamapublichealth.gov


Drive-in COVID-19 testing offered Monday through Friday in Robertsdale

CONTACT:  Baldwin County Health Department, (251) 947-1910

In a joint effort, the city of Robertsdale, the Baldwin County Commission and the Baldwin County Health Department are now offering drive-in COVID-19 testing clinics at the PZK Hall, 17933 Highway 104, Robertsdale, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Days of operation were extended to help ensure availability to the public.

Baldwin County Commission Chair Billie Jo Underwood said, "We have paid close attention to the needs of our citizens during this crisis. The health and safety of our citizens is a priority and it takes collaborations like this with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the city of Robertsdale to respond to these needs.”

District Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers said, "We appreciate the collaboration with the Baldwin County Commission and the city of Robertsdale for working with ADPH to help extend the number of days Baldwin County residents can be tested for COVID-19. The new location provided will help us better serve the public."

Please call the Baldwin County Health Department at (251) 947-1910 for an appointment and to preregister. Calling ahead will help allow for a shorter waiting time.

Symptoms of COVID-19 consist of either cough or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing) or at least two of the following; fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

These are the requirements for testing:
·        Persons with symptoms
·        Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms
·        Persons without symptoms who have underlying medical conditions or disability placing them at a higher risk of complications or screening of other asymptomatic individuals based on a case-by-case review and approval by the state health department or local health jurisdiction.
Appointments are not required, but persons tested must meet ADPH testing criteria.

ADPH advises the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

·        Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds
·        Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
·        Avoid people who are sick
·        Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
·        Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
·        Cover coughs and sneezes
·        Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
·        Monitor your health

For more information, visit alabamapublichealth.gov.


Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort Municipal Election Candidates

Qualifications have ended for the 2020 municipal elections and we’ve got a listing of all the candidates on the ballot for Daphne, Fairhope and Spanish Fort. Election Day is August 25, 2020.

The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will be releasing a Municipal Election Voter Guide as you prepare to hit the polls. The Voter Guide will include information from each candidate about their platforms and priorities. Be sure to follow the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce on Facebook to be notified when the guide is released.

City of Daphne


Steve Carey

Robin LeJeune

Selena Vaughn

Michael Hobbs



District 1 
Tommie Conaway (I)

District 2 
Steve Olen

District 3 
Joel Coleman (I)

District 4 
Doug Goodlin (I)

District 5 
Ron Scott (I)
Amber Smith

District 6 
Ben Hughes
Wesley Wright

District 7
Angie Phillips (I)

City of Fairhope


Karin Wilson (I)

John Manelos

Annette Sanders

Sherry Sullivan



Place 1 
Jack Burrell (I)
Deb Hopkins

Place 2 
Corey Martin

Place 3 
Jimmy Conyers (I)

Place 4 
Robert Brown (I)
Howell Gibbens

Place 5 
Kevin Boone (I)
Josh Gammon



City of Spanish Fort


Mike McMillan (I)

Rebecca Cornelius

Jeffery Batley

David Westerfield


District 1 
Curt Smith (I)

District 2 
Carl Gustafson
Steve Gibson

District 3 
Shane Perry
Earby Markham
Wanda Finch

District 4 
J.R. Smith (I)
Mark Cauley

District 5 
Mary Brabner (I)




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