DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - After months of turnover, the city government of Daphne is settling down and laying out some ideas for the future.
A couple of the hot topics are annexation and the possibility of a bay front amphitheater, but there are significant issues in the way of making either of those things happen.
Laying out the ideas in Daphne
During a recent retreat, City of Daphne officials came up with some action items they want to work on to move the city forward.
Mayor Dane Haygood told us, "We want to provide some accountability in order that things don't get lost and that were accomplishing what we set out to accomplish."
One topic that floated to the surface during the retreat was annexation. John Thomas has heard that before. His neighborhood off Highway 64 has been in the city's crosshairs on several occasions.
"They've tried twice in the past, and it's been turned down by a 5 to 1 vote for it," Thomas said.
Mayor Haygood said part of the process of identifying areas for annexation would be to sell the city to the residents.
"Annexation does create revenue, so we want to make sure we listen to the community and we know what our strengths and weaknesses are and we can communicate why someone wants to live in Daphne," Mayor Haygood said.
Bay front amphitheater
Another idea to come from the retreat is an open-air amphitheater on the bay front. Right now, though, it's just an idea, because to make a project like that come to life would take millions of dollars.
Mayor Haygood said it might be possible if a public-private partnership is explored.
"We understand to pursue these capital projects, that and some tennis courts and a few others that were discussed, we're going to have to think outside the box to make those happen," Mayor Haygood told us.
Those ideas, and a number of others, are now being looked at by individual council members. How exactly they'll affect the future of Daphne is yet to be seen.
One item the council is moving quickly on is developing a strategic plan for the city's future. They hope to have that done by the end of the summer.
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