MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- Reports that "RV City" is closing down this year is not so according to the Mayor Sandy Stimpson' Office.
This comes just a few days after the mayor himself apparently said "it was time" for it to close and that the popular Mardi Gras community of RV's was "a safety hazard."
Mayor Stimpson saying something much different on Monday releasing the following statement on RV City:
"Let me set the record straight. The City of Mobile has not made a decision to close RV City. Any reports that the Mayor's Office has permanently closed down RV City are false and should be disregarded. Mobile Fire-Rescue has been working with the organizers of RV City on a plan to reorganize the campers to ensure emergency vehicles can access the area. Once the plans are finalized, we will review the proposal to ensure it is safe for our citizens. Our primary responsibility is always the safety of the public."
The popular RV City pops every year at Mardi Gras underneath the I-10 overpass downtown. But it hasn't been without concern over the years -- questions about keeping it open have been discussed before.
Here's what Mayor Stimpson said last week when pressed about the issue from reporters:
Reporter: "Camper City thing is a done deal now right?"
Mayor Stimpson: "Melanie... I think it's a done deal. And that really had do with a safety issue and that had mre to do with the fire code than anything else, is that if there had been a fire in there based on how they were stacking those campers in there -- it would have been devastating. Not only could it have been devastating to the campers and people in them but to the bridge above it. So it was something that desperately needed to be done and just one of those things that had grown over a period of time and really had not been noticed."