Baldwin Economy Getting Better

Baldwin Economy Getting Better

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Something is happening in Baldwin County that hasn't happened in years. "I haven't permitted one since 2006."

Two condo projects, one in Gulf Shores, a 20 story, 80 unit condo planned for a site on West Beach across from Pier 33 Groceries. "Now that we have a developer coming in talking to us about putting in a 80 unit condo up. I think it shows that the economy is coming back," says Brandan Franklin head of Gulf Shores Building Department.

In Orange Beach, a 22 story condominium has been approved for a site between the Hampton Inn and The Breakers condo. "As a whole all the signs point to a very strong economy," says city administrator Ken Grimes. "It points to the business activity being very positive and you're seeing that."

Possible new condo construction is not the only good news. The number of new housing starts, small business numbers are up but it's not just about what's happening on the beach it's what it means for the rest of the county.

"That's what is driving everything." Robertsdale is benefiting from the growth on the coast. Mayor Charles Murphy says they are not alone. "If you look at Alabama you've got pockets like Baldwin County, Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and those metropolitan areas they're starting to do pretty good."

Other parts of the state he says, are still struggling. "I think the economy has to ramp up more before that happens."

Not everyone has a beach to bank on. "If we had a gladiolus field out there would we have this development? Absolutely not." But at least in this part of the state experts believe the economy is starting to turn.

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