Walking him is like walking a rock star on a leash. We start at Callaghan’s every Saturday

August 25, 2016
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Walking him is like walking a rock star on a leash. We start at Callaghan’s every Saturday

Walking him is like walking a rock star on a leash. We start at Callaghan’s every Saturday

“This is the only place that is dog friendly and I bring my buddy over here. We start at Callaghan’s with a burger and a beer every Saturday then go to Heroes and Haley’s. Walking him is like walking a rock star on a leash. He is an ice breaker. I am a home builder and we build all over southwest Alabama. This is the busiest we have been in five or six years. There was a big downtick six years ago and a few lean years. It is getting back to almost too busy, if that is possible. We normally build about 24 houses a year and we will build twice that if it will quit raining. There is no way to have a balance in development. It is already too late. Fairhope is running out of places to build. Highways 181, 48 and all of the areas that used to be soybean and peanut farms are now subdivisions. I do this for a living and I don’t like to see it. Someone owns farm land and a builder offers seven figures, they are going to take it. It is simple economics. Farming is handed down through generations. The younger generations don’t want to get into it. Same with sub-contractors I have. Guys that lay brick and pour concrete are all older guys, the younger people want to be inside with easier jobs. I don’t know how to balance the fine line. I hope Fairhope is the one to do it. I was a school teacher, but my dad was a builder and I went to work with him and started at the bottom. Things are getting a lot better in Mobile. When I was in high school we would almost drive through downtown on a dare and now it has an entertainment district. You could break into the Battle House hotel, but look at it now. People are investing and finally moving down here. It is getting closer to be a self-sustaining area. 25 years ago it was drug addicts and prostitutes. Mobile is on its way.”

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