A Message from the Mayor

As the New Year approaches, I hope that our entire community embraces the opportunity to celebrate the successes of the past year as well as looks forward to the opportunity that lies ahead in the New Year. As the weather warms in Coastal Alabama, opportunities abound for the public to move outdoors and explore our wonderful community. The annual celebration of Mardi Gras provided the catalyst to have residents fill the streets of Olde Towne Daphne and cheer the revelers as the share their throws while displaying their festive attire atop beautifully adorned floats. Our residents venture outdoors to explore our parks as well as engage in the many social and civic offering all around the Eastern Shore. Our recreation fields become filled with youth participating in our annual springs sports of baseball, soccer, softball and the emerging sport of lacrosse. The City of Daphne is an active, family-oriented community blessed with beautiful scenery, a rich history, and strong quality of life which complements our great schools, established retail sector, and growing economic and business environment.

As you move around town, we hope that you notice some of the progress that has been made. We have placed a point of emphasis on adding flowerbeds and enhancing landscape features around Daphne. One focal point includes the new improvements to the landscaping and wall at the Library/Civic Center. The improvements enhance the aesthetics and also provide a an opportunity to brand and better identify the facilities located in the complex such as the Civic Center, Recreation Department, Senior Center and Daphne Public Library. Utilizing a color palette of red, white and blue flowers as part of the landscaping also provide further define our Patriot’s Point Memorial – one way the City of Daphne proudly honors our veterans and the men and women who continue to serve our country in active duty. We hope that you also notice the additional flowerbeds that have been added along Highway 98 medians to strengthen our curb appeal and presence by adding color, class and character along the primary artery of our city. We are committed adding additional flowerbeds and landscaping features as we continue our Public Works motto of “Beautification in Progress”. You will also see further improvements in Olde Towne Daphne along Main Street with addition of a brick wall along the sidewalk across from City Hall. The wall will serve as a planter box in front of Centennial Park and provide a mechanism to add colorful flowers in Olde Towne, provide seating along Main Street, and create a more defined, and inviting entrance to Centennial Park.

Enhancements to our Park and Recreation facilities in Daphne are in the works. An expansion to the Gator Alley Boardwalk, additional sports fields, and additional passive parks are all being planned. Additional investment is occurring and major economic development projects are on the horizon. Opportunity abounds for the City of Daphne, the Eastern Shore, Baldwin County, and across our Coastal Alabama region. Our “Jubilee City” is known for it’s warmth, history and charm rooted in a growing, friendly citizenry. I invite you to explore to explore all that our wonderful city has to offer. We have a bright future and I will continue to work hard to make the City of Daphne the best place to live, work and play.

I appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of Daphne. Please contact my office if there is any way we can assist you.

Mayor Dane Haygood