FP Council: Tourism On The Rise
August 9, 2019
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FP Council: Tourism On The Rise

By Marla Jones, Managing Editor • marla@southerntorch.com

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — (Full Video on our Facebook) At this week’s meeting of the Fort Payne City Council, DeKalb Tourism Director John Dersham updated the Council on tourism in our area.

He reported that DeKalb County was #2 in the entire State of Alabama for returning tourists and that the majority of our tourism comes from the following areas: Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Middle Tennessee. The average visitor is between the ages of 45 and 75, college educated and have an average household income of $100,000 per year.  

Dersham went on to say that room occupancy in DeKalb County had skyrocketed from 58% to 72% over the last three years and that roughly 89 million people have visited DeKalb County in that span of time.

In other business, the Council: 

  • Approved another round of ATRIP funding
  • Passed Resolution 2019-31, which authorizes the agreement with ALDOT for resurfacing Jordan Road SW for the Valley Joist project
  • Passed Resolution 2019-32, accepting the lowest qualified bid (Wayne Hill Construction for $319,200) for the public works building 
  • Tabled discussion on the rules for the Glenwood Cemetery until the next meeting
  • Approved the placement of a street light at the park pavilion
  • Discussed placing weight limits on Whitehall Road

Mayor Larry Chesser, who was absent from the meeting, requested the nominations of David Beddingfield, Bill Mitchell and Walter Watson for the City’s Board of Equalization. These are four-year terms beginning on October 1, 2019. 

The Council then entered executive session to discuss potential litigation and matters of trade and commerce.

The next meeting of the Fort Payne City Council will be held at 12pm on Tuesday, August 20 at Fort Payne City Hall.

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