The Interview: Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft


Uploaded by wala on 29.11.2012

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<"There were a lot of unknowns
of what the long term effect on
that, so frightening would be an
understatement."
BP AND THE GULF OIL SPILL
CONTINUE TO STAY IN THE
HEADLINES AS
FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL
OFFICIALS WORK FOR A FINANCIAL
SETTLEMENT AND RESTORATION FOR
THE GULF COAST.
GULF SHORES MAYOR ROBERT CRAFT
NOW IN HIS SECOND TERM KNOWS
THOSE
DOLLARS WILL HELP MAKE
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE BEACH CITY'S
INFRASTRUCTURE
AND SUPPORT ITS TOURISM
INDUSTRY.
CRAFT RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH OUR
ERIC REYNOLDS TO TALK ABOUT THE
OIL SPILL,
HIS PASSION FOR RUNNING AND
PUBLIC SERVICE.
HERE'S "THE INTERVIEW". <
39.13.27 - "In 1969, if you
lived anywhere in,
from lillian to orange beach, to
magnolia springs really all the
way over to fish river to
summerdale, you all went to
foley high school, 39.31.17 -
"so i grew up not looking at
this as
multiple cities, in my mind it
was one place, we all went to
school together," "....we played
sports
together," "....we accomplished
great things because we had all
of us working together."
GULF SHORES MAYOR ROBERT CRAFT
SEES SOUTHERN BALDWIN COUNTY AS
A REGION.
HE GREW UP IN FOLEY ON THE
FAMILY FARM, AND WAS INFLUENCED
BY A VISIONARY
FATHER. 34.47.29 - "we were an
agricultural family, my father,"
".... he grew gladiolas,"
"....cut flowers that we grew
outside, grew like corn,"
35.20.11 - "he had the ability
to grab a hand full of soil,
feel it, smell it and
say it needs lime, it needs
potassium," " ....we've kind of
lost that art," 35.40.16 - "i
learned a lot from him,"
35.04.05 - "i wanted to have a
role, agriculture to be a part
of my life,"
CRAFT HEADED TO AUBURN TO STUDY
AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS.
AFTER RETURNING TO FOLEY, HE SAW
THE INDUSTRY CHANGING.
36.02.06 - "the gladiola
business that i wanted to be
apart of was going away",
"....you couldn't
make money at it," "....it was
just impossible to find the
labor and to get the work done
in a
profitable manner,"
CRAFT HAD OBSERVED A NEW CROP
BEING FARMED.
HE WAS ASKED TO MANAGE THE
BUSINESS, AND EVENTUALLY WAS
ABLE TO BUY IT. 33.03.11 -
"started a turf farm business,"
38.06.16
- "the market was right, we had
the land," 38.06.16 - "mobile
was exploding, pensacola was
exploding, the whole eye ten
corridor, the new orleans,
biloxi, a lot of new
development, a lot of
new home construction," "
....close in proximity so that
the freight doesn't eat you and
kill you,"
33.03.11 - "it was
extraordinarily successful in
spite of me,"
-
38.44.15 - "from the turf farm
we built three golf courses,"
"....and the residential
development,"
THE ARNOLD PALMER DESIGNED AND
MANAGED GOLF COURSES, AND THE
PLANNED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
WERE ALSO SUCCESSFUL.
CRAFT SPENT A LOT OF TIME AT
CITY HALL WORKING ON "THESE
PROJECTS" AND THAT
LED TO AN INTEREST IN POLITICS.
39.56.28 - "the main reason i
got involved in politics was
because of my desire to see us
having more regional
cooperation, foley, gulf
shores and orange beach working
together," 40.29.23 - "i just
decided that if i really wanted
to
effect change and if i really
wanted to get involved in what i
believed," 41.06.04 - "we've
got the ability and the
potential to be great, why not,
i see it as our responsibility
to be great
if we can, and so thats what
drives me,"
HE WAS ELECTED TO THE GULF
SHORES CITY COUNCIL IN 2004.
IN 2008, CRAFT WON HIS FIRST
TERM AS MAYOR.
-
41.54.05 - "if you're going to
sit in a mayors chair in this
city thats got to be the number
one
thing you look at, we're
prepared every fall for when a
katrina, an ivan type of storm
hits we
have to be ready for that,"
41.35.14 - "our number one
concern always," "....know when
to evacuate, how to recover,"
".... all of those things are
just critical,"
-
IN THE SPRING OF 2010, NO ONE
WAS PREPARED FOR AN UNEXPECTED
CHALLENGE THAT THREATENED GULF
SHORES MAIN INDUSTRY AND ITS
FUTURE. 43.10.22 - "The spill
happened on april 22nd,
we actually didnt get oil on our
beaches until around the first
of june," '"....we know its
coming,
we're watching it on the news
and see this wave of oil thats
creeping towards you and it was
frightening because you just
didnt know what to expect,"
43.47.14 - "we had no idea what
it was
going to do to the future of our
world environmentally,"
"....obviously with that amount
of oil," ".....there were a lot
of unknowns of what the long
term effect on that, so
frightening
would be an understatement,"
42.24.18 - "preserving the
unique economy we have, i mean
we're a one dimensional city we
have
one economy its tourism and that
tourism is dependent on a clean,
safe, usable environment,
so we've got to make sure
everything that we do, we
protect the environment and we
protect the industry of
tourism,"
-
AN AVID RUNNER, CRAFT HAS
COMPETED IN MARATHONS,
INCLUDING BOSTON'S, WHICH WAS A
LIFE LONG DREAM OF HIS.
HE'S ALSO ONE OF A SELECT FEW
WHO HAS RUN IN MOBILE'S AZALEA
TRAIL RUN
EVERY YEAR SINCE THE FIRST IN
1978. CRAFT BELIEVES "THAT"
DISCIPLINE
HELPS HIM AT CITY HALL. 48.58.12
- "its an important part of my
life i
enjoy being fit, i enjoy my
competitive nature, not with
somebody else, but the
competitive nature
with me, can i force myself to
go run today," 48.32.27 - "i'm
a goal oriented person and one
of my goals is to make a
difference in this city for the
future," 49.24.00 - "you just
can't roll out of
bed and go run a marathon, you
have to prepare, it takes
sometimes years to get
prepared to do that and i enjoy
that long term goal,"
"....that's the reason i enjoy
this desk," "....this city is
not going to change overnight,"
"....so i like long term
challenges."

CRAFT HAS NOW TURNED HIS FITNESS
ATTENTION NOW TO TRAINING FOR
AND
COMPETING IN TRIATHALONS.
ON THE BP MATTER, CRAFT IS
ENCOURAGED SOMEWHAT TO SEE
THE SETTLEMENT PROCESS BEGIN.
HE SAYS HE DOESN'T BELIEVE BP
WANTS TO BE FOUND NEGLIGENT IN
COURT BECAUSE WITH IT BEING AN
INTERNATIONALLY
TRADED STOCK COMPANY ITS FUTURE
IS DEPENDENT ON SHAREHOLDER
CONFIDENCE.
CRAFT ADDS THAT SETTLEMENT
SHOULD BE THE WAY ALL PARTIES
PREFER
BECAUSE IT'S MUCH FASTER AND