A Friend of Unfair Park just sent word: "E-mails to City Hall are all bouncing back as invalid emails." OK, I figure, maybe the system's crashed. Then I go over to the city of Dallas's official Web site to sneak peek the community gardens and Central Expressway landscaping briefings scheduled for 2 p.m. today, only to find that www.dallascityhall.com is g-g-g-g-gone!
Are budget problems that bad? Is it too early to call Mary Suhm and find out if now's a good time to move to Frisco?
Oh, wait: The domain registration expired on Saturday. Brilliant.
Update at 9:08 a.m.: Frank Librio, in the public information office at City Hall, confirms: "We don't know what the issue is. I'm told it'll be back within an hour."
Update at 9:59 a.m.: Librio called my cell during my drive into work and said the site was back up. Unh-unh. He also explained why the site's down: The city was under the impression the domain registration expired in September, when, in fact, records indicate it was up March 6. Register.com sent a warning to a City Hall employee who no longer works at City Hall.
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Update at 11:09 a.m.: I just checked. The site's back. Hallelujah.
Update at 11:42 a.m.: It's gone again. So sad.
Update at 1:20 p.m.: The site's accessible on a verrrrry limited basis, on occasion, kind of. But it should be restored in full for all by tomorrow morning. Far as you know.
Update at 5:28 p.m.: I still can't get City Hall's Web site to load, but a Register.com rep to whom I just spoke said, well, it could take up to 48 hours. But looking at WhoIs.Net, I see the city just today re-upped till March 6, 2011. Cost a little more than $200.