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Money. Politics. National reputation. Bad publicity. Angry constituents.
And those are just a few of the things that were at stake when Gulf Shores city leaders took up a proposal to ban alcohol on the beach during the spring break season.
Some politicians tend to wimp out under these kinds of pressures, but on this issue, the ones in Gulf Shores didn’t. By unanimous vote, they decided this past week that no alcohol can be possessed or consumed on a beach within the city limits from March 4 to April 16, 2017.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WPMI) — Governor Robert Bentley on Friday awarded grants totaling $37.2 million to assist low-income families in Alabama with home energy bills. Due to the recent storms in Alabama, the Governor has fast tracked these grants in order for funds to be distributed immediately.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) — A Spanish Fort father is in custody charged with shooting his son in the leg. The incident happened at a home on Old Mobile Road right off Highway 31.
Neighbors say the home where it happened is a known drug house. They have been complaining about it for years. When Local 15′s cameras arrived shortly after 2pm, a Medstar helicopter was at the scene landing at the Prodisee Pantry parking lot nearby.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. WPMI — Mobile and Baldwin Counties suffered the brunt of Alabama’s devastation from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill and was set to see part of a billion dollar settlement through BP.However, a new deal passed this week by the State legislature will mean millions less for the area.
ORANGE BEACH – To illustrate just how intertwined the economies of Mobile and Baldwin counties are, one just has to look at Census numbers on citizens in the workforce. Of the more than 73,000 people with jobs who live in Baldwin County, nearly 34,000 of those work outside of the county. Of the nearly 61,000 people who are employed in Baldwin County, nearly 22,000 live in other counties.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will be giving you a sneak peek at their new location. We told you the Gulf Shores attraction made the announcement to move the zoo to higher and safer ground after surviving floods from three major hurricanes.
Rea Schuessler was one of thirty-five fellow PGA of America section qualifiers from throughout the United States to advance to the 78th KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship to be held May 25-28, 2017 at Trump National Golf Club, Washington D.C., in Potomac Falls, VA. Founded in 1937, the prestigious Senior PGA Championship is the most historic major championship in senior golf with a list of winners including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Gary Player, and Sam Snead. Schuessler will be one of only 156 players from throughout the country competing for the infamous Albert S. Bourne Trophy and title of 2017 Senior PGA Champion. The tournament will consist of four rounds of stroke play with the first two broadcast on the Golf Channel and the final two championship rounds aired on NBC. Specific air times will be determined as the event draws closer with tee times generally running from early morning through mid-afternoon.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Christmas Boat Parade takes place on Saturday, December 10th. The parade will start at Lulu’s Homeport Marina at 5:00pm and travel east on the Intracoastal Waterway, around Bear Point and turn south then east back to Cobalt The Restaurant at Perdido Pass.
In recognition of strong support to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, based in Goodlettsville Tennessee, through in-store collections at check-out at Dollar General stores in Gulf Shores, the organization recently awarded $5,000 to Gulf Shores Elementary to support the school’s literacy and education efforts.
The 2017 Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL will be taking place on May 19 to May 21 with names like Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, Weezer, and MGMT topping the bill.
Robertsdale, Ala. (WPMI) — Whether it’s the wildfires in Tennessee or vicious storms in northern Alabama, folks continue to recover from unexpected disasters.
On Wednesday, local officials and emergency responders gathered for disaster training in Baldwin County to be ready should tragedy strike our area.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI — There has been some controversy over the approval of two new high-cost government positions in the city of Fairhope.
The positions were approved at a city council meeting this week at the request of Karin Wilson, the municipality’s first new mayor in 16 years.
But at a combined cost over $200,000 dollars per year, the price tag has raised some eyebrows.
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office made a big announcement this morning: another drug bust in the county, putting one man behind bars. This makes the third bust in the county that FOX10 News has reported in a three week span.
Stacked pound by pound, Baldwin County deputies got their hands on over 70 bags of pot Wednesday morning. Tight packages labeled with names like “bubblegum”, “pineapple” and “blue dream”, police knew this was a big bust.
An I-10 traffic stop turned up about 100 pounds of marijuana and 28 grams of liquid LSD on Wednesday, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office has reported, with some of the contraband in a box labeled “Merry Christmas, Dad.”
According to information released Thursday morning by the sheriff’s office, deputies stopped a rented Jeep Liberty driven by Daniel Joseph Oehl, 45, of Fort Pierce, Fla. Ohel told deputies that he was heading home from visiting his girlfriend in New Orleans, but deputies found the vehicle had been rented in Phoenix, Az., two days earlier and was due back in Phoenix on Saturday.
There are renewed concerns in the diving community after a diver died Friday.
The diver’s widow said her husband was diving the shipwreck, Oriskany, when he went up to fast and began suffering from decompression sickness, a condition also known as ‘bends.’
Kerry Freeland, a long time diver and owner of ‘Dive Pros in Pensacola, says getting decompression sickness is rare and treatment requires the use of a hyperbaric chamber.
It was a wild weather day on the Gulf Coast, storms were everywhere early on Wednesday. A tornado that formed over the waters of the Gulf in Destin was caught on cell phone video.
Wildfires continue to ravage Sevier County in Tennessee. Fire officials say seven people have died and hundreds of buildings have burned.
Many residents in Gatlinburg lost everything – their homes, their businesses.
That’s why Baldwin County Volunteer Fire Fighters are gathering donations for the victims, and they want you to help.
Alabama made up for lost time with the coastal land purchases and projects announced last week.
Governor Robert Bentley and the team that pushed for these purchases, including Patti Powell, State Lands Division head, and Gunter Guy, Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, deserve applause.
Gulf Shores is looking for a new head football coach and athletic director.
Jamie Williams confirmed to AL.com on Wednesday morning that he was let go from the school Tuesday. He plans to continue to teach there until the end of the year and then likely move back to the Birmingham area.
A little over six years ago, the BP Deepwater Horizon spill devastated the Gulf Coast, sending more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Tourism in many of the cities and towns along Alabama’s shoreline all but crumbled, and many there say without tourism, there is no economy. Over the years, BP issued hundreds of millions of dollars in claims to fishermen, shop owners and city governments to try to make things right.
Most recently, BP gave the state of Alabama a $1 billion settlement to help with the state’s recovery. But people in the region are none too happy with the way the state decided to spend it.
Some of the top women’s soccer teams in the United States have descended on the Alabama Gulf Coast. For the fifth year, the city of Orange Beach and the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission are welcoming the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship.
GULF SHORES, AL- The Smoky Mountain wildfire hits close to home. Gatlinburg is a popular resort destination for many folks on the Gulf Coast. Images of the destruction are heartbreaking.
Firefighters in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach know exactly what Gatlinburg fire crews are going through. In 2011, more than 100 local firefighters battled a massive wildfire in Gulf State Park for 10 days.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — More restaurants are signing up to join the efforts to recycle oyster shells along the Causeway. Ed’s Seafood Shed is the latest restaurant to join.
The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) has launched the Alabama Oyster Shell Recycling Program for local restaurants. Oyster shells that are collected through this program will go back into Alabama waters to help more oysters grow, provide habitat, limit erosion and improve water quality.
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — A major drug investigation in Baldwin County ended in the arrest of 11 people.
Local police, along with state and federal authorities, executed search warrants in the Aaronville community in Foley as part of a two-year long operation.