GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — As major renovations continue at the Gulf State Park, the city of Gulf Shores is preparing for the impact on residents.
City officials have approved thousands of dollars to pay for a study on what the projects will mean for traffic, economic development and more.
via Gulf Shores to pay $30k for impact study of Gulf State Park renovations | WPMI.
During last week’s work session, Gulf Shores city leaders discussed a potential $30,000 study to look at what impact changes coming to Gulf State Park could have on the city.
Steve Griffin, city administrator, told the council he hoped the city would approve the study being done with Sasaki and Associates.
“I’d like to look at how to blend our community with the state park and blend the state park with our community so that we’re not doing this in an isolated way,” Griffin said.
via Gulf Shores looks to study impact of Gulf State Park developments | The Islander.
When the city of Gulf Shores announced plans to partner with a private developer to build a 240-room hotel and conference center near its public beach, social media lit up with criticism.
On Facebook, the backlash dwelled on a common theme: The city is overdeveloped by the tourism industry and elected officials are not looking out for longtime residents.
via Backlash grows over coastal growth as Gulf Shores presses forward with hotel project | AL.com.
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is pleased to announce our annual free electronic recycling event to be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8:00 am – Noon in the Alabama State Park Pavilion parking lot. The Conservation & Natural Resources Council, the City of Gulf Shores, and the City of Orange Beach work together each year to accept electronics and documents for paper shredding.
via Free eCycling & Shredding Event.
It’ll be a day for America to celebrate. Preparations in Washington are underway as the 45th president is set to be inaugurated.
President Elect Donald Trump loves Alabama and the feeling is mutual for those who volunteered on his campaign, like Gayle and Grady Hart of Gulf Shores.
via Baldwin Couple Going to Inauguration | WPMI.
“A week ago today I was freezing,” says Rodney Merrill from Gulf Shores, “and now I’m on the beach enjoying spring time weather.”
via January Beach Day in Gulf Shores.
GULF SHORES, Ala, (WPMI) — The Gulf Beach District gets a new tenant. Surprisingly even some of the neighbors say they like the idea too.
The plan is for a seven story 240 room hotel and conference center that will sit directly across from Ross Roecker home.
“This is an area that everybody wonders why its the way it is, so I have nothing to say other than, when it looks nice it won’t maybe block my view, but I’ve been here 20 years and it doesn’t make any difference when I’m standing here,” said Roecker.
via Gulf Shores moves forward with public-private partnership | WPMI.
The off-season in Gulf Shores. Hardly a soul on the beaches and a perfect time to get things in order for the tourists season that’s just a couple of months away.
“Our season is March through October,” says Jason Holt with Suncoast Beach Services.
via Beach Rental Chairs In For A Change This Summer.
Saunders Yachtworks in Gulf Shores, Alabama, recently added a long-term dry storage yard at the company’s primary location to its portfolio of marine-related services.
“As the number of boats using our coast has increased, we have seen a corresponding increase in demand for out-of-water storage,” says John Fitzgerald, CEO of Saunders. “Our new yard expansion will provide a safe, secure and convenient place to store boats on the hard during times like hurricane season and winter months, or any period our customers will be away from their boats and don’t want to worry.
via Saunders Yachtworks Adds New Dry Storage Facility | Marlin Magazine.
The animals were able to enjoy a relaxing weekend, just days after strong storms rocked their habitats at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
The “little zoo that could” was able to reopen Sunday, earlier than expected.
via Gulf Coast Zoo back open after tornado-like damage.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is still trying to recover from the storms that hit in early January.
Straight line winds tore down tree limbs and damaged animal cages temporarily closing the zoo.
via Zoo reopens, volunteers needed | WEAR.
After recovering from storm damage, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will reopen tomorrow, Sunday, January 8th at 9 a.m.
via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Reopens Sunday After Storm Damage.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is one step closer to re-opening thanks to the hard work of staff and numerous volunteers.
More than a hundred concerned residents stepped up to help the Gulf Coast Zoo after it suffered severe damage from Monday’s Storm.
via Volunteers help clean up Gulf Coast Zoo storm damage | WPMI.
The City of Gulf Shores announced today that it has joined with a private development partner to apply to team with an international hotel brand to construct a 240-room full service hotel, spa and meeting facility on city-owned property located at the corner of West Beach Boulevard and West 1st Street.
via Gulf Shores Full-Service Hotel to Anchor Proposed Mixed-Use Beach Project.
It opened up a few months ago, but Electric Seahorse Records and Nonsense has become one of the trendiest shops in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
No, they don’t carry the latest in beach apparel or trendy decor and furniture. Nope, Electric Seahorse just carries vinyl, musical instruments and other — well– other awesome stuff.
via Cool Shops at the Beach: Electric Seahorse Records and Nonsense | AL.com.
Clean up continues for many in South Baldwin County after Monday’s big storm. Wednesday morning dozens of volunteers took to one of the hardest hit areas, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.
via Volunteers help clean Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo after storm – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The National Weather Service says it was straight line winds that caused the damage during Monday’s storm.
Jason Beaman with the NWS say 70 to 80 mph winds came from the West traveling East, jumping Little Lagoon, hitting 11 and 12th Streets.
via Strom causes damage across Alabama | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Work crews have begun making repairs at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo after bad weather caused damage at the Gulf Shores attraction.
The strong wind and heavy rain came in about 3 pm Monday, uprooting huge trees, knocking down fencing and damaging some exhibits.
via Bad weather topples exotic bird cages in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - After a big storm pushed its way through south Alabama, many in Gulf Shores are spending the third day of the new year cleaning up.
“When I was coming over the bridge, that’s when the winds shifted really quick and in different directions,” TCBY Assistant Manager Chris Colbert explained.
via Gulf Shores businesses and residents continue to clean storm dam – FOX10 News | WALA.
Every storm is different. The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo has been through just about all of them.
“It was a little scary for a while,” says zoo director Patti Hall. “I don’t get scared and even I was little scared for a couple minutes.” That’s about all the time they had before the business of getting the zoo back open was in full swing. “We’re a pro at doing that after three hurricanes.”
via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Surviving the Storm, Again.
When severe storms moved through the Gulf Shores area on Monday afternoon, Patti Hall, the director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, said after removing the 30-40 visitors from the zoo and hunkering themselves and the animals down the sky mimicked a scene from the Wizard of Oz.
via Winds sent things flying at Gulf Coast Zoo ‘like the Wizard of Oz’ | AL.com.
New Year’s Day weekend can be a busy time at DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen in Gulf Shores, as snow birds arrive to coastal Alabama from their colder climate homes in the Midwest or Northeast.
via Gulf Shores, coastal Alabama clean up following strong ‘localized’ wind damage | AL.com.
One person was injured in gulf shores when a strong wind storm moved through a section of the city. City spokesman Grant Brown says the individual suffered a broken leg.
No other injuries or deaths were reported, although the storm did some major damage to property.
via Storm Topples Trees & Signs, Prompts Zoo Rescue in Gulf Shores.
Officials with the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores say it will be at least a week before it reopens after storm damage today.
The zoo, home to more than 500 exotic animals including lions, tigers, primates, leopards, bears and wolves, said no animals were harmed, and all workers are fine.
via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo closed for week after damage | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Frustration is mounting among residents in Gulf Shores over a State maintained bridge and waterway.
The Alabama Department of Transportation has to remove sand from the Little Lagoon Pass, along the Beach Highway, often to keep water flowing.
However, locals say they want more done.
via State dredging at Little Lagoon Pass causing frustration for Gulf Shores residents | WPMI.
The Gulf Shores Police Department has arrested George Tucker Grau in connection with a house fire in Gulf Shores on December 22.
The Gulf Shores PD and the Gulf Shores Fire Department responded to the location at 128 West Lagoon Drive when reports of a fire were called in. Fire officials were able to extinguish the flames once they arrived. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire.
via Man suspected of arson at a duplex in Gulf Shores | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL- Gulf Shores Police arrested a man they say set fire to his neighbor’s duplex.
George Tucker Grau was charged with two counts of arson, two counts of criminal mischief and one count of burglary.
via Gulf Shores Police Say Man Set Fire To Neighbor’s House.
The Gulf State Park project is beginning to peek over the fences along Perdido Beach Highway and from the elevation of the state park pier, a better sense of the footprint of the project.
Expected to open in 2018, it is just one of the major projects currently changing the view along the coastline.
via Construction Projects Changing the View at Baldwin Beaches.
Troy capped off its most-successful season as an FBS school with a thrilling bowl victory in its home state on Friday night.
The Trojans forced five Ohio turnovers – converting three of them into touchdowns – to claim a 28-23 win before a crowd of 32,377 in the Dollar General Bowl at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Troy ends the season at 10-3, its first double-digit victory season since 2000, when it was a member of the Division I-AA Southland Conference.
via Troy forces five turnovers, beats Ohio 28-23 in Dollar General Bowl | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – A house on West Lagoon Avenue in Gulf Shores was considered a total loss after a five on the morning of Dec. 22.
Battalion Chief Kevin Tolbert said crews initially got the call at 5:20 a.m.
“We were called out to a fully involved structure fire,” Tolbert said. “When the first crew arrived on the scene it was already fully involved. At that time the main objective was to protect exposure next door. It was taking a lot of heat so we got that protected.
via Gulf Shores home destroyed in Dec. 22 blaze | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.