GULF SHORES, AL – Tourism officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are reporting record retail sales and lodging revenue for the 6th consecutive year.
GULF SHORES, AL – Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) announced another strong year for tourism, the return of several national sporting events and the success of the Leave Only Footprints initiative during the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s First Friday Forum at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.
What is initially being touted as one the “longest roller coaster” rides in the U.S. will anchor a new theme park opening in the coastal Alabama by Memorial Day weekend.
The roller coaster, which has not yet been named, will join 20 rides and two other “thrill rides” within 14 acres of a 520-acre development site in Foley, about nine miles from Alabama’s beaches.
Locals and beach guests are encouraged to fill the stands for the 10-team SEC Women’s Soccer Championship Oct. 31 to Nov. 6, 2016 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (4389 William Silvers Parkway) featuring the No. 2 team in the nation – the University of South Carolina. This long-standing Orange Beach tradition will air live on the SEC Network and ESPNU.
Alabama’s most visible public beachfront serves as an “iconic” stretch for the city of Gulf Shores. But the hub for shopping, dining, festivals, sightseeing and sand can be difficult to navigate for pedestrians and cyclists.
A half mile of beach front is the welcome mat to Gulf Shores. Could it get any better? The city of Gulf Shores thinks so and animation reveals their vision of the new look that replaces asphalt and concrete with boardwalks, green space, walking paths, shade structures, landscaping and a beach safety building.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Trip Advisor is putting one of our very own cities in the national spotlight. The travel giant is naming Orange Beach as the second best travel destination on the rise for 2016
Orange beach is already a popular travel destination. As we’ve reported, it has had record high tourism numbers in the last few years, and now this announcement is expected to put it even more on the national map.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Richard Schwartz waxed philosophical as he pondered the raising of business license fees and a tax on hard liquor the City of Orange Beach is considering.“
It’s just part of what’s going on,” he said. “Everything costs more. Business licenses goes up, everything goes up. The price of shrimp has gone up 24 percent the past year. You just have to pay.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A major road project at the beach which should make walking around a lot safer now has help at the state level.
ALDOT has taken over the repaving project in Gulf Shores, leaving more money to make it pedestrian-friendly.
With $65 million in new money thanks to the state’s BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.
With Labor Day far behind us and the holidays still in the seemingly distant future…where can we go for a last minute ‘fun in the sun’ vacation? Try Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama!
When you think of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Ala., a sandy beach with beautiful gulf waters in the background is probably what you picture. While the Gulf Coast is proud of their coastline, there’s much to do beyond the beach, especially as the fall months roll around.
Midmorning under a cloudless sky, and Denise, who politely declined to give her last name, was 1,000 feet out and 20 feet above the Gulf of Mexico cleaning a saltwater catfish. Her boyfriend, Monte, thin as a Popsicle stick, was reeling up a bare hook.
A forester’s work to clear a few acres of trees near a new sports development in Daphne is creating a stir, drawing the attention of federal and state regulators concerned about the fate of local wetlands.
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — The Foley Entertainment Development off of the Foley Beach Express is finally going vertical with the first hotel under construction and the event center for the Foley Sports Tourism Complex.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — There’s nothing like good food and good wine, on top of a three day weekend. And an event in Orange Beach brings those together.
The Wharf Uncorked: Food & Wine Festival is Thursday through Sunday. The event combines tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, live entertainment, a pinch of southern flare and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — If Governor Bentley signs the current BP oil spill settlement bill Mobile and Baldwin counties will get $120 million.
That’s $71 million less than originally planned.
Contrary to popular belief, not all beach vacations are taken during the summer months. My favorite time to go to the beach is during the Fall. The tourists are gone, the temperatures are lower and the sunsets are to-die-for. Some beach destinations “close up shop” after Labor Day without any activities scheduled until Spring. Sa hello to your new favorite beach vacation: The Wharf at Orange Beach.
First of all, Orange Beach, Alabama is a great place to visit year round with the never-ending activities at The Wharf. Located just 5 miles from the white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico, this entertainment district has something for everyone. Read on for 7 reasons to visit The Wharf at Orange Beach.
FOLEY, AL- Crews are building a 150 room Marriott hotel and a 90,000 square foot event center at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex and former Blue Collar Country venue.
The hotel will be one of two hotels on location.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Imagine a new boardwalk 20 feet wide and more than a half mile long. It’s all part of the big facelift and things are just getting started.
GULF SHORES, AL- There’s no question the beaches in Gulf Shores are spectacular, but the amenities at Alabama’s flagship beach are somewhat underwhelming.
Gulf Place at the end of Highway 59 is pretty much just an unattractive, beach parking lot with a few picnic tables and benches.
FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — In Foley, it was the outlet mall that was the main attraction for the Labor Day holiday.
It was not because of the great sales, but because of the rain that forced many tourists off the beaches and into the stores.
via Rain forces | WPMI.
News wants to alert you about changes coming to a popular beach in our area.
The City of Gulf Shores is transforming Gulf Place, the main public beach area.
One of the issues being addressed is parking.
Labor Day 2016 on the Alabama gulf coast was a washout for many beach-goers from Dauphin Island to Gulf Shores. While dark skies loomed to the west, folks in Orange Beach were spared any rain for most of the day.
You never know what’s going to wash in with waves crashing at four to five feet. Red flag conditions continued on the last day of the summer season.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The sun has been in and out all day along Alabama’s beaches the day after Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall.
A little anxiety over the last few days about this Labor Day weekend but not anymore.
The surf is still higher than usual. “The waves are really strong,” says Andrea Bell from Tennessee. “We’re just staying right here in the surf.”
This may not have been the best day for your first trip to the beach this summer.
With the danger of a direct hit by “Hermine” out of the equation, “Before it comes we try to go to the beach,” Rennie Flores and his family headed to Orange Beach.
“Every time I go to the beach it’s always calm, it’s always low tide,” says 11-year-old Kim Flores. “I’ve never seen it like this.”
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A business owner in Baldwin County is challenging the ‘Leave Only Footprints’ initiative in Gulf Shores. This is where beach goers are required to remove all tents, umbrellas and beach chairs by sundown every day.
Dean Young, known for his Republican political campaigns and conservative stances, has joined forces with former Alabama Attorney General Troy King to challenge what he calls an assault on property owners’ rights in Gulf Shores.