The sugar white sands and blue waters of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have long been an attraction, bringing in visitors to Alabama from across the United States.
“We’re proud of our tourism industry and we all know that it brings in $4 billion every year for our state,” said Wiley Blankenship.
But for legislators in other parts of the state, who want to bring global industry into Alabama, Blankenship has a message.
“We are proud of our tourism industry, but for many who aren’t familiar with our area, that’s all they see and that’s not what we’re all about,” he said. “There’s so much more to offer here than just tourism.”
Eight water systems across Mobile and Baldwin counties have had testing results above the legal limit for lead content in the last three years, according to an analysis of government records by FOX10 News Investigates.
Those water systems are Dauphin Island Water and Sewer, Foley Utilities Board, Grand Bay Water Works, Mobile Area Water and Sewer System (MAWSS), Prichard Water Board, Robertsdale Water, St. Elmo-Irvington Water Authority, and Bayou La Batre Utilities.
It started around noon when a state trooper spotted a stolen Lexus that blew through a traffic light and crossed six lanes of traffic on Highway 59 and the chase was on.
Authorities say it was Phillip Stanford behind the wheel of a car that took authorities on a high-speed chase reaching speeds of a hundred miles per hour plus, before crashing in a field off County Road 32 near the Baldwin Beach Express.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) approved $63 million for six projects in Alabama, including two projects in Gulf Shores, as part of the fourth round of grants from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund established to restore natural resources damaged during the 2010 BP oil spill. The Gulf Shores acquisitions will eliminate the likely risk of future development in those pristine natural habitats.
Gulf Shores will kick off its holiday festivities with the Lighted Christmas Parade and Beach Celebration on Friday evening, Dec. 2. The evening parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will feature festive lighted floats and guest judges, as well as appearances from holiday characters and marching bands. Large crowds of spectators looking to bask in the holiday spirit are anticipated along Highway 59 as parade entries make their way from Clubhouse Drive to the Gulf Shores Public Beach.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – World Food Championships WFC celebrated its first year at The Wharf in Orange Beach Nov. 9-15. In an event that brought more than 400 teams from around the world to compete for the grand prize of $100,000.
One season may be over. But memories of spring break 2016 still haunt Gulf Shores beaches. “It was crazier than usual.” Jan Hughey saw it all. “We saw lots of inappropriate behavior. We saw a lot of trash. Everything was nasty.”
GULF SHORES, AL – During a work session on Nov. 21, the Gulf Shores City Council seemed poised to reinstate an alcohol ban on city beaches during spring break 2017.
During the informal session business owners and other officials were invited to state their concerns and ideas about the ban. Most, including several members of the vacation rental property companies, backed the ban after last year’s beach mob scenes.
Will the city of Gulf Shores ban alcohol on its beaches for the 2017 Spring Break season? It’ll be a week before we can answer that question, but city leaders started the conversation of dates for the possible ban during their work session.
If you look closely, something is missing in the console of this Grady White. Two holes in the console used to contain Garmin GPS monitors. “They spent their time unbolting everything, unscrewing it where they can resale it because it takes a lot of time to pull a unit out so it’s not completely destroyed so they can sell it,” says the mechanic replacing the missing high-tech devices Chad Daniel.
A coastal Alabama zip line course operator, embroiled in a standoff with state officials over the closure of his thrill-seeking course on state property, announced Monday he’s relocating the business to The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Gulf Adventure Center, in a news release, announced that it has reached an agreement to relocate the zipline course to the entertainment and shopping complex – about 6 miles northeast from the venue’s current location at Lake Shelby.
The Foley Public Library received a five-star rating that placed the Foley Library at the top of its classification in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. The rating is based on five measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, public Internet computer use and circulation of electronic materials.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – One of the Alabama Gulf Coast’s most popular attractions has found a new home.
Gulf Adventure Center (GAC) has reached an agreement to relocate their popular zipline course to The Wharf in Orange Beach, subject to final approvals and permitting.
“Our planning with management at The Wharf is going very well,” GAC Managing Partner Tom Schlinkert said. “They’ve got a fantastic property, great infrastructure, established traffic and a sharp business development team.”
A benefit concert and live auction will be held in the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf, Orange Beach on Feb. 16, 2017. All proceeds go towards completing construction of Melissa’s Place, an orphanage being built in Haiti for girls 5 to 16 years old. In addition to the music of The Coachmen, and Wojamm travelling here for this event, Gulf Coast locals Lisa Christian, Mac Walter and Shelby Brown (recently seen on The Voice) will perform for the event.
ORANGE BEACH – Orange Beach Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) would like to introduce its new Board of Directors: Lyle Reed, President; Josh Kesling, First Vice President; Summer Montelaro, Second Vice President; Leslie Bullock, Secretary; and Cameron Price, Treasurer.
GULF SHORES, AL – The Gulf Shores Woman’s Club raised more than $7,000 to benefit the Christian Service Center and the Sheriff’s Boys Ranch at its recent October style show, “Tis The Season to be Spooky.”