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Amendment 2 supporters: It will “protect our state parks” – FOX10 News | WALA

November 05, 2016

Alabama voters will have their say on November 8th, on 14 proposed statewide amendments. One of those is focusing on protecting money for state parks.

Supporters of Amendment 2 met Wednesday morning at Gulf State Park to educate and encourage others to vote “yes” next Tuesday.

via Amendment 2 supporters: It will “protect our state parks” – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Coaster opens 2017 at Foley “Field of Dreams” | WEAR

November 04, 2016

At the corner of the Foley Beach Express and County Road 20, cranes spear the skyline and water trucks are tamping down the dust. Construction crews are raising a hotel and event center, and that’s just the beginning. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is developing one square mile into a destination attraction including thrill rides, concert venues, dining, and a man-made lake, from whence the property gets its name: Owa.

via Coaster opens 2017 at Foley “Field of Dreams” | WEAR.

Loxley man booked on porn distribution charges | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

November 04, 2016

LOXLEY, Alabama — A Loxley man is in jail on intent to distribute porn charges following an arrest by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency on Wednesday. Christopher Allen Adams, 38, of Totter Ridge Drive in Loxley was booked on three counts of porn with intent to distribute and his currently in jail on a $60,000 bond, according to Baldwin County Corrections Center records.

via Loxley man booked on porn distribution charges | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Why amusement park’s ‘field of dreams’ is creating congestion worries for coastal Alabama | AL.com

November 04, 2016

With plan to establish a major amusement park destination, and a vision to deliver a $250 million economic impact, the newly unveiled OWA development in Foley has been labeled a “field of dreams” for coastal Alabama.

But some public officials worry that the dream could intensify infrastructure headaches in Baldwin County, where roads are routinely congested and classrooms get more crowded with every passing fall. The county, Alabama’s fastest-growing, has added more than 21,000 residents since 2010.

via Why amusement park’s ‘field of dreams’ is creating congestion worries for coastal Alabama | AL.com.

Obamacare trap: More people covered, but more costs to pay | AL.com

November 04, 2016

The sticker price of health plans offered to almost 200,000 customers covered under the Affordable Care Act in Alabama will skyrocket next year as insurers either flee the market or struggle to reduce nine-figure losses.

Both UnitedHealth and Humana announced earlier this year they would not offer plans in Alabama next year, leaving Blue Cross Blue Shield as the only option in the state. Blue Cross will raise premiums by an average of 36 percent next year – which follows a 28 percent increase this year.

via Obamacare trap: More people covered, but more costs to pay | AL.com.

Roller coaster rivaling longest in the U.S. anchoring coastal Alabama amusement park | AL.com

November 04, 2016

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.

via Roller coaster rivaling longest in the U.S. anchoring coastal Alabama amusement park | AL.com.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians Unveil New Tourist Destination

November 03, 2016

OWA in Foley

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians today unveiled detailed plans for its first-class, family-friendly tourist destination currently under construction near Alabama’s most popular beaches.

The development’s name, Owa, means “big water” in the Muscogee Creek language. Owa “big water” refers to the 14-acre lake at the center of the unique project that features a themed amusement park, a 150-room Marriott Town Place Suites hotel, and a wide selection of restaurant and shopping opportunities.

Stephanie A. Bryan, Poarch Creek’s Tribal Chair and CEO noted, “As a Tribe, we have worked hard to ensure that our businesses bring revenue and jobs into the State and add to the quality of life in the rural communities where they are located. Owa is being built in this tradition, and we are very excited to be both neighbors and partners with the City of Foley in bringing economic development to this area.”

via Poarch Band of Creek Indians Unveil New Tourist Destination.

Amendment 2 focuses on funding and “privatization” of state park – FOX10 News | WALA

November 03, 2016

David MacTaggart and his wife are passing through Alabama stopping to enjoy Meaher State Park off the Causeway. “The area is clean, neat, a nice place to park,” MacTaggart said.

He said it’s a good location for people passing through or those who want to vacation. “I believe it brings in more tourism and people enjoy it.”

The Alabama State Parks’ website says since 2012, the legislature has transferred 15 million dollars from the Alabama State Parks Fund, to the General Fund, resulting in the closure of five state parks in 2015.

via Amendment 2 focuses on funding and “privatization” of state park – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Alabama voters to decide on 14 proposed constitutional amendment – FOX10 News | WALA

November 03, 2016

When Alabama voters head to the polls on Nov. 8, there will be 14 proposals to change the state constitution.

Amendment 1 would add two more at-large members to the Auburn University Board of Trustees. The proposal is intended to add diversity to the Board. It will also increase the size of the Board from 14 to 16 total members with 5 at-large members.

via Alabama voters to decide on 14 proposed constitutional amendment – FOX10 News | WALA.

Foley entertainment and sports complex named ‘OWA’ – FOX10 News | WALA

November 03, 2016

A big attraction is coming to Baldwin County, and the plans include an amusement park and possibly a water park.

It’s been a little over a year since the Poarch Bank of Creek Indians purchased the land of what was formerly known as the Blue Collar Country Complex, and on Wednesday afternoon they announced their plans for the land they call “field of dreams”.

via Foley entertainment and sports complex named ‘OWA’ – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Roller coaster rivaling longest in the U.S. anchoring coastal Alabama amusement park | AL.com

November 03, 2016

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.

via Roller coaster rivaling longest in the U.S. anchoring coastal Alabama amusement park | AL.com.

Cook-Off brings ‘the best raw oyster bar in the country,’ and more, to Gulf Shores | AL.com

November 03, 2016

Depending on whom you ask, the Hangout’s Oyster Cook-Off is either a laid-back weekend that’s all about enjoying food, beer and music, or a game-changing event that has raised the bar for oyster-based cuisine and coastal Alabama’s oyster industry.

via Cook-Off brings ‘the best raw oyster bar in the country,’ and more, to Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Orange Beach votes to absorb health care deficit | The Islander

November 02, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Orange Beach City Council on Nov. 1 voted down a change in health insurance that would have caused significant increases for its nearly 300 employees.

An emotional discussion ended with city agreeing to once again take a $400,000 loss in the city’s self-insurance program to keep the current coverage. Employees agreed to give up half of a yearly one-time payment for services – essentially but not legally a Christmas bonus – to help ease the city’s burden.

via Orange Beach votes to absorb health care deficit | The Islander.

32nd Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival – FOX10 News | WALA

November 02, 2016

The 3rd Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival is coming up November 2nd through November 12th!

Below is the schedule and also information about the Festival’s School Outreach Program:

via 32nd Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival – FOX10 News | WALA.

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