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September 14, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber recently presented its Island Spirit Award for September 2014 to Chis Mims at a special ceremony at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach.
In presenting the award, Island Spirit Chairman Nora Mandoki praised Mims’ customer service ethic, his courtesy friendliness and professionalism.
“When asked where his tip jar was, Chris was very humble, stating he did not want to ask for a tip,” said Mandoki in reading the nomination provided by a recent guest.
September 13, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Ocean Camp, marine education programs for ocean lovers and future scientists, enjoyed a great 2014 summer season at Perdido Beach Resort and Bear Point Civic Association, both located in Orange Beach, Alabama. Children ages 5-12 years from the local area, vacationers and many wise grandparents with attending grandchildren helped make summer memories at Ocean Camp this year.
“Ocean Camp continues to draw children and parents who get excited about marine life and the ocean. They like to spend most of their time on the coast exploring the water. We hope to acquire a location for our Coastal Marine Life Center by next summer to provide marine education opportunities for all ages and open to the public year around,” stated Belinda Ringpfeil, Director/Educator.
September 12, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Gulf Shores Police Department needs help identifying a burglary suspect.
The image at right was recovered from a burglary that occurred at Hooters in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 11. We would like to point out a couple of identifiers to help identify the suspect. He has longer blonde hair, a large ring on his right hand and was wearing flip flops.
This incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. We also believe he is the suspect who burglarized Gulf Island Grill at approximately the same time. If you recognize the individual please contact Detective Conway at 251-968-1195 or the GSPD Communications Center at 251-968-2431.
September 12, 2014 - Weeks Bay, AL - In early August, a habitat enhancement project near the mouth of Weeks Bay was completed by a contractor for the Alabama Marine Resources Division (AMRD). The remnants of an old subsided oyster reef were brought back to life through the planting of 1,034 cubic yards of oyster shell. The planted oyster shell will provide habitat for many marine creatures including finfish, crabs and oysters.
Weeks Bay may offer better conditions for the long-term survival of this enhanced habitat compared to adjacent areas in Mobile Bay as it is protected from the effects of storms. Over time, the Weeks Bay reef will provide more fishing opportunities to the public.
September 11, 2014 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) — More than 20 wounded American military veterans and their families will soon receive the star treatment at Eden Condominiums as the premiere beach destination donates 25 units for free vacations.
The donation is a collaborative effort by individual owners of units at Eden Condominiums. They decided to offer their units so veterans and families could enjoy a week-long vacation together Sept. 20-27.
The idea sparked when one owner offered his unit to a wounded veteran as a gesture of thanks for his service; it soon spread to other owners of condominiums in the elegant building overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The stylish building is known for exotic gardens, meandering streams, waterfalls, pools and its prime location on the sugar-white sands of Perdido Key.
September 9, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Alabama’s State Parks System is celebrating 75 years of recreation, preservation, and family fun. As part of this year’s celebration, Gulf State Park is working to enable more veterans to enjoy the park, by giving park visitors an opportunity to support veterans. One-dollar donations are being taken at Gulf State Park to pay for veterans’ entrance to the pier for fishing and sightseeing.
In the few weeks since the program began, 99 veterans have been able to experience the pristine beaches of Gulf State Park, raising over $600 in only six weeks. Since the program has been so successful, exceeding the original goal of $500, the park has set a new goal of $1,500 by Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11.
September 8, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Original Oyster House restaurants will honor Mobile and Baldwin County law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics and sheriff officers to enjoy a free “Never Forget” Lunch at either the Gulf Shores or Mobile Causeway location on Thursday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Seventh Annual Never Forget Lunch was established by the Original Oyster House restaurants in honor of the 911 First Responders who risked their lives to save, protect and serve and also to recognize all first responders for their service.
September 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Monday, Sept. 8, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) will begin maintenance dredging operations at Little Lagoon Pass. Dredge spoils will be pumped from the pass and placed on nearby beaches to restore sand lost during severe winter storms earlier this year.
These operations are expected to be conducted over the next two months, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Homes within 1,500 feet west of the pass may experience temporary impacts during this time.
ALDOT and the City of Gulf Shores appreciate your patience and understanding as this phase of the Lee Callaway Bridge/Little Lagoon Pass project is completed.
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September 6, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Orange Beach City Administrator Ken Grimes sent the following in care of Mayor Tony Kennon to various media outlets regarding an upcoming meeting on future facilities for Baldwin County Schools including a presentation on the proposed new high school on the Foley Beach Express near County Road 8. It will be at 4:30 p.m. at the school in Daphne, according to the email from Grimes.
The subject line of the email reads: Mayor Kennon asked that I share this email copy with you for FYI
The email reads:
This email was sent today to the Baldwin County Board of Education by Mayor Kennon for the city in regards to an upcoming meeting on Monday Sept. 8 at 430 p.m.
Mr Norm Moore,
It has come to our attention that the Baldwin County Board of Education is holding a public meeting on Monday, September 8 at 4:30pm at WJ Carroll Intermediate School to discuss and hear presentations regarding future facilities and specifically to hear a presentation by Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and others regarding a proposed new Gulf Shores / Orange Beach High School to be located in Gulf Shores.
Septembert 6, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - From the City of Orange Beach:
We would like to take this opportunity to address a handful of concerns raised by the Baldwin County Board of Education regarding Dr. Ira Harvey's report on the feasibility of an Orange Beach City School System. As you know, Dr. Harvey's report confirmed that Orange Beach can fund and sustain a superior school system and provided the path to achieve a much higher level of education for our children at a minimal cost. Let us be clear: we stand behind Dr. Harvey's study 100 percent. Dr. Harvey is the recognized expert in this field and has performed numerous similar studies for other municipalities seeking to form their own city school systems. His feasibility studies are accurate, detailed, and extremely reliable for each city system that have engaged him. Orange Beach is no exception.
September 5, 2014, Orange Beach, AL (OBA)- On the heels of a 35,000-plus beach concert by Kenny Chesney, the 50-year-old "Honky Tonk", brings its Fifth Annual "Bulls on the Beach" to the area featuring pro rider, Cody Harris, "Dukes of Cattle" star, among others in this sanctioned event.
Festivities begin, Thursday, Sept. 11, in a sit-down dinner with "the Cowboys" on Ole' River at the 'Bama's "Yacht Club" at 6 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds of the $100 plate dinner to go to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Tickets available now: $100 per person.
September 4, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will be held on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Meyer Park in Gulf Shores. Original art by local and regional artists will be on display and for sale.The day will be packed with family fun including hands-on art activities for children, concessions and more.
Featured Artist Tommy Vogel
Tommy Vogel will be one of the artists exhibiting his work on September 6. The white sands and the beauty of the Gulf Coast brought Tommy and his wife Judy to Perdido Key after retirement. He is a self-taught artist and works in realist form using pastel. His subject matter covers a wide range, from tropical to still life.
September 3, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA)- The City of Orange Beach is hosting a Town Hall Meeting to "talk traffic and quality of life" on Tuesday, September 9th beginning at 6pm in the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf.
Citizens, business owners and property owners are encouraged to attend this public meeting to hear from John Cooper, Director of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) who will be the special guest.
"Nobody likes sitting in traffic, but our traffic congestion comes at predictable peak times and is manageable with various planned improvements that are on the drawing board at the state level," notes Mayor Tony Kennon.
September 3, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The next Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday evening, Sept. 11 at 5:30 at the Gulf Shores Activity Center.
The Town Hall Meeting will focus on issues that are important to the citizens of Gulf Shores. This is an opportunity to learn what is happening in our city.
Our special guest presenter will be the Chairman of the Beautification Board, Mrs. Evelyn Sanders.
September 2, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - On Monday, Sept. 8, the Friends of the Orange Beach Public Library will host an Author Wine and Cheese event at the Orange Beach Senior Activity Center. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature talks from authors Cindy Bates Muir, Charles R. McInnis and Sylvia Williams Dodgen. It is free and open to the public.
Ms. Muir, pictured right, is the author of “Schooled for Murder’, a story about an amateur sleuth who also dreams of being a Trop Rock singer. She is a former elementary music teacher and directed church children’s choirs for 32 years. Ms. Muir lives in Dallas, and is a member of the San Antonio Parrothead Club and an enthusiast of Trop Rock music. She is also the caretaker for the Jimmy Buffett Museum of Port Aransas, Texas. “Schooled for Murder” is her first book.