The developer of Portofino Island Resorts on Pensacola Beach advocates using Escambia County’s Local Option Sales Tax to fund roundabouts, pedestrian tunnels and other changes intended to improve traffic flow at the beach.
Developer Robert Rinke said spending a portion of the one-cent sales tax, which generates about $40 million a year, on beach infrastructure would improve the quality of life for everyone who spends time at the beach.
via Developer advocates using sales tax for beach improvements.
It appears Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to Alabama is over.
After several days in the state and stops in Mobile, Monroeville, Camden, Selma, Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, the Facebook CEO and his wife, Priscilla, have moved on to Mississippi.
via Where did Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg go after leaving Alabama? | AL.com.
(WPMI) — The Gulf Coast is no stranger to severe weather- from Christmas tornadoes, to category five hurricanes.
Whenever a storm comes through, there’s always a last-minute scramble to grab batteries, flashlights, radios, and more.
via Sixth-annual ‘severe weather’ tax-free holiday happening this weekend | WPMI.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — A Baldwin County state senator is pushing for enabling legislation that would allow for up to a three cent gas tax hike in his home county.
It’s something plenty of gas stations owners are not happy about and they’re being vocal about it by displaying signs and flyers in opposition to Senate Bill 79.
via Enabling legislation would allow for Baldwin County gas tax hike | WPMI.
Several minor subdivision approvals came before the Orange Beach Planning Commission, with questions being raised by commissioners and residents about them.
A site at 4225 Orange Beach Blvd. was up to combine two lots into one at the request of The Broadway Group, a corporation looking to put a business there. The property currently holds neighborhood business zoning.
via Subdivision changes cause questions in Orange Beach | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
Another scam that has to do with banks. A scammer will pose as someone from the government saying the FDIC has taken money from you, and that you’re eligible to get compensation.
“What we have here is another example of someone trying to get your personal information,” says Sgt. Joe Mahoney
via Scambuster: Cons Using Free Money As Bait.
For the doctors we spoke with, the flu is at top of the list for the illnesses they’re treating again this week.
The doctors and nurses at Grove Hill Healthcare report seeing a lot of flu, seasonal allergic rhinitis, and upper respiratory infections.
via What’s Going Around.
According to a release from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, a 64-year-old grandfather was arrested for murder after allegedly shooting his son in Rabun, Ala.
Hubbard Junior Hall was involved in a domestic fight with his son, 41-year-old Mark Hall, over Hall’s treatment of his 12-year-old daughter on Tuesday night. The fight became physical and that is when Hubbard Hall produced a handgun and shot his son.
via Grandfather Arrested for Murder in Rabun After Domestic Incident.
A skydiving mayor, a sunset parachute jump into Mardi Gras Park and the chance for members of the public to tour a destroyer are just a few of the activities being presented over the course of Navy Week in Mobile.
The U.S. Navy’s “signature outreach effort” will be presented in 15 cities in 2017, and in Mobile it will overlap with the peak of Mardi Gras. It includes dozens of public events, starting with a kick-off celebration Thursday morning at USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park.
via Navy Week kicks off Thursday in Mobile; activities continue through Fat Tuesday | AL.com.
You’ve been to Malibu, South Beach, and the Hamptons; to Cannon Beach, the Outer Banks, and the Jersey Shore, and you think you know a thing or two about beaches in this great country, right? Think again, amigo.
If you’ve never traveled the approximately 100 miles of glorious American coastline between Alabama and Florida known variously as the “Emerald Coast” and, more colloquially, the “Redneck Riviera,” then brother (or sister), you are in serious need of some beach schoolin’. There’s not a place like it in the damned world, and you’d be a fool to miss out on her myriad (often bizarre) pleasures, sights, sounds, and food. Here’s what makes the Florida Panhandle and LA (Lower Alabama) so spectacular.
via Why the Florida Panhandle Is an American Paradise – Thrillist.
Officials with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s department arrested 64-year-old Hubbard Junior Hall for the shooting death of his son, Mark.
According to authorities, on Tuesday, February 21 at approximately 8:15 p.m., officials received a call of regarding a shooting at 52645 B Van Harville Road in the Rabun community.
Upon arrival deputies discovered 41-year-old Mark Hall lying on the floor of the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to the USA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
via Father charged with murder in son’s shooting death – FOX10 News | WALA.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed an executive order Tuesday creating a group focused on reviewing the sales tax related to groceries.
The Grocery Tax task force will take the information they gather and recommend to the Governor and the Legislature changes that ensure a fair and equitable tax while encouraging a healthier Alabama.
via Governor Bentley establishes Grocery Tax Task Force.
UMMERDALE, Ala. (WPMI) — Baldwin EMC is excited to announce its partnership with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s department to provide an identification system for the children in our community.
The Mobile EZ Child ID System will allow School Resource Officers to provide Baldwin County parents with printed records of their child(ren) including digital fingerprints, a digital photo and vital demographic information.
via Baldwin EMC partners with BCSO to offer child ID system | WPMI.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — Estimates to conduct a study to see if a city school system is viable have come back way over budget.
The city had set aside $35,000 and it looks like the study will cost almost double that amount. The council wants to find out if there are other consulting firms that will do it for less.
The big question is, is it worth is to spend $35,000 more to find out if Daphne can afford a city school system?
via Daphne City School System – Is it a dead issue? | WPMI.
Spanish Fort, Ala. (WPMI) — Spanish Fort High School will be retiring a jersey in honor of former basketball and baseball coach, Thad Akins.
Akins died in a car accident last month as he was driving to Montgomery to attend a coaching seminar.
via Spanish Fort High School retiring jersey for deceased coach, Thad Akins | WPMI.
Under the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security issued two memos that could expand the number of immigrants detained or deported. One of the directives is to hire 10,000 more agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
On the local level, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is already helping immigration crackdown efforts with ICE.
via BCSO open to working with Trump on immigration crackdown – FOX10 News | WALA.
During a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the Santa Rosa County Courthouse, the defense attorneys dropped their motion to restrict the media from the trial.
The motion was dropped after the attorneys came to an agreement with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office agreed to not speak to the media about the case during the trial.
via Defense Drops Motion Against Media in Mary Rice Trial.
The new Elberta High School is set to open next school year in Baldwin County.
Superintendent Eddie Tyler named Branton Bailey the school’s first prinicpal Tuesday.
He also suggested the student body will come from the Elbert and Summerdale schools.
via Elberta High School: New Principal Announced, Student Population Discussion.
GULF SHORES, AL- Gulf Shores Police say a home repairman from Tennessee stole thousands from property owners in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Curtis Rowland was charged with home repair fraud and two counts of theft of property. Detectives say Rowland took down-payment cash from homeowners to install plantation shutters but never showed up to do the work.
via Home Repair Fraud Arrest in Baldwin County.
A recent Gallup survey finds that Alabama has the highest percentage of employees nationwide who are engaged in their jobs.
According to the survey, 37 percent of the state’s employee workforce is classified as engaged, the highest percentage of any state surveyed.
via Gallup: Alabama has highest percentage of ‘engaged’ workers | AL.com.
Zuckerberg, he said, was aware of the role of football in the state. “It was kind of interesting that he saw the spirit that we have in this state relative to supporting athletics as something that is very special, very unique, and very wholesome in terms of people having the opportunity to create hope whether it’s in competition, or something they believe in or a spirit,” Saban said.
via Nick Saban talks leadership with Mark Zuckerberg, ‘the Facebook guy’ | AL.com.
The Miami Dolphins signed long snapper Winston Chapman on Tuesday. Chapman played at Fairhope High School and Mississippi State on his way to his first NFL contract.
John Denney has handled the Dolphins’ snapping duties since the 2005 season and has been with Miami longer than any player on its roster. But the 38-year-old also is a free agent heading into 2017.
via Fairhope’s Winston Chapman signs NFL contract | AL.com.
The 8th annual Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival will be held at Villagio Town Center (13700 Perdido Key Drive) April 21-23, 2017. The festival is being co-produced by Perdido Key Events and its original host the Perdido Key Area Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored in part by The Meridian & Vista Del Mar. Guests will have the chance to taste a variety of wines from different regions while enjoying local cuisine, music and arts.
via Perdido Key to Host 8th Annual Wine & Art Festival.
Katherine Webb gave birth less than a year ago, but the mother-of-one proudly showed off her toned post-baby body in a bikini during a beach getaway with her baby boy.
The 27-year-old former beauty queen celebrated President’s Day weekend by taking her nine-month-old son Tripp on a day trip to Orange Beach, Alabama. Though it appears that her husband, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron, had missed out on the family fun.
via Katherine Webb posts sizzling bikini selfies | Daily Mail Online.
Phase one of a $960,000 pedestrian bridge project in Gulf Shores is on schedule to be open by summer. The eight foot wide bridge will create much better access for pedestrians and bicyclists from the beach area to the north end of town. It will also make it much safer.
If you’ve been to Gulf Shores in the last few months, you may have noticed the new, eight foot wide sidewalks that stretch from the Intracoastal Waterway to the beach. That is, all the way except for the bridge at Bayou Village. Work on phase one of that project started in October. The east side of the bridge was cut off and new pilings set to build the sidewalk.
via Pedestrian bridge in Gulf Shores nearing completion – FOX10 News | WALA.
Combining the reporting of Alabama’s charter fleet and private recreational anglers for both the federal and state seasons, the Alabama Snapper Check data estimated that a little more than 1.5 million pounds of snapper were landed in 2016.
The federal estimate through NOAA Fisheries’ survey program indicated that more than 2.7 million pounds were landed in Alabama.
via Advisory Board Updated on Game Check, Snapper Check | WPMI.
“You can see where they tried to kick in this door, shoe prints on that.” It was not the welcome home, Katherine Dubose anticipated. “This is where they came in first we believe,” thieves breaking into and rummaging through her bayside home. “Took guns, fishing tackle, my dad was in law enforcement and they took some of his badges that I had mounted on a plaque.”
via Waterfront Homes Targeted By Thieves.
Roughly half of the top 10 worst bridges, according to the FHWA, are in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
via Some of Alabama’s Worst Bridges are in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.