A principal organizer of the 59th annual Dauphin Island Race makes no secret about one of the keys to the event’s appeal: It’s usually a really good time.
“The Dauphin Island Race has always been known as one of the best parties on the bay,” said Ben Hayes, the chair of this year’s event.
via 59th annual Dauphin Island Race set for Saturday | AL.com.
This weekend tens of thousands of people from all over the Southeast and the country will converge on the Alabama-Florida state line for the 33rd annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party.
The two-day phenomenon takes place on the beach behind the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package in Perdido Key, Fla.
via 12 reasons you don’t want to miss the Mullet Toss | AL.com.
Spring bird migration is underway, and Alabama’s Dauphin Island is considered one of the top four birding destinations in all of North America.
The 14-mile-long barrier island, west of Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan, is one of the first land areas that many neotropical migrant birds encounter after their 600-mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico from Central and South America.
via This part of Alabama’s Dauphin Island is for the birds – Alabama NewsCenter.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Governor Kay Ivey says the state of Alabama will no longer wait for a missing child to be reported abducted before issuing an Amber Alert.
The move comes after controversy over the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s decision to decline an Amber Alert request in Bessemer, Alabama.
via State loosens requirements for Amber Alert | WPMI.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — An 11-year-old boy was struck by a car and airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, according to the Fairhope Police Department.
Officials said they received the call on Saturday, April 22nd around 2:30 P.M.
via Fairhope child struck by vehicle, airlifted to hospital | WEAR.
OBA Editor Note: Perdido Pass is in Alabama, not Florida.
The Coast Guard assisted a vessel taking on water about approximately 11 miles south of Perdido Pass, Florida.
On Saturday, Coast Guard sector Mobile received a report at approximately around 2 p.m. of 25-foot vessel taking on water with five people aboard.
A response boat from Coast Guard Pensacola and an airplane crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile responded.
via Area Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water.
The Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party is still a week away but for the last two decades the Saturday before the Mullet Toss, amateur athletes push themselves for the annual Mullet Man Triathlon at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package in Perdido Key, Fla.
via 150 compete in the Mullet Man Triathlon on Saturday | AL.com.
In Okaloosa County, Sergeant Jason Fulghum, head of spring break operations for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, said his deputies have arrested 500 people so far for underage drinking, over 100 more than last year. He also attributed the increase in arrests to higher crowds, potentially caused by heavier enforcement in other areas.
“I think that Orange Beach (Alabama) started doing the same type of enforcement that we’re doing, where they weren’t doing it last year,” Fulghum said. “And it’s caused some of them (spring breakers) to come back over here.”
via Spring break wraps up.
Orange Beach, AL (WKRG) — Most tourists do not expect to include sharks on their lists of sights to see, but that’s been the case for a few beach goers this month along Baldwin County beaches.
A viewer-submitted video shows a shark lurking close to the shoreline in Orange Beach as a crowd gathers nearby to watch.
via CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Shark Spotted Near Shore in Orange Beach.
Unfinished and washed out culverts and road crossings on the outskirts of Fairhope have been a daily nuisance to hundreds of motorists.
The Baldwin County Commission along with county engineers say the city of Fairhope has been dragging its feet for years. Now both sides have finally started talking.
via City of Fairhope drags its feet on unfinished road work | WPMI.
An unexpected guest spent their Thursday morning catch sunning at Ft. Pickens.
Barry Handshoe sent us the above photos of the alligator that was found near the Fort Pickens entrance on Santa Rosa Island.
He said the gator looked to be about six feet long!
via Gator caught catching some rays at Ft. Pickens | WEAR.
Gulf Shores High School Principal Ernie Rosado has retired.
Friday was his last day at the school, where he was named principal in 2008.
He’s already started his next job – with Columbia Southern University as a military outreach representative.
via Gulf Shores High School principal retires – FOX10 News | WALA.
Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson held a last-minute meeting on Friday where department heads listed their needs and ideas to increase revenue ahead of Monday’s projected city council vote on the fiscal year 2017 budget.
Wilson issued this statement:
The need to resume hiring is now approaching dire levels for Fairhope. The ill-advised freeze is impacting every part of what we do and is hurting employees and citizens in the process.
via Fairhope Mayor Issues Statement, Holds Last-Minute Meeting Ahead of Budget Vote.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne’s busy town hall schedule was featured on “CBS This Morning” Friday during a segment from Chief Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes.
The CBS crew was with Byrne, R-Fairhope, as he traversed three counties on Thursday. Byrne hosted town halls in Excell in Monroe County, Wagerville in Washington County and Grove Hill in Clarke County.
via Bradley Byrne’s busy town hall schedule draws national attention from CBS | AL.com.
Stargazers could see up to 18 meteors per hour.
Want to see the Lyrids? Here are a few tips:
via Lyrid meteor shower 2017: When will it peak and how to watch | AL.com.
Storms could reach central Alabama by 2 p.m. and track through the area through the evening hours, according to the weather service in Birmingham.
However, forecasters noted there was a low-confidence risk for severe storms in central Alabama.
via Scattered severe storms possible today: Here’s the when and where | AL.com.
GSPD Detectives are reporting the arrest of a suspect in the April 1st shots fired incident on East Gulf Place at the public beach.
On April 1, 2017, at 11:28 p.m., Gulf Shores Police patrol officers responded to a shots fired call in the area of the board walk at the public beach and East Gulf Place. When the officers arrived, they discovered that an argument had taken place between members of a crowd gathered there. During the course of this argument several gunshots rang out. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
via East Gulf Place Shooting Suspect Arrested.
Orange beach Police say during spring break in March, two men walking along Highway 182 fell victim to a scheme carried out by two women.
“It’s ashamed since they’re coming out here trying to enjoy the beach for spring break and these girls are taken advantage of them and taking their money,” beach goer Ethan Hillyer said.
via Orange Beach police looking for two women targeting drunk men | WPMI.
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4.8 million visitors to Gulf Islands National Seashore in 2016 spent $206 million in communities near the park, creating an economic benefit of $251.8 million.
That spending supported 3,000 jobs in the local area.
via National Seashore creates $251.8 million in economic benefit | WEAR.
Gulf red snapper season begins the first Saturday in May.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a 78-day recreational season.
It’s open the first two weekends of May then everyday through July 9th.
via FWC approves 78-day recreational season for red snapper | WEAR.
After nearly a year of construction, the Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center is starting to take shape. The 350 room Hilton-branded hotel will also have the highest seating capacity on the gulf coast.
Ahead of schedule and under budget so far is the word from state officials on the progress at Gulf State Park. The Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center broke ground a year ago and since then, foundations have been laid and contractors are now starting on the roof, windows and doors. Gulf State Park Superintendent, Lisa Atchley is excited to see the progress and said the lodge will only further help an already busy park.
via Gulf State Park Lodge construction ahead of schedule and under b – FOX10 News | WALA.
Fairhope Mayor Karin Wilson says a hiring freeze imposed by the City Council is starting to impact city services. A 60 day hiring freeze was put in place at the end of February 27th after Wilson fired two long-time city employees.
Wilson says every city department is feeling the impact.
via Fairhope Mayor: Hiring freeze impacting city services – FOX10 News | WALA.
Seven years after the horrific explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, Alabama is the only one of the five allotted Gulf Coast states that has not started spending its portion of the Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE ACT) on improvement projects.
The RESTORE Act was passed in 2012 to director penalties clean water act to help directly affected states apply for with restoration, economic development, tourism promotion, research, etc. types of projects.
via Seven Years Later: Where is the BP Settlement Money?.
Seven years is a long time and for many Alabamians, the shock and horror we felt during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are painful, but somewhat distant, memories.
Some readers may be under the impression that the restoration process wrapped up years ago or is at least well under way. In reality, it is really just beginning, as the funds from BP’s 2016 settlement became available for the first time this month. Between now and 2031, Alabama will receive approximately $51 million dollars a year, the result of BP’s Oil Pollution Act fines and Clean Water Act civil penalties, which come to us via the RESTORE Act.
via Seven years later, oil spill restoration funds begin to flow to Alabama | AL.com.
The annual Family Fun Day event will be held from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 30, at Waterville USA with all proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Waterville USA is located on Ala. Hwy. 59 in Gulf Shores.
Stacy Odom and Frances Warne, both of Meyer Vacation Rentals’ Guest Relations team, serve as chairpersons for this important fundraiser, which raised more than $12,000 in 2016.
via Annual Family Fun Day Relay For Life Fundraiser At Waterville | Meyer Vacation Rentals.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — A new broadband service is making its way to Baldwin County – commissioners here are excited about the possibilities it could bring.
The county already allows other internet providers the use of its right of ways – most are fiber optic internet providers. This new choice will add to the competition and hopefully provide better service to rural areas.
via New broadband service for Baldwin County | WPMI.
Congressman Bradley Byrne continues to travel around Southwest Alabama to hear the ideas and concerns of residents.
“He’s not one to hide from people. He tells it like it is but at the same time he’s willing to listen,” Mike Siano said.
It was a crowded room in Foley tonight as Byrne faced several residents with several concerns.
via Congressman Bradley Byrne stops in Foley for town hall meeting – FOX10 News | WALA.
The gulf waters are full of strange and wonderful things and every once and a while it reveals one of its secrets like this, Blue Dragon Sea Slugs.
via A Tale of the Beached Dragons in Gulf Shores.
A rare sighting has been reported in the waters around Gulf Shores, Blue Dragons. Kelly Hanobik is vacationing in Gulf Shores with her family from the Cleveland, OH area and spotted these crazy creatures while on a beach walk Tuesday afternoon.
via Dragons!! Not Sharks, Spotted in Gulf Shores.
The City of Orange Beach unveiled the Perdido Pass Historical Marker today, with over 100 spectators looking on.
via Perdido Pass Historical Marker Unveiling April 18 2017.