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This part of Alabama’s Dauphin Island is for the birds – Alabama NewsCenter

April 24, 2017

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.

Area Coast Guard assists vessel taking on water

April 24, 2017

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.

Spring break wraps up

April 22, 2017

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.

Fairhope Mayor Issues Statement, Holds Last-Minute Meeting Ahead of Budget Vote

April 22, 2017

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.

Bradley Byrne’s busy town hall schedule draws national attention from CBS | AL.com

April 22, 2017

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.

East Gulf Place Shooting Suspect Arrested

April 21, 2017

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 looking for two women targeting drunk men | WPMI

April 21, 2017

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.

Gulf State Park Lodge construction ahead of schedule and under b – FOX10 News | WALA

April 21, 2017

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.

Seven Years Later: Where is the BP Settlement Money?

April 21, 2017

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 later, oil spill restoration funds begin to flow to Alabama | AL.com

April 21, 2017

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.

Annual Family Fun Day Relay For Life Fundraiser At Waterville | Meyer Vacation Rentals

April 20, 2017

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.

New broadband service for Baldwin County | WPMI

April 20, 2017

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 stops in Foley for town hall meeting – FOX10 News | WALA

April 20, 2017

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.

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