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Blue Marlin Grand Championship winner crowned | WPMI

July 15, 2018

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Anglers were hoping to reel in the big one in this year’s Blue Marlin Grand Championship but Team Shock Wave ultimately walked away with the grand prize Saturday night with their 795.2 lb catch from Friday.

The Wharf in Orange Beach was the place to be, attracting hundreds of spectators.

via Blue Marlin Grand Championship winner crowned | WPMI.

Local emergency crews and volunteers provide first aid on beach during airshow | WEAR

July 15, 2018

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — The folks who turned out to see the Blue Angels braved some scorching hot temperatures on the beach today.

Volunteers from West Florida Hospital teamed up with local emergency crews to provide first aid medical care to air show goers.

With the heat index topping 100 degrees volunteers were prepared to tackle heat-related situations.

via Local emergency crews and volunteers provide first aid on beach during airshow | WEAR.

Blue Angels aim to impress – FOX10 News | WALA

July 15, 2018

Thousands from all over packed Pensacola Beach to witness The Blue Angels in action Saturday.

Steven Messerschmidt came from Atlanta, “I heard it was going to be a good turn out. I heard it’s a good party. I heard it’s a lot of good people here, good time.”

With speeds reaching 700 miles-per-hour and quick maneuvers 15,000 feet in the air, The Blues impress everyone from kids to adults.

via Blue Angels aim to impress – FOX10 News | WALA.

11 rescued after boat capsizes off Pensacola Beach following Blu – FOX10 News | WALA

July 15, 2018

PENSACOLA BEACH, FL (WALA) -

The Coast Guard and good Samaritan boaters rescued 11 people from the water after their boat capsized near Pensacola Beach Saturday.

A 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Pensacola was enforcing a safety zone for the Pensacola Blue Angels Air Show and received a report at 2:43 p.m. of a vessel with 11 people aboard taking on water approximately a half of a mile south of Pensacola Beach, the USCG said in a news release.

via 11 rescued after boat capsizes off Pensacola Beach following Blu – FOX10 News | WALA.

Endangered sea turtle washes up on Fort Morgan tangled by a beac – FOX10 News | WALA

July 15, 2018

FORT MORGAN, AL (WALA) - We have sad news about an endangered species washing up dead on Fort Morgan. The sea turtle was found Saturday morning with a beach chair tangled around its neck.

Experts tell FOX10 News it was an adult female Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, which is the rarest species of sea turtles.

via Endangered sea turtle washes up on Fort Morgan tangled by a beac – FOX10 News | WALA.

Turtle found dead with beach chair around neck – WKRG

July 15, 2018

FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WKRG) – Sea turtle advocates are continuously reminding beachgoers to clean up their belongings and trash after their visit.

The Fort Morgan Share the Beach posted a graphic photo to their Facebook page showing one situation that can happen when people don’t clean up their belongings. It shows a Kemps Ridley turtle upside down with the string of a chair wrapped around its neck. The turtle was found on the beach at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.

via Turtle found dead with beach chair around neck – WKRG.

Tragic Photos Of Sea Turtle Stuck In Beach Chair Are A Reminder To Pick Up Your Stuff | HuffPost

July 15, 2018

A sea turtle conservation group shared a shocking photo on Saturday in an effort to remind beachgoers of the importance of not leaving trash or belongings behind.

Warning: This story contains photos that some readers may find disturbing.

The image shows a dead Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, a critically endangered species, with part of a beach chair stuck around its neck. It was posted by Fort Morgan Share the Beach, a local chapter of the Alabama sea turtle protection nonprofit Share the Beach.

via Tragic Photos Of Sea Turtle Stuck In Beach Chair Are A Reminder To Pick Up Your Stuff | HuffPost.

Improvements coming to Roadway & Crosswalk at the Flora-Bama

July 14, 2018

The Flora-Bama Lounge, Package, and Oyster Bar has been working over the past two years on designs and improvements to its properties that will provide for better ingress/egress of traffic, more parking spaces, and a newly designed crosswalk.

The Flora-Bama has worked closely with FDOT, ALDOT, ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL, and the CITY OF ORANGE BEACH on much needed roadway improvements that will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety, and provide a new crosswalk.

The Flora-Bama has put an extensive amount of work into a Master Plan that is complementary to the Perdido Key Master Plan and has worked closely with Escambia County, FL to increase parking, reduce traffic backups, and improve safety.

via Improvements coming to Roadway & Crosswalk at the Flora-Bama.

Fish weighing over 500 lbs. caught at Blue Marlin Grand Championship | WPMI

July 14, 2018

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Crowds who turned out for the 2nd day of the Blue Marlin Grand Championship got quite a show as a crew of anglers reeled in a monster fish.

The crew of the “Shock Wave”, a group of fishermen out of Mississippi, caught a 795 pound Marlin after a 4 and a half hour battle in the Gulf.

That catch gives “Shock Wave” the lead right now in the tournament.

via Fish weighing over 500 lbs. caught at Blue Marlin Grand Championship | WPMI.

Spanish Ft. City Council looks to raise taxes for schools – FOX10 News | WALA

July 14, 2018

SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) - Some voters in Baldwin County may see a new tax referendum on November’s ballot.  The Spanish Fort City Council is expected to vote Monday night, July 16, 2018 to take the first step in its efforts to increase the property tax.  The tax would go to support Spanish Fort schools.

via Spanish Ft. City Council looks to raise taxes for schools – FOX10 News | WALA.

Burglary suspect who ran from Daphne Police now in custody – WKRG

July 14, 2018

DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG) – A teenager wanted for running from Daphne Police is now in custody.

Earlier this week, News 5 reported that police were looking for 19-year-old Elijah Demetric Trotter in connection with a burglary where two guns were stolen.

When police tried to arrest him Tuesday at a friend’s house in the Lake Forest neighborhood, officers say Trotter took off running through yards, jumping fences, even going through one woman’s house to escape.

via Burglary suspect who ran from Daphne Police now in custody – WKRG.

Blue Marlin Grand Championship underway in Orange Beach – WKRG

July 14, 2018

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is underway at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

The first blue marlin of the tournament was brought to the marina Friday morning. It was 109.75 inches long and weighed 507 pounds.

Weigh-ins are from 5-8 p.m. Friday and from 5-10 p.m. Saturday.

via Blue Marlin Grand Championship underway in Orange Beach – WKRG.

Alabama state Senate candidates talk ‘negative’ campaign during Republican women’s gathering | AL.com

July 14, 2018

Two Republicans seeking an Alabama Senate seat on Tuesday have been engaged in a bitter campaign that has gotten personal and nasty in recent weeks.

In waning days before the primary runoff election, the two foes talked about the negativity of their campaigns to a group of Republican women during a rare joint appearance Thursday at the Fairhope Yacht Club.

via Alabama state Senate candidates talk ‘negative’ campaign during Republican women’s gathering | AL.com.

BCSO attempting to locate a 15-year-old juvenile – FOX10 News | WALA

July 14, 2018

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The Baldwin County Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Joshua Russell.

According to officials, their office was notified by the Department of Human Resources that a pickup order and order to produce had been signed regarding the release of Joshua to DHR personnel.

via BCSO attempting to locate a 15-year-old juvenile – FOX10 News | WALA.

BCSO searching for father and son – WKRG

July 14, 2018

Baldwin County, AL (WKRG) – The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a father and son after they say he failed to follow through on a custody order.  According to Facebook post Friday afternoon they’re looking for Brett Russell Sr. and his son Joshua.  The post says Russell Sr. was ordered to release his son to the state Department of Human Resources but has not done so.

The post says the two could be in the area of south Baldwin County including Orange Beach, Perdido Beach, Gulf Shores and Elberta.

via BCSO searching for father and son – WKRG.

A double dose of good news in the fight against childhood cancer – WKRG

July 14, 2018

FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) – For much is his life, 2-year-old Easton Carraway has been fighting stage 4 cancer.  Thursday, his family received news that the latest scans show the little boy, whose father is a Foley firefighter,  is cancer free.

On the same day, employees of O’Charley’s restaurant in Foley presented a check to St. Jude Runners, a group of men and women who run from Memphis to Mobile to raise money for St. Jude’s hospital where Carraway has been receiving cancer treatment for months.

via A double dose of good news in the fight against childhood cancer – WKRG.

Fish die-off, jellyfish part of your beach visit this weekend – WKRG

July 14, 2018

GULF SHORES, Ala. WKRG – Another beach weekend on tap for the Gulf Coast and thousands are headed that way but there are a couple things you need to be aware of this weekend.

Come to the beach and you want to get in the water but the last couple of days may not have been the best around Gulf State Park Pier.  Baitfish have been dying by the thousands.

via Fish die-off, jellyfish part of your beach visit this weekend – WKRG.

Blue Angels prepare for weekend Pensacola Beach show – FOX10 News | WALA

July 13, 2018

PENSACOLA BEACH, FL (WALA) - This is the biggest weekend of the summer on Pensacola Beach.  It’s time again for the Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show.  It’s one of several shows the Blues perform throughout the year, but this one in front of the hometown crowd is a favorite for all.

via Blue Angels prepare for weekend Pensacola Beach show – FOX10 News | WALA.

Build-A-Bear mania strikes Eastern Shore Center – WKRG

July 13, 2018

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – Most parents would do anything to make their kids happy but standing in long lines for hours and hours for a stuffed toy animal maybe going above and beyond as Build A Bear mania sweeps across the country including Baldwin County.

Parents and kids, braving the heat of an Alabama July for hours. The line wrapping through part of the Eastern Shore Center in the shape of a horseshoe.

via Build-A-Bear mania strikes Eastern Shore Center – WKRG.

America’s first underwater museum opens in Florida | CNN Travel

July 13, 2018

(CNN) — Exploring the watery depths of the ocean is already an unforgettable experience, but now swimmers off the coast of northwest Florida can view incredible art while they’re submerged below seas.

That’s because the first underwater museum in the United States has officially opened. The Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) is a fascinating subaquatic destination that’s home to incredible sculptures and marine wildlife.

via America’s first underwater museum opens in Florida | CNN Travel.

Busy week has leaders yearning for Canal Road lane

July 12, 2018

Canal Road at Orange Beach Blvd.

This past Fourth of July week may have been the busiest on record for this summer resort town, Mayor Tony Kennon said, pending final numbers.

You could certainly tell it by the traffic.

“Here’s a request from me,” Kennon said at the opening of the July 10 city council meeting. “Please don’t text me and tell me we’ve got a lot of traffic. I’m probably in it and I already know we have a lot of traffic. We’ll continue to have a lot of traffic until Labor Day most likely.”

via Busy week has leaders yearning for Canal Road lane.

How to be safe when fueling up for a day on the water

July 12, 2018

One thing Brian Wells has learned in his many years as general manager at Sportsman Marina in Orange Beach: All boats are different. Especially when it comes to fueling.

“We always teach ‘play dumb and ask questions,’” Wells said. “Lots of people are happy and on vacation and they pull up to a fuel dock and just assume that everybody knows their boat as well as they do.”

But just about each boat has a different way or port to get fuel in the tanks for a day on the water.

via How to be safe when fueling up for a day on the water.

Daphne’s Jubilee Festival of Arts holds artwork unveiling for 30th annual event | WPMI

July 12, 2018

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — The Jubilee Festival of Arts is celebrating its 30th year in Olde Towne Daphne and the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the festivities with an artwork unveiling. A local artist is highlighted each year. Their artwork will be seen on festival posters, prints and t-shirts. It will also be used to promote the upcoming festival.

via Daphne’s Jubilee Festival of Arts holds artwork unveiling for 30th annual event | WPMI.

1600 Jet Ski ride for charity ends in Spanish Fort – FOX10 News | WALA

July 12, 2018

A group of friends found a unique way to raise money for charity doing what they love.  Members of PWC Adventures left Minnesota 10 days ago on their personal watercraft and finished their ride Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Spanish Fort.  The six friends raised money along the way to help a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter in Illinois raise enough money for a van.

As the PWC Adventures crew neared their destination, they sent out a notice on a live stream to their followers from the Mobile River.

via 1600 Jet Ski ride for charity ends in Spanish Fort – FOX10 News | WALA.

Sea turtle nesting season along Alabama beaches – FOX10 News | WALA

July 12, 2018

It’s sea turtle nesting season along the Gulf Coast. It’s a time where sea turtles bury their eggs in the sand along local beaches.

During the nesting season, hundreds of Share the Beach volunteers wake up and walk the beach before sunrise in efforts to locate sea turtle nests.

Tracks in the sand help volunteers locate areas where the eggs are nested.

via Sea turtle nesting season along Alabama beaches – FOX10 News | WALA.

Causeway pipeline project completed; boat launch reopens – FOX10 News | WALA

July 12, 2018

SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) - Great news for boaters and anglers along the Causeway. The Chocolatta Bay boat launch is open again.

The boat ramp was closed for more than a year while the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System installed a new water line to Spanish Fort. The boat launch area was used as a staging area for pipes and equipment.

via Causeway pipeline project completed; boat launch reopens – FOX10 News | WALA.

Wildlife experts say not every fox in Baldwin County means trouble – WKRG

July 12, 2018

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) – Folks in Baldwin County are on edge after three foxes have tested positive for rabies. Companies specializing in removing nuisance animals are showing a dramatic increase in the number of calls for foxes.

Three foxes have tested positive for rabies in Baldwin County in the past two months.  Three people have been bitten in Fairhope, including two people at a golf course.  A homeowner and his dog bitten in Spanish Fort and just this past weekend in Robertsdale a fox charged a group of people in Honeybee Park, two people and another dog had already been bitten.

via Wildlife experts say not every fox in Baldwin County means trouble – WKRG.

Distinguished Veterans tour Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery – WKRG

July 12, 2018

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – A man who is known as the father of modern Army Aviation, Major General Carl McNair, a veteran combat helicopter pilot and instructor, was also instrumental in helping pave the way for the new cemetery in Spanish Fort.

“The Mobile Cemetery was full and many of your veterans who were passing away were having to go to Pensacola,” said McNair.

via Distinguished Veterans tour Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery – WKRG.

Toll bridge on pace for busiest year ever – Lagniappe Mobile

July 12, 2018

Traffic counts across the Foley Beach Express are growing yearly, with 2018 on pace to set record highs for both vehicles and revenue at the bridge in Orange Beach.

Through five months of the year, 1.7 million vehicles have paid the toll over the Intracoastal Waterway and the city has pocketed more than $500,000.“

The city loaned the bridge company $12 million years ago in exchange for this per-car payment,” City Administrator Ken Grimes said.

via Toll bridge on pace for busiest year ever – Lagniappe Mobile.

Shark spotted within feet of Gulf Coast beach – WKRG

July 11, 2018

PERDIDO KEY, Fla (WDHN) – Beachgoers in Perdido Key had to get out of the crystal clear water after a shark was spotted swimming extremely close to shore.

Caroline Chilton caught the scene on her phone.

“The beach had maybe 80 people spread out with tons of families,” Chilton said. “I was just getting up to leave because I saw the storm coming. Then I saw this dark shape in the water, and I thought it was just a big fish until I saw the dorsal fin and the way it was swimming.”

via Shark spotted within feet of Gulf Coast beach – WKRG.

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