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Gulf Shores and Orange Beach reinstate Spring Break beach alcohol ban | WPMI

February 25, 2017

BALDWIN, COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Last year Gulf Shores and Orange Beach were taken by surprise. Spring Breakers pushed out of Florida markets came here to party. The message this year is it’s ok if they party but things will be a lot stricter.

Two weeks from now our quiet beaches could get rowdy. In Gulf Shores the rules that applied last year will be in place again for this year’s six week Spring Break period. Bottom line no alcohol on the beach.

via Gulf Shores and Orange Beach reinstate Spring Break beach alcohol ban | WPMI.

Gulf Shores businesses react to Spring Break alcohol ban | WPMI

February 25, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The countdown is on to the official start of Spring Break on the Gulf Coast beaches, but one local city is cracking down to stop problems before they begin.

After an influx of problem caused by Spring Breakers in 2016, Gulf Shores city leaders once again passed a ban on alcohol on public beaches.

via Gulf Shores businesses react to Spring Break alcohol ban | WPMI.

Two long time Fairhope employees fired, citizens call for mayor’s resignation | WPMI

February 25, 2017

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — Fairhope Mayor, Karin Wilson, is under fire after firing two long time city employees.

Councilman Jack Burrell confirmed to LOCAL 15 that the two employees are indeed out of a job.

Sherry Sullivan and Jennifer Fidler have lost their jobs after working for the city for many years.

via Two long time Fairhope employees fired, citizens call for mayor’s resignation | WPMI.

Weather Preparedness Products are Tax Free this Weekend

February 25, 2017

You may not know it, but it’s a severe weather tax-free weekend in Alabama. Items that are used to prepare for hurricanes or tornadoes will be tax-free today through Sunday.

This includes items like batteries, tape, bungee cords, tarps, coolers and plywood. Many hardware stores and even sporting goods stores that carry camping gear will have tax free items. Each item must be less than 60 dollars to get it tax free. Generators are the only exception to that price cap.

via Weather Preparedness Products are Tax Free this Weekend.

Gulf Shores officer praised for saving 73-year-old man – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

February 24, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL (WSFA) - A Gulf Shores Police officer is being recognized for his efforts in helping to save the life of a 73-year-old man.

According to the department’s Facebook page, Corporal Kyle Lucas responded to a home on a call that a man was suffering from cardiac arrest. When Lucas arrived at the home, he grabbed his Automated External Defibrillators (AED) from his patrol vehicle and calmly took over the scene.

via Gulf Shores officer praised for saving 73-year-old man – WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news..

Why families head to the Alabama coast for spring break | Travel | Dallas News

February 24, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. — The 4-inch-long, head-on, reddish-pink, boiled shrimp in front of me hails from the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s not the same as the plump brown shrimp I’m accustomed to eating on the Texas coast. They’re both delicious, but this guy’s a little saltier, a little meatier: almost lobsterish.

via Why families head to the Alabama coast for spring break | Travel | Dallas News.

USS Alabama Has More Alabama Ties

February 24, 2017

One of the men visiting Mobile for Navy Week is from Virginia, but he has some serious ties to the state of Alabama.

Commander Paul Reinhardt is the captain of the nuclear submarine USS Alabama.  But he is also the son-in-law of the newly sworn-in Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions.

via USS Alabama Has More Alabama Ties.

Mattie’s First Day Out Of The Hospital Is A Success!

February 24, 2017

BAY MINETTE, AL- What does a toddler who was seriously hurt in a 20-foot fall do on her first day out of the hospital?

Anything she wants.

Mattie had a fun, first day of freedom after spending 9 days at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. On February 13th, Mattie fell about 20 feet from the top of the bleachers while watching a soccer game with her aunt at Daphne High School.

via Mattie’s First Day Out Of The Hospital Is A Success!.

Stock up on emergency supplies during tax-free weekend in Alabama | AL.com

February 24, 2017

Retailers across Alabama are stocking their shelves with emergency supplies as the state’s main severe weather season draws near.

To help residents save money on essentials for their homes and businesses, several cities and counties will waive sales and use tax on eligible items from 12:01 a.m. Feb. 24 until midnight Feb. 26.

via Stock up on emergency supplies during tax-free weekend in Alabama | AL.com.

Record highs possible today across Alabama | AL.com

February 24, 2017

A streak of warm February weather could peak today, with record high temperatures likely across the state.

An area of high pressure was forecast to strengthen across the area today and bring more warm air over the state from the south.

That combined with a good amount of sunshine was expected to send temperatures into the high 70s and low 80s across the state, according to the National Weather Service.

via Record highs possible today across Alabama | AL.com.

‘We’ll arrest you’: Gulf Shores, Orange Beach brace for Spring Break 2017 with ‘terse warnings’ | AL.com

February 24, 2017

While Mardi Gras has a reputation for occasional debauchery, police chiefs and civic leaders in coastal Alabama’s beach cities are more concerned about what lies ahead next month.

Police in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores issued warning letters to the public this week — circulating them on Facebook — in reference to a “zero tolerance” policy of misbehavior during Spring Break.

via ‘We’ll arrest you’: Gulf Shores, Orange Beach brace for Spring Break 2017 with ‘terse warnings’ | AL.com.

UTC Aerospace in Foley picked as one of country’s best plants | AL.com

February 24, 2017

Being picked as one of IndustryWeek’s best plants of 2016 didn’t come as a complete surprise to leaders at UTC Aerospace in Foley.

“It is a tremendous deal for us. But really it shows what we all had known,” said General Manager Darrell B. Wilson. “We knew we were the best plant. The world knows it now.”

via UTC Aerospace in Foley picked as one of country’s best plants | AL.com.

Developer advocates using sales tax for beach improvements

February 23, 2017

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.

Enabling legislation would allow for Baldwin County gas tax hike | WPMI

February 23, 2017

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.

Subdivision changes cause questions in Orange Beach | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

February 23, 2017

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.

What’s Going Around

February 23, 2017

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.

Grandfather Arrested for Murder in Rabun After Domestic Incident

February 23, 2017

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.

Navy Week kicks off Thursday in Mobile; activities continue through Fat Tuesday | AL.com

February 23, 2017

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.

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