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Audit of governor’s beach mansion checks out, but still leaves q – FOX10 News | WALA

April 26, 2017

State Auditor Jim Zeigler completed the final audit of designated governor’s properties Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the beach.  The newly renovated beach mansion on Fort Morgan only took about an hour to inventory.

There were 98 items to inventory on the list, but 101 were found.  Zeigler said that’s because this is the first time there has ever been an audit of the property.  No state artifacts or valuable historic items are kept there.  Zeigler described the items as what you might expect to find in any high-end beach home.  The bigger question is what happens next.

via Audit of governor’s beach mansion checks out, but still leaves q – FOX10 News | WALA.

What’s in the governor’s beach house? Auditor checks it out | AL.com

April 26, 2017

State Auditor Jim Zeigler, and a team that included his wife Jackie, were inside the governor’s newly renovated beach house Tuesday on the Fort Morgan peninsula, scouring the place for approximately 100 items.

The inventory is the fourth and final one that Zeigler’s office is conducting at gubernatorial offices and properties following the April 10 resignation of former Gov. Robert Bentley.

via What’s in the governor’s beach house? Auditor checks it out | AL.com.

Byrne Urges Continuation of Nine Mile State Waters for Red Snapper | Representative Bradley Byrne

April 25, 2017

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) recently sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging the Committee to once again include a provision in the government funding bill to expand state waters in the Gulf of Mexico to nine miles for Red Snapper fishing.

Byrne said: “As we prepare for the upcoming Red Snapper season, it is critically important that state waters remain out to nine miles. Changing this provision just weeks before the season starts would create unnecessary uncertainty and confusion for our local fishermen.

via Byrne Urges Continuation of Nine Mile State Waters for Red Snapper | Representative Bradley Byrne.

2 inmates escape from Baldwin County work release center | AL.com

April 25, 2017

Two inmates have escaped from a work release center in Baldwin County on Monday night, the Alabama Department of Corrections said.

Ryan Edward Wilson, 29, and Bobby Lee Taylor, 38, escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center at 9:10 p.m. Lee has Blonde hair, blue eyes and multiple tattoos on his neck. He was sentenced in February 2007 to 20 years for a second-degree theft of property charge in Elmore County.

via 2 inmates escape from Baldwin County work release center | AL.com.

Alabama Auditor ‘baffled’ on what to do with governor’s beach house | AL.com

April 25, 2017

State Auditor Jim Zeigler, wrapping up his work to account for all state-owned items at the state’s gubernatorial offices and properties, heads to coastal Alabama on Tuesday, where a recently refurbished beach mansion sits dark.

The mansion – a gubernatorial retreat on the Fort Morgan peninsula built during the George Wallace era – was renovated last year by Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration at a cost of $1.8 million. The funding came from BP oil spill compensation.

Zeigler said he’s “baffled” on what recommendation to make to new Gov. Kay Ivey’s about the mansion’s future.

via Alabama Auditor ‘baffled’ on what to do with governor’s beach house | AL.com.

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.

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.

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.

The best restaurant in every county in Alabama | AL.com

April 19, 2017

Bill Briand, a New Orleans native and two-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for best chef in the South, celebrates his Louisiana roots and his new Lower Alabama home at this casual but upscale Orange Beach restaurant that has become a favorite for locals and tourists alike. (Actually, Fisher’s is two restaurants in one space — with the more laid-back Fisher’s Dockside down below and the more elegant Fisher’s Upstairs above.) The Fisher’s Upstairs dinner menu includes roasted Bon Secour oysters, braised pork cheeks, seared jumbo scallops and braised Mississippi rabbit with pappardelle pasta.

via The best restaurant in every county in Alabama | AL.com.

Congressman Hosts Town Hall Meetings After Trip to Korean Border

April 18, 2017

Congressman Bradley Byrne R-AL is hosting a series of town hall meetings on the Gulf Coast after returning from a trip to the Korean border.Byrne, a member of the Armed Services Committee, met with U.S military leaders and the South Korean Foreign Minister. Byrne said the threat North Korea poses is greater than any other in the world because of their “irrational” leader and growing threat of using nuclear weapons and long-range missals.

via Congressman Hosts Town Hall Meetings After Trip to Korean Border.

Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI

April 15, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Officials say Baldwin County blew away any competition in the state in regards to tourist spending and nearly doubled the total of its closest competing county.

Baldwin County continues to grow and so does its economic footprint, especially when it comes to tourism.

Travelers spent $4.2 billion and were responsible for nearly 50 thousand jobs in Baldwin County last year, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department.

via Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI.

Gulf Council Tries Different Red Snapper Approach

April 14, 2017

It appears the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will make at least one more attempt at regional management of the red snapper fishery.

At the Gulf Council meeting last week in Birmingham, three states petitioned the council to manage the fishery off their respective coasts out to 200 nautical miles, based on historical landings.

The council approved motions by Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi by 11-5 votes to eventually shift red snapper management to those states.

via Gulf Council Tries Different Red Snapper Approach.

NASP Winners Headed to National Archery Competition | Outdoor Alabama

April 14, 2017

With the sound of the starting whistle, hundreds of arrows zipped toward their targets at the annual National Archery in the Schools (NASP) State Championship held in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, April 7. Since the targets were tallied and the trophies awarded on Friday, 35 youth archery teams qualified to attend the NASP National Championship on May 11-13, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. Twenty-nine of those teams and four individual archers have registered to attend the national competition.

via NASP Winners Headed to National Archery Competition | Outdoor Alabama.

We’re taking a journey to find Alabama’s most beautiful places, tell us where to go | AL.com

April 14, 2017

From breathtaking sunsets over the gulf’s white-sand beaches to the sweeping views from Cheaha Mountain, Alabama’s landscape is like no other. The beaches, forests, lakes, and rivers in our 21 state parks are teeming with flora and fauna. The Mobile River System is America’s Amazon. Our golf courses aren’t too bad either. So what specially does the Alabama the Beautiful motto refer to? I’ll be trekking across Alabama to find out.

via We’re taking a journey to find Alabama’s most beautiful places, tell us where to go | AL.com.

Coastal Alabama officials to new governor: Meet with us, stay at beach house | AL.com

April 13, 2017

Coastal Alabama is the state’s biggest tourism generator thanks to the sugar-white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

It’s also a crucial economic generator, as Mobile’s Airbus plant cranks out shiny new airplanes and Austal workers build powerful warships. The Port of Mobile is among the largest shipping hubs in the U.S., and the region’s annual Mardi Gras event is – by far - the state’s No. 1 festival.

via Coastal Alabama officials to new governor: Meet with us, stay at beach house | AL.com.

Baldwin Co. leaders optimistic about changes under new Governor Ivey | WPMI

April 13, 2017

Baldwin County, Ala. (WPMI) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey continues to make changes in just her second full day in office.

Reports are that Governor Ivey is abolishing the Office of Rural Development which was headed by Rob Sparks.

It comes one day after the newly appointed Governor fired Jon Mason, Director of SERVE Alabama.

via Baldwin Co. leaders optimistic about changes under new Governor Ivey | WPMI.

Amtrak: Bringing train service back to the Gulf Coast still in the works | WPMI

April 13, 2017

Wednesday the Southern Rail Commission and Amtrak stopped in Mobile to update area leaders on their progress to bring passenger rail service back to the Gulf Coast.

Officials say they’re still working with federal and state lawmakers and negotiating with CSX.

They say they expect a federal financial report within the next 30 days.

via Amtrak: Bringing train service back to the Gulf Coast still in the works | WPMI.

Auburn University reveals details of veterinary satellite hospital at Gulf Shores – Alabama NewsCenter

April 12, 2017

Auburn University officials have decided to make the rapidly growing Gulf Shores area the location for the College of Veterinary Medicine’s first satellite teaching hospital. Meanwhile, Gulf Shores officials hope AU’s new facility there will be an important part of the city’s efforts to diversify as the 21st century unfolds.

“Baldwin County is the No. 1 growth area in the state,” said Calvin Johnson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at AU. “We have a very strong partner in education with the city of Gulf Shores.”

The 24,000-square foot facility that will house other AU programs in addition to the veterinary hospital will cost an estimated $10.5 million. It will be at the corner of Baldwin County Road 8 and the Beach Express in the city’s high-growth area north of the Intracoastal Waterway.

via Auburn University reveals details of veterinary satellite hospital at Gulf Shores – Alabama NewsCenter.

America’s Amazon labeled one of ten most endangered river systems in nation | AL.com

April 11, 2017

The Mobile River System — which includes every stream that flows into Mobile Bay, from the Cahaba, Coosa, and Tallapoosa in the north part of the state, to the Tombigbee, Alabama and the rivers of the Delta in the southern part – has been named one of the ten most endangered river systems in the country.

via America’s Amazon labeled one of ten most endangered river systems in nation | AL.com.

How a private prisons corporation is creeping into Alabama | AL.com

April 09, 2017

Private prison companies have planted their flags proudly in states across the Southeast. Every state sharing a border with Alabama is home to at least one privately operated prison.

Alabama has long been a regional outlier, with stalwart political opposition to corporate prisons keeping them from being established in the state.

But a series of recent moves demonstrates that at least one major national private prison conglomerate is finding creative ways to make inroads into Alabama.

via How a private prisons corporation is creeping into Alabama | AL.com.

Enterprise native selected to state Hall of Fame | News | dothaneagle.com

April 08, 2017

GULF SHORES – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame announced on 4-2-17 that Enterprise native and Gulf Shores’ facial plastic surgeon, Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough, will be inducted by the state’s Hall of Fame as its 2017 Distinguished Alabama Sportsmen at the 49th annual State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, May 13.

The Distinguished Sportsmen awards were established in 1987 to recognize leadership and ingenuity in the world of sport—within, and beyond, arenas of sport competition.

via Enterprise native selected to state Hall of Fame | News | dothaneagle.com.

As growth pressures mount, Baldwin school official says they aren’t out to be a ‘threat to anyone’ | AL.com

April 08, 2017

A letter last month from Baldwin County Public Schools to Daphne planning officials was not meant “to be a threat to anyone,” but rather a “cry for help and understanding,” said schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler.

His comments come as some Daphne city officials voice concerns about the school system’s interjection into a development proposal for a 900-home subdivision that would be built out over 15 years on 362 rural acres southeast of the city’s limits.

via As growth pressures mount, Baldwin school official says they aren’t out to be a ‘threat to anyone’ | AL.com.

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