The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division announces that at 6 a.m., Monday, May 1, 2017, all inside waters will close for commercial and recreational shrimp harvesting. This notice is pursuant to Section 9-12-46, Code of Alabama as stated by Rule 220-3-.01.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile Police needs your help finding a missing war veteran.
He is 62-year-old David Champion. He was last seen on Wednesday, April 5 at the Social Security Office at 550 Government Street in Mobile.
Champion is missing his left eye and has no known mental health issues.
The picture below is the most recent picture of Champion, but he now has short hair and no beard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cook added that he will play just two more shows, May 27 in Orange Beach, AL and a fan event in July. The band, in turn, said that they will keep Cook’s microphone on stage no matter what.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Tuesday with severe weather, including possible tornadoes and strong storms, forecasted Wednesday in Alabama.