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Gulf Shores citizens petition city to start its own school syste – FOX10 News | WALA

July 27, 2017

A Gulf Shores citizens group is pushing the city to consider establishing its own school system.  Supporters filled the council chambers Monday night, July 24, 2017 when a petition with more than 200 signatures was presented in support of the effort.

The Island Education Task Force is a newly formed group of citizens concerned with the direction its schools are headed under county control.  They not only showed up in force Monday night to deliver their message, but brought a big check with to get the ball rolling.

via Gulf Shores citizens petition city to start its own school syste – FOX10 News | WALA.

‘Perfect time?’ Matt Blake takes over at Gulf Shores two weeks before practice starts – al.com

July 27, 2017

Matt Blake officially started his new job as Gulf Shores’ head football coach on Monday. The Dolphins – and the rest of the teams in the Alabama High School Athletic Association – officially open practice Aug. 7.

Bad timing? Don’t tell Blake that.

“I realize from the outside that the timing may look like a challenge, but I see it as an opportunity,” he said Wednesday at the 2017 Baldwin County Media Day. “This team has been through a lot of changes, but I think I bring some stability.

via ‘Perfect time?’ Matt Blake takes over at Gulf Shores two weeks before practice starts – al.com.

Orange Beach banking on sports tourism with field upgrades – Lagniappe Mobile

July 27, 2017

BY JOHN MULLEN

Sports tourism is big business in South Baldwin county and Orange Beach is aiming to keep teams coming back with upgrades to its Sportsplex.

With nine baseball and softball fields and a soccer stadium and practice fields, the city recently voted to spend $610,000 in phase one of a three-year upgrade at the tourist-attracting complex.

via Orange Beach banking on sports tourism with field upgrades – Lagniappe Mobile.

Former Investigator Sends Letter to AG to Exonerate Steve Nodine | WKRG

July 26, 2017

Written by former investigator Jeff Dunn, the letter claims politics was the motivating factor behind the prosecution of former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine in the death of Angel Downs.

Downs was found with a gunshot wound to her head outside her Gulf Shores home in May of 2010. Nodine had been seen speeding away from her home and was later arrested and charged with murder.

via Former Investigator Sends Letter to AG to Exonerate Steve Nodine | WKRG.

Gulf Shores latest in Alabama to look at city-county school split | AL.com

July 25, 2017

Gulf Shores is the latest Alabama city eyeing a study for a city school system, and the City Council appears poised to endorse a move to kick start the process.

The coastal city has examined a potential separation from the Baldwin County School System before. But what is different this time, proponent say, is that residents are prepared to pony up some of their own money to make a study happen.

via Gulf Shores latest in Alabama to look at city-county school split | AL.com.

Task force pitches Gulf Shores city school system | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

July 25, 2017

The citizens of Gulf Shores want more from their education system, and Monday night they came out in droves to tell their city council just that.

Kevin Corcoran, spokesperson for the Island Education Task Force, presented the desire for a city school system feasibility study to Mayor Robert Craft and council with a standing room only crowd behind him.

He said the Baldwin County Board of Education BCBE had repeatedly revised it’s numbers for projected growth in the Gulf Shores feeder pattern, having the school actually lose numbers over ten years.

via Task force pitches Gulf Shores city school system | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Shark teeth help track oceanic changes | Video | NJTV News

July 21, 2017

William Paterson University Researcher Marty Becker went searching for shark teeth 70 feet underwater in Alabama.

“We discovered an ancient cypress forest that was submerged 10 miles off the Alabama coast by sea level rise and had the chance to scuba dive that,” says Becker.

It’s a project out of Gulf Shores Alabama that he’s working on with fellow researchers. The researchers are collecting both modern and fossil shark teeth in order to understand the history of sea level rise.

via Shark teeth help track oceanic changes | Video | NJTV News.

Spanish Fort assistant Matt Blake returning to Gulf Shores as head coach/AD – al.com

July 21, 2017

Matt Blake has experienced plenty of success in his life.

He helped Robert E. Lee and legendary coach Spence McCracken win a state championship in 1992. He played for Gene Stallings and Mike DuBose at Alabama. He was an assistant head coach at Spanish Fort during the Toros’ most recent title run in 2015.

Now he hopes to bring some of that success to Gulf Shores.

via Spanish Fort assistant Matt Blake returning to Gulf Shores as head coach/AD – al.com.

Big plans underway for Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo | WEAR

July 20, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Progress on the new Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is underway.

The zoo moved to a bigger and better location in Gulf Shores in 2016 but was badly damaged by severe storms in January.

The director of the zoo said they’ve completed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulated fence and two out of the three monkey islands are complete.

via Big plans underway for Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo | WEAR.

9 cheap eats at the beach | AL.com

July 13, 2017

Andy’s Ice Cream Parlor and Grill

Andy’s Ice Cream Parlor is just pure fun for the kids — plus they offer some fun beach food. Sure, you can get that ice cream sundae but Andy’s is a secret for one of the best little burgers at the beach. Not a lot of places you can get a chili cheese hot dog (believe it or not) but Andy’s has a great one. Yep, it’s all on the cheap, most grilled items under $6. Recommend: Hand cut fries, gumbo and Blue Belle ice cream. Indoor and patio seating. Location: 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd., 251-981-1100.

via 9 cheap eats at the beach | AL.com.

Gulf Shores Police use “Crime Reports” to help keep community sa – FOX10 News | WALA

July 12, 2017

Crime Reports is an online service that’s making it easier for neighbors to stay safely connected.

“I think it’s cool. I think it’ll be handy,” Linda Weaver said.

Lieutenant Bill Cowan with the Gulf Shores Police Department says the tool allows locals and visitors to see the crime happening around them from their computer or cell phone.

via Gulf Shores Police use “Crime Reports” to help keep community sa – FOX10 News | WALA.

Owner of ‘The Hangout’ Has Plans for Springhill, Neighbors Divided | WKRG

July 12, 2017

The owner of “The Hangout” in Gulf Shores and “The Gulf” in Orange Beach has his eye on a new development in Springhill, and nearby homeowners are rallying on both sides of the issue.

Shaul Zislin and his team of developers are interested in converting the Rester Brother’s Garage and Repair Shop next to Lavretta Park into a  “fast-casual restaurant serving sophisticated cuisine,” according to a July Board of Zoning Adjustment staff report.

via Owner of ‘The Hangout’ Has Plans for Springhill, Neighbors Divided | WKRG.

Beach and barbecue was recipe for good times in Gulf Shores this – FOX10 News | WALA

July 05, 2017

As always, Baldwin County beaches were a big draw for folks celebrating the Fourth of July holiday Tuesday, July 04, 2017.  It was a picture-perfect beach day and thousands took advantage of it.  Two favorite things to do on this holiday are go to the beach or have a barbeque.  Some families found a way to do both.

via Beach and barbecue was recipe for good times in Gulf Shores this – FOX10 News | WALA.

After Multiple Drownings at Alabama Beaches, Rescue Officials Talk Safety | WKRG

July 04, 2017

The Gulf Coast has seen huge crowds this holiday weekend on the beaches, but also some tragedy. A 33-year-old man from Mississippi drowned Sunday afternoon in the waters near Perdido Pass. His death brings the number of drownings to four this year on Alabama Beaches.

On Friday, a man drowned in the Gulf at Fort Morgan just two weeks after a man drowned just a mile down the road. Back in May, a track athlete from Pennsylvania drowned in Gulf Shores.

via After Multiple Drownings at Alabama Beaches, Rescue Officials Talk Safety | WKRG.

Gulf Shores breaking ground on new Auburn University complex | WEAR

June 29, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Auburn University is one step closer to being a part of Gulf Shores.

On Friday, officials from the university and the city of Gulf Shores will break ground on the Auburn University Educational Complex.

The complex will be used by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Auburn Aviation Center, the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

via Gulf Shores breaking ground on new Auburn University complex | WEAR.

Jimmy Buffett’s Music Influenced Lucy ‘LuLu’ Buffett’s Bama Breeze Cocktail Recipe

June 26, 2017

Lucy “Lulu” Buffett—the self-dubbed “crazy sista” of the talented Buffett clan—is owner-chef of Lucy Buffett’s LuLu’s restaurants in Gulf Shores, Alabama and Destin, Florida and the author of the new cookbook Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life. Below, in her own words, Buffett shares how her family’s love of music and food intersected in the most delicious way.

via Jimmy Buffett’s Music Influenced Lucy ‘LuLu’ Buffett’s Bama Breeze Cocktail Recipe.

Investors drop millions on beachfront land in Gulf Shores | AL.com

June 25, 2017

An out-of-town investor paid $2.14 million cash for 1.3 acres of gulf-front property at 605 West Beach Blvd., in Gulf Shores, according to Tucker Shaver of REMAX Paradise, who represented the sellers. The beachfront property has 130 front feet on the Gulf and is next to Bahama Bob’s Beachside Cafe. Daniel Prickett of Prickett Properties worked for the buyers. The new owners plan to build 10 large condominium units on the property.

via Investors drop millions on beachfront land in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Gulf reopens at Gulf Shores, Panama City; Destin waters remain off limits | AL.com

June 24, 2017

Officials have opened the Gulf waters in Gulf Shores and Panama City but are advising visitors to use extreme caution in the wake of Tropical Storm Cindy.

Water in Gulf Shores, Panama City, Destin and along the Panhandle were closed Tuesday through Friday due to high surf and dangerous rip currents created by Tropical Storm Cindy.

via Gulf reopens at Gulf Shores, Panama City; Destin waters remain off limits | AL.com.

Gulf Shores officials on Tropical Storm Cindy: Stay out of the water or face jail, fines | AL.com

June 21, 2017

Warning of life-threatening rip currents and dangerous surf, Gulf Shores officials are telling people to stay of the water.

Double-red flags are up in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, Panama City and along the Florida Panhandle, signifying the water is off limits.

Gulf of Mexico waters within the corporate limits of Gulf Shores are closed to the public until further notice, city officials said. Swimming, wading, floating or other entry into the water is prohibited and violators can face fines or even jail.

via Gulf Shores officials on Tropical Storm Cindy: Stay out of the water or face jail, fines | AL.com.

Gulf Coast already feeling impact of tropical weather as preps u – FOX10 News | WALA

June 20, 2017

With preparations underway as a tropical system churns in the Gulf, Alabama’s coast is already feeling the impact. Rougher than normal surf and dangerous rip currents have already begun to roll ashore ahead of the storm.

With it expected to be a heavy rainmaker for our area, beach-goers were making the best of Monday despite the rough conditions. Anna Goetz is visiting the Mobile area on a mission trip from Amarillo, Texas. She and 70 others in her group had planned to come to Gulf Shores on Thursday but changed plans after watching the forecast.

via Gulf Coast already feeling impact of tropical weather as preps u – FOX10 News | WALA.

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