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30 acts you can’t afford to miss at Hangout Fest 2017 | AL.com

April 01, 2017

Gulf Shores is gearing up for its biggest party of the year, as Hangout Fest 2017 is closing in on our calendar.

This year’s festival has nearly 70 artists set to play across its Thursday Kickoff Party and three-day weekend schedule.

Depending on where you’re traveling from, there’s a lot to worry about when it comes to Hangout. Who’s driving? Where are we staying? Should I get general admission, VIP, or Super VIP? Am I planning to bring sand to the beach or am I rolling solo?

via 30 acts you can’t afford to miss at Hangout Fest 2017 | AL.com.

20 free or cheap things to do at Alabama’s beaches | AL.com

March 31, 2017

20 things to do for $5 or under at Alabama’s beaches

Think you need to drop a small fortune to take the family out for a fun day near the beach? Nope, you don’t. From eco tours to skate parks to art museums, there’s plenty to do on the cheap near the beach. In fact, there’s lots to do on a budget. Here’s 20 things to do for $5 or for free.

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via 20 free or cheap things to do at Alabama’s beaches | AL.com.

Gulf State Park lodge on track for 2018 opening – The Auburn Villager : News

March 31, 2017

Many beachgoers are traveling between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and it’s almost certain that most are wondering about all that construction adjacent to the Gulf State Park Pier.

The answer is the resurrection of the Gulf State Park Lodge. The original lodge and convention center was wrecked by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and a new and extensively improved version has a projected completion date of May 2018 for the park’s beachfront construction.

via Gulf State Park lodge on track for 2018 opening – The Auburn Villager : News.

Spring breakers in Gulf Shores enjoy break from rough waves and – FOX10 News | WALA

March 30, 2017

Spring breakers were welcomed to the beach with plenty of sunshine and calmer waves; weather conditions no one was complaining about.

“I wanted to bring my grandkids, and I lived in Pensacola, Florida so originally we’re from Pensacola, Florida,” Carletter McCree of Birmingham said.

via Spring breakers in Gulf Shores enjoy break from rough waves and – FOX10 News | WALA.

Jimmy Buffett’s ‘crazy sista’ opening third location of Alabama-based LuLu’s | AL.com

March 30, 2017

Restaurateur Lucy Buffett will open a third location of LuLu’s in Myrtle Beach, S.C., next spring, she announced this week. Like her other two restaurants, the new, 20,000-square-foot LuLu’s will be on the Intracoastal Waterway, in Dockside Village along Barefoot Landing, a walkable restaurant district.

via Jimmy Buffett’s ‘crazy sista’ opening third location of Alabama-based LuLu’s | AL.com.

Gulf Shores residents voice concerns of PUD near landfill – FOX10 News | WALA

March 29, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

Many Gulf Shores residents stood in opposition tonight of a proposed residential development saying, “it’s just a bad idea”.

“I’m disappointed that a development is going to go in right into something that has the potential to be very bad,” Brenda Hancock said.

via Gulf Shores residents voice concerns of PUD near landfill – FOX10 News | WALA.

Warm Weather Keeps Large Crowds at the Beach Despite Rough Seas

March 28, 2017

Warm spring weather means it’s time to head to the beach.  Spring break has kept area beaches busy.  However, rough waves means not everyone is going in the water.

At the beach, it’s all about water, sand, and sun.  In Gulf Shores, it’s clear to see that spring break is in full swing.  Young families and college students can be found sharing some time in the sun.  Visitors are planning to make the most of the warmer than average days ahead.

via Warm Weather Keeps Large Crowds at the Beach Despite Rough Seas.

Gulf Shores student at USA’s burn center released; another still – FOX10 News | WALA

March 27, 2017

Baldwin County School Superintendent Eddie Tyler has provided an update on the Gulf Shores middle and high school students who were injured in the Fat Tuesday parade accident.

According to Tyler, there were two students who received additional care. The student that was at the University of South Alabama Burn and Wound Care Center receiving skin grafts was released Thursday. He said the student at Sacred Heart in Pensacola continues to recover from additional procedures there.

via Gulf Shores student at USA’s burn center released; another still – FOX10 News | WALA.

CBDB, Zydeco Radio and New Earth Army headed to Gulf Shores for Music at Meyer Park

March 24, 2017

New Earth Army will close out the 2017 edition of Music at Meyer Park on April 20. This Florida Panhandle based band pulls influences from rock, blues, funk and jazz to create a new yet familiar sound. Melissa Joiner, a native of Baldwin County, is the lead vocalist for New Earth Army. Submersed in the music scene since birth, Joiner brings a diverse style, creative use of formal opera training and Delta blues influence to the group.

via CBDB, Zydeco Radio and New Earth Army headed to Gulf Shores for Music at Meyer Park.

Your spring break partying could be ruining the beaches | Breaking News for College Students | USA TODAY College

March 23, 2017

Grant Brown, recreational and cultural affairs director of the city of Gulf Shores, said the city has implemented several clean up and anti-litter programs to keep their beaches clean. “People tend to leave trash behind, and the issue with that is they’re leaving more than just footprints,” Brown said.

via Your spring break partying could be ruining the beaches | Breaking News for College Students | USA TODAY College.

Spring break alcohol ban in Gulf Shores beaches continues for a second year | WEAR

March 21, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Spring break is in full swing in Gulf Shores and for the second straight year alcohol is not allowed on the sands.

“This year, from what I’ve seen, it’s been very tame,” said Sgt. Jason Woodruff of the Gulf Shores Police Department. Woodruff said in the last week, they made about a dozen arrest of spring breakers, about 80 percent of the arrests involved alcohol. The rest was for other banned items like marijuana.

via Spring break alcohol ban in Gulf Shores beaches continues for a second year | WEAR.

BREAKING: Gulf Shores Student Readmitted to Hospital After Mardi Gras Accident

March 20, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL (WKRG) — A student injured in a terrible Mardi Gras accident in Gulf Shores last month has been readmitted to the hospital.

Baldwin County School Superintendent Eddie Tyler announced Sunday night that two students are hospitalized and continue to receive treatment after an SUV ran into the Gulf Shores High School marching band on Fat Tuesday,

via BREAKING: Gulf Shores Student Readmitted to Hospital After Mardi Gras Accident.

Hazel’s Nook Supports Meals On Wheels – Mullet Wrapper

March 17, 2017

Meals on Wheels is an outreach program of the Christian Service Center located in Gulf Shores. The program is directed and run by volunteers who deliver more than 7200 hot meals annually to the homes of the sick, poor, elderly and disable citizens of Gulf Shores. Over the past fifteen years the owners, managers and staff of Hazel’s Nook Restaurant in Gulf Shores have provided more than 140 hot meals a week for pickup and delivery by some 35 Meals on Wheels drivers.

via Hazel’s Nook Supports Meals On Wheels – Mullet Wrapper.

12 ways spring breakers can get arrested on Alabama beaches | AL.com

March 15, 2017

Every year, Alabama’s beaches draw thousands of spring breakers to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. And every year, authorities in those communities warn that while they want folks to have a good time, there are some things they just won’t put up with. Here are the top infractions that can earn visitors a jail visit or fine.

via 12 ways spring breakers can get arrested on Alabama beaches | AL.com.

Students recognized for helping Gulf Shores parade accident victims | WPMI

March 15, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Three local students are being recognized for their bravery and quick thinking after the tragic accident in Gulf Shores that injured 12 band members.

On a Fat Tuesday meant to be fun and festive, just before the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade, tragedy struck.

via Students recognized for helping Gulf Shores parade accident victims | WPMI.

Some students return to school following Mardi Gras parade crash | WEAR

March 15, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — A newly released report details what happened behind the wheel of the February 28 Mardi Gras Parade crash in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Twelve students of the Gulf Shores Marching Band were hospitalized after the vehicle behind them accelerated into their formation. Hannah Diehl, 15, was in the second to last row when she was hit.

via Some students return to school following Mardi Gras parade crash | WEAR.

Orange Beach council looks to lend a hand | The Islander

March 15, 2017

Orange Beach’s city council met last week to discuss its regular agenda, but Mayor Tony Kennon began with an idea to help support students affected by the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade incident.

“With the band tragedy, there were considerable costs, not just the human pull, but the costs of the instruments damaged,” Kennon said. “Would y’all like to contribute to this and pay for all of the instruments that were damaged?”

Several council members responded that there were multiple efforts underway to help pay for instrument costs, including a locally started GoFundMe page, but Kennon explained the reasoning behind his idea.

via Orange Beach council looks to lend a hand | The Islander.

Booze ban or the weather? Gulf Shores, reeling from Mardi Gras, welcomes quieter Spring Break | AL.com

March 15, 2017

Who said the booze ban is keeping spring breakers off Alabama’s beaches? It’s Mother Nature that has been the party-pooper thus far.

“I don’t think we’re going out,” Sam Moeller, 22, a senior at Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., said Monday while visiting coastal Alabama for the first time during a week-long spring break with friends. “It’s a little cold out here.”

via Booze ban or the weather? Gulf Shores, reeling from Mardi Gras, welcomes quieter Spring Break | AL.com.

Report indicates driver in Gulf Shores Mardi Gras crash told to speed up | AL.com

March 14, 2017

Larry Rathbun, driving a 2008 Ford Expedition behind the Gulf Shores High School marching band on Feb. 28, told police that “someone standing out in the road” asked him to speed up to close the gap between band members.

Then, according an accident report released Monday into the tragic Mardi Gras parade crash in Gulf Shores, Rathbun pressed down on the accelerator and accidentally pressed too hard. He then collided with the marching band members.

via Report indicates driver in Gulf Shores Mardi Gras crash told to speed up | AL.com.

Gulf Shores band crash report released – FOX10 News | WALA

March 13, 2017

According to a preliminary report, the driver of the SUV which injured 12 Gulf Shores High School band members on Tuesday, February 28, told police he accidentally hit the accelerator “too hard” causing him to crash into the students.

In the report, the driver, identified as Lawrence Rathbun of Fairhope, told police that as he turned onto Gulf Shores Parkway, he was told by someone in the road to narrow his gap with the band members.

via Gulf Shores band crash report released – FOX10 News | WALA.

Active Police Scene Delays the Start of Gulf Shores Schools

March 10, 2017

Early Thursday morning and just blocks from Gulf Shores Schools, police were trying to talk a domestic violence suspect out of his house.

“It’s a very congested area,” says parent Rosemary Steele, “lots of school kids especially in the morning.”

It started at five o’clock in the morning. Hours later and at the request of police, an alert from the school system to students and parents to delay opening the schools and also to stay away from the area.

via Active Police Scene Delays the Start of Gulf Shores Schools.

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