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Here’s a look inside the rustic new cabins at Blakeley State Park | AL.com

December 17, 2017

Alicia Smith recently found herself alone inside one of the two brand-new cabins she designed at Historic Blakeley State Park for the first time since they were finished. She climbed the stairs to the loft area and lay down on a cot, staring up at the Eastern white pine on the vaulted ceiling above her. Smiling, she pulled out her phone and took a picture, thinking, “Someone’s going to be so happy lying here.”

via Here’s a look inside the rustic new cabins at Blakeley State Park | AL.com.

City seeking RESTORE money for Terry Cover research center

December 09, 2017

The city is pursuing RESTORE Act money to fund a sea lab and research center at property on Terry Cove east of Sportsman Marina and Pleasure Island Tiki Bar.

In other business, the council announced a new loop to the Backcountry Trail near the Sportsplex, said it is seeking bids on the refurbishing of the Sea Duster 1930s era charter fishing boat, and authorized Kennon to negotiate the purchase of property near the police station.

via City seeking RESTORE money for Terry Cover research center.

City seeking RESTORE money for Terry Cover research center

December 08, 2017

The city is pursuing RESTORE Act money to fund a sea lab and research center at property on Terry Cove east of Sportsman Marina and Pleasure Island Tiki Bar.

In other business, the council announced a new loop to the Backcountry Trail near the Sportsplex, said it is seeking bids on the refurbishing of the Sea Duster 1930s era charter fishing boat, and authorized Kennon to negotiate the purchase of property near the police station.

via City seeking RESTORE money for Terry Cover research center.

Blakeley State Park’s woodsy new log cabins are adorable, accessible | AL.com

December 05, 2017

On Monday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 p.m., officials will hold a ribbon-cutting for two newly constructed, furnished log cabins at the 2,000-acre, forested Historic Blakeley State Park. The public is invited, free of charge, to the park for an open-house tour and a chance to win a free night at the one-and-a-half-story cabins.

The Sibley and Peters log cabins are named for two prominent early settlers of the 1814 town of Blakeley, said Mike Bunn, director of Blakeley Park. Both cabins have convenient access to the park’s extensive trail system.

via Blakeley State Park’s woodsy new log cabins are adorable, accessible | AL.com.

Grand Hotel in final phase of multi-million dollar renovation project | WPMI

December 01, 2017

POINT CLEAR, Ala. (WPMI) — An iconic landmark along Mobile Bay will soon have a brand new look.

The Grand Hotel in Point Clear has been hard at work on renovations for more than 2 years and it is now working to transform the main building on the property.

Officials say the renovation will be a massive redesign and will bolster the charm of the century-old building while maintaining its historical significance.

via Grand Hotel in final phase of multi-million dollar renovation project | WPMI.

Authors to sign copies of O.B. history books on Dec. 2 & 9 – Mullet Wrapper

November 30, 2017

Just in time for Christmas, Orange Beach historian Margaret Childress Long will sign copies of her two books, “The Best Place to Be – The Story of Orange Beach, Alabama” and “Orange Beach, Alabama – A Pictorial History’’ at St. Charles Cards & Gifts on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. and The Emporium on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. Co-author, Michael D. Shipler, (pictured with Long) will also be at the signings.

via Authors to sign copies of O.B. history books on Dec. 2 & 9 – Mullet Wrapper.

Flora-bama iconic name under attack after 53 years in use

November 24, 2017

Iconic Flora-Bama

Fans of the iconic and world-famous beach bar are both confused and outraged over an MTV show, far from reality, called “FloriBama Shore.”

Flora-Bama® owners would just say they approached us about doing a show, when we said no they took our name and did one anyway 100 miles down the beach. They only recently changed the name slightly.

via Flora-bama iconic name under attack after 53 years in use.

Spanish Fort Mayor Speaks on Confederate Flag | WKRG

November 22, 2017

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – The use of the confederate flag continues to be a divisive issue across the south.  Spanish Fort is the latest city to receive criticism.

The Baldwin County NAACP wants a confederate flag flying above city hall to come down.  Mayor McMillan says that flag will come down, but another flag is going up.

They Mayor McMillan tells News 5 it’s a combination of six flags that represent the history of Spanish Fort.  All six of those flags will be on one new city flag, which will include a confederate flag.

via Spanish Fort Mayor Speaks on Confederate Flag | WKRG.

Confederate flag removed from Spanish Fort City Hall – FOX10 News | WALA

November 21, 2017

SPANISH FORT, AL (WALA) - Spanish Fort city leaders have decided to take down the Confederate flag at city hall.

Some residents and the Baldwin County NAACP complained about the flag, saying it’s a reminder of slavery and hate. So the city has replaced the Confederate flag with a flag showing the city seal, which has six different flags representing all of the different governments that have ruled the area throughout history.

via Confederate flag removed from Spanish Fort City Hall – FOX10 News | WALA.

FEMA declaration includes Dauphin Island hurricane damage | WPMI

November 19, 2017

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Dauphin Island’s recovery from Hurricane Nate can “get started in earnest” now that five counties in Alabama are eligible for FEMA assistance, Mayor Jeff Collier said.

Thursday’s disaster declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency could save Dauphin Island as much as 85 percent of its $5.5 million damage estimate, much of which will be spent to put mountains of beach sand back where it belongs.

via FEMA declaration includes Dauphin Island hurricane damage | WPMI.

Underwater Forest among Alabama films at Fairhope Film Festival | AL.com

November 11, 2017

The Underwater Forest will be screened at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Fairhope Film Festival, among a group of short films about Alabama.

Several of the films are environmental in nature, including Hunter Nichols’ film, Alabama: From the Mountains to the Coast, a stunning and ethereal aerial portrait of the state’s wildly diverse landscapes. Nichols also directed Riverdreams, a film about his journey from Birmingham to Dauphin Island via canoe. You can watch From the Mountains to the Coast here.

via Underwater Forest among Alabama films at Fairhope Film Festival | AL.com.

Alabama agrees to pay $65 million to maintain public access at Gulf State Park | AL.com

October 06, 2017

The state will spend $65.1 million over a 15-year period starting in 2019 to maintain and operate public access amenities at Gulf State Park, according to a settlement agreement reached Thursday.

The settlement was reached in a 2014 federal lawsuit questioning the use of BP oil spill money to construct a beachside hotel and conference center between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. The $85.5 million portion of the overall Gulf State Park renovation project is anchored by a Hilton hotel and is expected to be constructed by the fall 2018.

via Alabama agrees to pay $65 million to maintain public access at Gulf State Park | AL.com.

Hidden Treasure: Unveiling of Ancient Underwater Forest off Alabama Coast

October 01, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — Deep beneath the surface, off the coast of Alabama, lies a hidden treasure not known to man for thousands of years: an ancient underwater forest.

Long concealed and preserved under a thick layer of sediment are clusters of cypress trees, which scientists believe was uncovered by Hurricane Ivan back in 2004.

The exact spot of the forest was unknown for years until local fishermen happened upon it, just by noticing something odd on the sonar.

via Hidden Treasure: Unveiling of Ancient Underwater Forest off Alabama Coast.

Public meeting discusses how BP oil money will be spent | WPMI

September 28, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — More money is coming to the Gulf Coast from the BP oil spill and a public meeting was held tonight discussing where that money could go.

The Alabama restore council held a series of meetings in the past on where BP money should but tonight was the first night the council allowed the public to attend allowing residents to weigh in where they’d like to see that money go.

via Public meeting discusses how BP oil money will be spent | WPMI.

Watch as Alabama’s Underwater Forest featured on NBC Nightly News | AL.com

September 26, 2017

Alabama’s Underwater Forest was featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Sunday night. You can watch the NBC segment here. You can watch the entire Underwater Forest documentary, which NBC’s segment was based on, in the player window below.

via Watch as Alabama’s Underwater Forest featured on NBC Nightly News | AL.com.

Underwater Forest wood on display at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, half price admission Saturday | AL.com

September 23, 2017

If you’ve been dying to see pieces of the Underwater Forest up close, this is your chance.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has pieces of wood from the forest set up in a tank in the Estuarium, along with some of the marine life typically found in the forest.

via Underwater Forest wood on display at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, half price admission Saturday | AL.com.

Federal scientists: Dispersants from BP spill make people sick | AL.com

September 22, 2017

The dispersants used to break up oil during the BP oil spill can make people sick, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health.

The study included 31,609 response workers who handled and applied dispersants during the spill, or were in close proximity to the chemicals. The research team included scientists from the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

via Federal scientists: Dispersants from BP spill make people sick | AL.com.

As eclipse approaches, 6 compelling examples of eye damage from the sun | AL.com

August 15, 2017

With the Great American Eclipse fast approaching on Aug. 21, people are going into high gear in search of optimal places and proper gear for viewing. Experts are warning people not to watch the event without wearing glasses especially made for eclipse-watching because serious eye damage can occur.

via As eclipse approaches, 6 compelling examples of eye damage from the sun | AL.com.

Live Dog Races to End at the Mobile Greyhound Park | WKRG

August 01, 2017

In response to a declining demand, Mobile Greyhound Park will eliminate live races at the end of August. They will continue to offer a simulcast of races originating from other locations. In 1991 there were 62 active greyhound tracks unsupported by other forms of gaming. Today, Mobile Greyhound Park is only one of two. Of course, this will bring changes for team members and kennels currently serving MGP.

via Live Dog Races to End at the Mobile Greyhound Park | WKRG.

Orange Beach acquires piece of charter fishing history

July 24, 2017
Sea Duster

Sea Duster

There’s a history behind Earl Callaway’s effort to help Orange Beach retain an important piece of its nautical heritage: the vintage Walker charter fishing boat the Sea Duster.

“I tried to give it to ‘em one time and I had to buy it back to get it to ‘em this time,” Callaway said. “This is the second time I’ve owned it.”

via Orange Beach acquires piece of charter fishing history.

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.

BP oil hit Pensacola Beach, but BP money is headed elsewhere, beach leaders say

July 13, 2017

Although most of the oil that washed ashore in Florida during the 2010 BP oil spill hit Pensacola Beach, beach leaders say the local beach has been largely ignored in the statewide grab for money from the oil giant’s $1.5 billion settlement with the state.”The state of Florida is going to get $1.5 billion because this island had oil,” Santa Rosa Island Authority board member Janice Gilley said during a Wednesday night SRIA meeting.

via BP oil hit Pensacola Beach, but BP money is headed elsewhere, beach leaders say.

Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com

June 25, 2017

The  ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Ala., is about 60,000 years old, says a team of scientists who have studied the site.

The forest, pictured above, appears to be a wholly unique relic of our planet’s past, the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place, with thousands of trees still rooted in the dirt they were growing millennia ago. It is considered a treasure trove of information, providing new insights into everything from climate in the region to annual rainfall, insect populations, and the types of plants that inhabited the Gulf Coast before humans arrived in the new world. Scientific analysis of the site is ongoing. One of the key things the forest might hint at is a world where the seas rose even more quickly than the worst-case predictions for the near future.

via Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com.

How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com

June 24, 2017

Staring at a map, one has to wonder why Alabama’s border makes that strange jag across the top of the Florida Panhandle instead of continuing down to the Gulf. The answer, once you’ve cut through the oddly complicated bit of history surrounding the creation of the state, is a simple one: Alabama lost out on its rightful share of Florida’s Panhandle because our founding fathers decided to take something that didn’t belong to them.

via How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com.

Bill installing first part of $1.5 billion BP settlement signed | WEAR

June 06, 2017

On Monday Florida Governor Rick Scott was in Pensacola to celebrate the signing of two bills that will authorize Triumph Gulf Coast to receive its first $300 million. It’s the first installment of $1.5 billion settlement from BP that will come to eight panhandle counties impacted by the 2010 BP oil spill.

via Bill installing first part of $1.5 billion BP settlement signed | WEAR.

Ghosts of old Gulf Shores trigger memories – Yellowhammer News

June 01, 2017

My parents first brought me to Gulf Shores on vacation in 1965. We stayed in a little gray house that today would be rough by hunting camp standards, with no paneling or sheetrock to cover the studs and exterior walls and only a window unit AC to combat the August heat. We never stayed there again since my Mother’s idea of roughing it was doing without room service.

via Ghosts of old Gulf Shores trigger memories – Yellowhammer News.

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