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Yes, we judged the International Biscuit Festival | Charlotte Observer

May 23, 2017

The grand champion for the whole contest: Kimberly Asbury (manager of BuzzCatz in Orange Beach) with Alabama Scotch Egg Biscuits. I saw pictures, but had already finished my category and ducked out for one more food stop before heading back to Charlotte, having done my duty by biscuits.

via Yes, we judged the International Biscuit Festival | Charlotte Observer.

Turquoise Place moves forward with parking fix | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

May 18, 2017

A proposed new parking lot for Turquoise Place Condominiums in Orange Beach garnered questions and concerns from the city’s Planning Commission members during its May 8 meeting.

The proposed parking lot site, in the form of a planned unit development PUD is 625 feet east of Turquoise Place and would consist of 132 spaces for overflow parking with a gated entrance for owners and guests.

Staff said the applicants informed them a shuttle service would be provided to help get guests from the lot to Turquoise Place.

via Turquoise Place moves forward with parking fix | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Fishermen Vs. Fishermen? The Protest Over Red Snapper Season Causes Controversy

May 17, 2017

Both charter and recreational fishermen say they are both upset over the red snapper season being cut short, but charter fishermen tell News 5, if recreational fishermen protest here June 4th it will become an even bigger problem.

It is the talk of the doc among recreational and charter fishermen, a protest, planned after the 3-day federal red snapper season ends on June 4th at Perdido Pass.

via Fishermen Vs. Fishermen? The Protest Over Red Snapper Season Causes Controversy.

Jason Fisher, a south Alabama Democrat, announces bid for U.S. Senate seat | AL.com

May 17, 2017

Jason Fisher, a south Alabama Democrat, today announced a bid for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by former state Attorney General Luther Strange.

Fisher, of Orange Beach, is the vice president and senior consultant at Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a direct marketing company specializing in education-based philanthropy and enrollment management services.

via Jason Fisher, a south Alabama Democrat, announces bid for U.S. Senate seat | AL.com.

Controversial store gets nod from planning commission | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

May 16, 2017

Orange Beach Planning Commission members passed through a proposal that could grant developers the ability to build another Dollar General in the city’s limits if the city council approves.

The proposed site for the new store would be at the corner of Alabama Highway 161 and Rose Lane in an area zoned Neighborhood Business.

Staff said the proposal before the commission was to allow conditional use approval for a 10,640 square-foot commercial retail store and to make associated improvements to Rose Lane.

The store would replace the existing store next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market.

via Controversial store gets nod from planning commission | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

GOP lawmakers to Trump administration: Fix red snapper season | AL.com

May 16, 2017

Five southern Republican lawmakers are calling on U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to extend the number of days for this year’s recreational red snapper season.

Among those signing a letter sent to Ross on Monday is U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, who calls the current three-day recreational season as “simply not acceptable.”

via GOP lawmakers to Trump administration: Fix red snapper season | AL.com.

Fatal hit-and-run victim leaves behind fiancee, two-year-old daughter | WPMI

May 16, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Police have arrested and charged David Justin Todd of Gulf Shores and charge Todd with manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police say Todd who has an extensive DUI record was driving with a revoked license.

Police say Todd struck and killed 26 year old Aubrey Coggin of Foley on the Holmes Bridge shortly after 9:30pm Sunday. Todd fled the scene and was arrested shortly after by Orange Beach Police.

via Fatal hit-and-run victim leaves behind fiancee, two-year-old daughter | WPMI.

No sunscreen needed for Buns in the Sun | AL.com

May 15, 2017

Investors paid $1.2 million for 19 acres on Canal Road in Orange Beach and construction is under way on Spyglass, an 88-lot townhome complex to be built by D.R. Horton, according to developer Nathan Cox, CEO of 68 Ventures. The three-bedroom, 2 ½-bath units will be priced in the high $100s. The property is near The Grander condominium complex.

via No sunscreen needed for Buns in the Sun | AL.com.

Fishing With Heroes: FOX10 goes offshore for Disabled Veterans F – FOX10 News | WALA

May 15, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -

Red Snapper Fishing

A few local heroes had beautiful weather this weekend to do a little fishing. The Mobile Big Game Fishing Club and the Ironmen Outdoor Ministries teamed up to take almost 20 disabled veterans offshore for red snapper. It was Orange Beach’s first ever Disabled Veterans Fishing Trip.

via Fishing With Heroes: FOX10 goes offshore for Disabled Veterans F – FOX10 News | WALA.

These are some of Alabama’s oldest bars | AL.com

May 14, 2017

Sure. It’s technically in Escambia County, Florida, but, as the name indicates, the bar is right on the Alabama-Florida state line. The world famous beach bar almost didn’t happen, as a fire claimed the building the day before its grand opening in spring 1964. The bar was ready for business by October, however. Since then, The Flora-Bama has remained a proven survivor, bouncing back from significant damage in 2004, during Hurricane Ivan.

via These are some of Alabama’s oldest bars | AL.com.

Red snapper anger directed at Obama, but Trump could solve fishing frustrations | AL.com

May 14, 2017

President Donald Trump has stressed the need to make states the “laboratories of democracy.” He calls for fewer burdensome federal regulations, and declares that it’s past time to “drain the swamp.”

All of that could be quickly coming to a head in the coastal states where he secured some of his highest vote totals during last year’s election. State and local leaders are boiling mad over what they say are excessive federal regulations when it comes to fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Specifically, the frustration is directed at an all-time shortened season - three days — for recreational red snapper fishing within federal waters.

via Red snapper anger directed at Obama, but Trump could solve fishing frustrations | AL.com.

The Rise of the Gulf: How a Fishing Industry is Coming Back from the Brink – Coastal Living

May 12, 2017

I grapple with his logic as we motor past dozens of offshore oil rigs a scant 100 yards off our starboard, each steel monolith towering above the overcast horizon like a prehistoric beast foraging for kelp. How could more than 3 million barrels of crude oil seeping into the Gulf not have had an insurmountable effect on these waters? In Louisiana alone, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout oiled more than 800 miles of coastline—crucial salt marshes and shrimping grounds that had already suffered damages at the time from hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Ida.

Listen to Fisher long enough, though, and you start to see his point. Not only has tourism rebounded in the region, but depressed fishing communities are starting to thrive. According to then–U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the 2015 BP judgment—a $20 billion civil settlement—helped launch “the largest environmental restoration efforts the world has ever seen.” And faced with depleted fishing stocks and a litany of career-threatening environmental challenges, Gulf fishermen have been forced to rethink their entire industry. The resulting ingenuity has not only helped to alleviate the financial woes of the early aughts, but also combat an even more serious challenge from abroad: cheap, farmed seafood.

via The Rise of the Gulf: How a Fishing Industry is Coming Back from the Brink – Coastal Living.

Orange Beach Elementary claims 2016 Safe School Initiative Award – FOX10 News | WALA

May 11, 2017

Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Orange Beach Elementary School in Orange Beach with the 2016 Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 1.

Schools were selected as winners from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for two regions of the state. This is the fourth straight year that Orange Beach Elementary School has received the award.

via Orange Beach Elementary claims 2016 Safe School Initiative Award – FOX10 News | WALA.

Coastal Cuisine – Francos Orange Beach | VIP Pensacola

May 11, 2017

Though lots of restaurants claim to be “Italian,” it takes a mere cursory glance over the menu to realize that what they’re serving is about as authentically Italian as a microwavable lasagna. And while they may play up the theme with the clichéd décor of candles in Chianti bottles topping the tables of a dimly lit dining room while a canned loop of dulcet music sung in the native tongue is piped over the sound system, the watered-down dishes they offer often bear only a poor resemblance to the cuisine of the country they claim to represent.

via Coastal Cuisine – Francos Orange Beach | VIP Pensacola.

Orange Beach City Council Passes Red Snapper Resolution

May 10, 2017

Today the City of Orange Beach held a special called meeting for the mayor and city council to vote on a resolution to support the extension of the Federal Red Snapper Season for recreational anglers.

With about 100 people attending the meeting, the resolution passed with a unanimous vote.

Here is the full resolution adopted by the Orange Beach City Council today…

via Orange Beach City Council Passes Red Snapper Resolution.

Alabama beach condo developer Tillis Brett dies at 82 | AL.com

May 10, 2017

Tillis Mitchell Brett, a co-founder of coastal development company Brett/Robinson, died Monday at 82, according to information released by the company.

According to information provided by Brett/Robinson, Brett suffered a medical emergency on Saturday that led to his death in a Mobile hospital.

Few have done more to literally leave their mark on the Alabama coast: Brett/Robinson holdings include more than 20 condominium developments, notably the massive Phoenix condominium towers that line Gulf beaches.

via Alabama beach condo developer Tillis Brett dies at 82 | AL.com.

Orange Beach holds meeting to discuss extending red snapper season | WPMI

May 10, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) —  A short fishing season for Red Snapper in the Gulf has set off a flurry of angry reaction from Politicians to those affected the most – Recreational fishermen.

A specially called meeting was called today in Orange Beach to bring attention to the issue. It all centers around a three day Red Snapper season for recreational fishing.

Today’s meeting was all about sending a message to Washington.

via Orange Beach holds meeting to discuss extending red snapper season | WPMI.

Orange Beach demands executive order for longer federal red snap – FOX10 News | WALA

May 10, 2017

The three-day federal red snapper season for 2017 has more than recreational anglers upset.  The city of Orange Beach passed a resolution Tuesday, May 09, 2017 demanding 13 additional three-day weekends of recreational fishing in federal waters.  Several folks spoke out on the issue and not all were for it.

Some charter fisherman said giving a longer season to recreational anglers could backfire and overfishing could set the fishery back, causing even worse restrictions on everybody.  City officials are very concerned because recreational fishermen have an economic impact of hundreds of millions of dollars along the coast.

via Orange Beach demands executive order for longer federal red snap – FOX10 News | WALA.

Orange Beach blasts red snapper restrictions: ‘Detrimental to our economic interest’ | AL.com

May 10, 2017

The Orange Beach City Council endorsed a plea to federal officials on Tuesday for an immediate lengthening of the 2017 red snapper season that’s presently capped at a shortest-ever three days.

The council’s vote took place during a special meeting and after two city leaders — City Councilman Jeff Boyd and Mayor Tony Kennon – criticized the federal involvement in limiting a recreational activity that they claim is responsible for “hundreds of millions of dollars” in annual economic activity in coastal Alabama.”This is detrimental to our economic interest and well-being of our citizens,” said Kennon.

via Orange Beach blasts red snapper restrictions: ‘Detrimental to our economic interest’ | AL.com.

Orange Beach to request longer federal red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA

May 09, 2017

When it comes to the federal red snapper season, many fishermen are saying three days is not enough. As it stands, the federal season for recreational fishermen starts on June 1st and goes through June 3rd – making it the shortest red snapper season ever in the Gulf of Mexico.

“It seems absurd … and I the thing is we thought 9 days was too short and all of a sudden to be reduced to 3 days – it’s almost an issue no you can’t go out and fish these open public waters,” said Ken Grimes, Orange Beach City Administrator.

via Orange Beach to request longer federal red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA.

14 seafood platters you have to try at Alabama beach restaurants | AL.com

May 08, 2017

Wintzell’s Oyster House, Orange Beach

Nothing like a classic, Southern Alabama low country boil, which is exactly what Wintzell’s Oyster House in Orange Beach includes in their seafood platter. It’s corn on the cob, Conecuh sausage, lots of shrimp and red potatoes. And since you’re at one of the best oyster houses on the island, might as well toss in a dozen raw. Wintzell’s also serves some great fried seafood platters. Location: 24131 Perdido Beach Blvd., Orange Beach, 251-974-2122.

via 14 seafood platters you have to try at Alabama beach restaurants | AL.com.

Ono Island property sells for big bucks | AL.com

May 08, 2017

A Mississippi buyer paid $2.975 million for a 5,127-square-foot custom waterfront home on Ono Boulevard on Ono Island in Orange Beach, according to Donna Burns of Kaiser Sotheby’s International Realty, who represented the seller. Brian Gibbons of Realty Executives Gulf Coast worked for the buyer. This is the highest sales price for a single home on Ono Island in more than six years, according to Burns. The home on Bayou St. John has four-bedrooms, four-baths, and two half baths, and includes a heated pool and hot tub and a custom boathouse.

via Ono Island property sells for big bucks | AL.com.

Alabama beaches struggle to attract tourists from blue states | AL.com

May 07, 2017

When Jeremy Dorn visited Birmingham and Tuscaloosa for the first time last November, he didn’t know what to expect.

A California native and Hillary Clinton supporter, Dorn came to Alabama to visit friends and attend a University of Alabama football game. He happened to be in Alabama on Election Night.

via Alabama beaches struggle to attract tourists from blue states | AL.com.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach mayors speak at state of the cities address | WPMI

May 06, 2017

Friday the mayor of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach spoke before beach business leaders in what amounts to the “State of the Two Cities” report.

The event was held at LuLu’s restaurant where both Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon and Gulf Shores mayor Robert Craft spoke of the challenges both cities face in the coming months.

via Gulf Shores and Orange Beach mayors speak at state of the cities address | WPMI.

Orange Beach Marina Targeted by Thieves

May 06, 2017

Authorities are searching for at least two thieves that hit Sportsman Marina early Thursday morning stealing Garmin displays from at least five boats.

The digital displays help navigate and find fish.  Surveillance video from one of the multi-million dollar watercraft captured images of at least one of the suspects.  Within three minutes of coming onboard, he had gotten a 16 inch Garmin display and made his getaway.

via Orange Beach Marina Targeted by Thieves.

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