Several minor subdivision approvals came before the Orange Beach Planning Commission, with questions being raised by commissioners and residents about them.
A site at 4225 Orange Beach Blvd. was up to combine two lots into one at the request of The Broadway Group, a corporation looking to put a business there. The property currently holds neighborhood business zoning.
via Subdivision changes cause questions in Orange Beach | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
GULF SHORES, AL- Gulf Shores Police say a home repairman from Tennessee stole thousands from property owners in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Curtis Rowland was charged with home repair fraud and two counts of theft of property. Detectives say Rowland took down-payment cash from homeowners to install plantation shutters but never showed up to do the work.
via Home Repair Fraud Arrest in Baldwin County.
Katherine Webb gave birth less than a year ago, but the mother-of-one proudly showed off her toned post-baby body in a bikini during a beach getaway with her baby boy.
The 27-year-old former beauty queen celebrated President’s Day weekend by taking her nine-month-old son Tripp on a day trip to Orange Beach, Alabama. Though it appears that her husband, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron, had missed out on the family fun.
via Katherine Webb posts sizzling bikini selfies | Daily Mail Online.
via Luxury condominium vacation rentals in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores | AL.com.
Seaside Liquor Store #2 plans to relocate from 316 E. Beach Blvd., in Gulf Shores, to 500 W. Beach Blvd., in Gulf Shores, which was formerly occupied by Carney Realty, according to city records. Carney Realty has relocated to an office space at The Wharf off Canal Road in Orange Beach. Carney’s new office is on the second floor above Bungalows at The Wharf.
via Hot location brings big bucks | AL.com.
Chandler said the songwriting process helped him sort through many complicated emotions related to his war experience and his failed marriage.
He collaborated with the professional songwriters and came up with Fight For Me during the annual Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival in 2015. The large festival, which is more than 30 years old, has venues stretching from Gulf Shores, Alabama, through the Pensacola area. Last year, Chandler and fellow Pensacola veteran Janet Keiser worked with festival songwriters on another song, 22 A Day.
The new song tackles the high suicide rate among military veterans, estimated by experts to be 22 a day.
“He’d won his battle on the field. Lost the one back home. With guilt, pills and pain, lonely in his bones,” is one verse of the gritty song.
via Pensacola veterans finding healing through song | WFTV.
The Mystical Order of Mirams will parade through their hometown on Friday, Feb. 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Orange Beach. The parade will start at Wentzell’s on the Beach Road (Perdido Beach Blvd.) and end at Hwy 161 (Rite Aid). The Mirams are the only women’s evening Mardi Gras parade in Orange Beach. There will be lots of floats filled with revelers in costume, marching bands, cars, local business entries, mystical riders on horseback, all throwing tons of beads and other fun trinkets. It will be fun for the whole family. Visit mirams.info for more on the Mirams.
via No shortage of Mardi Gras parade bead catching opportunities in South Baldwin County – Mullet Wrapper.
Orange Beach, a Tree City USA community, will observe Arbor Day by once again hosting a tree giveaway. The city will give away saplings away in front of Community Development on Saturday, February 25 from 8-10 a.m. For more info, contact Larry Ellis at 251-981-1062.
via Orange Beach’s Arbor Day tree giveaway will also be held on Feb. 25 – Mullet Wrapper.
The high tourist season is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about lodging. There are thousands of condominium units and hundreds of beach homes to rent. If you’re looking for a luxury beach home for that wedding party, family reunion or multiple family vacation, here’s 20 luxury beach houses for rent in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and a few just over the Alabama line in Perdido Key, Fla.
via 20 cool, luxury beach houses to rent at Alabama’s beaches this season | AL.com.
The 2017 Orange Beach Seafood Festival is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever! Last year’s event saw a record crowd of around 15,000 people.
The Main Street at The Wharf location offers the perfect venue for the festival. Unlimited parking and access, space for a large Car Show and a great area for the Kids Zone have meant the festival can offer more for visitors to enjoy. Lee Rogers, Sports Association President noted, “we’ll have over 90 arts and crafts vendors, an expanded Car Show, eight food booths and entertainment from of our areas best performers…David Jones at 9:30 am, The Voice finalist Shelby Brown at 11:45 am, followed by Savannah Litton at 1:30 pm. There’s truly something for everyone”.
via Orange Beach Seafood Festival Celebrates 25th – February 18.
Among the projects funded by BP because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the deployment of artificial reefs along Florida’s Panhandle as part of an effort to restore crucial habitats for fish and other marine animals.
University of West Florida researchers are part of a team conducting a study to see how effective some of those reefs are in creating a productive ecosystem that will attract fish and help revitalize the commercial fisheries affected by the spill.
via UWF researchers studying effects of artificial reefs.
Pastor John Price said he doesn’t know yet how the fire started in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Orange Beach. And he doesn’t know why.
But he does know he’s grateful for the provision of God through the buildings the church still has and the gracious response of the Alabama Baptist community.
via FBC Orange Beach turning fire damage into ‘renewal’ time.
A local investor is seeking site plan approval to convert.bayfront property off Canal Road near Callaway Drive in Orange Beach into a marina to dock a passenger cruise vessel, pontoon boats and jet skis, according the city’s planning commission. The property is zoned single-family.
via Put on your bucket list: buy a CVS store | AL.com.
Julio Jones isn’t the only star from our area who will be gracing the field at Super Bowl LI.
Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Jordan Byrd went to Baker High School and Faulker State Community College before moving to Atlanta. This is her rookie season with the team, according to the Falcons website.
Fellow cheerleader Alexandra Giannini is from Orange Beach. She is a registered nurse living in the Atlanta area.
via SLIDESHOW: Falcons Cheerleaders Representing Mobile, Orange Beach in Super Bowl.
Matt Bryant is a placekicker for the Atlanta Falcons, playing in the 51st Superbowl on Sunday, his first, at age 41.
Bryant, the father of 7 children, had a home on Ono Island that he sold late last year for more than $2 million.
But he wasn’t looking to leave, he just needed more room as his family grew.
After the Superbowl, Orange Beach will be their primary residence, according to their realtor, Kathy Trice.
via Atlanta Falcons Kicker Calls Alabama Gulf Coast Home.
Sherri Stoner and her husband Garry are visiting the Gulf Coast from Indiana and say a clean beach always makes for better pictures.
“I only take pictures of beautiful scenery. Everybody wants to see a clean beach. They don’t want to come to some place that’s all dirty and trashy,” Sherri Stoner said.
Since learning about the Leave Only Footprints Behind ordinance, they think it’s a great way to keep and bring in more tourists.
via Coastal Alabama Business Chamber gets update on Leave Only Footp – FOX10 News | WALA.
The Orange Beach Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who donated or contributed in any way to our annual Christmas project for needy families. We were able to provide food, clothing and toys to 70 families including 135 children due to the wonderful support of this community.
via OBPD Auxiliary thankful for contributions to Christmas project – Mullet Wrapper.
A few exhibitor spaces remains for The 25th Annual Alabama Lifestyles EXPO scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Caribe The Resort in Orange Beach. Hours are from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. A free public event, the Expo offers covered onsite parking.
via Exhibitor slots remain for Feb. 9 Alabama Lifestyles EXPO – Mullet Wrapper.
To all of our friends who shared in the wonderful experiences of the past three summer solstices and those who helped Gumbo Key become a reality, I must regrettably announce that for now Gumbo Key must fade away. The idea behind Gumbo Key was to bring homegrown rock ‘n’ roll to the water while soaking up the sun on our beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast. Our mantra was: Be Kind, Be Safe, Don’t leave a trace.
via At least for now, Gumbo Key must fade away – Mullet Wrapper.
Two hours after firefighters got the call, heavy smoke could still be seen pouring from the eaves of the First Baptist Church on Canal Road.
The smell of smoke late last night may have been the start of the blaze that heavily damaged the sanctuary.
“I peeked in there,” says pastor John Price. “It’s a pretty big loss.”
via Orange Beach Church Heavily Damaged by Fire.
Yellow caution tape and several Orange Beach Fire Department trucks filled the parking lot and a portion of the 4700 block of Bay Circle Tuesday afternoon.
Behind the tape stood, Pastor John Price of First Baptist Church-Orange Beach, pacing ever so slowly in a striped burgundy buttoned down shirt, in front of the scorched side entrance of the church.
via Church members find silver-lining in First Baptist Church-Orange Beach sanctuary fire | AL.com.
It was exactly five months ago—August 25, 2016. I had checked into the JW Marriot in midtown Indianapolis the evening before and was excited about speaking to a national organization of civil engineers that morning. At approximately 8:30am, I was leaving the concierge lounge with a bowl of granola, blueberries and a glass of milk. My intention was to eat while finishing some computer work, shower, dress, and head downstairs to speak. I was to meet the event coordinator in the hotel lobby at 11.
I never made it.
via Alabama Author Attacked? – Yellowhammer News.
January 31, 2017 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – A structure fire broke out this morning around 5:22 am at the Orange Beach Baptist Church. Fire crews from Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Foley are on the scene.
While Canal Road is open, traffic is backed up. Expect about an hour delay if you’re traveling on Canal Road.
More details as they become available…
via Early Morning Fire at the Orange Beach Baptist Church.
Orange Beach city leaders tabled the approval of a new planned unit development after more concerns were raised about the issue of parking.
The Gulfstream PUD had come before the council before for discussion, and council members continued to take issue with the number of spaces and whether or not on-street parking would be allowed.
via Orange Beach tables new development over parking concerns | The Onlooker.
In most parts of this country of ours, folks are content with four seasons: summer, fall, winter, spring. Each defined by changes in temperature and such.
However, down along the Gulf Coast, from Panama City to Mobile Bay, seasons are defined by who shows up.
What is summer to most Americans is tourist season down there. It unofficially begins with the Mullet Toss at the FloraBama in Orange Beach, an event created to give folks something to do on the last weekend in April.
via ‘To everything there is a season’ | Hardy Jackson | annistonstar.com.
Journey has set a concert in Orange Beach at the The Wharf Amphitheater on July 6th, performing all their classic hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 27th at 10am CST.
via Journey Coming to Orange Beach July 6th.
Homebuilder D.R. Horton paid $1.404 million for 22 lots in Harbor Ridge subdivision off St. Lucia Drive near Terry Cove Drive in Orange Beach, according to developer Nathan Cox of Bellator Real Estate & Development. The home prices will start in the high $200s.
via Land in Mobile, Orange Beach sells for millions | AL.com.
Former Orange Beach City Council member Dr. James Haywood Baker, 75, of Mentone, Alabama, died Dec. 18, 2016 after a brief illness.
A memorial service will be held at St. Joseph’s on-the-Mountain Episcopal Church in Mentone on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at 11 a.m., followed immediately by a luncheon for friends and family in the fellowship hall.
via Dr. James Haywood Baker | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.
Christina Christian along with her producer, Justin Sable Fobes are proud to present Christina’s Single Release “Quirky Little Thing” campaign party on Friday, February 10th from 8:00 P.M. to 12:00 A.M. The “Silent Sea” Pre-Order Campaign Party takes place at The Hot Spot Music and Grub located at the Wharf in Orange Beach, AL at 4780 Wharf Parkway.
via Christina Christian’s Debut Album “Silent Sea” Feb. 10th.
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber is pleased to announce our annual free electronic recycling event to be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8:00 am – Noon in the Alabama State Park Pavilion parking lot. The Conservation & Natural Resources Council, the City of Gulf Shores, and the City of Orange Beach work together each year to accept electronics and documents for paper shredding.
via Free eCycling & Shredding Event.