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Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region

April 26, 2017

Gulf Islands National Seashore’s many miles of undeveloped beaches provide a big economic benefit to the region, according to a new study from the National Park Service.

The study, conducted by the park service and an economist for the U.S. Geological Survey, found that the 4.8 million people who visited the park in 2016 spent more than $206 million in surrounding communities and provided an estimated $251.8 million in economic benefit to the region.

via Gulf Islands National Seashore is important economic generator for region.

31 Things To Do In Orange Beach, AL That The Locals Love

April 25, 2017

Orange Beach is Alabama’s coastal community juxtaposing the Gulf of Mexico. A bustling destination for spring breakers and summer vacationers, this family beach retreat is also perfect in the more affordable shoulder season (the spring and bookends to summer). Known for blue-green waters that rush upon soft, white-sand beaches, Orange Beach presents a myriad of accommodations, an amazing culinary scene, adventure and water recreation.

via 31 Things To Do In Orange Beach, AL That The Locals Love.

Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI

April 15, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Officials say Baldwin County blew away any competition in the state in regards to tourist spending and nearly doubled the total of its closest competing county.

Baldwin County continues to grow and so does its economic footprint, especially when it comes to tourism.

Travelers spent $4.2 billion and were responsible for nearly 50 thousand jobs in Baldwin County last year, according to a report conducted for the Alabama Tourism Department.

via Baldwin Co. tourism exceeds $4 billion, most in State | WPMI.

We’re taking a journey to find Alabama’s most beautiful places, tell us where to go | AL.com

April 14, 2017

From breathtaking sunsets over the gulf’s white-sand beaches to the sweeping views from Cheaha Mountain, Alabama’s landscape is like no other. The beaches, forests, lakes, and rivers in our 21 state parks are teeming with flora and fauna. The Mobile River System is America’s Amazon. Our golf courses aren’t too bad either. So what specially does the Alabama the Beautiful motto refer to? I’ll be trekking across Alabama to find out.

via We’re taking a journey to find Alabama’s most beautiful places, tell us where to go | AL.com.

Hanging at Perdido Pass a favorite for spring breakers | AL.com

March 29, 2017

Spring breaker Logan Layton loves Perdido Pass for one reason.

“I love jumping from this bridge,” Layton, 15, a student from Mortimer Jordan High School said.

Layton, along with other brave students, wasn’t leaping from the bridge, rather the 15-year-old was jumping from the base under the bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway.

“Yeah, I’ll do flips and whatever. It’s a blast.”

via Hanging at Perdido Pass a favorite for spring breakers | AL.com.

Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR

March 29, 2017

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. WEAR — Okaloosa County commissioners may soon do away with a program which spends more than $18 million every year. But commissioners still have a lot of questions before they cast their vote.

County commissioners will meet Wednesday to discuss, but not vote on, scrapping the county-run tourism department in favor of a public-private partnership with local chambers of commerce and business owners.

via Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR.

OWA impact on summer hiring | WPMI

March 22, 2017

FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) — Spring is here and the Summer crowds are sure to follow along the Gulf Coast.

Many will come to experience the OWA amusement park under construction in Foley right now. For some retailers the park is causing a stir when it comes to seasonal hiring in the area.

Will there be enough employees to fill all the summer jobs? It’s not clear what OWA will be offering per hour above the minimum wage, but companies along Highway 59 in Foley and in Gulf Shores are already offering $11.50 per hour… so the “race is on” to get these employees.

via OWA impact on summer hiring | WPMI.

Business, Student Job Connection Initiative Launched in Baldwin County

March 22, 2017

Past all the entree’s, salads and desserts at Wolf Bay Lodge, there’s a problem. “We need so much more help.” Charlene Haber owns the restaurant that her parents started so many years ago. “Baldwin County is a year-round–we’re making it a year round attraction–and we need year round help; not seasonal anymore.”

An ever increasing demand for employees remains one of her biggest challenges.

Now a new computer program geared at connecting high school students in Baldwin County with potential employers may answer that challenge.

via Business, Student Job Connection Initiative Launched in Baldwin County.

Orange Beach to finish boardwalk at Perdido Pass sea wall | WPMI

March 17, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — After years of deterioration. The Sea Wall at Perdido Pass in Orange Beach is finally on the mend.

Last year the city moved ahead and completed Phase One in revitalizing the boardwalk and fishing pier at the Pass.

Now it’s on to Phase Two of the project. It’s a toursit attraction and favorite for the locals that’s been lacking for years.

via Orange Beach to finish boardwalk at Perdido Pass sea wall | WPMI.

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.

Why the Florida Panhandle Is an American Paradise – Thrillist

February 22, 2017

You’ve been to Malibu, South Beach, and the Hamptons; to Cannon Beach, the Outer Banks, and the Jersey Shore, and you think you know a thing or two about beaches in this great country, right? Think again, amigo.

If you’ve never traveled the approximately 100 miles of glorious American coastline between Alabama and Florida known variously as the “Emerald Coast” and, more colloquially, the “Redneck Riviera,” then brother (or sister), you are in serious need of some beach schoolin’. There’s not a place like it in the damned world, and you’d be a fool to miss out on her myriad (often bizarre) pleasures, sights, sounds, and food. Here’s what makes the Florida Panhandle and LA (Lower Alabama) so spectacular.

via Why the Florida Panhandle Is an American Paradise – Thrillist.

20 cool, luxury beach houses to rent at Alabama’s beaches this season | AL.com

February 16, 2017

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.

Coastal Alabama Business Chamber gets update on Leave Only Footp – FOX10 News | WALA

February 04, 2017

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.

Backlash grows over coastal growth as Gulf Shores presses forward with hotel project | AL.com

January 17, 2017

When the city of Gulf Shores announced plans to partner with a private developer to build a 240-room hotel and conference center near its public beach, social media lit up with criticism.

On Facebook, the backlash dwelled on a common theme: The city is overdeveloped by the tourism industry and elected officials are not looking out for longtime residents.

via Backlash grows over coastal growth as Gulf Shores presses forward with hotel project | AL.com.

Gulf Shores leaders look to ”phase out beach lounge chairs” in – FOX10 News | WALA

December 16, 2016

Thousands of people enjoy Alabama’s white sandy beaches every year, and Gulf Shores leaders want to keep it that way. After the success of the “Leave Only Footprints” ordinance which started earlier this year, city leaders say they want to take the ordinance into a second phase by removing rental lounge chairs from the beach.

via Gulf Shores leaders look to ”phase out beach lounge chairs” in – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

More record tourism numbers in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach | The Islander

November 15, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) announced another strong year for tourism, the return of several national sporting events and the success of the Leave Only Footprints initiative during the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s First Friday Forum at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.

via More record tourism numbers in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach | The Islander.

Roller coaster rivaling longest in the U.S. anchoring coastal Alabama amusement park | AL.com

November 03, 2016

What is initially being touted as one the “longest roller coaster” rides in the U.S. will anchor a new theme park opening in the coastal Alabama by Memorial Day weekend.

The roller coaster, which has not yet been named, will join 20 rides and two other “thrill rides” within 14 acres of a 520-acre development site in Foley, about nine miles from Alabama’s beaches.

via Roller coaster rivaling longest in the U.S. anchoring coastal Alabama amusement park | AL.com.

SEC soccer action in Orange Beach

October 25, 2016

Locals and beach guests are encouraged to fill the stands for the 10-team SEC Women’s Soccer Championship Oct. 31 to Nov. 6, 2016 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (4389 William Silvers Parkway) featuring the No. 2 team in the nation – the University of South Carolina. This long-standing Orange Beach tradition will air live on the SEC Network and ESPNU.

via SEC soccer action in Orange Beach.

Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA

October 18, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Trip Advisor is putting one of our very own cities in the national spotlight. The travel giant is naming Orange Beach as the second best travel destination on the rise for 2016

Orange beach is already a popular travel destination. As we’ve reported, it has had record high tourism numbers in the last few years, and now this announcement is expected to put it even more on the national map.

via Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA.

Orange Beach proposing new tax, business license increase | The Islander

October 10, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Richard Schwartz waxed philosophical as he pondered the raising of business license fees and a tax on hard liquor the City of Orange Beach is considering.“

It’s just part of what’s going on,” he said. “Everything costs more. Business licenses goes up, everything goes up. The price of shrimp has gone up 24 percent the past year. You just have to pay.

via Orange Beach proposing new tax, business license increase | The Islander.

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