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Orange Beach, Alabama votes in moratorium on new short-term rental licenses – VRM Intel

December 24, 2017

Orange Beach, Alabama, located on the Gulf Coast, is a city reliant on a tourism economy led by lodging revenue from vacation rentals. It is difficult to find a working resident whose income is not tied in some way to the booming rental business along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

However, last week, in a specially-called council meeting on Dec. 15, a six-month moratorium on new short-term rental licenses passed with a 5-0 vote, and went into effect on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.

via Orange Beach, Alabama votes in moratorium on new short-term rental licenses – VRM Intel.

A Kiwi in Alabama Part 1 – Orange Beach | Stark Insider

December 19, 2017

Don’t leave town without dining at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina. This casual/chic restaurant features top-notch seafood including fried crab claws, oysters, shrimp and grits, with attentive service and a sophisticated wine list. As plebeian as it sounds, don’t miss Johnny’s killer cornbread, which I used to sop up every last speck of the succulent crispy pork cheeks.

via A Kiwi in Alabama Part 1 – Orange Beach | Stark Insider.

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.

Pensacola’s perception lags behind Destin, Gulf Shores

December 08, 2017

Although Pensacola continues to make strides in attracting visitors as a tourism and vacation destination, the region still lags behind Gulf Shores and Destin in terms of overall outside perception.

These findings as well as several others were made available Thursday during a presentation hosted by Visit Pensacola, the region’s destination marketing organization, at Skopelos at New World.

via Pensacola’s perception lags behind Destin, Gulf Shores.

Gulf Shores considers alcohol ban for third year | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

November 18, 2017

Banning alcohol on the beach during spring break weeks has caused some controversy among tourists, but has been a successful program according to Gulf Shores police.

In a memo to the city council at its most recent work session, Chief of Police Edward Delmore wrote that during the first several days of spring break 2016 GSPD encountered numerous issues with large groups of spring breakers. The force saw binge drinking and use of illegal narcotics which was creating a dangerous atmosphere for themselves and other visitors.

via Gulf Shores considers alcohol ban for third year | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Hotels want Florida to be like Communist China: Guestview

October 30, 2017

Recently it was reported by the New York Times that President Xi of China and the Communist Party, in order “To reduce the flow of outsiders to the capital, Airbnb and similar home-sharing services have been temporarily suspended.” Nothing would make the Florida hotel industry and local governments happier than if they could do the same and ban short-term vacation rentals in our state.

via Hotels want Florida to be like Communist China: Guestview.

Bike the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail this fall | AL.com

October 28, 2017

The main attraction at the Alabama Gulf Coast is, of course, the beach. With more than 40 miles of pristine, sugar white sand, it’s the main reason millions flock to Pleasure Island each year. But there’s another hidden gem off the beach that many tourists have discovered over the years — the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail.

via Bike the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail this fall | AL.com.

Gulf Shores, Ala. Begins Phase II of Public Beach Transformation, Master Planned by Atlanta’s TSW | Business Wire

October 20, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the successful completion of Phase I of its $15 million public beach revitalization, the City of Gulf Shores, Ala. has begun Phase II of Gulf Place. Master planned and designed by Atlanta-based TSW, a planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm whose multidisciplinary work extends throughout the southeast, the project’s design focus is to strengthen the beachfront public park’s connection to the coastal downtown walking district, enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety, and offer new family friendly recreation facilities designed to protect the environment and wildlife habitat

via Gulf Shores, Ala. Begins Phase II of Public Beach Transformation, Master Planned by Atlanta’s TSW | Business Wire.

OPINION When the shark bites | NWADG

October 15, 2017

We escaped to the Romar Place condos in Orange Beach, Ala., the other day following an invitation from older friends Hank and Nickie Thompson. The Harrison couple who’ve been married 65 years spend a week here each year and this was our second October to visit.

This trip was different than last year’s because it took only 15 minutes rather than three hours to find their condo once I’d arrived in the Orange Beach city limits. That bizarre story is old news which took an entire column to explain this time last year.

By 2 p.m. we’d unpacked and settled in. Then, simply because we could, it was off to Bubba’s Oyster House for three dozen or so oysters as our appropriate and richly deserved greeting to the Gulf.

via OPINION When the shark bites | NWADG.

Deadly Season Along Fort Morgan Beaches | WKRG

October 11, 2017

It doesn’t take a tropical event to make the Gulf deadly. Surf conditions play a huge role. All but one of this year’s drownings along Baldwin County beaches happened while red flags were flying.

For all it’s beauty, it’s been a deadly season in Fort Morgan.

In seven months, six people have drowned in the waters off Fort Morgan.

via Deadly Season Along Fort Morgan Beaches | WKRG.

Take a stroll with a cold drink from the Island Time Daiquiri bar

October 05, 2017

When Bobby Graves opened his first business that wasn’t a car dealership, he was met with a little skepticism. He opened a bar in Orange Beach anyway.

“You’re crazy for opening that place,” Graves said he was told. “And you’re opening it at the end of the season. It’ll never make it.”

That was hardly the case. His first foray into the beach economy, Island Time Daiquiris at The Wharf, has been a success story.

via Take a stroll with a cold drink from the Island Time Daiquiri bar.

Birmingham is the best big travel destination in Alabama, according to RewardExpert – Birmingham Business Journal

October 04, 2017

Orange Beach is listed as Alabama’s top off-the-beaten-track destination. Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico, the town provides tourists the opportunity to see exotic fish, visit shipwrecks and enjoy 13 music venues.

via Birmingham is the best big travel destination in Alabama, according to RewardExpert – Birmingham Business Journal.

Watch Alabama’s Cultural Renaissance | Discover Alabama’s Cultural Renaissance in the Gulf Coast | Condé Nast Traveler Video | CNE

September 20, 2017

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is known for having some of the best seafood in the world. Johnny Fisher, owner of Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, tells us about some of the people responsible for bringing quality, locally-grown ingredients to restaurants around the area for visitors to enjoy.

via Watch Alabama’s Cultural Renaissance | Discover Alabama’s Cultural Renaissance in the Gulf Coast | Condé Nast Traveler Video | CNE.

 

Doing what it takes at Live Bait

September 08, 2017

Live Bait
“Consistently good food, fresh food,” Chef Fresh said. “Every time. We want them to have a good time and enjoy the best food on the island where there are so many choices. And leaving with a good experience. There’s so much to do here with the tiki bar, riding the bull shark in the back. Just an overall family experience.”

via Doing what it takes at Live Bait.

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach to consider raising lodging tax – Lagniappe Mobile

September 07, 2017

By John Mullen

Moving the intersection of Alabama 180, or Canal Road, and Alabama 161 a few hundred yards south is a remedy officials here believe will improve traffic — and cost a bundle.

At the same time, the move might create an entrance, with a traffic light, to a parcel of land north of the Justice Center where Rouses wants to build a new supermarket.

“That’s exactly one thing that’s on my mind,” Orange Beach Councilman Jeff Silvers said. “We know that we’ll have to pay for some of that with the state.”

Farther west, Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said his city has traffic worries, too.

via Gulf Shores, Orange Beach to consider raising lodging tax – Lagniappe Mobile.

Why Alabama cities continue to increase the lodging tax | AL.com

September 07, 2017

More than 6 million visitors flocked to Baldwin County in 2016, representing another record-breaker for Alabama’s beaches since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

But with booming tourism comes relentless traffic congestion that’s overwhelming some key roads and turning simple trips into frustrating crawls from light to light.

With little public money to build new roads, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach city officials are looking at a rare tax increase. Within the next month, both coastal cities could hike lodging taxes by 2 percentage points, to 13 percent.

via Why Alabama cities continue to increase the lodging tax | AL.com.

Florida, Alabama beaches: Gulf open in Destin, yellow flags in Gulf Shores, Panama City double red | AL.com

September 02, 2017

Conditions are improving along the Florida and Alabama coast after the remnants of Hurricane Harvey made the Gulf off limits for the last two days. The change comes just as thousands of people head to the Gulf for the busy Labor Day holiday weekend.

Destin made the switch Saturday from a double red flag – meaning water is off limits – to a single red flag, reopening of the Gulf. A single red flag means there is the potential for high surf and strong currents.

via Florida, Alabama beaches: Gulf open in Destin, yellow flags in Gulf Shores, Panama City double red | AL.com.

Hurricane worries? Not Gulf Shores as it moves forward with beachfront project | AL.com

August 30, 2017

With the hurricane-swamped Texas Gulf Coast serving as a stark reminder of what can happen on Alabama’s coast, the city of Gulf Shores went forward anyway with a $4.9 million project to spruce up its public beachfront.

The City Council, with a unanimous vote Monday, endorsed a contract with Cunningham Delaney LLC of Summerdale to move forward with the second of a three-phase, $15 million project intended to make the city’s public beachfront more accessible to pedestrians.

via Hurricane worries? Not Gulf Shores as it moves forward with beachfront project | AL.com.

Gulf travelblog: Gulf Shores beach is great in the rain | News OK

August 06, 2017

Rain fell steady in Baldwin County Alabama on Friday morning. Then rain fell hard. So we did what you ought to do when it’s raining and your 800 miles from home.

We went to the beach.

We’ve got many wonderful things in Oklahoma, a place I’ve virtually always lived and always will. But a beach is not among them. When you get the chance to go to the beach, you take it.

via Gulf travelblog: Gulf Shores beach is great in the rain | News OK.

Orange Beach banking on sports tourism with field upgrades – Lagniappe Mobile

July 27, 2017

BY JOHN MULLEN

Sports tourism is big business in South Baldwin county and Orange Beach is aiming to keep teams coming back with upgrades to its Sportsplex.

With nine baseball and softball fields and a soccer stadium and practice fields, the city recently voted to spend $610,000 in phase one of a three-year upgrade at the tourist-attracting complex.

via Orange Beach banking on sports tourism with field upgrades – Lagniappe Mobile.

Flora-Bama Owner: Traffic Changes Coming | WKRG

July 27, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — It’s a choke point for traffic at the beach.  The Alabama-Florida line is a problem spot, where the Beachfront Road goes from five lanes to two, and where hundreds of customers of the Flora-Bama Lounge constantly cross the road to the establishment’s parking lot.

It’s a real mess, but changes could be on the way.

At all hours, cars zoom by Flora-Bama.

“We just have a lot of traffic in general in this area,” said Flora-Bama owner, John McInnis.

via Flora-Bama Owner: Traffic Changes Coming | WKRG.

Gulf Shores’ Good Tourists—Even The Louisianans (Usually)

June 28, 2017

On Saturdays, it often occurs to me that carloads of people are driving south along the many highways that lead to Gulf Shores so bursting with excitement that every cow pasture and roadside restaurant become a landmark heralding another step toward the final destination. Conversely, there are just as many cars heading north filled with people in the early throes of post-vacation depression, wondering why they can’t live where they’ve just spent the past week.

via Gulf Shores’ Good Tourists—Even The Louisianans (Usually).

Families find ways to enjoy Gulf Shores beach despite double red – FOX10 News | WALA

June 23, 2017

It was another wild, windy day in Gulf Shores but the beach was still full of people this morning.

“I’m 31 and I’ve never been to the beach and neither have my girls so this is our first family vacation,” Heather Aldrich of Missouri said.

“As long as I can provide them to come out and join life with things not everybody gets to do, that’s alright with me,” Ryan Aldrich said.

via Families find ways to enjoy Gulf Shores beach despite double red – FOX10 News | WALA.

Some of the Best Gulf Beaches Are in Alabama – Southern Living

June 19, 2017

Today, Alabama beaches are among the state’s most popular tourist destinations, even attracting visitors from other Gulf Coast beaches with surf of their own. While Alabama doesn’t have as much coastline as its neighbors, the 32 miles of white sand and saltwater just south of Mobile are top-notch, offering gorgeous seascapes, abundant wildlife, a laid-back pace, and a family-friendly environment with plenty to see and do. And while all of these beaches are in close proximity, each one has something unique to offer.

via Some of the Best Gulf Beaches Are in Alabama – Southern Living.

Memorial Day beach-goers find light crowds in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

May 30, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

For many, Memorial Day meant extra time to enjoy time with friends and family and many did just that at Gulf Shores’ beaches.  Beach visitors were greeted by something that was hard to find the last few days…space.  While the majority of holiday tourists were making their way home, many Baldwin County residents took advantage of it.

via Memorial Day beach-goers find light crowds in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

Thousands flock to Gulf Shores for Memorial Day weekend | AL.com

May 29, 2017

Memorial Day weekend did not disappoint as thousands of people took to Alabama’s most popular beach on Saturday, May 27, 2017. By noon, the clouds had cleared giving way to plenty of sunshine and rising heat, too, forcing many beachgoers into the rough waves of the Gulf of Mexico, despite red flags warning swimmers of dangerous riptides.

via Thousands flock to Gulf Shores for Memorial Day weekend | AL.com.

Tourism numbers show bright outlook for Baldwin County | WPMI

May 12, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Tourism is a huge economic driver for the state and it’s in Baldwin County where the bulk of the tax base is generated.

The 2010 oil spill hit this area hard, but we bounced back.

Everyone knows Alabama has a beach. Seasons like the Summer season are getting busier every year. Even shoulder seasons in the Fall and Spring have attracted more visitors.

via Tourism numbers show bright outlook for Baldwin County | WPMI.

Tourism generating billions in Baldwin County | WPMI

May 12, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Last year millions of visitors came to our beaches spending billions of dollars.

The stage is set for this Summer and the state has big plans to keep people coming for years to come. With more and more people coming the state has invested more than 80 million dollars to improve the Gulf State Park including a 56-million-dollar lodge and meeting facility.

via Tourism generating billions in Baldwin County | WPMI.

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.

Beach business booming year-round | WPMI

May 09, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The impact of Sports Tourism to the area along with the upcoming Hangout Music Festival are being felt along the Coast.

The transition from one event to another is now seamless. Events like the NCAA volleyball tournament, that’s new to the area, but the folks at the Hangout Music Festival they’ve been doing this since 2010.”

via Beach business booming year-round | WPMI.

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.

Baldwin County businesses benefit from sports tourism – FOX10 News | WALA

May 05, 2017

Gulf Shores is hosting the NCAA women’s beach volleyball championships.

It’s just one of a growing number of marquee sporting events landing on the gulf coast.

If it seems like you’re hearing about more and more sporting events coming to the beach, you’re not imagining it.  This weekend alone there’s a state track championship, a junior beach volleyball championship for the gulf coast region and of course, the NCAA national championships where the top eight teams in the country will be kicking up sand and knocking down points.

via Baldwin County businesses benefit from sports tourism – FOX10 News | WALA.

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