Gulf Shores city leaders unanimously approved an ordinance that could bring Uber and other ridesharing companies into the municipality last week, following a strong discussion from the council and community members.
Revenue Supervisor Marcy Kichler said the creation of the ordinance was a response to a public demand that has occurred for several years.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Baldwin County may soon be home to a huge, new travel center along Interstate-10. Texas-based, Buc-Ee’s wants to build its first out-of-state store in Alabama at the Baldwin Beach Express exit. The Baldwin County Commission will take action Tuesday, April 18, 2017 to help in that process.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Uber has been given the green light to come to a city on the gulf coast. This, after an ordinance was approved in Gulf Shores Monday that allows the company, and others alike to operate.
Although it’s what a lot of locals and visitors have been asking for, others aren’t so sure about the ride-sharing company.
Gulf Shores, Ala. (WPMI) — Ride services like “Uber” and “Lift” could soon be available at our local beaches in Baldwin County. City officials in Gulf Shores say demand from tourists and locals is no higher than ever.
It’s as easy as tapping your phone and your ride is on the way. Only here in this resort town it’s not happening yet. “Especially in a resort town where there’s a lot of night life people want to go out to dinner and have a few glasses of wine a couple of drinks and end your night at the Flora Bama. Anywhere else you wouldn’t think of getting in a car,” said business owner Jim Cox.
In early 2016, as the ride-sharing behemoth Uber began showing up along Alabama’s beaches, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach had questions and basic demands.Among the inquires was whether the California-based company would obtain business licenses and strike franchise arrangements with the cities.
Also, would it agree to have its drivers submit to annual background checks?
Uber wasn’t interested in having the cities looking over its shoulder, and pulled out once Gulf Shores sent a cease-and-desist order.
Baldwin County is considering bringing a shuttle service into Orange beach and the surrounding area. A feasibility study has just been finished and it received good reviews. The county would use the Baldwin Regional Transit System (BRATS), trolley style buses along Perdido Beach Boulevard during the busiest times of the year.
Some Baldwin County residents will soon have a new way in and out of their neighborhood. The county is building a new bridge on Keller Road in Foley. The old bridge often floods during high water, stranding residents who live there. It’s one of many than need repairs.
In a quarterly report from the Highway Department, the Baldwin County Commission heard that of the county’s 154 bridges, 17 of them are either posted as weight restricted or they’re structurally or functionally deficient. County Engineer, Joey Nunnelley said that while they wait on repairs, they’re safe to cross.
A bad three car collision injured four in Baldwin County Friday night. Two are in critical condition and had to be airlifted for care; one went to Mobile the other to Sacred Heart. The other victim is listed in stable condition.
It happened on County Road 68 at Conway Road in Loxley, east of AL-59 around 8:30 p.m.
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The developer of Portofino Island Resorts on Pensacola Beach advocates using Escambia County’s Local Option Sales Tax to fund roundabouts, pedestrian tunnels and other changes intended to improve traffic flow at the beach.
Developer Robert Rinke said spending a portion of the one-cent sales tax, which generates about $40 million a year, on beach infrastructure would improve the quality of life for everyone who spends time at the beach.
Phase one of a $960,000 pedestrian bridge project in Gulf Shores is on schedule to be open by summer. The eight foot wide bridge will create much better access for pedestrians and bicyclists from the beach area to the north end of town. It will also make it much safer.
If you’ve been to Gulf Shores in the last few months, you may have noticed the new, eight foot wide sidewalks that stretch from the Intracoastal Waterway to the beach. That is, all the way except for the bridge at Bayou Village. Work on phase one of that project started in October. The east side of the bridge was cut off and new pilings set to build the sidewalk.
According to the Federal Transit Administration, $26 million in federal transportation grants paid for the early stages of GulfQuest construction.
When the city of Mobile received those federal tax dollars, city officials said the museum would be a “transportation hub” that would include a passenger ferry service to run between the Eastern Shore and downtown Mobile.
Five members of a Tallahassee family were involved in a multi-car accident Thursday afternoon near Blue Angel Parkway and U.S. 90 that left a 58-year-old female in critical condition and two 11-year-olds in serious condition.
The chain-reaction pileup occurred when Terry Lynn Cummings, 46, of Caledonia, Mississippi, was traveling west on Blue Angel Parkway at around 2:46 p.m. Thursday and failed to slow down as he approached the intersection at U.S. 90 where traffic was stopped, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.