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Baldwin County to get Buc-Ee’s Travel Center – FOX10 News | WALA

April 18, 2017

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.

via Baldwin County to get Buc-Ee’s Travel Center – FOX10 News | WALA.

Perdido Key road project plagued by problems | WEAR

April 15, 2017

PERDIDO KEY, Fla. (WEAR) — A construction project in Perdido Key is still not done and it’s costing more money each day it goes unfinished.

For the last few months, it’s become the norm to sit in backed up traffic to get through Perdido Key.

“Besides all the unnecessary traffic, it’s the grumpiness that comes along with it.” said Maria Nicdao, an interior decorator at Decor Design Furniture store.

via Perdido Key road project plagued by problems | WEAR.

Amtrak: Bringing train service back to the Gulf Coast still in the works | WPMI

April 13, 2017

Wednesday the Southern Rail Commission and Amtrak stopped in Mobile to update area leaders on their progress to bring passenger rail service back to the Gulf Coast.

Officials say they’re still working with federal and state lawmakers and negotiating with CSX.

They say they expect a federal financial report within the next 30 days.

via Amtrak: Bringing train service back to the Gulf Coast still in the works | WPMI.

Gulf Shores council passes Uber, Lyft ordinance – FOX10 News | WALA

April 13, 2017

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.

via Gulf Shores council passes Uber, Lyft ordinance – FOX10 News | WALA.

Uber on the mind in Gulf Shores | WPMI

April 05, 2017

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.

via Uber on the mind in Gulf Shores | WPMI.

Will Uber return to Alabama’s beaches? Coastal cities reconsidering service | AL.com

April 04, 2017

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.

via Will Uber return to Alabama’s beaches? Coastal cities reconsidering service | AL.com.

Baldwin County beach trolley service a possibility – FOX10 News | WALA

March 29, 2017

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.

via Baldwin County beach trolley service a possibility – FOX10 News | WALA.

17 Baldwin County bridges need repairs – FOX10 News | WALA

March 22, 2017

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.

via 17 Baldwin County bridges need repairs – FOX10 News | WALA.

Bad 3 Car Collision Injures 4 in Loxley

March 18, 2017

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.

News Five has a crew on the way. We will update this script as more information becomes available.

via Bad 3 Car Collision Injures 4 in Loxley.

New details about driver in Gulf Shores parade tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA

March 02, 2017

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Larry Rathbun was driving the SUV that police say accidentally ran into band members at the start of the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade Tuesday morning.

And, we now know the Baldwin County Military Officers Association Chapter president was not alone in the vehicle, nor was he the only association member in the parade.

via New details about driver in Gulf Shores parade tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA.

Developer advocates using sales tax for beach improvements

February 23, 2017

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.

via Developer advocates using sales tax for beach improvements.

Pedestrian bridge in Gulf Shores nearing completion – FOX10 News | WALA

February 21, 2017

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.

via Pedestrian bridge in Gulf Shores nearing completion – FOX10 News | WALA.

Nonexistent ferry remains tied to millions in federal grants – FOX10 News | WALA

February 07, 2017

According to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), $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.

via Nonexistent ferry remains tied to millions in federal grants – FOX10 News | WALA.

Nonexistent ferry remains tied to millions in federal grants – FOX10 News | WALA

February 06, 2017

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.

It was a idea former Mayor Mike Dow spearheaded.

via Nonexistent ferry remains tied to millions in federal grants – FOX10 News | WALA.

5-car pileup on Blue Angel Parkway sends 6 to hospital

December 23, 2016

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.

via 5-car pileup on Blue Angel Parkway sends 6 to hospital.

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