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Citizen support key to city school decisions | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 06, 2018

By Jane Nicholes

Over the last couple of decades, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Daphne and Fairhope have considered breaking away from the Baldwin County Public Schools System. The municipalities usually were motivated by perceived dissatisfaction with the allocation of resources by the county system.

The need for tax increases, a lack of support from citizens, logistics and improved communication and response from the Baldwin County system contributed to the demise of these movements. Then, late last year, Gulf Shores actually committed to forming its own system. Soon after, Daphne backed away from the idea as its City Council voted against paying for the second part of a feasibility study.

via Citizen support key to city school decisions | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Proposed state regulation of vacation rentals opposed locally

January 06, 2018

A state legislative proposal that would transfer regulation of vacation rental housing from local governments to the state is meeting with negative reaction from a wide range of local officials and residents.

The measure is, though, getting support in some quarters.

The proposed legislation from Sen. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, would nullify any existing local regulations of vacation rental housing, including single-family homes rented by the owners or through online rental agencies such as Airbnb. If passed by the legislature — a long shot, in some views — the state regulation of vacation rentals would become effective in July of this year.

via Proposed state regulation of vacation rentals opposed locally.

Man acquitted in notorious murder case now accused of domestic violence | WPMI

January 05, 2018

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — He was accused and then acquitted of murder back in 2008 and he’s back in the news again.

Leslie Eric Buzbee, 33 is in jail held with no bond after being arrested by Fairhope police on Thursday. Buzbee is now accused of strangling and holding a 25 year old woman against her will.

via Man acquitted in notorious murder case now accused of domestic violence | WPMI.

Pensacola man wanted for residential burglaries in Bay Minette – FOX10 News | WALA

January 05, 2018

The Bay Minette Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Stevie Lamar Williams.

He is a suspect in numerous residential burglaries at homes and churches in the Bay Minette area. The Bay Minette Police Department has active burglary warrants for Williams’ arrest as does Escambia County, Florida.

via Pensacola man wanted for residential burglaries in Bay Minette – FOX10 News | WALA.

Man admits to string of Baldwin County holiday season burglaries | WPMI

January 05, 2018

A Bay Minette man is sitting in jail without bond after confessing to five burglaries and even stealing Christmas presents.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office says Lewis Clayton Jr. admitted to nearly 10 burglaries leading up to Christmas, in multiple towns like Perdido, Bay Minette, and even the tiny community of Nokomis in Escambia County, Alabama.

via Man admits to string of Baldwin County holiday season burglaries | WPMI.

County commission goes after drug companies | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 05, 2018

As an addendum at Tuesday’s Baldwin County Commission meeting, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve filing a civil complaint against manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids for their part in the county’s opioid problems.

The commission voted to file the complaint and approve Commission Chairman Frank Burt to execute an engagement to represent document with the Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty and Proctor law firm to pursue all civil remedies against those in “the chain of distribution of prescription opiates responsible for the opioid epidemic which is plaguing Baldwin County.

The action could lead to filing a claim for public nuisance to abate the damages.

via County commission goes after drug companies | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Is Orange Beach, AL ground zero for vacation rental bans? – VRM Intel

January 05, 2018

On Thursday, the city council of Orange Beach, Alabama heard comments related to a proposed ban on all new licenses for short-term rentals east of the Gulf State Park and north of Perdido Beach Blvd with the limited exception of a handful of PUD-zoned areas.

What’s new, right?

Municipalities all over the globe are discussing similar restrictions. Why does a small town in Alabama matter?

via Is Orange Beach, AL ground zero for vacation rental bans? – VRM Intel.

Foley Police investigate commercial burglaries – FOX10 News | WALA

January 05, 2018

The Foley Police Department is asking for help identifying the person in these images made by security camera during recent commercial burglaries.

On Thursday police responded to three commercial burglaries that occurred overnight at the following businesses: Service Master/U-Haul; Kitchen, Bath, Floors and Moore; and Wesco. The businesses are located on the north end of Foley.

via Foley Police investigate commercial burglaries – FOX10 News | WALA.

Florida-Alabama transportation planners set pedestrian/bicycle workshops

January 05, 2018

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization will hold two public workshops to gain input for pedestrian and bicycle facilities in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida and the Lillian and Orange Beach areas of Baldwin County, Alabama.

Here’s the schedule:
Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Terrace Community Center, 900 S. Old Corry Field Road, Pensacola

Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m. at Perdido Key Community Center, 15500 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola

Each workshop will supply comment cards, maps and information about the plan to collect input from community members.

via Florida-Alabama transportation planners set pedestrian/bicycle workshops.

Foley makes swift work of first 2018 council | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 05, 2018

FOLEY – At the first council of the new year, held Jan. 2, the Foley city council quickly worked through the smaller agenda to kick off 2018’s work.

The council approved a resolution in support of legislation requiring childcare and child daycare facilities be subject to licensing and regulation by the Department of Human Resources.

via Foley makes swift work of first 2018 council | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Daphne Elementary P.E. teacher termination hearing scheduled Jan – FOX10 News | WALA

January 05, 2018

The investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior between a Daphne Elementary P.E. Teacher William Davis and a second-grade student is still very much alive. That’s what Baldwin County Assistant District Attorney Matt Simpson told the Baldwin County School Board Thursday night.

via Daphne Elementary P.E. teacher termination hearing scheduled Jan – FOX10 News | WALA.

Caught On Camera: Three Foley Businesses Burglarized By One Suspect | WKRG

January 05, 2018

Around midnight, a brick crashes through a glass door at a Foley cleaning business. “He hit the door and about 30 seconds he was in.” Once inside, the man spends almost an hour rummaging through drawers, breaking into a cash register and basically trashing the place.

“It appears he was looking for basically money,” says Service Master-owner Tina Burdine. “He left electronics, left valuable other things that could be pawned but took all the cash that we had in the office.”

via Caught On Camera: Three Foley Businesses Burglarized By One Suspect | WKRG.

Weeks Bay watershed management plan released | AL.com

January 05, 2018

After more than two years of work, the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and Thompson Engineering have completed and released a comprehensive watershed management plan for Weeks Bay.

According to information provided by the National Estuary Program (NEP), the purpose of the plan is “to guide watershed resource managers, policy makers, community organizations and citizens to protect the chemical, biological, and cultural integrity of the Watershed,” and to set specific goals “to protect and preserve the waters and habitats that support healthy populations of fish, shellfish, and wildlife and provide for recreation in and on the waters of this estuary of Mobile Bay.”

via Weeks Bay watershed management plan released | AL.com.

Mobile Bay’s 2017 Class of 40 Under 40

January 05, 2018

As executive chef of the Perdido Beach Resort, Brody oversees the culinary team of all four restaurant and banquet facilities. In 2008, he took the top prize in the Southern Breeze Gulf Coast Cookoff. The following year, he won the Zatarain’s Annual National Shrimp Festival Challenge. In addition, Brody serves on the board of directors for the NUISANCE group, which raises awareness of invasive sea species in the Gulf. He’s also helped create events such as Grit and Game, a wild game cookoff benefiting Hunting for Healing.

via Mobile Bay’s 2017 Class of 40 Under 40.

Baldwin county school board selects new member | WPMI

January 05, 2018

Veteran educator and realtor Norma Lynch from Orange Beach has been selected as the new District 5 board member to fill the unexpired term of a board position left vacant with a recent resignation. In addition to being a successful real estate agent, she has been a principal, assistant principal, community schools coordinator and teacher.

via Baldwin county school board selects new member | WPMI.

Oil storage tank explosion rocks Bay Minette – FOX10 News | WALA

January 05, 2018

BAY MINETTE, AL (WALA) - An oil storage tank explosion rocked Bay Minette Thursday afternoon.

It happened around 2 p.m. at McPherson Oil Products on Hoyle Avenue. Bay Minette firefighters said no one was injured by the blast, but workers were inside the facility at the time.

Bay Minette resident, Kevin Caprara, sent FOX10 News cell phone video showing the fire seconds after the blast. It shows thick, black smoke billowing from the top of the tank. The explosion was so powerful that it blew off the roof above the tank. That roof is now mangled metal.

via Oil storage tank explosion rocks Bay Minette – FOX10 News | WALA.

Lawsuit alleges Fairhope Council President denied citizen’s free speech – Lagniappe Mobile

January 04, 2018

From Jack Burrell’s view, Francis Paul Ripp has had plenty of opportunity to speak before the Fairhope City Council.

“There’s been numerous times that I’ve let him go over the three-minute limit even if he was sitting up there wailing away on me,” Burrell said. “I’ve let him go. Numerous, numerous times.”

via Lawsuit alleges Fairhope Council President denied citizen’s free speech – Lagniappe Mobile.

You’re never too old for a Red Rider BB gun Christmas

January 04, 2018

The holidays taught me you are never too old to have a Red Rider BB Gun Christmas.

Somehow in my early teens, I became the proud owner of my grandfather’s antiquated and simple .22 rifle. It was a bolt action model which you cocked by pulling back on a knob on the back of the bolt. Slide it open, slip in a round, push the bolt forward, pull back the knob, aim and fire.

via You’re never too old for a Red Rider BB gun Christmas.

Orange Beach Public Library Winter Program

January 04, 2018

The Orange Beach Public Library will be hosting a series of presentations every Thursday in January and February. These presentations are open to the public, and are free of charge, with the exception of the Peter Fletcher Concert on February 8th. Tickets to this event are $7.00, and will be available for purchase at the Orange Beach Public Library.

via Orange Beach Public Library Winter Program.

How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Thaw Frozen Pipes | Today’s Homeowner

January 04, 2018

Winter has arrived, and that means bundling up to try to keep warm. You might not realize it, but the pipes on your house need protection from the cold as well if the mercury drops down into the 20s F.

Here are some tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing and some tips on how to thaw them out safely if they do.

via How to Prevent Pipes from Freezing and Thaw Frozen Pipes | Today’s Homeowner.

Crossing Mobile Bay – a century-old problem for southwest Alabama – Yellowhammer News

January 04, 2018

For well over a hundred years, southwest Alabamians have grappled with getting from Mobile across the Mobile Bay to Baldwin County and back, and that is a problem that predates the founding of the state.

If you have made that journey recently, you would know there are a number of ways to cross the bay. Most people use Interstate 10, which includes the Wallace Tunnel to get to a series of bridges known as the Bayway. Some use U.S. 90-98, which consists of the Bankhead Tunnel and the causeway built in 1926.

via Crossing Mobile Bay – a century-old problem for southwest Alabama – Yellowhammer News.

Plumber says protect your home from freezing, bursting pipes | WEAR

January 04, 2018

Plumbers in Northwest Florida have been slammed fixing broken pipes. It happened to WEAR anchor Christina Leavenworth, and she learned a lot about cold weather preparations along the way.

Christina’s bathroom is now covered with wet towels and tools. She followed the advice and let her faucets drip, but it wasn’t enough. She went to give her daughter a bath and then heard a large amount of water running behind the wall.

via Plumber says protect your home from freezing, bursting pipes | WEAR.

A Little Perspective on Winter in the South | WKRG

January 04, 2018

Whether working or playing, there is no denying it’s cold outside. Unless you are from up North and this is kite flying weather. “It’s pretty comfortable compared to what we left back home,” says Michigan’s Nate Jarvie.

It all depends on how you look at it. “We’re from Fort Wayne, Indiana and it’s about twice as warm here as it is back home,” says Kris Smith.

via A Little Perspective on Winter in the South | WKRG.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Bundles Up for Frigid Conditions | WKRG

January 03, 2018

There are almost 600 animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and that means a lot of extra hay, heaters and blankets during these freezing temperatures.

Midday at the zoo and the lions, tigers and bears are taking advantage of the sun. “The animals are all out basking in the sun,” says head keeper Cyndi Johnson. “It’s just if the temperature was 20 degrees warmer we’d all be happy.”

via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Bundles Up for Frigid Conditions | WKRG.

Gulf Coast Zoo animals staying warm in frigid temps | WPMI

January 03, 2018

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Animals at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores have to stay warm as well.

Zookeepers have spent the last several days getting ready for the cold snap. They’ve prepared warmer places for all the animals.

Mostly tropical animals, birds, parrots and primates, were the first to get extra hay and blankets.

via Gulf Coast Zoo animals staying warm in frigid temps | WPMI.

Foley resident marks 100th birthday | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

January 03, 2018

When Alica Christian first opened her eyes upon the world Woodrow Wilson was president, Albert Einstein had just published his first paper and America was fighting World War I.

Last month when she awoke on her 100th birthday, she had witnessed 17 presidents take and leave office, science had carried spacecraft beyond our solar system and America had marched off to six more wars.

“It doesn’t make me feel any older,” Christian said matter-of-factly.

via Foley resident marks 100th birthday | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Gulf Shores, state team up on Little Lagoon project – Mullet Wrapper

January 03, 2018

By John Mullen

The state is using a BP money awarded through a federal grant and administered by the state to develop the Laguna Cove Little Lagoon Natural Resource Protection project on 53 acres on the south side of Little Lagoon.

The property was previously approved for residential and commercial development including a marina in Little Lagoon.

via Gulf Shores, state team up on Little Lagoon project – Mullet Wrapper.

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