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Flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio found in Alabama waters: Is it safe to swim? | AL.com

July 08, 2017

The Alabama Department of Public Health is warning people with cuts, abrasions and certain health conditions to avoid the water after reports of three cases of flesh-eating bacteria.

The bacteria – known as Vibrio – is found in lakes, rivers, along the coast and in other warm, brackish bodies of water. The bacteria can lead to destructive soft-tissue infections and other illnesses.

via Flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio found in Alabama waters: Is it safe to swim? | AL.com.

Fairhope city treasurer submits resignation | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

July 07, 2017

On Friday, June 30, Fairhope City Treasurer Deborah Smith submitted a letter of resignation to Fairhope City Council President Jack Burrell.

“Please accept this letter as notice of resignation from my position within the City of Fairhope,” Smith wrote. “As discussed, I am willing to provide the City of Fairhope ninety days’ notice to allow the City time to find a replacement for my position. My last date of work will be on September 29, 2017.”

via Fairhope city treasurer submits resignation | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Witness describes moment missing Daphne teen was thrown from a jet ski | WPMI

July 06, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Local 15 News spoke exclusively with a witness who described the tragic moments a Daphne teenager didn’t resurface after he was thrown off a jet ski and went under a moving boat off the coast of Port St. Joe Florida.

While the Coast Guard spent hours searching the waters off Port St. Joe Florida for 19-year-old Henry Wise, his friends took the trip over to comfort his family.

Former class and teammates say wise was a joy to be around.

via EXCLUSIVE: Witness describes moment missing Daphne teen was thrown from a jet ski | WPMI.

ADPH looking into case of flesh eating bacteria on Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA

July 06, 2017

The Alabama Department of health is looking into a case of flesh eating bacteria in Gulf Coast waters. We’re talking about the dangerous “vibrio vulnificus.”

According to Gulf Coast News Today, a 70-year-old Mississippi woman started getting symptoms after fishing off the Fairhope Pier.

via ADPH looking into case of flesh eating bacteria on Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA.

Watch: Several Manatees Spotted Near Dog River | WKRG

July 06, 2017

It’s not something you see everyday — a family of manatees in Alabama waters.

Neighbors in Tillman’s Corner who live off of Dog River called News 5 on Wednesday morning after a group of seven manatees passed through the small creek that runs by their backyards.

Tim Jackson sent News 5 video of the sighting, six or seven manatees swimming in a creek off of the Dog River. He tells News 5 that some of the animals, spotted in the  area appeared to be possibly babies, perhaps that it was a family of manatees in the creek.

via Watch: Several Manatees Spotted Near Dog River | WKRG.

Pain doctor laundered millions overseas; Threatened employees and patients, court documents reveal | AL.com

July 06, 2017

Multiple money transfers to Syria exceeding $100,000 since 2008 and a risk of threatening potential witnesses are some of the allegations, Alabama’s attorney general and the U.S. attorney’s office in Mobile, listed in a 225-page motion against the operator of a pain management center in Daphne.

Dr. Rassan M. Tarabein, 58, a neurologist who runs the Eastern Shore Neurology and Pain Center, and resides in Fairhope, was taken into custody on June 30.

via Pain doctor laundered millions overseas; Threatened employees and patients, court documents reveal | AL.com.

Racing the Storm: The Story of the Mobile Bay Sailing Disaster | History | Smithsonian

July 06, 2017

The morning of April 25, 2015, arrived with only a whisper of wind. Sailboats traced gentle circles on Alabama’s Mobile Bay, preparing for a race south to the coast.

On board the Kyla, a lightweight 16-foot catamaran, Ron Gaston and Hana Blalack practiced trapezing. He tethered his hip harness to the boat, then leaned back over the water as the boat tilted and the hull under their feet went airborne.

“Physics,” he said, grinning.

They made an unusual crew. He was tall and lanky, 50 years old, with thinning hair and decades of sailing experience. She was 15, tiny and pale and redheaded, and had never stepped on a sailboat. But Hana trusted Ron, who was like a father to her. And Ron’s daughter, Sarah, was like a sister.The Dauphin Island Regatta first took place more than half a century ago and hasn’t changed much since. One day each spring, sailors gather in central Mobile Bay and sprint 18 nautical miles south to the island, near the mouth of the bay in the Gulf of Mexico. There were other boats like Ron’s, Hobie Cats that could be pulled by hand onto a beach. There were also sleek, purpose-built race boats with oversized masts—the nautical equivalent of turbocharged engines—and great oceangoing vessels with plush cabins belowdecks. Their captains were just as varied in skill and experience.

via Racing the Storm: The Story of the Mobile Bay Sailing Disaster | History | Smithsonian.

Alabama teen missing after jet ski accident in Florida | AL.com

July 06, 2017

Authorities in Florida along with the Coast Guard Sector Mobile are searching for a teen from Daphne, Alabama that went missing after being involved in a jet ski accident on Tuesday (July 4) evening.

Officials from the Coast Guard Sector Mobile confirmed on Wednesday (July 5) morning that a teen is still missing near the Port of St. Joe in Florida.

via Alabama teen missing after jet ski accident in Florida | AL.com.

Full Moon Paddle July 9 in Orange Beach – Mullet Wrapper

July 05, 2017

The City of Orange Beach – Relay for Life team will host its second Full Moon Paddle of the summer on Sunday, July 9, with Southern Grind Coffee House providing the pre-paddel meal. The final paddle will be held on Sunday, August 6, with food prepared by Cobalt Restaurant. The events are held at the Wind & Water Learning Center, located at 26267 Canal Road, behind the Orange Beach Public Library. Participants must bring their own kayak or canoe, PFD & white light (headlamps work best). Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m., and the paddles in the moonlight are from 7-8:30 p.m.

via Full Moon Paddle July 9 in Orange Beach – Mullet Wrapper.

Frank Brown Songwriters Fest Foundation presents two scholarships – Mullet Wrapper

July 05, 2017

$25,000 also raised for UWF’s Larry Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Frank Brown International Foundation for Music, the non-profit that produces the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival every November, recently presented a $1,500 scholarship check to 2017 high school graduate from Baldwin County in Alabama and another $1,500 scholarship check to a student from Escambia County in Florida.

via Frank Brown Songwriters Fest Foundation presents two scholarships – Mullet Wrapper.

Thousands celebrate Independence Day with fireworks above Fairhope Pier | WPMI

July 05, 2017

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — The Independence Day celebration went off without a hitch as thousands were treated to a spectacular evening in downtown Fairhope.

LOCAL 15 was there as the first rockets burst into the air above the Fairhope Pier.

For about 20 minutes, people were treated to a very colorful show in front of Henry George Park.

via Thousands celebrate Independence Day with fireworks above Fairhope Pier | WPMI.

Beach and barbecue was recipe for good times in Gulf Shores this – FOX10 News | WALA

July 05, 2017

As always, Baldwin County beaches were a big draw for folks celebrating the Fourth of July holiday Tuesday, July 04, 2017.  It was a picture-perfect beach day and thousands took advantage of it.  Two favorite things to do on this holiday are go to the beach or have a barbeque.  Some families found a way to do both.

via Beach and barbecue was recipe for good times in Gulf Shores this – FOX10 News | WALA.

Teenager from Baldwin County missing in watercraft accident iden – FOX10 News | WALA

July 05, 2017

The search has resumed Wednesday morning for a Baldwin County teenager who went missing after a personal watercraft accident which occurred Tuesday, July 4.

According to Coast Guard officials, missing is 19-year-old Henrey Alexander Wise VI. Wise is described as a white male weighing approximately 170 pounds and wearing blue swim trunks.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile said they received a report at 7:30 p.m. from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office of a jet skier who went into the water and didn’t resurface following a collision between a jet ski and a boat.

via Teenager from Baldwin County missing in watercraft accident iden – FOX10 News | WALA.

The creatures of the Underwater Forest, as seen in the documentary | AL.com

July 05, 2017

Creatures of the Underwater Forest

The Underwater Forest is a relic of an ancient past, a 60,000 year old cypress forest, lost for tens of thousands of years below the Gulf of Mexico. But in today’s world, it is also something else: a vibrant marine ecosystem literally bursting with life. You can watch the film by clicking on the link above. In this article, we will explore some of the creatures you see in the film.

via The creatures of the Underwater Forest, as seen in the documentary | AL.com.

BREAKING: Search Continues for Teen Missing After Jet Ski Accident | WKRG

July 05, 2017

A desperate search will continue at daylight for a missing teenager involved in a jet ski accident near Port St. Joe, Florida.

Multiple sources have confirmed to News 5 that two teenagers from Baldwin County were involved in an accident involving a jet ski and a boat near the Highland Marina in Gulf County.

One teenager was pulled from the water with severe lacerations on his legs.  The teen is in critical condition.

The missing teenager, a 19 year old, was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident, but the life jacket was cut off by the boat’s propeller, according to a spokesperson for the Coast Guard Sector Mobile Command Center.

via BREAKING: Search Continues for Teen Missing After Jet Ski Accident | WKRG.

Former Alabama standout Ryan Anderson buys mom house, car – FOX10 News | WALA

July 04, 2017

Former Alabama linebacker and Washington Redskins’ second round draft pick, Ryan Anderson, recently purchased his mom a house and car.

The news came Friday after Anderson posted on his Instagram page sharing the good news with a touching picture of the Daphne native and his mother hugging that said, “She held me down when I was broke I got her til infinity.”

via Former Alabama standout Ryan Anderson buys mom house, car – FOX10 News | WALA.

Marine Patrol talks boating safety | WPMI

July 04, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The 4th of July Holiday is the busiest on the water, as hundreds of boaters make their way to our waterways. Of those, the most traveled are in Orange Beach and along Mobile Bay.

In the waters near Perdido Pass, there are two patrols on 12-hour shifts. One watching while the other stops and educates boaters on the dangers of careless boating.

via Marine Patrol talks boating safety | WPMI.

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