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Foley Coming Together Saturday to Support Firefighter’s Son

April 01, 2017

“It’s hard for us to accept help but sometimes you just have to get beyond that and do it,” says Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby.

The 15-month-old remains in Memphis, battling stage four cancer at St. Jude Hospital. “The last couple of days have been pretty good where they have been able to get out and enjoy some fresh air. I know they went to the zoo in Memphis which was probably a relief for all of them and gave Easton an opportunity to smile and be a child.”

via Foley Coming Together Saturday to Support Firefighter’s Son.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: More Boat Batteries Stolen in Baldwin County

April 01, 2017

Fairhope Police are asking for help tracking down a man caught on camera stealing boat batteries from a local business.

The video was captured Thursday morning. You can see the man going through boats at Moonlight Boat Works on Greeno road.

Police say he took five batteries that time but has hit business before, swiping 21 batteries last month.

via CAUGHT ON CAMERA: More Boat Batteries Stolen in Baldwin County.

30 acts you can’t afford to miss at Hangout Fest 2017 | AL.com

April 01, 2017

Gulf Shores is gearing up for its biggest party of the year, as Hangout Fest 2017 is closing in on our calendar.

This year’s festival has nearly 70 artists set to play across its Thursday Kickoff Party and three-day weekend schedule.

Depending on where you’re traveling from, there’s a lot to worry about when it comes to Hangout. Who’s driving? Where are we staying? Should I get general admission, VIP, or Super VIP? Am I planning to bring sand to the beach or am I rolling solo?

via 30 acts you can’t afford to miss at Hangout Fest 2017 | AL.com.

Coastal Art Center of Orange Beach – April News

March 31, 2017

We particularly want to thank all who were part of our new Patron of the Arts program which ensured committed funds to our fine artists and provided resources for our performing and demonstrating artists.

See our website for a list of all our Patrons and Sponsors who helped make our 2017 show fantastic!

Thank you to our Friends of the Arts support group who coordinated this special effort.

via April News.

20 free or cheap things to do at Alabama’s beaches | AL.com

March 31, 2017

20 things to do for $5 or under at Alabama’s beaches

Think you need to drop a small fortune to take the family out for a fun day near the beach? Nope, you don’t. From eco tours to skate parks to art museums, there’s plenty to do on the cheap near the beach. In fact, there’s lots to do on a budget. Here’s 20 things to do for $5 or for free.

Brian Kelly | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

via 20 free or cheap things to do at Alabama’s beaches | AL.com.

Red Snapper Season Opens Memorial Weekend in Alabama Waters

March 31, 2017

Red Snapper Season 2017

March 30, 2017 – Orange Beach, AL – OBA – The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division MRD announces that Alabama’s waters will open for the recreational harvest of red snapper from 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 26, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017. Alabama state waters extend 9 nautical miles from shore. The daily bag limit will be two red snapper per person, and the minimum size will be 16 inches in total length.

via Red Snapper Season Opens Memorial Weekend in Alabama Waters.

William Allan Hoke Sr. | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

March 31, 2017

William Allan Hoke Sr., 63, of Pensacola, went to be with the Lord on March 26, 2017 after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Allan was born in Selma, Alabama on Oct. 24, 1953 to Michael Nardin Hoke Jr. and Florence Hillhouse Hoke.

Allan attended Selma High School. He was employed by H&H Manufacturing for many years until he and his family moved to Orange Beach.

Allan became a business partner at GRJ Blinds for 15 years and then worked for Brett-Robinson Properties until he retired.

via William Allan Hoke Sr. | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Gulf State Park lodge on track for 2018 opening – The Auburn Villager : News

March 31, 2017

Many beachgoers are traveling between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and it’s almost certain that most are wondering about all that construction adjacent to the Gulf State Park Pier.

The answer is the resurrection of the Gulf State Park Lodge. The original lodge and convention center was wrecked by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and a new and extensively improved version has a projected completion date of May 2018 for the park’s beachfront construction.

via Gulf State Park lodge on track for 2018 opening – The Auburn Villager : News.

Orange Beach posts warnings for rip currents and dangerous marin – FOX10 News | WALA

March 31, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Red flags were back up again at Baldwin County Beaches and are expected to be posted through the weekend.  Orange Beach safety officials are also warning of Portuguese Man-O-War along the beaches.

A sunny start to the day lured plenty of folks to Cotton Bayou Public Beach.  Most stayed on the sand, enjoying the sunshine and sea breeze.  Some couldn’t resist the temptation of splashing in the surf despite visible warnings.  Orange Beach Safety officials posted red and purple flags Thursday, March 30, 2017 because of the high surf, rip currents and the presence of stinging jellyfish.

via Orange Beach posts warnings for rip currents and dangerous marin – FOX10 News | WALA.

State sets red snapper season to open May 26 | AL.com

March 30, 2017

Alabama’s recreational red snapper season will open for Memorial Day weekend and run through the end of July, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced.

According to information released Thursday by the department’s Marine Resources Division, “Alabama’s waters will open for the recreational harvest of red snapper from 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 26, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017. Alabama state waters extend 9 nautical miles from shore. The daily bag limit will be two red snapper per person, and the minimum size will be 16 inches in total length.”

This year’s federal red snapper season has not yet been set.

via State sets red snapper season to open May 26 | AL.com.

30 RESTORE Act projects moving forward – Lagniappe Mobile

March 30, 2017

After four years of discussing its own rules and policies, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) has taken a major step in determining which of the hundreds of proposed projects will be funded with BP monies allocated through the RESTORE Act.

Last month, all 10 AGCRC members submitted a list of priority projects, and from more than 200 submissions, 30 received the four votes needed to move on for further evaluation. The projects, valued at a combined $413,775,386, focus on “infrastructure, economic development, tourism or planning assistance” — all areas the council previously agreed to prioritize.

via 30 RESTORE Act projects moving forward – Lagniappe Mobile.

Spring breakers in Gulf Shores enjoy break from rough waves and – FOX10 News | WALA

March 30, 2017

Spring breakers were welcomed to the beach with plenty of sunshine and calmer waves; weather conditions no one was complaining about.

“I wanted to bring my grandkids, and I lived in Pensacola, Florida so originally we’re from Pensacola, Florida,” Carletter McCree of Birmingham said.

via Spring breakers in Gulf Shores enjoy break from rough waves and – FOX10 News | WALA.

S.O.S! Large Bearded Dragon Jumps Ship in Orange Beach, Search Underway

March 30, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WKRG) — A popular bearded dragon is on the loose in Orange Beach and search efforts to find him are underway.

“Mr. D” is the name of the bearded dragon that fell off his owner’s yacht as it was passing by the Flora-Bama on Wednesday.  Mr. D, who wears outfits and is known to many in the Orange Beach community, was seen falling into the water on the bay side of the bar.

via S.O.S! Large Bearded Dragon Jumps Ship in Orange Beach, Search Underway.

Jimmy Buffett’s ‘crazy sista’ opening third location of Alabama-based LuLu’s | AL.com

March 30, 2017

Restaurateur Lucy Buffett will open a third location of LuLu’s in Myrtle Beach, S.C., next spring, she announced this week. Like her other two restaurants, the new, 20,000-square-foot LuLu’s will be on the Intracoastal Waterway, in Dockside Village along Barefoot Landing, a walkable restaurant district.

via Jimmy Buffett’s ‘crazy sista’ opening third location of Alabama-based LuLu’s | AL.com.

8 signs that prove you’re Southern road trippin’ | NOLA.com

March 29, 2017

We went on a road trip to Orange Beach, Ala., for a soccer tournament, and I was reminded of two things. 1.) Signs in the South are unique; 2.) I have a weird habit of taking pictures of signs. I wish I had captured the one for “Giterdone Auto Diesel” in Mississippi, but that flew by too fast. One of the best signs I saw was in Tuscaloosa a few years ago: “Don’t go buy an ugly tractor when you can buy a purdy Kubota.” Here are some more signs you may be Southern road trippin’.

via 8 signs that prove you’re Southern road trippin’ | NOLA.com.

Hanging at Perdido Pass a favorite for spring breakers | AL.com

March 29, 2017

Spring breaker Logan Layton loves Perdido Pass for one reason.

“I love jumping from this bridge,” Layton, 15, a student from Mortimer Jordan High School said.

Layton, along with other brave students, wasn’t leaping from the bridge, rather the 15-year-old was jumping from the base under the bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway.

“Yeah, I’ll do flips and whatever. It’s a blast.”

via Hanging at Perdido Pass a favorite for spring breakers | 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.

Gulf Shores residents voice concerns of PUD near landfill – FOX10 News | WALA

March 29, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) -

Many Gulf Shores residents stood in opposition tonight of a proposed residential development saying, “it’s just a bad idea”.

“I’m disappointed that a development is going to go in right into something that has the potential to be very bad,” Brenda Hancock said.

via Gulf Shores residents voice concerns of PUD near landfill – FOX10 News | WALA.

Remembering Orange Beach Police Sgt. Travis Coleman

March 29, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, AL- The city of Orange Beach is remembering Police Sgt. Travis Coleman.

Coleman had a medical emergency and died Monday afternoon after battling a week-long sickness. Sgt. Coleman was with the Orange Beach Police Dept. for 13 years.

“Ran one of our youngest patrol divisions in the city and had just done a great job, was an all-around great guy, a great leader,” says Orange Beach City Administrator Ken Grimes. “And a sad day for everybody as we mourn his passing.”

via Remembering Orange Beach Police Sgt. Travis Coleman.

Raines Mystery May Have Ended in Baldwin County Woods

March 29, 2017

A remote area between Stockton and Spanish Fort. A place where police believe Clarke Raines buried his mother.

The two-month mystery may have ended in a wooded area off Highway 225 under the floodlights of crime scene investigators from the Mobile Police Department.

Now that the crime scene tape is gone, a closer look at that wooded area where police believe Raines dug a shallow grave and left his mother’s body.

via Raines Mystery May Have Ended in Baldwin County Woods.

Return of apartment complex project in Fairhope roils residents | AL.com

March 29, 2017

Less than a year ago, the Fairhope City Council voted 3-2 to allow for a 240-unit apartment complex off of U.S. 98 north of the city’s main center.

Political upheaval soon followed - voters incensed by the project elected a new slate of city leaders; the City Council enacted a development moratorium; and heated confrontations between the council members and mayor became the norm at previously sedate meetings.

via Return of apartment complex project in Fairhope roils residents | AL.com.

Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR

March 29, 2017

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. WEAR — Okaloosa County commissioners may soon do away with a program which spends more than $18 million every year. But commissioners still have a lot of questions before they cast their vote.

County commissioners will meet Wednesday to discuss, but not vote on, scrapping the county-run tourism department in favor of a public-private partnership with local chambers of commerce and business owners.

via Commissioners to discuss scrapping county-run tourism department | WEAR.

High rise proposal in Daphne | WPMI

March 29, 2017

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — High rise homes along the bay may be on the way in Daphne soon. The city already has a designated area for high rises but now one developer wants to build a multifamily condo outside the boundary.

The city’s high rise district starts at Interstate10 near the Hampton Inn building and runs South for about five miles. The issue here is that this new high rise condo would sit right at the edge of the current boundary.

Developers are asking the city to extend the boundary.

via High rise proposal in Daphne | WPMI.

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