The Orange Beach Area Community
Overview of the Alabama Gulf Coast including Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Foley & Perdido Key.
July 13, 2016 - (OBA) - Large Jack Crevalle caught by Courtney Summers in Fort Morgan on Monday.
July 13, 2016 - (OBA) - This is Blues Week here on the Gulf Coast. Here's a video we shot 5 years ago of the boat traffic returning from the show at Pensacola Beach.
By Joni Blalock
July 12, 2016 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Orange Beach City Council Member, Joni Blalock, is announcing her candidacy for re-election to Place 5 on the Council. Blalock has served on the Council since 2004. If re-elected, it would mark the start of her 4th consecutive term.
Blalock, who works at Columbia Southern University as the Director of Corporate Outreach & Marketing, hopes to continue her service to the residents of Orange Beach: “For more than 30 years, I have lived and worked in this wonderful, coastal community. I am eager to continue serving as a transparent leader who is enthusiastic about meeting the needs of my neighbors.” Over the past 12 years, Blalock has worked in various roles as a council member. These include serving on the Planning Commission, the Employee Advisory Committee, and several other standing committees. In the wake of the BP oil spill, she travelled to Washington, D.C. with a delegation of elected officials from the five Gulf States to speak in support of the RESTORE Act. She was also instrumental in securing and establishing a dog park for Orange Beach citizens without the expenditure of any city dollars.
July 11, 2016 - (OBA) - The “About Boating Safely” Class is being presented by Flotilla 3-10 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 from 7:45 A. M. to 4:00 P.M. at the Orange Beach Community Center.
Upon completion of this 8 hour boat safety course you will receive a boating safety education certificate that satisfies the Alabama requirements for a boating license.
The course provides instruction in types of boats, boating law, boat safety equipment, boat handling, and navigation.
The course is open to ages 12 and above at a cost of $35.00 per student or $45.00 for two family members sharing a book. The cost includes a textbook, instructional materials, and lunch. Registration is required.
by Jerry Johnson
July 7, 2016 - (OBA) - Today, I qualified for Orange Beach City Council Place 3. The term is for 4 years November 2016 - November 2020. Yo and I are honored to have the opportunity to represent you on the council for another term. Let's work together to make Orange Beach the best city to live. The city is very strong financially. We have some of the best employees that work hard every day to sustain our city's beauty and high quality of life. I appreciate their leadership with every job. They are the front line and represent the city very well. Our city has some of the best volunteers anywhere. I enjoy working with them. They have a passion for our city and work hard to help keep the city's assets maintained. Our "clean" beaches are gorgeous and the best in the world. I am very proud of the "Leave Only Footprints" initiative.
July 7, 2016 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA) - Sandy Roots Music Productions will be producing the 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout. Melissa Joiner (co-founder of GCSS) stated that she anticipates this year to be the best thus far. “ Building this event with Nick over the last 2 years has been such a phenomenal experience. The buzz is out about the shootout along the Gulf Coast and writers who want to be apart of what we are doing are already contacting us. I am excited to see the caliber of musicians that enter this year, said Joiner.
Nick Biebricher owner of Sandy Roots Music productions stated that the competition could not have found a better home than the Hotspot Music and Grub. “The relationship we forged with Bobby Graves, Hotspot owner, last year is one that is sure to be long lasting. He was more than accommodating and its very transparent he cares as much as we do about the success of the event. Bobby will once again provide the entire cash prize package for the 2016 event”, said Biebricher.
The Shootout is slated to start on September 12th and will continue every Monday night for six weeks until the finale on October 24th. The official dates for this years Shootout are as followed - September 12th, 19st and 26th, October 3rd, 10th and 24th every night at the Hot Spot Music & Grub. We are happy to have local singer songwriter Destiny Brown returning to host the 2016 Songwriter Shootout.
Sustainability Club Meeting
July 5, 2016 - (OBA) - Please join Rachel Bobo at the Orange Beach Public Library for the June Sustainability Club Meeting!
Is it possible to live through a whole day without generating garbage? How about a week? What about doing it for a whole year? Bea Johnson and her family of four live a zero waste lifestyle and produce only enough garbage in a year to fill a quart jar. We will be exploring ways to reduce our impact on the planet by using Bea's tips from her book Zero Waste Home. We will also make our own toothpaste, all-purpose cleaning solution, and make-up remover. The meeting will be at the Orange Beach Public Library on July 7th from 4:30-5:30.
July 1, 2016 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA) - The Second Annual Flora Bama Gulf Coast Paddle Championships is the fastest growing WPA Sanctioned event in Florida. The event will be held from July 22nd-24th at the Flor-Bama compound.
There will be a 9 mile Elite Race, with surf start from the beach and finish at the Old River Oyster Bar. There will also be a four mile race on Old River, as well as a one-mile fun race. Prizes for the Elite race and awards for all races.
Sunday Funday will be Sprints, Relays and SUP (Stand Up Paddle) Tug. Register at Paddle Guru.
More details to follow...