Beth Gendler of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism receives national industry recognition – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 04, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (CVB) and the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, is one of 47 tourism professionals across the nation to earn the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry.

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Jellyfish, smell of dead pogies put damper on summer fun – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

An odor wafted off Cotton Bayou as hundreds of dead Gulf Menhaden bobbed in the water on Monday.

It’s a smell that Orange Beach resident Dale Carter has adjusted to. Carter has owned his house on the Cotton Bayou shoreline since the late 90’s. He said thankfully, he hasn’t had to deal with this before.

“I don’t really notice it in the morning. Midday it’s bad. One friend said it smells like cat food and that’s a very good description,” Carter said.

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Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

The special session of the Alabama Legislature begins Monday, talking about tax hikes.

But FOX10 News is keeping a close eye on one special session issue of great importance to our area: What will happen to the more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP?

Governor Robert Bentley and lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin County have very different ideas on where the money should go, but is there room for compromise?

via Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Police warn of impersonators; share tell-tale signs – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

According to the Robertsdale Police Department Facebook page, the Baldwin County Sherif’s Office has received reports of police impersonators in the Wilcox and Seminole areas.

The page said the reports involve traffic stops that have taken place in rural areas. and goes on to warn motorists of what to watch out for when a traffic stop is initiated.

via Police warn of impersonators; share tell-tale signs – FOX10 News | WALA.

Beat the Heat Gadgets

August 04, 2015

Long, hot Gulf Coast summers mean staying active can be hard. However, in today’s world we have lots of gadgets and gizmos that claim to keep us cool. You can buy anything from mini fans that attach to your cell phone to stroller cooling mobiles. As a long distance runner myself, I have always wondered if any were actually worth the price but never was willing to splurge for any. Today I finally put three to the test.

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Daphne joins Uber debate in Baldwin County; mayor says treat it like taxi service | AL.com

August 04, 2015

Uber has stirred up concerns in another Baldwin County city, following the ridesharing service’s introduction to the Mobile Bay area over the last two months.

Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood said he’s received reports that Uber drivers are servicing the Eastern Shore and he encouraged the council during Monday night’s meeting to begin addressing the issue through the Ordinance Committee.

via Daphne joins Uber debate in Baldwin County; mayor says treat it like taxi service | AL.com.

Taren It Up: Colorful, Creative Bike Racks in Daphne – WPMI – LOCAL 15

August 03, 2015

If you drive through downtown Daphne you’ll notice a lot of changes, new things, like a few colorful creations that line the sidewalks. There are three sets of bike racks along Main Street, and one more is on the way.

If you’ve seen them then you know it’s a little different from the traditional bike rack. And it’s all thanks to a partnership with Daphne and a local artist.

via Taren It Up: Colorful, Creative Bike Racks in Daphne – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Gulf Shores lifeguard team brings home $10,000 prize – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 02, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — The whirlwind trip to New York was almost over as soon as it started for three lifeguards from Gulf Shores.

The trio was selected to compete in Good Morning America’s Surf and Turf Lifeguard Challenge live on the show on Thursday and Friday. Out of the gate there was a trip on the trip.

via Gulf Shores lifeguard team brings home $10,000 prize – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Vintage Airstreams brought back to life in Magnolia Springs | AL.com

August 02, 2015

Some folks collect stamps in their free time. Others collect sports memorabilia like Crimson Tide items or rare coins harvested from sunken ships. Then, there are those people who collect bigger, more exotic items like cars or motorcycles.But one Magnolia Springs, Ala. man has taken to collecting hard-to-find, big ticket items to a another level. Paul Gardner finds, restores and sells vintage Airstreams from his residence and business — Airstream Archeology.

via Vintage Airstreams brought back to life in Magnolia Springs | AL.com.

Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 02, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

A total of $4.2 million was awarded to agencies and cities across the four states as part of a third round of grants from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, according to announcement this week by Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick A. Juneau.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News

August 01, 2015

Alabama’s oyster reefs have historically harvested an average of one million pounds of oysters per year and have made it one of the top oyster producing states in the nation for more than a century.

But changes to water temperature, environmental impacts, parasites and other issues have made the reefs unpredictable and, at times, unproductive.

via Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News.

Culinary Camp with the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 01, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Campers spent the week of July 27-31 learning culinary arts in a program offered by the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. The group had a visit from the Meat Mart owners and made jerky, went on field trips to Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, a garden, a beekeeper and planned and prepared food for a party for parents to end the week on July 31.

via Culinary Camp with the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

A Baldwin County Hospital Ranked in Top 10 for Battling Disease-Causing Bacteria – WPMI – LOCAL 15

August 01, 2015

A Baldwin County hospital has been ranked in the top 10 for battling disease-causing bacteria.

According to consumerreport.com, the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center is ranked number nine in the nation for avoiding MRSA and C-Diff, as well as other infectious bacteria.

via A Baldwin County Hospital Ranked in Top 10 for Battling Disease-Causing Bacteria – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Woman avoids frightening encounter with police impersonator – FOX10 News | WALA

August 01, 2015

A routine night got a bit frightening for a woman in Baldwin County early Friday morning.

Around 2 a.m., as she was coming off I-10 at Wilcox Road, someone driving a white early 2000’s Chevrolet Suburban pulled out from a nearby business and started following her.

“As she continued down Wilcox Road, the suburban turned on a set of, what she described as a set of flashing red and blue lights and a white light,” Captain Steve Arthur said.

via Woman avoids frightening encounter with police impersonator – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Scientists Start Tagging Horseshoe Crabs for the first time in Alabama

August 01, 2015

They’re hard to spot on Gulf Coast beaches but scientists say they are here. They are the pre-historic looking animals that can sometimes be found tossing in the surf and washing up on beaches. They’re horseshoe crabs and the researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab have started tagging the animals this summer. This is the first time the crabs are being tagged in Alabama and scientists have a lot they want to learn.

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