Orange Beach, Ala. — Earl Callaway comes from old Gulf stock, from one of the oldest fishing families on this island.
Back in the days after the Civil War, when folks started settling this stretch of beach on Alabama’s coast, about all there were Callaways and Walkers.
via This ain’t the Redneck Riviera. This is a traffic jam! | AL.com.
HGTV’s brand new 8-part summer series Beach Flip kicks off this Sunday, July 5th at 8pm!
The show was shot here in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and features 4 beach front properties badly in need of renovation.
via New HGTV Show “Beach Flip” Shot in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach – FOX10 News | WALA.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) – From Orange Beach to Gulf Shores visitors are leaving behind what amounts to a mangled mess. City officials in Orange Beach have posted pictures of metal beach chairs and metal frames from tents and canopies all left to be picked up by work crews. The same litter get in the way of nesting sea turtles.
In Gulf Shores dozens of trash bins are filled each day and on a holiday weekend the amount is doubled. On average city officials say they fill up what amounts to 5 garbage trucks a day and the problem seems to be snowballing.
via Beach Trash Expensive for Cities and Dangerous to Sea Turtles – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Gulf Coast Officials are urging boaters and scuba divers to put safety first this weekend.
“Having a float plan is essential,” said Coast Guard Spokesman, Jonathan Lally, “Let friends and family know where you’ll be boating and what time you’ll be back.”
via Coast Guard Officials Urge Boating & Scuba Diving Safety This Weekend – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — When John Rottger saw a vintage World War II PBY Catalina flying boat taking on water and in trouble, his wife said his Navy SEAL training took over.
Rottger, like he has for several movies and TV shows for more than 20 years, is a stunt coordinator for the movie being filmed offshore here, “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.” He and wife Mary Ann live in Silverhill when he isn’t on site or the set of his latest project.
via Ex-SEALs jump in to save vintage plane from watery grave – temporarily anway – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
In two years, the State of Alabama will start to reap the benefits of the $2.3 billion promised to the state in a settlement with BP announced on Thursday.
Officials said this new source of money will be separate from the $85 million Gulf State Park project. A number of projects will be considered for this new source of money.
via Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA.
Expect to see members of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol on local waterways this holiday weekend.
ALEA’s Marine Patrol unit will patrol local rivers, bays and of course, the Gulf of Mexico. Officers will concentrate efforts in Orange Beach, especially in the back bays and around the islands.
via Marine Police Will Enforce Boating Laws This Holiday Weekend.
Was capital murder suspect Steve Hutcheson in Baldwin County this week?
Many folks who live and work on Fort Morgan Road thought they saw the McCalla, Alabama, fugitive, who’s accused of killing his wife and two kids last weekend before going on an all-night cocaine binge with his mistress.
Witnesses reported seeing Hutcheson, or at least a man who looked like him, at businesses on Ft. Morgan Road.
via Capital Murder Suspect Seen In Gulf Shores Area?.
Patriotic picnics, performances, pyrotechnics and a parade will mark America’s 239th birthday in Baldwin County communities this weekend.
No less than nine Fourth of July fireworks shows are scheduled Saturday from Bay Minette to Pleasure Island to the Eastern Shore.
Leading up to Saturday’s nighttime festivities numerous red, white and blue celebrations and activities will dot the county, too.
via Baldwin County stacked with Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks | AL.com.
In three years, Frank Burt will celebrate something that is a rarity in public life – 30 consecutive years as a member of the Baldwin County Commission.
But it was another milestone Burt just missed by about three months that had a much deeper meaning and one that is rarely accomplished in today’s society – 60 years of marriage.
via ‘Life must go on’ as Frank Burt readjusts after wife’s death and returns to Baldwin County Commission | AL.com.
Coast Guard officials tell Local 15 News the parasail boat captain was cited for Boating While Under the Influence and Negligent Operation following an accident in Gulf Shores Tuesday.
The captain’s name was not released.
via UPDATE: Parasail Boat Captain Cited Following Incident – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
Don’t count Congressman Bradley Byrne among those jumping for joy after BP agreed to pay Alabama $2.3 billion for the 2010 oil spill.
Byrne, who represent’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Congress, says he has “serious concerns” with the settlement — particularly over where the money is headed.
via Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG.
When Governor Robert Bentley announced a settlement with BP for the oil spill Thursday morning, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon learned of it through the news media like most everyone else because he said coastal communities were left in the dark.
“At this point, I have had no communication with anyone and that’s pretty amazing considering we were the ones hit and effected by this,” Kennon said.
via Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG.
Ken Grimes’ middle name may not be “Crisis,” but it could be.When Grimes, the city administrator at Orange Beach, speaks to groups, he opens with a definition of the word crisis: a crucial or decisive point or situation – a turning point – an emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person’s life.Since Grimes’ job began in 2002, he has come to know the definition all too well.
via Alabama Bright Lights: Ken Grimes emphasizes safety on the Alabama Gulf Coast – Alabama News Center.
A once overgrown, former golf course in the Lake Forest subdivision is being transformed into a new 33-acre city park in Daphne.
The old “Lake Nine” golf course in Alabama’s largest subdivision was fast becoming a thick mat of weeds and brush until the Daphne City Council and the Lake Forest Property Owners’ Association ironed out a lease agreement last month.
via Old golf course to see new life as city park in Daphne | AL.com.
Less than three days since their rescue, two Opelika firefighters and one former firefighter are safe and back at work after they were separated from their boat when a scuba dive outing 13 miles off the coast of Orange Beach went wrong.
Last Saturday started off a peaceful vacation day for Jeff Thompson, Michael Bass and Bryan Densel, as the three friends went to check out a potential diving spot they’d found on a fishing trip a few weeks back.
via Opelika firefighters recount tale of scuba trip turned rescue mission – OANow.com: Opelika.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – A vintage Catalina PBY flying boat being used in the filming of the Nicolas Cage movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” was beached near the iconic Flora-Bama lounge on Monday, June 29.
via Vintage plane planned for movie beached at Flora-Bama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Resources Recreational anglers will soon get another opportunity to enjoy the abundant red snapper population when the Alabama state season opens on July 1 and runs through July 31.
via Anglers to get another shot at red snapper in Alabama in July – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — As talk about traffic swirls and snags develop daily on Orange Beach roads, growth is continuing at a fast pace in the city. Since Jan. 1 the city has issued 48 building permits.
“We’re as busy as we’ve been since the boom right after Ivan in ’06 and ’07,” Lannie Smith, Orange Beach’s Building Official, said.
via Growth going up, up and away in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
A strong line of thunderstorms-storms tracked through the area around midday on this Tuesday.
One tornado warning was issued inland including southern Clarke County, but no damage was reported.
via Gusty winds, storms wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
It’s not everyday that you see a vintage seaplane beached and inoperable near the Alabama-Florida state line, but you’ll see one if you visit the Flora-Bama.
via Movie Set Mishap | WKRG.
Three people were injured Tuesday afternoon after a line to a parasail snapped in Gulf Shores.
The incident was reported about 3 p.m. in the 400 block of East Beach Boulevard with Gulf Shores police, fire and lifeguard personnel responding.
via Three injured in parasailing accident in Gulf Shores | AL.com.
A strong thunderstorm with winds gusting up to 50 mph pushed through Baldwin County around 2 p.m. Tuesday causing power outages.
As the storm pushed down from north Baldwin County, Riviera Utilities reported over 1,000 customers without power.
Just before 2 p.m. the National Weather Service in Mobile reported that wind gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Loxley.
via Fast-moving storm leaves over 3,000 without power in Baldwin County | AL.com.
A recommendation to move long-time Baldwin County School System principal Hope Zeanah into an assistant superintendent’s position was tabled Tuesday by the School Board until July 18.
via Baldwin school board opts to wait before hiring Hope Zeanah as an assistant superintendent | AL.com.
SILVERHILL, AL (WALA) – Silverhill Police say they have no plans in charging anyone in an altercation that resulted in one man being shot to death and another being badly beaten and taken to the hospital. It happened late Friday night, June 26, 2015 on McPhillips Road.
Friends of 25 year-old Ryan DeAngelis will remember him as the life of the party. Family and friends describe him as fun-loving and charismatic who never met a stranger.
via Silverhill PD – no charges to be filed in fatal shooting – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Frightening video from Gulf Shores has been posted to Twitter. It shows just how powerful the winds were Tuesday afternoon.
via VIDEO: Strong Winds in Gulf Shores – WPMI – Mobile Featured – LOCAL 15.
The USS Alabama, which currently serves as a museum docked in Mobile Bay, will bring history to life this summer as it serves as a theatrical double for the USS Indianapolis in an upcoming feature film.
via USS Alabama to star in upcoming blockbuster with Nicolas Cage – Yellowhammer News.
LILLIAN — Members of the Optimist Club of Perdido Bay recently honored several members of the community for their contributions to the club in their efforts to raise money to “Bring Out the Best in Kids”.
These are the sponsors of various projects throughout the year, but especially for their support of the Mullet Festival on Labor Day.
via Optimist Club of Perdido Bay thanks community contributors – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FLORA-BAMA – A vintage Catalina PBY flying boat being used in the filming of the Nicolas Cage movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” was beached near the iconic Flora-Bama lounge on Monday, June 29.
According to Orange Beach fire officials, during work on the movie the antique craft started taking on water and it ended up beached.
via Vintage plane planned for movie beached at Flora-Bama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.