A middle-aged white guy with a bum leg dances, cane-a-twirling, with a young black woman whose legs are, well, just fine.
Soon, the blues licks being hammered out by the Toby Mac Band on the Malibu Lounge stage became just too much for the guy. So there he stood near the bar playing some furious air guitar on his cane while the young woman giggled, still dancing away.
It’s the kind of scene that Malibu Lounge owner Joe Gilchrist loves to see and hopes to see more of in the future at the long-standing Warrington nightclub on Gulf Beach Highway. Folks of all ages, races, creeds, occupations and incomes coming together over a drink and good music.
via Malibu Lounge breaks from past.
Thomas Turner is savvy enough and has enough experience chasing giant fish in the Gulf of Mexico to know there’s an element of luck in chasing, hooking up and landing tournament-quality blue marlin.
There’s also a level of expertise he likes to have aboard the “You Never Know,” the 72-foot offshore vessel he uses to fuel his passion for bluewater adventures and the competitiveness that comes with entering any of the near 15 big-time billfish tournaments that fill the Gulf States’ summer calendar.
Turner has placed Floridian Joey Birbeck at the helm and assembled a dyed-in-bluewater tournament crew, including his daughter Sydney. And by Turner’s admission, “We’ve had a helluva summer,” after fishing seven straight weekends.
It got even better last weekend in Orange Beach, Alabama’s, Blue Marlin Tournament, and it took one of the crew to show just how much each and every one aboard is needed.
via Giant marlin nets first place for Thomas Turner’s crew | Louisiana Outdoors | theadvocate.com.
The Gulf Shores Track Club had five athletes qualify for six events in the USATF Junior Olympic National Championship in Sacramento, Ca. Congratulations to the qualifiers:
Braxton Akins, 10U Shot Put;
Olivia Akins 12U Discus;
Hannah Coley 12U High Jump; Catie Sanders 10U High Jump; Morgan McCartney 12U 1500 Meters and 12U High Jump
via Gulf Shores Track Club athletes qualify for USATF Junior Olympics – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — What I loved most about my visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast was the morning I spent walking up and down the beach, the roar of the ocean waves soothing my soul.
A couple of hours later I was still basking in contentment as I sat outdoors at another spot on the long stretch of sand, feasting on mozzarella salad and whipped key lime pie.
via Alabama Gulf Coast a place to unload stress | News OK.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) – Many in our area want to see Lionfish gone. Groups like “The Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition” are pushing fishermen to catch as many as possible. Now Lionfish are showing up on local menus. It’s a process of reef to restaurant.
They can be an underwater beauty but the Lionfish is a non-native, venomous species that continues to grow. I’m mortified at the battle we are losing to lionfish,” said Flora-Bama Yacht Club Chef, Chris Sherill who is trying to have it on his menu as often as possible.
via Lionfish for dinner | WPMI.
The Big Splash is a Gulf Coast summertime tradition.
Few of us have hurled ourselves from a Tarzan Boat, yet.
“It’s a floating water park. It’s very fun, everybody sees it and want on it.”
It’s a swimming platform with double trampolines, a rope swing, slide and a 14-foot high diving platform.
The Tarzan Beach of Orange Beach has been anchored by Tallon Conner’s pier for days.
via Tarzan Boat offers new water adventure | WEAR.
An inmate who escaped in June from the Loxley work release facility has been captured in Coffee County, thanks to a homeowner.
According to WTVY-TV, Jeffrey Scott broke into an occupied residence Friday.
The homeowner shot at but missed Scott.
via Escaped Loxley Inmate Re-captured.
Since the tragic killing of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., police nationally have been showered with free meals, notes of appreciation, baskets filled with sweets, thank you notes, and fundraising drives.
And throughout Alabama, from Orange Beach to points north, police departments are illuminated in blue lights. The state Capitol has been bathed in blue this week in honor of police officers, as are the Retirement Systems of Alabama’s towers in Montgomery and Mobile.
via Police showered in love at a time of ‘deep challenges,’ criticism and declining recruits | AL.com.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — The swimming advisory issued by the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) for the East End of Dauphin Island has been lifted. Recent water samples at this location indicate bacteria values are back below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) threshold of 104 enterococcus organisms per 100 milliliters for marine water.
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) operate the bacteriological water quality monitoring and notification program under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency’s BEACH Act Program. This program involves the routine collection of water samples from a total of 25 coastal recreational sites in Mobile and Baldwin counties. In the summer months, samples are taken once or twice a week at the most highly used sites and biweekly at the other sites.
via Swimming advisory lifted for East End of Dauphin Island | WPMI.
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Life is a lot different for Cody Harris these days.
The Robertsdale native is settling down into life on a small farm near where he grew up.
“I get up early every morning, work all day, then go home at night,” he said, a far cry from practically growing up on the rodeo circuit, traveling the country competing in calf roping events.
via New show on Inspirational Network features Robertsdale cowboy and friends – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — There are close to 3,000 homes in the Lake Forest Subdivision in Daphne. This subdivision is one Alabama’s largest and right at the center is “the lake.”
The process of restoring that lake is now underway. If you live in Lake Forest, you know the lake is the lifeline. If you don’t live in the neighborhood, it should matter too because what happens at the Lake Forest lake effects everything downstream, including Mobile Bay.
via Restoring the lake in the Lake Forest Subdivision | WPMI.
From reef to restaurant, we are seeing lionfish pop up on more restaurant menus in Northwest Florida. There’s a big push for divers to catch as many as possible because they are an invasive non-native species that are eating native fish.
Their presence is terrifying for local fisherman. Flora-Bama Yacht Club executive chef, Chris Sherrill said “I’m mortified at the battle we are losing to lionfish.”
That’s why he is trying to have it on his menu as often as possible.
via Chef takes lionfish battle from reef to restaurant | WEAR.
Pensacola — The community continues to grieve the death of Blue Angels number six pilot, Marine Captain Jeff Kuss.
On Friday, during Gallery Night, residents gave back to his family through graffiti. Attorney Joe Zarzaur and his law firm held a fundraiser. They collected donations that would benefit the Kuss family.
via Money for Kuss family raised during Gallery Night | WEAR.
GULF SHORES, AL — City employees came together for a recent project for the police department and the results were quite stunning.
Using mostly in-house talent from fire and police personnel, the Gulf Shores Police Department has a new recruiting video for perspective officers.
via Gulf Shores produces quality video for police recruits – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
It’s a milestone not many get to celebrate. A Fairhope couple started their 71st year of marriage this week. They only dated for three months before tying the knot, and now seven decades later, they’re as happy as ever.
1946: World War Two had just ended and something really special was just beginning. Charles and Nell Ditto’s love affair-that’s still going strong.
It’s the kind of love that’s lasted seventy years…an anniversary they don’t make a card for. But Nell and Charles Ditto’s lifelong love story didn’t have a typical beginning.
via Still going strong: Fairhope couple celebrates 70th wedding anni – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
We did some homework today to figure out exactly what that loud roar was Thursday night, heard across the Gulf Coast.
As we originally reported below from the Mobile Airport Authority, we were told the sound came from a V-22 Osprey, a propeller-powered military aircraft.
However after listening to surveillance camera footage and YouTube videos of military aircraft sounds, plus reading through witness comments, we’ve determined the sound came from fighter jets, similar to the one’s flown by the Blue Angels.
via What Was That Noise? We Found Out.
The Mobile Regional Airport’s twitter feed and phone lines got a lot of action Thursday (July 21) night. Reports of a loud boom being heard by Mobile residents as far away as the Eastern Shore flooded their timeline.
Mobile Regional Airport, Director of Marketing, Brian Belcher says a not so typical helicopter had to make a stop at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley due to weather concerns last night.
via Loud boom heard in Mobile overnight? It was just a military helicopter reserved for the president | AL.com.
Orange Beach was sharply divided two years ago by a referendum asking for a property tax increase to support an independent school system.
Two years before that, in 2012 , a City Council race got ugly over accusations of ”character assassination” involving fliers linking a council candidate to a DUI.
And in city elections in 2008 and 2004, big-money spending was the norm as candidates jockeyed for position.
Such controversies won’t erupt this summer as the Aug. 23 municipal election draws near. No challengers have come forward to run for Orange Beach’s council seats or the mayoral job.
via Where are the challengers? Booming beach cities see few political races next month | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - It’s a little gem tucked away in Perdido, Alabama in North Baldwin County. If you make a trip to the area you must plan to make a stop at Perdido Vineyards! Not only will you be welcomed with open arms, but you’ll be welcomed with wine glasses! Here’s more:
In the late 1800’s, German and Italian immigrants, mostly, established vineyards and wineries in Alabama and world-class wines were produced in Alabama, up until Prohibition. The largest commercial operations was at Fruithurst , Alabama, with 8 wineries, thousands of acres of vineyards and orchards, resort hotels and gourmet restaurant. Prohibition wiped it out. In Baldwin County, the German community around Elberta-Lillian area had vineyards and 3 wineries.
via Studio10 Live in North Baldwin: Perdido Vineyards – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
FAIRHOPE,Ala. — The Weeks Bay Foundation’s fourth annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on July 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. It is sure to be a great day on the water.
There are several competitive categories, including a Stand Up Paddle board Division and a Junior Division.
If you are not interested in competing, there will also be a relaxing Eco-Tour around the marsh edge of Weeks Bay.
via Weeks bay pelican paddle | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Five members of the Police Honor Guard will travel to Baton Rouge to attend funerals for the three officers killed in the line of duty over the weekend. Some of those members just returned from Dallas, where they attended officer funerals there.
Cpl. Chad Lambert, along with four other members of the Gulf Shores Police Honor Guard, will be on the road once again come Friday morning.
via Local honor guard members traveling to Baton Rouge for fallen officer’s funeral | WPMI.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) - A special program held in Baldwin County Thursday dealt with a frightening issue: young girls at risk for human trafficking.
The program at Foley High School was put on by a national non-profit group called Eye Heart World https://eyeheartworld.org/pages/the-cause to alert girls 12 to 18 about human trafficking.
Crystal Yarbrough, a project director for Eye Heart World https://www.facebook.com/EyeHeartWorld/, said, “The average age of entry into forced prostitution is 12 to 14.”
via Program warns of danger of human trafficking – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
Another trip west. “Any loss of a police officer is tragic,” says Cliff Roberts with Orange Beach Police, “and we’re going to attend the funerals and show our respect.”
Just back from funerals in Dallas, officers from agencies across Baldwin County are heading to Louisiana.
via Baldwin County Honors Fallen Officers, Appreciates Local Support.
Upcoming Baldwin County municipal elections include a newcomer with some name recognition in the Fairhope mayor’s race, a slate of unopposed incumbents in Orange Beach and little competition in Gulf Shores.
City and town clerks cautioned that the rosters aren’t completely finalized: Candidates who waited until shortly before the Tuesday afternoon deadline to declare their candidacies may still await a verification of their statements of economic interest by the state Ethics Commission. An updated guide to municipal races in Mobile and Baldwin Counties will be published by AL.com in coming days.
via Challengers abound on the Eastern Shore, as Gulf Shores-Orange Beach incumbents get a pass | AL.com.
While grocery stores might be taxing shoppers too much in Alabama, the city of Daphne doesn’t plan to break any new ground when it comes to cutting it back on food taxes.
City officials said this week they will not pursue a cut to the city’s portion of the sales tax on grocery sales, which has been proposed twice in the past four years by mayoral candidate Tim Swanson.
via Why Daphne doesn’t plan on becoming the first Alabama city to eliminate sales taxes on groceries | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Luna’s Eat and Drink and BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets had ribbon cuttings with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber on July 21 at the Cosmo’s Courtyard. These are the latest offerings from husband and wife team Brian and Jodi Harsany who also own Cosmo’s, Cobalt and Maggie’s Bottle and Tail.
via Luna’s Eat and Drink and BuzzCatz openings – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
More than just a slogan plastered on state highway signs, the phrase “Alabama the Beautiful” embodies a past and present State of Alabama that takes great pride in sharing its natural gifts with those who come to visit. From its coastal connection to its highest mountain top, Alabama contains some of the most scenic acreage in the country, and it is enriched with a history that long predates European contact. While a drive down one of the state’s scenic byways provides a glimpse into the state’s natural beauty, true access comes at any of Alabama’s twenty eight state parks, which provide for public use of many of this state’s most precious sites.
via Alabama state parks are a valuable asset – The Crimson White.