Underwater Fireman/Policemen by Campaign for Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation Poseidon’s Playground – GoFundMe

April 18, 2015

Poseidon's Playground Reef, Orange Beach, AL

Please join the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation as we seek to honor the brave men and women who serve and protect the Alabama Gulf Coast and all firemen and policemen everywhere by contributing to two statues to be deployed underwater as a permanent memorial. Poseidon’s Playground is a new underwater project created by the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation in December 2014, which was created in shallow waters for young scuba divers, new divers and for training divers. To read more

via Underwater Fireman/Policemen by Campaign for Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation Poseidon’s Playground – GoFundMe.

Pot Brownies Unknowingly Eaten at Baldwin District Attorney’s Of

April 17, 2015

Two employees working in the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office got sick this week after unknowingly eating baked goods laced with marijuana.

After several sources contacted News 5 under the condition of anonymity, District Attorney Hallie Dixon confirmed the story to News 5′s Pat Peterson Thursday morning. Dixon confirmed a pregnant woman and an employee with a heart condition became sick from the brownies and cookies, but they are doing “okay.”

via Pot Brownies Unknowingly Eaten at Baldwin District Attorney’s Of.

Baldwin DA suspects employees given pot brownies – FOX10 News | WALA

April 17, 2015

Baldwin County District Attorney, Hallie Dixon suspects that several of her employees ate brownies laced with marijuana. Dixon says it happened Tuesday, April 14, 2015, making at least two of her employees sick. Testing is being done on the baked goods to confirm her suspicions.

According to Dixon, the brownies were offered in open court by a temporary court employee prior to a trial. She said none were eaten then, but they were taken back to the DAs Office where several employees had some. Although the brownies in question are still being tested by the Department of Forensic Sciences to confirm her suspicions, Dixon said Thursday that the symptoms were consistent with marijuana.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin DA suspects employees given pot brownies – FOX10 News | WALA.

Heavy rains create a mess for Baldwin County golf courses – FOX10 News | WALA

April 17, 2015

It was a quiet day on the links at the Lake Forest Golf Club. Things have largely dried out from the heavy rains over the last couple of days, but that means Thursday morning was spent cleaning up certain spots around the course disturbed by the rain, like the sand traps.

“It could add another five to seven hours of prep work to get them back to where they need to be. And if it’s real bad, and the sand washed out of the bunkers, it’s a matter of having to haul fresh sand in to top it off,” Erik Tanner, golf course superintendent, said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Heavy rains create a mess for Baldwin County golf courses – FOX10 News | WALA.

15 State Parks Set to Close

April 17, 2015

Last year, first lady Diane Bentley helped celebrate what she called “Alabama’s hidden treasures” with a ride on the zip line at Gulf State Park.

That celebration seems short-lived as state park system director Greg Lein announces 15 of Alabama’s 22 state parks will have to close because of what he calls the chronic funding crisis of state government. “That includes closing some of these small rural parks that never operate in the black. There’s no way to make them operate in the black and so all we’re trying to do is staunch the bleeding.”

via 15 State Parks Set to Close.

With study completed, officials begin discussing next steps for a south Baldwin County jail | AL.com

April 17, 2015

A feasibility study into a possible new jail in south Baldwin County is completed and has been delivered to police chiefs in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley.

The study was completed by Ohio-based Management Partners analyzes whether a new jail in the south end of the county is needed. The study, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack, is completed and is in the process of being presented to local and county governments.

via With study completed, officials begin discussing next steps for a south Baldwin County jail | AL.com.

Open in Foley: Moe’s BBQ arrives, Shoe Station sets record; next up, Academy Sports | AL.com

April 17, 2015

The grand-opening drum beat of change continues to spread in Foley as Moe’s Original Bar B Que opened Saturday, following Shoe Station last month, and Academy Sports + Outdoors is a few weeks off.

The openings are part of a trend that began to heat up last year all along State Highway 59. Foosackly’s opened in April followed by Whataburger in June, Popeye’s in late summer, and Hobby Lobby and Big Lots in October.

via Open in Foley: Moe’s BBQ arrives, Shoe Station sets record; next up, Academy Sports | AL.com.

Orange Beach Relay for Life to present Peddle for a Cure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 17, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — The City of Orange Beach – Relay for Life Team is gearing up for a completely new event for its fund raising efforts. The 1st Annual Peddle to the Treasure – For A Cure, Bicycle Scavenger Hunt is being hailed as a family friendly ride on the Back Country Trails of Orange Beach.

via Orange Beach Relay for Life to present Peddle for a Cure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin School Board Hears from Parents – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 17, 2015

For the first time since voters turned down several new and existing tax increases, Baldwin County residents got the opportunity to address the school board.

Much of the conversation at the first regular meeting post the referendum was centered around Bay Minette Elementary School.

via Baldwin School Board Hears from Parents – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Sea Lab Sponsoring Competition for Underwater Robots – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 17, 2015

Mobile will be the site of an unusual underwater competition for students this weekend.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab is sponsoring its third annual competition for underwater robots beginning Friday.

Student teams have been working for a year to design, build and test their own remotely operated underwater vehicles.

via Sea Lab Sponsoring Competition for Underwater Robots – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Who should get RESTORE dollars?

April 17, 2015

Days away from the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Escambia County officials continue to wrangle over how they will award RESTORE Act funding when it is eventually handed down from the federal government’s settlement with BP.

There’s no telling exactly how much Escambia might get when the money finally comes, but it will undoubtedly be in the tens of millions, if not more. And it will be money that comes with relatively few strings attached that can be spent widely on economic, environmental and infrastructure initiatives.

via Who should get RESTORE dollars?.

Fight For Longer Red Snapper Season Underway | Representative Bradley Byrne

April 17, 2015

Last week, many schools in Alabama were on Spring Break and people flocked to the Gulf Coast. Spring Break always serves as a preview of the crowds we will see once we get into the summer months. Whether it is a local restaurant in Atmore, a gas station in Monroeville, or a hotel in Gulf Shores, each of our communities benefit in some way from tourism.

That’s why it is so important that our coastal communities are not unnecessarily restricted by federal policies. I’ve worked hard to support our coastal economies, including my vote for legislation to reform the flood insurance program and joining the bipartisan Coastal Communities Caucus.

via Fight For Longer Red Snapper Season Underway | Representative Bradley Byrne.

BP oil spill thrust Mobile conservationist from local education to large-scale restoration policy | AL.com

April 17, 2015

Thousands of Gulf Coast residents had their lives turned upside down when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded nearly five years ago, killing 11 rig workers and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days.

For most people, things have returned to normal. But for some of them there is no normal anymore. Their lives, for better or for worse, changed completely on April 20, 2010.

Count among those Bethany Kraft, now the director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, a nationwide environmental group.

via BP oil spill thrust Mobile conservationist from local education to large-scale restoration policy | AL.com.

Casualties of BP spill included men’s lives, accurate reporting: opinion | AL.com

April 16, 2015

It’s easy to forget the human suffering involved in a massive catastrophe like the BP oil spill. After all, it was the worst offshore oil spill in our nation’s history and it caused billions of dollars in damage to marshes, beaches and businesses on the central Gulf Coast.

But the catastrophe also killed 11 men when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, 2010 – men whose bodies were never found, whose families have no graves to visit, and whose wives and parents can only imagine the terror their loved ones endured that night.

via Casualties of BP spill included men’s lives, accurate reporting: opinion | AL.com.

Flooding ruins crops for some Baldwin County farmers – FOX10 News | WALA

April 16, 2015

David Eckman said his farm in Elberta saw more than eight inches of rain over the last few days.

“I was prepared for a heavy rain and it was a little more than what I expected, but it wasn’t what we had last year. That was a total loss on the crops. But this year I think we’ll make out,” Eckman said.

He said he lost about 40 percent of the yield on crops like squash and cucumbers due to the persistent standing water and the sheer force of the rain, which beat down other plants.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Flooding ruins crops for some Baldwin County farmers – FOX10 News | WALA.

15 state parks could close in less than a month – FOX10 News | WALA

April 16, 2015

Just in time for summer vacation season, Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein told FOX10 News he’s regrettably putting 15 state parks on the chopping block.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will lose $11.4 million in funds by May 1st, if Governor Robert Bentley’s tax increase package proposal is not passed.

Of that $11.4 million, $10.4 million would be cut from the state park system.

FOX10 News | WALA

via 15 state parks could close in less than a month – FOX10 News | WALA.

Man wanted in Baldwin County arrested in California with 50 lbs – FOX10 News | WALA

April 16, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - A man, who California authorities said is from Baldwin County, was taken into custody in that state after lawmen said they found some 50 pounds of marijuana in his California storage unit.

Henry Stommel, 25, was wanted for an extraditable arrest warrant out of Baldwin County, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

via Man wanted in Baldwin County arrested in California with 50 lbs – FOX10 News | WALA.

More Sea Turtle Protection Sought

April 16, 2015

The conservation group Oceana is suing the federal government for more protections for endangered sea turtles.

Oceana claims the National Marine Fisheries Service is violating the Endangered Species Act by failing to keep sea turtles from dying in shrimp  nets.

The group wants the federal government set a limit on the number of sea turtles that can be legally killed each year.

via More Sea Turtle Protection Sought.

Coastal Arts Center to present ‘Dear Edwina, Jr.’ in Gulf Shores | AL.com

April 16, 2015

The Coastal Arts Center (CAC) of Orange Beach’s After School Arts Program (ASAP) Theatre Troupe will perform “Dear Edwina, Jr.,” April 24-26, at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.

According to Children’s Programs Coordinator Jessica Jones, 17 2nd through 8th graders have been rehearsing since August for the production, which she describes as “a hilarious show that celebrates childhood simplicities.”

via Coastal Arts Center to present ‘Dear Edwina, Jr.’ in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school | AL.com

April 16, 2015

The Daphne City Council has begun reviewing a proposal to back a city-seeded, 30-acre technology park that would offer 461,000 square feet of high-end office space on the Eastern Shore.

The city’s Industrial Development Board is spearheading the project, dubbed the Daphne Innovation and Science Complex, as the first phase of a 75-acre, master-planned development on the southwest corner of Champions Way and Alabama 181, east of Daphne High.

via Daphne board unveils plans for 30-acre technology park near high school | AL.com.

Military veterans to be honored during Saturday dedication ceremony of Baldwin County’s first ‘Blue Star Memorial Highway’ | AL.com

April 16, 2015

School-age children will play an important role when it comes to honoring military veterans Saturday with the unveiling of Baldwin County’s first “Blue Star Memorial Highway” plaque, an event organizer said Wednesday.

Children who attend the ceremony will be given a ribbon to inscribe a veterans’ name on and will be asked to step forward and place the ribbons on a special photograph that will be featured during a dedication ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Daphne.

via Military veterans to be honored during Saturday dedication ceremony of Baldwin County’s first ‘Blue Star Memorial Highway’ | AL.com.

Ribbon cutting for new Little Lagoon bridge moved to April 20 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 16, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — City and state officials could have a ribbon cutting on the new bridge over Little Lagoon as early as April 20, according to Grant Brown, spokesman for the City of Gulf Shores.

There was hope of an earlier opening date, but the recent rainy weather pushed the date back from April 17 to April 20. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony is planned.

via Ribbon cutting for new Little Lagoon bridge moved to April 20 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Harpoon hoping to duplicate Gulf Shores success in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 16, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL —The Flying Harpoon name is no stranger to the Island. The Gulf Shores based restaurant has a reputation of giving the locals and visitors exactly what they came to the beach for: great local entertainment and even better local food.

via Harpoon hoping to duplicate Gulf Shores success in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announces retirement as speculation persists on future run for District Attorney | AL.com

April 16, 2015

Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announced Wednesday his retirement from the bench effective June 5, but was coy on whether he was planning to seek the District Attorney’s seat in 2016.

Wilters, 60, announced his retirement with wife, Amelia, and his staff at his side during a news conference inside a courtroom at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette.

via Baldwin County Presiding Judge Robert Wilters announces retirement as speculation persists on future run for District Attorney | AL.com.

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