Funny thing about that Flora-Bama photo … – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 28, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Like it never happened.

That’s a tag carried by a few pictures posted on social media by Flora-Bama principal owner John McInnis on Monday afternoon. The pictures show a pristine post-Mullet Toss beachfront at the iconic roadhouse.

A controversy about a jam band’s scheduled appearance in Orange Beach on May 22 is stirring up talk all over town about crowds, how they act and what’s left in their wake.

via Funny thing about that Flora-Bama photo … – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

The 9 Alabama counties where people drink the most booze: Monday’s Wake Up Call | AL.com

April 27, 2015

The data breaks down the drinking rates to a county level, so I thought it would be enlightening to look at the counties in Alabama that have the highest percentage of heavy drinkers. They are: Baldwin County – 9.3% Montgomery County – 8.4% Lee County – 8.3% Macon County – 7.8% Pike County – 7.8% Mobile County – 7.7% Shelby County – 7.6% Jefferson County – 7.1% Elmore County – 7.1%

via The 9 Alabama counties where people drink the most booze: Monday’s Wake Up Call | AL.com.

Father has “high hopes” his autistic daughter will one day speak – FOX10 News | WALA

April 27, 2015

Five-year-old Mckenzie Fisher loves the movie “Baby Einstein”. At High Hopes 4 Autism, teachers use the movie as motivation to help her learn.

“We do clinical ABA therapy. It’s therapy that’s all applied behavior based. The kids come in and we work with them one on one and our goal is to put the children in classrooms as individual children,” said director of High Hopes 4 Autism, Rachel Mueller.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Father has “high hopes” his autistic daughter will one day speak – FOX10 News | WALA.

Parrot Heads flock to Jimmy Buffet concert – FOX10 News | WALA

April 27, 2015

Avid Jimmy Buffett fans, also known as “Parrot Heads,” have come from far and wide to see their favorite artist play at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Many Parrot Heads told FOX10 that they are much more than just fans, they are a sub-culture, a lifestyle, and they try to live by Jimmy Buffett’s message.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Parrot Heads flock to Jimmy Buffet concert – FOX10 News | WALA.

Regatta participant: My crew was shocked by static electricity – FOX10 News | WALA

April 27, 2015

Four people are still missing, and the search and rescue mission continues in Mobile Bay. This, after the U.S. Coast Guard said several vessels capsized and people were in the water.

FOX10 News talked with Michael McNeir of Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Andy Humphries of Memphis, TN, who were sailing in the Dauphin Island Regatta. They described their harrowing experience.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Regatta participant: My crew was shocked by static electricity – FOX10 News | WALA.

Storm Damage Widespread Across South Alabama

April 27, 2015

All across the gulf coast from southeast Mississippi to northwest Florida, a strong storm system brought lightning, rain and high winds. This is what it looked like in Daphne around 3:30 this afternoon. The storm also brought damage to Old County Road in Daphne where half a dozen trees are said to be down in just a four to five block area. One tree blocked traffic near Bayside Academy’s football field.

via Storm Damage Widespread Across South Alabama.

What A Search Looks Like From The Water

April 27, 2015

We first saw the Coast Guard Cutter Cobia from shore far out in the bay then an MH 65 dolphin helicopter–that came all the way from New Orleans to join in the search– came flying by about 500 feet above the water. Folks on the beach running up and down the shoreline, officials with binoculars, and a state trooper’s boat all looking for some sign of those missing.

via What A Search Looks Like From The Water.

UPDATE: Search Resumes for Five Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay

April 27, 2015

Dauphin Island, Alabama - UPDATE 6:57am

Crews continue to search for the 5 people missing and feared dead after Saturday’s storm hit during the Dauphin Island Regatta. Temporary Flight Restrictions have been placed over Mobile Bay extending just south of Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan as crews continue to survey the area by air.

via UPDATE: Search Resumes for Five Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay.

Dauphin Island Regatta: What we know Monday morning | AL.com

April 27, 2015

The search continues for five people missing in the waters of Mobile Bay after a storm hit the annual Dauphin Island Regatta, capsizing boats and pitching racers overboard Saturday.

Here’s what we know so far today:

Two people have been confirmed dead following the race. U.S. Coast Guard Officials say 5 people are still unaccounted for and believed missing in the waters of Mobile Bay.

via Dauphin Island Regatta: What we know Monday morning | AL.com.

Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Buzz

April 27, 2015

Splashes of color will fill the sky May 1 and 2 as the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival takes flight. The 11th annual festival is sponsored by Tanger Outlets, which is also home to the kick-off party and balloon glow event on Thursday, April 30, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors can view 10 balloons up-close, including Let’s Get High, piloted by Ellis Calvert and Touchstone Energy, piloted by 2001 Guinness World Record Holder Cheri White.

via Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Buzz.

A new leader rises to guide the Blues

April 27, 2015

After last year’s sexual harassment scandal within the prestigious ranks of the Blue Angels, the Navy essentially decided that the elite squadron needed more supervision.

He’s here in the form of Cmdr. Bob Flynn, the first executive officer in the Blues’ 69-year history. Flynn’s job is essentially to guide the pilots and maintenance crews in their military manners on the ground in sort of the same way the team’s “Boss,” Capt. Thomas Frosch, leads them during aerial maneuvers.

via A new leader rises to guide the Blues.

Gulf Shores man on Regatta escape: ‘I haven’t been that scared since … I was in Vietnam and people were shooting at me’ | AL.com

April 27, 2015

When Wiley Ashley’s 36-foot Beneteau arrived at Middle Bay Light Saturday, word had already gotten around that a boat had been t-boned and others were retiring from Saturday’s 57th annual Dauphin Island race.

Aboard Ashley’s boat was girlfriend, Christine Kramer.

“I looked at Christine … I’m 74 years old,” Ashley said Sunday. “I said, ‘the winds are coming out of the Southwest.’ I felt like … it would be pack after pack getting into Dauphin Island. I have a fast-racing cruiser.”

via Gulf Shores man on Regatta escape: ‘I haven’t been that scared since … I was in Vietnam and people were shooting at me’ | AL.com.

Damage reported in Baldwin from severe storms Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 27, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — Severe weather throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties resulted in several downed trees and reports of structural damage on Saturday afternoon.The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 58 miles per hour around 3:20 p.m. in Fairhope and 60 miles per hour around 3:35 p.m. in the Foley area.

via Damage reported in Baldwin from severe storms Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Flinging fish time at the Flora-Bama for mullet toss – FOX10 News | WALA

April 26, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Thousands of people will be in South Baldwin County this weekend for the Flora-Bama’s annual Interstate Mullet Toss.The mullet toss is named the Gulf Coast’s greatest beach party. It’s centered on throwing a dead mullet, which is a fish, over the Alabama-Florida state line to see who can throw it the farthest.“Oh I’d do it. Why not?” said a woman visiting from Atlanta. “In Oklahoma we have noodling so we go after those catfish in the rivers and ponds, so we figure we might have some Oklahoma noodlers down here trying to go throw mullets,” said Scott Lewis visiting Orange Beach from Oklahoma.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Flinging fish time at the Flora-Bama for mullet toss – FOX10 News | WALA.

Parrot Heads flock to Jimmy Buffet concert – FOX10 News | WALA

April 26, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Avid Jimmy Buffett fans, also known as “Parrot Heads,” have come from far and wide to see their favorite artist play at The Wharf in Orange Beach.

Many Parrot Heads told FOX10 that they are much more than just fans, they are a sub-culture, a lifestyle, and they try to live by Jimmy Buffett’s message.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Parrot Heads flock to Jimmy Buffet concert – FOX10 News | WALA.

Storm Damage Widespread Across South Alabama

April 26, 2015

All across the gulf coast from southeast Mississippi to northwest Florida, a strong storm system brought lightning, rain and high winds. This is what it looked like in Daphne around 3:30 this afternoon. The storm also brought damage to Old County Road in Daphne where half a dozen trees are said to be down in just a four to five block area. One tree blocked traffic near Bayside Academy’s football field.

via Storm Damage Widespread Across South Alabama.

Jimmy Buffett Rocks Orange Beach

April 26, 2015

The wait, finally over just after eight o’clock Jimmy Buffett took the stage.

He played to a packed house of thousands. “He doesn’t just play music. He talks to the crowd,” says Jeff Poludniak of Huntsville. “He gets involved with the crowd and they are amazing musicians but Jimmy Buffett has a way of getting the crowd involved in concerts that no other person does.”

via Jimmy Buffett Rocks Orange Beach.

Baldwin D.A. Talks About Recent Controversies

April 26, 2015

Scandal and controversy have surrounded Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon for months.

Dixon’s troubles began last August when allegations of an illicit, romantic relationship with one of her employees surfaced.

Dixon won’t talk about the allegations or the EEOC complaint filed against her by her employee, but continues to defend her reputation.

via Baldwin D.A. Talks About Recent Controversies.

 

Byrne: Proposals extending red snapper season up for House consideration soon, but Senate delay expected | AL.com

April 26, 2015

A proposal to reform red snapper regulations in the Gulf of Mexico will go before a U.S. House committee next week, but its sponsor says there is little chance of it having an impact on the private recreational fishing season this year.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, said Friday that his reform language aimed at extending the private recreational red snapper season will be up for consideration within the larger reauthorization consideration for the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal law regulating marine fisheries management in the U.S.

via Byrne: Proposals extending red snapper season up for House consideration soon, but Senate delay expected | AL.com.

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, a supporter Baldwin school property tax, calls last month’s referendum loss, ‘beginning in a long process’ | AL.com

April 26, 2015

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said he believes last month’s defeat of a property tax referendum to support the Baldwin County School System is “the beginning in a long process” he believes needs to result in school expansion.

via U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, a supporter Baldwin school property tax, calls last month’s referendum loss, ‘beginning in a long process’ | AL.com.

Fairhope springs into 2015 America in Bloom competition, gauging city’s quality of life | AL.com

April 26, 2015

For a city known for flower-lined streets and flower-topped trash cans, it’s only natural that Fairhope chose to compete for top honors in the 2015 America in Bloom competition.

America in Bloom, a nonprofit organization that promotes community beautification programs, has been holding competitions for 13 years. Fairhope earned accolades in its population category in 2002, when the awards program launched, but hasn’t competed since, according to Sherry Sullivan, the city’s director of community affairs and recreation.

via Fairhope springs into 2015 America in Bloom competition, gauging city’s quality of life | AL.com.

Boaters Describe Terrifying Moments During Saturday’s Storms – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 26, 2015

Two boaters spoke to Local 15 News about their experiences on the water during the Dauphin Island Sailing Regatta that took place Saturday.

Zane Yoder, who has been sailing for 30 years, said his boat was heavily damaged from Saturday’s strong winds. Yoder said his boat blew over sideways and “fell apart.” He said he was thankful the Coast Guard was able to rescue him and his crew.

via Boaters Describe Terrifying Moments During Saturday’s Storms – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

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