Beaches busting at the seams | WPMI

May 27, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Local beach communities are bracing for a busy weekend as thousands have started heading to the Gulf tonight. Every holiday weekend the estimated influx of people is estimated at over 100,000.

Hotel and condo bookings are at 90 to 100 percent. Beach communities are bracing for a record summer season.

via Beaches busting at the seams | WPMI.

Kyser Miree Fishing Tournament at The Wharf | WPMI

May 27, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The first annual Kyser Miree Fishing Tournament is this weekend at The Wharf as part of the “100 Days of Summer.” Check out the video for more on the tourney.

The “100 Days of Summer” begins with the Pepsi Beach Ball Drop at The Wharf Friday night. Thousands of beach balls will fall from the sky marked with prizes like merchandise, and Wharf concert tickets. That gets underway at 6:30 p.m.

via Kyser Miree Fishing Tournament at The Wharf | WPMI.

Fire damages home in Orange Beach’s Terry Cove neighborhood – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 27, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Fire crews were called out at 2:45 a.m. to a fire at 26225 Terry Cove Drive in the Terry Cove neighborhood of Orange Beach.

Battalion Chief Dray Resmondo said some driving on Marina Road saw the flames and called 911 saying only it was in Terry Cove. The home on fire was at the seventh house on the right from the entrance to the subdivision on Terry Cove Drive.

via Fire damages home in Orange Beach’s Terry Cove neighborhood – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

School’s Out For Summer!

May 27, 2016

LOXLEY, AL- Students in Baldwin County are officially on summer break!

Students were dismissed at noon Thursday. Teachers still have a few more work days in their classrooms before taking a break.

Faculty and staff at Loxley Elementary invited Supt. Eddie Tyler to spend the last day with them as they enjoyed “Fun Day.”

via School’s Out For Summer!.

Alabama Recreational Red Snapper Season Starts Friday

May 27, 2016

Ice it down. Gas it up. Stock up on bait and gear and get the boat in the water. It’s time to go red snapper fishing.

“The state season certainly helps us out,” says Carson Hall at J & M Tackle in Orange Beach. Red snapper season is big business especially for bait and tackle shops. “There are a few people, in my opinion, the smarter anglers, getting ready ahead of time so they’re not in the boat launch cluster, waiting on everybody to get in line. They get there early, launch and head on out,” says Hall.

via Alabama Recreational Red Snapper Season Starts Friday.

Group sues FDA, calling for federal regulation of Gulf oysters | AL.com

May 27, 2016

An advocacy group has filed suit against the FDA arguing that federal regulation is needed to protect consumers from Gulf Coast oysters tainted by a potentially deadly bacterium.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, assisted by lawyers from the nonprofit policy group Public Citizen, filed suit late Wednesday against the food and drug administration in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In a statement announcing the suit, Public Citizen accused the Food and Drug Administration of “dragging its feet” on a four-year-old petition to regulate Gulf Coast shellfish sold for raw consumption.

via Group sues FDA, calling for federal regulation of Gulf oysters | AL.com.

Billions of babies are hatching out right now in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com

May 27, 2016

or every flower bud you’ve seen this spring, tens of thousands of creatures were born beneath the green waves of the Gulf of Mexico.

One of the most profound explosions of life to be found on the planet is occurring right now, with all manner of sea creatures – crabs, shrimp, fish, jellyfish, anything that swims – hatching out and drifting on the ocean currents.

via Billions of babies are hatching out right now in the Gulf of Mexico | AL.com.

Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com

May 27, 2016

Alabama Marine Patrol officers know at least two things will happen when they hit the water this Memorial Day weekend. One, some people will be really happy to see them. Two, some people will be really unhappy to see them.

Experience suggests that they’ll provide assistance to some people who run out of gas, get lost or experience breakdowns. But they’ll also hand out a number of expensive citations to boaters who fail to follow safety laws, who operate their vessels while intoxicated, or who otherwise present a danger to others on the water.

via Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com.

Patrolling the Beach Express | WPMI

May 26, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — It’s only Wednesday but the beach crowd is already on the road and local law enforcement is taking what they call a “proactive step” by getting their patrols out earlier than usual.

It has to do with more and more drivers getting off State Highway 59 and discovering the Baldwin Beach Express. The focus was on the Beach Express. Every several minutes a stop and then another stop!

via Patrolling the Beach Express | WPMI.

Boating this Memorial Day? Here are a few tips for a safe weekend | AL.com

May 26, 2016

Boat traffic on Alabama’s waterways is expected to increase more than 200 percent this Memorial Day weekend.

That’s according to State Trooper Steven MacLeroy of the Marine Patrol Division of Alabama Law Enforcement. He’ll be out on the water patrolling along with other officers.

via Boating this Memorial Day? Here are a few tips for a safe weekend | AL.com.

A tsunami on the Gulf Coast? Yes, that just happened | AL.com

May 26, 2016

Apparently, that line of storms that moved along the Gulf Coast last Thursday night did more than threaten the Hangout Music Fest: It actually generated a small tsunami.

Tim Coleman, a meteorologist and adjunct professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has posted a report saying that off the coast of Louisiana, the storm system’s air pressure changes and winds generated a type of large ocean wave called a meteotsunami. (The name just means a tsunami caused by weather, as opposed to the more common type created by an earthquake.)

via A tsunami on the Gulf Coast? Yes, that just happened | AL.com.

Baldwin County Safety Blitz Targets Bad Drivers

May 26, 2016

This is your warning. If you speed, tailgate or break any other traffic laws, chances are you will get caught in Baldwin County.

“We’re trying to minimize accidents before they happen,” says deputy Shane Robinson. “It could be a tailgater. It could be somebody weaving in and out of traffic but those are the type of drivers that are likely going to cause a wreck. If not them it’s somebody else having to deal with their driving behavior.”

via Baldwin County Safety Blitz Targets Bad Drivers.

Man convicted in Perdido Key robbery

May 26, 2016

State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Wednesday in a release that James Maitland Jones was convicted Tuesday by an Escambia County Jury of robbery with a deadly weapon while wearing a mask and false imprisonment.

On Jan. 26, Jones entered Mojo’s Coffee Shop in Perdido Key armed with a black-handled kitchen knife and equipped with a black ski mask, black gloves and a length of rope. He grabbed the employee by her throat, held the knife to her and forced her to lock the front door, according to the release.

via Man convicted in Perdido Key robbery.

Special tax districts for local schools | WPMI

May 25, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — As the school year comes to a close in Baldwin County local communities like Gulf Shores and Fairhope are looking towards the future.

Finding money to build new schools may take center stage on the November ballot asking voters to create special tax districts.

A three million special tax district in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern would generate an additional $5.5 million a year. “It gives them that extra money to do what they want to do in that feeder pattern.”

via Special tax districts for local schools | WPMI.

U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – The Memorial Holiday week will launch in grand musical style on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. with a concert by the U.S. Army’s “Pershing’s Own” Woodwind Quintet in the sanctuary at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.

via U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘Business Where You Beach’ campaign launched – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Together with the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the City of Gulf Shores Airport Authority and the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) announced today the launch of a new campaign aimed at bringing additional business to Baldwin County.

The campaign, entitled Business Where You Beach, will target C-suite executives and business owners who already vacation or own private properties in Baldwin County, educating them about the advantages of locating or expanding their businesses here.

via ‘Business Where You Beach’ campaign launched – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA

May 24, 2016

It’s National Safe Boating Week and ALEA’S Marine Patrol Troopers will be in full force this Memorial Day Weekend.

They say many people will be taking their boats out of storage and putting them in the water for the first time this year. However, if you don’t check all your safety gear before you go out, you could get pulled over.

via Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA.

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