GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Orange Beach will be the place to be tonight, especially for Parrotheads! Gulf Coast native Jimmy Buffet is coming home for a big concert tonight at the Wharf!
Local 15’s Darwin Singleton went to Lulu’s in Gulf Shores and spoke to Buffett’s sister Lucy about the pair’s childhood memories.
via Jimmy Buffett Childhood Memories – WPMI – Mobile Local 15 Today – LOCAL 15.
If the Gulf State Park project were a mega-development dropping from the sky onto a place where no lodge had existed before, we would be seriously concerned.
But that’s not the case. The goal of the $85.5 million project planned for Alabama’s premier state park, which draws 600,000 visitors annually, is to replace a previous structure with a reasonably sized lodge and meeting space that would be both economically and environmentally sustainable.
via Our view: Gulf State Park project is reasonable, responsible | AL.com.
With Friday marking the fourth area appearance in the past six years for singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, it’s hard to believe that there was once a time when some area Parrotheads bemoaned the absence of their leader. But the mayor of “Margaritaville” maintains an enviable popularity level in the region. Like those other appearances, Friday’s concert at the Wharf sold out quickly, just more than two years after a similar sell-out at the Pensacola Bay Center.
via What you need to know for Jimmy Buffett’s sold-out show.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Parrot Heads are descending to Orange Beach this weekend to see their favorite singer take the stage at The Wharf.
At 8 p.m., Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will take the stage, but the entertainment can begin long before then.
A parking lot behind The Amphitheater has been designated for tailgating, which opens at 10 a.m. It’s a move that The Wharf doesn’t normally do, but Director of Operations Jim Bibby told FOX10 News that it’s an integral part of the Jimmy Buffett experience.
via Parrot Heads prepare to welcome Jimmy Buffett to Orange Beach – FOX10 News | WALA.
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.
via Flinging fish time at the Flora-Bama for mullet toss – FOX10 News | WALA.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama - Lab tests confirm a batch of brownies and cookies given to the Baldwin County District Attorney’s Office were tainted with marijuana.
D.A. Hallie Dixon says levels of THC, or edible marijuana, were found in the baked goods. Dixon says a temporary court reporter gave her staff the treats last week.
via Brownies Given To Baldwin County D.A. Test Positive For Pot.
The news of a Widespread Panic concert in Orange Beach is firing up city officials and fans alike.
The Georgia-based jam band’s fans, known as Spreadheads, took to social media by the thousands Wednesday after an AL.com article reported city leaders’ displeasure with the May 22 booking of the band at The Amphitheater at The Wharf.
“We don’t promote that style of living and floppiness that’s happened, that they will bring,” declared Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers, recalling the band’s last Orange Beach concert in 2010.
via Widespread Panic fans fired up over Orange Beach’s negative view of concert; officials explain stance | AL.com.
The calendar may say it’s still spring but it’s going to feel like summertime at the beach this weekend, especially for those on the road.
From Friday night’s sold-out Jimmy Buffett concert at the Wharf’s Amphitheater to Mullet Toss to a car show to nearly a half a dozen sports tournaments in Gulf Shores, the traffic warning signs are there.
“Buy groceries early, that’s all I can say,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon warned during Tuesday night’s council meeting. “It’s going to be a very busy weekend.”
via ‘Buy groceries early’: Event-filled weekend sure to clog beach highways in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores | AL.com.
With tickets set to go on sale Friday morning for a Widespread Panic concert on May 22 at The Wharf, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon issued a letter late Thursday restating the city’s past problems with some fans.
The mayor’s comments about “chaos and destruction” experienced during previous Panic shows at The Amphitheater at The Wharf built on feelings expressed by him and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers earlier in the week.
via In letter, Orange Beach mayor talks of ‘chaos’ at past Widespread Panic concerts, but says change possible | AL.com.
FOLEY — A week after being delayed because of a dreary forecast, the Earth Day Festival and Earth Day Scramble are set to take place this Saturday at Graham Creek Nature Preserve in Foley.
The day’s events will begin with the Earth Day Scramble, a scavenger hunt race throughout the Preserve. Racers will enter at $20/person or $60/team of 3 and complete various challenges, both mental and physical, to get a stamp in their Preserve Passport.
via Earth Day festivities set for Saturday at Graham Creek Nature Preserve – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
As the battle continues to extend red snapper fishing in the Gulf, there is now a legal battle going on among groups of recreational fishermen.
Recreational Snapper fishing in the Gulf had just a nine day season last year and likely won’t have much more this summer. The federal restrictions are devastating for the charter boat industry as snapper is one of the most popular fish to catch.
via Snapper Fishermen Sue over Charter Boat Protection.
The last time Widespread Panic played The Wharf, fan Daniel Stapleton was there. “There was a couple fights but there’s fights at every concert at The Wharf,” he says. “There wasn’t anymore than any other ones.”
via Band Causes “Widespread” Outrage in Orange Beach.
GULF SHORES, AL — In a step toward advancing the Vision 2025 Plan the city adopted this past year, Gulf Shores is looking for a partner to develop a piece of city property near the main beach intersection in town.
City officials, including Economic Development Coordinator Blake Phelps, hope this project will be the starting point of changes to the beachfront area. The lot is directly east of Alvin’s Island and goes runs to West First Avenue, bordered on the south by West Beach Boulevard and on the north by West First Avenue.
via Gulf Shores is looking for a partner to develop prime beach lot – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
For tens of thousands of visitors, this weekend’s Mullet Toss at the Flora-Bama is one giant fish-throwing party starting as early as Thursday night and running through the weekend.
For the beach bar’s employees, event volunteers and emergency personnel, the Mullet Toss means long days and even longer long lines of people to serve.
via ‘Flora-Bama church’ to serve weary Mullet Toss workers with ‘Grace Room’ | AL.com.
The team behind the Ole River Bar in Orange Beach is psyched for this year’s Mullet Toss, scheduled for April 24, 25 and 26.
via Ole River Bar in Orange Beach will be open during Mullet Toss; owners say it will be ‘awesome’ | gulflive.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The much changed, much debated, much delayed Amber Isle planned unit development in OrangeBeach is one approval away from a go-ahead from the city.
“We’re not officially approved, but everybody came to an agreement,” the architect for the project, Forrest Daniell, said. “I feel pretty confident about it.”
Currently work is well underway on two of the four buildings planned.
via Amber Isle could get city OK for final piece of project soon – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Gulf Shores Alabama; 22 April 2015: For some the city of Beachside might sound like a serene place where there’s very little going on. For tourists however who have been in this neck of the woods it is anything but. For one recent years have been witness to the rapid growth in the city’s population. This could be in part due to the local residents active campaigning for the city’s tourism.
via The City of Rapid Growth – Alabama USA | MENAFN.COM.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — If you are sitting in traffic this busy weekend, it’s likely you’ll be sitting there with some vintage automobiles and hot rods.
The Bama Coast Cruise will be back at The Wharf for the sixth straight year today and Saturday and a celebrity from the 1960s will be on hand.
via Bama Coast Cruise returns to Orange Beach for sixth year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
New developments involving Alabama’s budget crisis and the possible closure of state parks. Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein says the closures are now on hold. Two weeks ago it was announced 15 out of the 22 parks could close because of a major shortfall in Alabama’s General Fund budget. Governor Robert Bentley says tax increases are the only solution to fill the massive budget shortfall. The governor is proposing $541 million in tax increases, but lawmakers have so far taken no action on the proposal.
via No Closures for Alabama State Parks, For Now.
‘The best oyster possible’
The oysters came from farms operated by growers in Portersville Bay, Alabama, between the shores of Mon Louis Island and Coden, as part of an education and training program run by Auburn University’s Shellfish Laboratory on its Dauphin Island Sea Lab campus.
Prospective oyster farmers learn how to manage and cultivate their plots under professor Bill Walton, known as “Dr. Oyster,” using oyster seed spawned in a hatchery in the Sea Lab campus.
via Cultivating a demand for raw Gulf oysters | Entertainment – WPTZ Home.
We have an update now on a story FOX10 News told you about in January.
It concerns improvements to a popular and picturesque spot in Baldwin County.
Some important restoration work has just been finished on Magnolia Beach in Fairhope.
via Improvement work continues at Fairhope beach – FOX10 News | WALA.
After asking for two months, FOX10 News has finally gotten a closer look into the cost of the Baldwin County Board of Education’s “Digital Renaissance,” now known as the 1:1 Digital Initiative, which has put laptops into the hands of every student, and iPads into the hands of every kindergartner.
Many Baldwin County residents have criticized the school board for the Digital Initiative, saying it has mismanaged funds, but Wednesday, April 22, school officials said the initiative has been more cost effective than traditional learning, as the cost of textbooks before the initiative was launched was some $2.3 million.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Baldwin County school leaders defend “Digital Renaissance” spend – FOX10 News | WALA.
The man o’ war have arrived. They aren’t keeping folks off the beach or out of the water but if you’re not familiar with them they could ruin your day at the beach.
All the colors of an almost perfect beach day. Blue skies, aquamarine water, white sand and purple flags. Those flags warn of dangerous marine life in the area and in this case it’s Portuguese man o’ war.
via Man O’ War Along Baldwin Beaches.
Baldwin County Hallie Dixon pleaded guilty Tuesday to two ordinance violations related to her noisy dogs and paid a $1,488 fine to the Daphne Municipal Court.
Dixon was defiant in comments afterward, saying that she has been targeted by a neighbor, that the ordinance violations were issued during daylight hours and that the offenses – which have occurred since 2013 – are prompting her to consider a move out of Daphne.
via Barking dogs lead to another fine for Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon | AL.com.
In celebration of Earth Day, an adventure challenge race and festival will be held Saturday, April 25 at Foley’s Graham Creek Nature Preserve.
Rain pushed the event from April 18 to this weekend. The Earth Day Scramble begins at 9 a.m. and participants will have to complete 18 challenges that include mental, physical and park-related activities.
via Earth Day adventure challenge race, festival set Saturday at Foley’s Graham Creek Preserve | AL.com.
Recent circumstances surrounding the latest violations to Daphne’s beefed-up noisy animal ordinance could prompt city officials to take another look at it, Mayor Dane Haygood said Wednesday.
“No ordinance is perfect and they all have to be reviewed and tweaked,” Haygood said, one day after Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon criticized the ordinance and the city’s handling of recent tickets she got after a neighbor complained about her barking dogs.
via Daphne mayor: Noisy dog ordinance fines worth a relook | AL.com.
Albert Einstein once said, “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who no longer pauses to wonder, and stand in rapt awe, is as good as dead.”
Lisa Laraway came to us from New Orleans filled with anticipation, excitement, and dreams. It was in New Orleans, “Land of Dreams,” where she attended Catholic schools for 16 years. She has four brothers and three stepsisters and most of her family still lives in New Orleans.
via Capt. Mark asks, “Who’s on the Island?” (Meet Lisa Laraway) – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The battle continues to rage over red snapper in the Gulf. The latest management plan for red snapper has created even more controversy.
Amendment 40 was approved by the Gulf Fishery Management Council back in October. Wednesday, the Coastal Conservation Association filed a lawsuit hoping to have it reversed.
The CCA says the plan, also known as “sector separation” takes a significant percentage of the catch quota for recreational fishermen, and gives it to the charter boat industry. The CCA says with passage of Amendment 40, the way is cleared for up to 70 percent of the entire red snapper fishery to be privately held.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Louisiana.
via Battle Continues Over Red Snapper – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.