Alabama State Parks Celebrates National Trails Day with Guided Hikes on June 6

May 29, 2015

Alabama State Parks will host several guided hikes in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6. National Trails Day was created by the American Hiking Society to promote the importance of hiking trails in the U.S. The hikes will be led by park naturalists and volunteers and will take place at various state parks throughout the state. The hikes are free and no reservations are necessary. Park entrance fees are required where applicable.

via Alabama State Parks Celebrates National Trails Day with Guided Hikes on June 6.

Marine Mammal Center Opens at Dauphin Island

May 29, 2015

Marine scientists on the Alabama Gulf Coast who work with marine mammals were beaming last week as the ribbon was cut on the new Marine Mammal Center at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

In the past, when stranded marine mammals were studied and necropsied, it was done under tents that were pitched to keep the scientists out of the blazing sun but offered little relief from the heat and insects attracted to the decomposing animals.

via Marine Mammal Center Opens at Dauphin Island.

Widespread Panic show not as disruptive as Gulf Coast town officials feared | Online Athens

May 29, 2015

Athens-based jam band Widespread Panic’s concert in Orange Beach, Ala., last Friday turned out not to be quite as disruptive to Memorial Day weekend as city officials feared.

Still, though, city officials, along with amphitheater owners where the band played and the promoters for the venue, are likely to be focused on Orange Beach’s commitment to family friendliness in booking future acts for The Amphitheater at The Wharf, City Administrator Ken Grimes said Wednesday.

via Widespread Panic show not as disruptive as Gulf Coast town officials feared | Online Athens.

Gulf Shores Working on Sidewalks for Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 29, 2015

The process to put in more sidewalks along Gulf Shores is underway following the accident that killed a bicyclist and injured another.

According to Gulf Shores officials, the city will use grant funding to install sidewalks along Highway 59 later this season.

“Sidewalks can be tricky because there’s infrastructure that you have to take into account,” Public Works Director, Mark Acreman said. “You have to consider traffic and weather conditions as well, so it’s kind of a juggling act,” he said.

via Gulf Shores Working on Sidewalks for Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Residents worried about preservation of tree tunnel – FOX10 News | WALA

May 29, 2015

Lots of progress has been made since the paving project in the Perdido Beach community began. After a social media push, Baldwin County officials used grant money to ensure that the project wouldn’t harm the tree tunnels along Archie and John Bloch Roads.

“Overall, I think you can see by this project, that’s right here behind us ,how successful this has been and that we have truly preserved this tree tunnel,” Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Residents worried about preservation of tree tunnel – FOX10 News | WALA.

Are There Enough Red Snapper Fish to Extend Season? USA Research

May 29, 2015

About 20 miles off shore is where you can find one of the Gulf’s most popular fish – the red snapper.

“When the season’s open everybody goes out there’s so many big snappers that they catch the quota in no time,” said Dr. Bob Shipp, a professor of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama.

Dr. Ship tells us, his past work suggests that Alabama’s coast is full of red snapper.  He thinks regulations should be loosened up.

via Are There Enough Red Snapper Fish to Extend Season? USA Research.

Three swimmers rescued Wednesday in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

May 28, 2015

Red flags were flying Wednesday, and three swimmers were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico at Gulf Shores beaches.

Beach officials said fortunately, all of the swimmers rescued are okay, and did not seek medical attention, but lifeguards warn beach-goers to take a more cautious approach before getting in over your head.

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via Three swimmers rescued Wednesday in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

Two cyclists hospitalized in car collision at Gulf State Park – FOX10 News | WALA

May 28, 2015

County Road Two was shut down Wednesday morning for any traffic heading into the camping section of Gulf State Park.

Around 9 a.m., Gulf Shores Police said a 21-year-old man ran over two cyclists.

“When we came on scene, we discovered two bicyclists injured and immediately went ahead and had fire/rescue contact medical staff,” Cpl. Josh Coleman said.

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via Two cyclists hospitalized in car collision at Gulf State Park – FOX10 News | WALA.

Byrne Goes To Cuba

May 28, 2015

Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne says he is headed to Cuba to see first hand what the U.S. is up against with negotiations aimed at normal trade relations with the communist country.

Those negotiations have been ongoing.  Attempts at a more normal relationship with the island nation were a hot topic a few months ago, but have since grown cold as the Cuban leadership demanded reparations and more incentives after years of a U.S. embargo.

via Byrne Goes To Cuba.

Foley may scale back dog park plans; public can help through ‘Bark For Your Park’ contest | AL.com

May 28, 2015

Hit with delays due to a lack of bidders, construction of Foley’s first dog park is expected to finally begin this summer and area residents have an opportunity to give it a $100,000 boost through an online contest.

The City Council first committed to the project in December 2013 by approving up to $290,500 to construct the dog park and a parking lot at the 2-acre site behind the post office, south of U.S. 98 and east of Alabama 59.

via Foley may scale back dog park plans; public can help through ‘Bark For Your Park’ contest | AL.com.

Gulf fishing authority says red-snapper fix is easy | NOLA.com

May 27, 2015

Dr. Bob Shipp is THE authority on Gulf of Mexico red snapper. He recently retired after serving the last 20 years as chairman of the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of South Alabama, and he also served two nine-year stints on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the board responsible for making recommendations to NOAA Fisheries about how federal Gulf fisheries are to be managed. During his time on the council, Shipp served as chairman on three separate occasions.

via Gulf fishing authority says red-snapper fix is easy | NOLA.com.

Beach property dispute ends with battery charge – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

May 27, 2015

A dispute over where people can sit on the beach ended with a battery charge for a homeowner in Walton County. The confrontation took place behind a townhome in Miramar Beach. The Walton County Sheriff’s Office says the resident, Edie Batt, objected when a group of people set up on what she said is her private property.

A cell phone video of the incident, taken by the victim, Kelli Gosdin, was released by the Sheriff’s Office. It shows the most heated part of the argument, when the deputy’s report says Batt knocked the phone out of Gosdin’s hand, causing a small abrasion. A man’s voice can be heard on the video, saying “All right, this has gotten physical now.”

via Beach property dispute ends with battery charge – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Sponsorships available for 2015 Doc’s Hot Trot for ARC presented by LuLu’s – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 27, 2015

Opportunities for sponsorship are still available for the 2015 Doc’s Hot Trot for ARC 5K Run/Walk presented by LuLu’s.

The annual fundraising event for the Association for Retarded Citizens of Baldwin County, conducted by the Robertsdale Rotary Club, through the Robertsdale Rotary Foundation, will be held Saturday, June 20 at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. Last year’s event raised nearly $9,000 for ARC.

via Sponsorships available for 2015 Doc’s Hot Trot for ARC presented by LuLu’s – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Two dogs killed in beach house fire

May 27, 2015

Two dogs were killed in a house fire Tuesday on Pensacola Beach.

About 11:15 a.m., a fire erupted at a residence between Avenidas 12 and 13 on Ariola Drive.

Firefighters made entry into the residence and found two dogs deceased, an Escambia County spokesperson said. Fire crews also located another dog that survived the blaze. No people were injured in the fire.

via Two dogs killed in beach house fire.

Jon Washington’s appeals in death of Kenny Myers exhausted – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 27, 2015

BAY MINETTE, AL – Jon Washington, convicted in the February 2012 death of Kenny Myers at Washington’s family home in Orange Beach, has exhausted his appeals and must surrender to authorities by May 30.

“He appealed to the Alabama Court of Criminal appeals and was denied relief,” one of his defense trial attorneys, Pascal Bruijn said in a text to Gulf Coast Media. “He then appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court and was denied as well. He will turn himself into jail no later than May 30 to begin his sentence.”

via Jon Washington's appeals in death of Kenny Myers exhausted – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Boater rescues six stranded on Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

May 27, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Photos from aboard the boat “Heck Yea!” tell the tale of the end of a bad boating trip for a group from Birmingham and Fairhope.

One of those doing the rescuing was Kyle Sculley. He spoke with FOX10 News while prepping the “Heck Yea!” for future outings. He said Saturday was his first rescue.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Boater rescues six stranded on Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

Six Arrested in Foley Break-Ins

May 27, 2015

Photographer Lori Dillon makes her living taking pictures. On May 10th, someone took from her. “I was a mess. This is my life so my biggest thing was my computer because it has everything on it.”

Her computer was there. In fact, thousands of dollars in camera equipment was still there. “They took just little things.”

Police say it was a crew of 18 to 20 year olds responsible for breaking into seven business, four different times, in two weeks and when we say “break-in” that’s exactly what happened.

According to police the crooks got into the building through the roof, used the attic space to get where they wanted to go and then used a fire extinguisher to start smashing through the ceiling.

via Six Arrested in Foley Break-Ins.

Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com

May 27, 2015

Riding the wave of renewed investment on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Brett/Robinson Real Estate and Development Co. is planning its 21st condo project.The Orange Beach-based company already has work underway on the 22-floor Phoenix Gulf Shores on West Beach Boulevard and now has plans to build a 21-floor Phoenix Orange Beach on a roughly 2.75-acre lot it purchased for $5.5 million.

Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com

via Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com.

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