WWII – era plane flown in for film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” falls apart during salvage attempt | AL.com

July 05, 2015

A vintage PBY plane intended for use in the film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,”– which was being filmed last week in Orange Beach– broke apart on Thursday during a salvage attempt.

“The vintage PBY being used by production met a tragic end at the hands of the sea, and the salvage company was unable to save the aircraft,” said “USS” producers Michael Mendelssohn and Richard Rionda del Castro said.

via WWII – era plane flown in for film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” falls apart during salvage attempt | AL.com.

Future Foley landmark: Pedestrian bridge to soon rise over Alabama 59 | AL.com

July 05, 2015

In the midst of Foley’s 100th anniversary, the city is growing by leaps and bounds and launching headlong into the future with multi-million dollar projects, either underway or starting soon.

One such project is a pedestrian bridge that will stretch 108 feet across Alabama 59, a block north of U.S. 98. In June, the City Council approved a $1.5 million contract with Pensacola-based Morette Company to head up construction of the bridge, a parking lot and improvements on Jessamine Avenue at the western base of the span.

via Future Foley landmark: Pedestrian bridge to soon rise over Alabama 59 | AL.com.

BREAKING: Boat crash sends four to hospital – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 05, 2015

A Perdido Key boat crash sends four people to the hospital.

An Escambia County spokeswoman said a boat crashed into a dock in Perdido Key.  The call came in at 4:15 Sunday morning.  The dock is located at the 16000 block of Perdido Key Drive,. behind the Seaspray condos.

via BREAKING: Boat crash sends four to hospital – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Future Foley landmark: Pedestrian bridge to soon rise over Alabama 59 | AL.com

July 05, 2015

In the midst of Foley’s 100th anniversary, the city is growing by leaps and bounds and launching headlong into the future with multi-million dollar projects, either underway or starting soon.One such project is a pedestrian bridge that will stretch 108 feet across Alabama 59, a block north of U.S. 98. In June, the City Council approved a $1.5 million contract with Pensacola-based Morette Company to head up construction of the bridge, a parking lot and improvements on Jessamine Avenue at the western base of the span.

via Future Foley landmark: Pedestrian bridge to soon rise over Alabama 59 | AL.com.

This ain’t the Redneck Riviera. This is a traffic jam! | AL.com

July 04, 2015

Orange Beach, Ala. — Earl Callaway comes from old Gulf stock, from one of the oldest fishing families on this island.

Back in the days after the Civil War, when folks started settling this stretch of beach on Alabama’s coast, about all there were Callaways and Walkers.

via This ain’t the Redneck Riviera. This is a traffic jam! | AL.com.

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Beach Trash Expensive for Cities and Dangerous to Sea Turtles – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 04, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) – From Orange Beach to Gulf Shores visitors are leaving behind what amounts to a mangled mess. City officials in Orange Beach have posted pictures of metal beach chairs and metal frames from tents and canopies all left to be picked up by work crews. The same litter get in the way of nesting sea turtles.

In Gulf Shores dozens of trash bins are filled each day and on a holiday weekend the amount is doubled. On average city officials say they fill up what amounts to 5 garbage trucks a day and the problem seems to be snowballing.

via Beach Trash Expensive for Cities and Dangerous to Sea Turtles – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Coast Guard Officials Urge Boating & Scuba Diving Safety This Weekend – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 04, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) Gulf Coast Officials are urging boaters and scuba divers to put safety first this weekend.

“Having a float plan is essential,” said Coast Guard Spokesman, Jonathan Lally, “Let friends and family know where you’ll be boating and what time you’ll be back.”

via Coast Guard Officials Urge Boating & Scuba Diving Safety This Weekend – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Ex-SEALs jump in to save vintage plane from watery grave – temporarily anway – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 04, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — When John Rottger saw a vintage World War II PBY Catalina flying boat taking on water and in trouble, his wife said his Navy SEAL training took over.

Rottger, like he has for several movies and TV shows for more than 20 years, is a stunt coordinator for the movie being filmed offshore here, “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.” He and wife Mary Ann live in Silverhill when he isn’t on site or the set of his latest project.

via Ex-SEALs jump in to save vintage plane from watery grave – temporarily anway – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA

July 04, 2015

In two years, the State of Alabama will start to reap the benefits of the $2.3 billion promised to the state in a settlement with BP announced on Thursday.

Officials said this new source of money will be separate from the $85 million Gulf State Park project. A number of projects will be considered for this new source of money.

via Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA.

Capital Murder Suspect Seen In Gulf Shores Area?

July 04, 2015

Was capital murder suspect Steve Hutcheson in Baldwin County this week?

Many folks who live and work on Fort Morgan Road thought they saw the McCalla, Alabama, fugitive, who’s accused of killing his wife and two kids last weekend before going on an all-night cocaine binge with his mistress.

Witnesses reported seeing Hutcheson, or at least a man who looked like him, at businesses on Ft. Morgan Road.

via Capital Murder Suspect Seen In Gulf Shores Area?.

Baldwin County stacked with Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks | AL.com

July 04, 2015

Patriotic picnics, performances, pyrotechnics and a parade will mark America’s 239th birthday in Baldwin County communities this weekend.

No less than nine Fourth of July fireworks shows are scheduled Saturday from Bay Minette to Pleasure Island to the Eastern Shore.

Leading up to Saturday’s nighttime festivities numerous red, white and blue celebrations and activities will dot the county, too.

via Baldwin County stacked with Fourth of July celebrations, fireworks | AL.com.

‘Life must go on’ as Frank Burt readjusts after wife’s death and returns to Baldwin County Commission | AL.com

July 04, 2015

In three years, Frank Burt will celebrate something that is a rarity in public life – 30 consecutive years as a member of the Baldwin County Commission.

But it was another milestone Burt just missed by about three months that had a much deeper meaning and one that is rarely accomplished in today’s society – 60 years of marriage.

via ‘Life must go on’ as Frank Burt readjusts after wife’s death and returns to Baldwin County Commission | AL.com.

Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

Don’t count Congressman Bradley Byrne among those jumping for joy after BP agreed to pay Alabama $2.3 billion for the 2010 oil spill.

Byrne, who represent’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Congress, says he has “serious concerns” with the settlement — particularly over where the money is headed.

via Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG.

Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

When Governor Robert Bentley announced a settlement with BP for the oil spill Thursday morning, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon learned of it through the news media like most everyone else because he said coastal communities were left in the dark.

“At this point, I have had no communication with anyone and that’s pretty amazing considering we were the ones hit and effected by this,” Kennon said.

via Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG.

Alabama Bright Lights: Ken Grimes emphasizes safety on the Alabama Gulf Coast – Alabama News Center

July 02, 2015

Ken Grimes’ middle name may not be “Crisis,” but it could be.When Grimes, the city administrator at Orange Beach, speaks to groups, he opens with a definition of the word crisis: a crucial or decisive point or situation – a turning point – an emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person’s life.Since Grimes’ job began in 2002, he has come to know the definition all too well.

via Alabama Bright Lights: Ken Grimes emphasizes safety on the Alabama Gulf Coast – Alabama News Center.

Old golf course to see new life as city park in Daphne | AL.com

July 01, 2015

A once overgrown, former golf course in the Lake Forest subdivision is being transformed into a new 33-acre city park in Daphne.

The old “Lake Nine” golf course in Alabama’s largest subdivision was fast becoming a thick mat of weeds and brush until the Daphne City Council and the Lake Forest Property Owners’ Association ironed out a lease agreement last month.

via Old golf course to see new life as city park in Daphne | AL.com.

Opelika firefighters recount tale of scuba trip turned rescue mission – OANow.com: Opelika

July 01, 2015

Less than three days since their rescue, two Opelika firefighters and one former firefighter are safe and back at work after they were separated from their boat when a scuba dive outing 13 miles off the coast of Orange Beach went wrong.

Last Saturday started off a peaceful vacation day for Jeff Thompson, Michael Bass and Bryan Densel, as the three friends went to check out a potential diving spot they’d found on a fishing trip a few weeks back.

via Opelika firefighters recount tale of scuba trip turned rescue mission – OANow.com: Opelika.

Growth going up, up and away in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 01, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — As talk about traffic swirls and snags develop daily on Orange Beach roads, growth is continuing at a fast pace in the city. Since Jan. 1 the city has issued 48 building permits.

“We’re as busy as we’ve been since the boom right after Ivan in ’06 and ’07,” Lannie Smith, Orange Beach’s Building Official, said.

via Growth going up, up and away in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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