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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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.”

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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.

Did you lose a wedding band on the beach? | AL.com

May 26, 2015

Someone is missing a wedding band lost in the Orange Beach area, and a visitor from Georgia is desperately trying to help him or her find it.

On Sunday afternoon, Brooke Allen and her husband, along with Brooke’s nephew and his wife, went to the beach while the Allens’ 2-year-old daughter took a nap in her grandparents’ home. They were at Cotton Bayou public beach, around 1 p.m., spreading out their beach towels when Brooke’s nephew’s wife noticed something in the sand.

via Did you lose a wedding band on the beach? | AL.com.

Deadline to file for BP claims nears | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune

May 26, 2015

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform exploded and burned in April 2010, spewing more than 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, huge areas of the Gulf were declared off limits to shrimpers.

“It dropped the price a lot,” said Ernest Donini, a second-generation shrimper out of Tampa. “It made people more hesitant to eat Gulf shrimp. Shrimp started backing up in the freezer, and that affected the price. It affected us.”

via Deadline to file for BP claims nears | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune.

Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom – FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

May 26, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) – With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region.

Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

via Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom – FOX5 Vegas – KVVU.

Folks Pack Gulf Shores on Memorial Day – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 26, 2015

Rainy weather didn’t stop folks from enjoying Memorial Day in Gulf Shores. Beach Safety Supervisor and Lifeguard Scott Smothers said it was the most crowded Memorial Day weekend he can remember, and he’s been working in Gulf Shores for 13 years.

Our Local 15 News crew ran into vacationers from Arkansas, Louisiana and as far away as Missouri.

via Folks Pack Gulf Shores on Memorial Day – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

PacSun pulls controversial t-shirt from shelves – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

May 26, 2015

A t-shirt some are calling disrespectful has been removed from a clothing store at the Tanger Outlet in Foley.

The graphic tee features an upside down flag and anarchy symbol.

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Gulf Shores big draw for out-of-state Memorial Day visitors – FOX10 News | WALA

May 26, 2015

Memorial Day weekend is the kick off to the summer beach season in Gulf Shores. Thousands crowded Gulf Shores beaches over the weekend. Even though there were plenty of folks making the most of the holiday.

The cars heading north on Highway 59 Monday, May 25, 2015 far outweighed those heading to the beach. While most were returning to wherever home is, there were still plenty of visitors who had to get one last taste of what Gulf Shores has to offer before making their departure.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Gulf Shores big draw for out-of-state Memorial Day visitors – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Pops concert a chance to pause and commemorate fallen he – FOX10 News | WALA

May 26, 2015

A gray sky and a little rain didn’t stop folks from commemorating the lives of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

As American tunes played by The Baldwin Pops Band filled the warm, spring air this Memorial Day at Henry George Park in Fairhope, veterans and patriots remembered the cost of freedom.

FOX10 News | WALA

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