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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
Country music star Miranda Lambert has announced a new stop on her “Keeper of the Flame” tour and it is The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Alabama.
Lambert will be joined by special guests Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne.
The concert is slated for Thursday, September 8th at 7:30 p.m. and gates will open at 6:30 p.m.
via Miranda Lambert Coming to The Wharf.
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.
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.
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.
osh Quick, the executive chef at Odette restaurant in Florence, beat three fellow Alabama chefs to win the second annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off on Wednesday night at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Quick won with a recipe that was built around fresh Alabama red snapper.
via And the Alabama Seafood Cook-Off winner is . . . | AL.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fourth Annual Alabama Seafood Summit is underway in Orange Beach at The Wharf.
For the second year at the festival, there is a seafood cookoff.
via Alabama Seafood Summit underway in Orange Beach – FOX10 News | WALA.
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ORANGE BEACH, AL – Artist Lisette Normann had an idea for a logo representing Orange Beach.
It’s simple, but classy. And eye-catching.
“I made the brand over a year and a half ago and I kept it in my pocket because I wasn’t certain what I was going to do with it,” Normann said.
via Orange Beach business owners question banners – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
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.
The Orange Beach Police Department is currently looking for motivated individuals to join our law enforcement familt. We are looking for patrol officers. Here is some information:
Starting Pay: $18.13
Shifts: 12 hr
via Police Officer Job – Orange Beach Police Department – Orange Beach, Alabama.
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.
This is a special edition of Take 5. All this week, we’re talking about hurricane preparation in anticipation of the hurricane season. Joining us is nationally-known home improvement expert and the host of Today’s Homeowner, Danny Lipford. Today’s homeowner is seen on WKRG and the CW55.
via Preparing for a Hurricane That’s in the Gulf of Mexico.
There’s a new sign at the state-owned beach house in Fort Morgan directing tourists and residents to the beach but there is no sign of when the section of wall that blocks their access will be torn down.
“This week will be 30 days,” says Baldwin County Commissioner Skip Gruber. “It’s time for it to be taken care of.”
via Beach House Security Wall Still Stands.
FOLEY, AL- The city of Foley will host its first, official tournament at its 32 million dollar sportsplex Memorial Day Weekend.
A small, youth soccer tournament will test out three of facility’s 16 multi-purpose fields. The other fields are still being built.
via Foley Sports Tourism Complex Hosts First Tournament.
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.
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.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are aiming high to attract new businesses to the Gulf Coast. A new marketing campaign called “Business Where You Beach” was launched Monday.
via Alabama Gulf Coast towns launch “Business Where You Beach” campa – FOX10 News | WALA.
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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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Hurricane season is just over a week away, and we’re visiting with nationally known home improvement expert and host of Today’s Homeowner on WKRG and the CW55, Danny Lipford.
via Preparing Your Home for Hurricane Season.