Category Archives: Alabama

Baldwin County draws the line on Governor’s beach house wall | WPMI

April 30, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Officials in Baldwin County say a privacy wall at the state beach house in Fort Morgan has to come down. As first reported on Tuesday, the newly constructed security wall appears to be encroaching on county property.

On Thursday the county took the first steps to survey the property at the home which is also known as “The Governor’s Beach House.” County Commissioners say the $2 million face lift to the beach house may have gone too far.

via Baldwin County draws the line on Governor’s beach house wall | WPMI.

Closing State Park Road 2 a good thing? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 30, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – There’s no denying the abrupt, without-warning closure of State Park Road 2 in Gulf State Park came as a shock to local officials.

“I am upset that we are here,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft. “Closing State Park Road 2 is going to make our traffic worse. And it’s not just going to make it worse for us, it’s going to make it worse for our guests, too.”

via Closing State Park Road 2 a good thing? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘Your bulldozer or ours’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 30, 2016

County commission demands demolition of governor’s mansion wall

A newly constructed 60-foot security wall at the state governor’s mansion in Fort Morgan may soon be torn down, if Baldwin County commissioners have their way.

At their work session Tuesday morning in Fairhope, commissioners discussed the new addition to the gubernatorial property, as they were informed by County Engineer Cal Markert that the wall was built along part of the county’s right of way.

via ‘Your bulldozer or ours’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Governor Says Illegal Security Wall, “Not A Serious Problem”

April 30, 2016

“There has been some confusion about the lots and lines.” For the first time Governor Robert Bentley is addressing renovations at the state’s beach house in Fort Morgan and defending the extension of a security wall across county property that blocks access to the beach. “That part right there that has never been used,” the governor told reporters. “That right-of-way, that has never been used for anything because it can’t be used for anything. It’s all grown up and no one has ever used it.”

via Governor Says Illegal Security Wall, “Not A Serious Problem”.

Controversy surrounding wall at governor’s beach mansion continu – FOX10 News | WALA

April 29, 2016

FORT MORGAN, AL (WALA) -

Baldwin County commissioners contend the extension to brick wall at the state governor’s mansion on the Fort Morgan Peninsula was built on county land.  The county has tried since Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to find out why it was built without proper permits.

via Controversy surrounding wall at governor’s beach mansion continu – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin to Gov. Robert Bentley: Tear down this wall now | AL.com

April 29, 2016

Noreen Kendle and Ron Slovensky have heard plenty of opinions in recent days about how to protest the construction of a decorative, concrete wall separating the state’s gubernatorial beach mansion from public access to the sand and surf.

But the members of the Seaside Shores subdivision, among the oldest along on the Fort Morgan peninsula west of Gulf Shores, are going to wait and see how a brewing battle between the governor’s office and the Baldwin County Commission plays out.

via Baldwin to Gov. Robert Bentley: Tear down this wall now | AL.com.

Alabama Sets Snapper Season in State Waters | Outdoor Alabama

April 29, 2016

Alabama’s private recreational anglers who enjoy red snapper fishing will have only one weekend to pursue the state’s signature reef fish in federal waters, much to the chagrin of anglers and state fisheries officials alike.

The good news is that, after consulting with Governor Robert Bentley and Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr., Alabama Marine Resources Division Director Chris Blankenship announced this week that Alabama will have a red snapper season in state waters that will start on May 27 and run through July 31. The daily bag limit is two fish with a minimum length of 16 inches.

via Alabama Sets Snapper Season in State Waters | Outdoor Alabama.

Gulf Shores, county officials debate Fort Morgan re-entry – LagniappeLagniappe

April 28, 2016

For years, the city of Gulf Shores has issued post-storm re-entry passes for residents on the island, the portion of Gulf Shores south of the intracoastal waterway, including those who live and own businesses on the Fort Morgan peninsula.

However, since the Fort Morgan Civic Association won an 11-year court battle against Gulf Shores over the city’s attempted annexation of 19 miles of land on Alabama Highway 180, which de-annexed the property into the county’s jurisdiction in 2014, the city says it will no longer issue those re-entry permits to non-residents on the peninsula.

via Gulf Shores, county officials debate Fort Morgan re-entry – LagniappeLagniappe.

With federal snapper season set at 9 days, state announces 66 day season for state waters | AL.com

April 28, 2016

In response to an announcement today that the federal red snapper season for recreational anglers will be nine days long, state officials said that Alabama would set a 66 day state season, from May 27 through July 31.

However, during the longer Alabama season, anglers will only be allowed to fish in state waters, which stretch nine miles from shore, while during the federal season the entire Gulf is open.

via With federal snapper season set at 9 days, state announces 66 day season for state waters | AL.com.

State Waters Open for Red Snapper Fishing Memorial Day Weekend Through July | Outdoor Alabama

April 28, 2016

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division (MRD) announced Wednesday that Alabama’s waters will open for the recreational harvest of red snapper from Friday, May 27 – Sunday, July 31, 2016. For 2016, the state waters were extended in federal legislation that was passed in December 2015. This extension allows the State of Alabama to manage reef fish out to 9 miles from shore. The daily bag limit will be two red snapper per person. The minimum size for red snapper will be 16 inches total length. A list of public artificial and natural reefs located in Alabama state waters can be found at www.outdooralabama.com/artificial-reefs. Federal waters outside 9 miles will also be open for red snapper harvest during the nine-day federal season June 1-9.

via State Waters Open for Red Snapper Fishing Memorial Day Weekend Through July | Outdoor Alabama.

Florida man charged with murder in death of missing Gulf Shores boater | AL.com

April 27, 2016

A Florida man is now charged with murder in the death of a Gulf Shores man who went missing on April 2 while sailing to Port St. Joe, Fla.

Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, is currently being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, La. after allegedly being caught using the missing man’s credit cards and passport, NOLA.com reported.

via Florida man charged with murder in death of missing Gulf Shores boater | AL.com.

Fort Morgan residents upset over addition to Governor’s mansion – FOX10 News | WALA

April 27, 2016

An addition to the state governor’s mansion wall off Ft. Morgan Rd. has Baldwin County commissioners and property owners upset.  There’s always been a wall, but as part of ongoing renovations about a 40 ft. new section was added.  That has county commissioners and some property owners upset because they said it was built across county right-of-way without permission and restricts beach access.

via Fort Morgan residents upset over addition to Governor’s mansion – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

State Beach House Renovations Hits Wall

April 27, 2016

Alabama Governor

It turns out the security wall surrounding the state beach house property in Fort Morgan stretches over the county right of way. “It’s a right of way, not a road but it’s still county property and it looks like the state has built a wall right slap across it,” says county commissioner Chris Elliott.

A plat map shows the problem. The middle lot behind the state beach property belongs to the subdivision.

via State Beach House Renovations Hits Wall.

FBI offering $10,000 reward for information leading to missing Alabama teen | AL.com

April 27, 2016

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of a missing east Alabama teenager.

Myra Alissia Freeman, now 18, disappeared from her Highland Home residence on the evening of Dec. 13, 2015 after taking out the garbage from her bedroom.

via FBI offering $10,000 reward for information leading to missing Alabama teen | AL.com.

Alabama State Parks to Blaze New Paths with Revitalized Trail Program | Outdoor Alabama

April 27, 2016

It’s a first step for Alabama State Parks and a potential giant leap for trail lovers in the Southeast. With the creation of the State Parks Trails Coordinator position, the parks system is reaffirming its commitment to the number one user activity within its parks, trail use. The trail coordinator will oversee the revitalization of the parks system’s trail program among other duties.

“In my 27 years of experience, I can easily say a huge majority of our guests are going to use a trail in some form or fashion,” said Ken Thomas, DeSoto State Park Superintendent and newly appointed State Parks Trails Coordinator. “It might be 15-20 minutes on a boardwalk or a hike from sunup to sundown, but visitors value this staple of our parks system.”

 

The numbers support Thomas’s observations. According to the nonprofit research group The Outdoor Foundation, the number of Americans who use multi-use trails has grown steadily over the last decade. In the past three years alone, hiking, trail running, and mountain biking participation increased to more than 100 million Americans aged 6 and up.

via Alabama State Parks to Blaze New Paths with Revitalized Trail Program | Outdoor Alabama.

State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com

April 25, 2016

If you were planning on doing any business with the state of Alabama today, you will need to reschedule.

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Alabama, meaning state offices and courts are closed in honor of those who fought and died for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The day is marked by a handful of celebrations around Southern states but only Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi designate the last Monday in April as Confederate Memorial Day. Six other states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas – celebrate similar events at various times during the year.

via State offices closed today. Why? It’s Confederate Memorial Day | AL.com.

Death penalty sought in boater’s murder

April 23, 2016

Local officials announced Friday that a Milton man will be charged with murder in the death and disappearance of an Alabama boater.

In a press conference, Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said that investigators would be serving a homicide warrant to 36-year-old Michael Paul Rodgers, who is jailed in Louisiana on fraud and theft charges. Rodgers was arrested in Jefferson Parrish, Louisiana, after allegedly trying to assume the identity of a missing Gulf Shores man, 62-year-old James Gunther.

via Death penalty sought in boater’s murder.

Milton man accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater | WEAR

April 23, 2016

WEAR — The state attorney says he will go after the death penalty for a Milton man now accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater.

Michael Rogers is currently in a Louisiana jail charged with fraud.

Police there say he tried to use 62-year-old James Gunther’s passport and credit cards to get a Lousiana ID.

via Milton man accused of murdering a Gulf Shores boater | WEAR.

Missing boater’s death now a homicide investigation, suspect nam – FOX10 News | WALA

April 23, 2016

The Escambia County, Fla. Sheriff’s office says the the death of 62-year-old missing boater James Bradley Gunther of Gulf Shores is now a homicide investigation.

That means more answers for a Gulf Shores community, mourning the loss of a fellow boater. Investigators say Brad Gunther was killed after he left this dock on his sailboat. Gunther had been missing for nearly three weeks.

via Missing boater’s death now a homicide investigation, suspect nam – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Missing Sailor Case Now A Murder Investigation

April 23, 2016

The body of 62-year-old Brad Gunther was discovered by family members a week ago. Now investigators in Florida are calling it a homicide and have a warrant for the arrest of Michael Paul Rodgers.

“Our office working with the sheriff’s office has obtained a warrant for homicide and has put a detainer on Mr. Rodgers.”

via Missing Sailor Case Now A Murder Investigation.

Marine Resources Seeks Help with Adopt-a-Reef Program | Outdoor Alabama

April 23, 2016

Alabama has an extremely valuable resource in waters off our state’s coastline. It combines great fisheries with man-made structures to create the nation’s premier reef fish destination.

The Alabama Artificial Reef Program has overseen the deployment of 15,000-plus structures in the 1,000 square miles of artificial reef zones off the coast. Those reef zones are recognized as the best place in the world to catch red snapper. Of course, plenty of other reef fish live off the Alabama coast, but it’s hard to get a piece of bait past the red snapper because of their abundance.

However, a threat to that ecosystem is creeping into the reef fish habitat like an incessant plague – the invasive lion fish.

via Marine Resources Seeks Help with Adopt-a-Reef Program | Outdoor Alabama.

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