Category Archives: Alabama

ADCNR – State Parks could close if budget cut again – FOX10 News | WALA

September 02, 2015

As Alabama state legislators try to make up a $300 million dollar shortfall in the budget, state agencies are preparing for potentially big cuts.  Tuesday, September 1, 2015 the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) met with the media to discuss what those cuts could mean for state parks and other programs.

Millions of visitors enjoy Alabama’s state parks annually.  The state’s 22 parks have more than a $350 million dollar economic impact on the state.  Commercial and recreational fisheries on the gulf coast sustain 11,000 jobs and have a $1.2 billion dollar impact on the state.  Outdoors enthusiasts benefit from more than 700,000 acres of Forever Wild and other state lands along with the wildlife that lives there.  Much of this could be in jeopardy according to the ADCNR Commissioner, Gunter Guy.

via ADCNR – State Parks could close if budget cut again – FOX10 News | WALA.

DCNR: Cuts Could Close Parks, Affect Hunting Seasons

September 02, 2015

It’s a full court press from state departments urging the legislature to pass the governor’s proposed tax hikes. Without them they say they’re facing dire consequences for their agencies.

Last week the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency held a press conference, and this week officials with the department of correction have been hosting tours of their aging prisons.

via DCNR: Cuts Could Close Parks, Affect Hunting Seasons.

17 member group meets to tackle coastal insurance reform – FOX10 News | WALA

September 01, 2015

Living on the Alabama coast means that Baldwin and Mobile counties are vulnerable to hurricanes.

According to the Alabama Department of Insurance (DOI), there was a 40 percent difference in the cost of homeowners’ insurance for Mobile and Baldwin counties compared to the rest of the state in 2004.

via 17 member group meets to tackle coastal insurance reform – FOX10 News | WALA.

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New banking program emerges as Alabama debates payday and title loan issues | AL.com

September 01, 2015

Critics of Alabama’s 456 percent cap on payday loans say the financial tools hurt poor borrowers the most by plunging them into a never-ending cycle of debt.

Supporters say the businesses are at a high demand in Alabama where some 30,000 people rely on quick cash options to pay their utility bills, etc.

via New banking program emerges as Alabama debates payday and title loan issues | AL.com.

17 member group meets to tackle coastal insurance reform – FOX10 News | WALA

September 01, 2015

Living on the Alabama coast means that Baldwin and Mobile counties are vulnerable to hurricanes.

According to the Alabama Department of Insurance (DOI), there was a 40 percent difference in the cost of homeowners’ insurance for Mobile and Baldwin counties compared to the rest of the state in 2004.

via 17 member group meets to tackle coastal insurance reform – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Bull Minnows fly off Bait Shop Shelves

September 01, 2015

The first stop of the day for most fishermen is the local bait shop but recently live wells can be found empty of a favorite bait…bull minnows.“As quick as I get them in, people are constantly calling and wanting them. That’s the primary source for fishing for flounder,” said Henry Thomas, an employee at Deer River Bait and Tackle.

via Bull Minnows fly off Bait Shop Shelves.

New Group to Tackle Coastal Insurance Woes

September 01, 2015

Ten years after Katrina, Alabama homeowners are still feeling the impact of the storm when they pay their monthly homeowners insurance premiums. No the state is taking another shot at finding a solution.

State Senator Trip Pittman read a letter from the governor Monday tasking the Coastal Insurance Work Group to solve the coastal insurance crisis. The group met for the first time at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Mobile, a decade after Katrina and 11 years after Ivan devastated the coast.

via New Group to Tackle Coastal Insurance Woes.

Congressional Staffers Experience Alabama’s Great Snapper Fishing | Outdoor Alabama

August 29, 2015

Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship has a point to make, but the audience he needs to reach is not on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Alabama’s saltwater anglers are well aware of the red snapper story, so Blankenship reached out to what is known as the Washington (D.C.) bubble, where outside information has a hard time gaining attention.

via Congressional Staffers Experience Alabama’s Great Snapper Fishing | Outdoor Alabama.

Probate Judge Wants to Help State Driver’s License Division

August 29, 2015

Most of the people who call Baldwin County home, aren’t originally from the area.

Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell said their records show nearly 90% of residents came from out-of-state or other countries. Of course, if they want to drive around town, they can’t avoid the lengthy process to get an Alabama license.

via Probate Judge Wants to Help State Driver’s License Division.

Alert Diver | Alabama’s Gulf Coast

August 21, 2015

After driving over one of the three bridges to the gulf coast of Alabama, you’ll find yourself on the beautiful white sandy shore of Orange Beach or Gulf Shores. You might be welcomed to this laid-back world of Southern hospitality with a glass of sweet tea, which you can sip while looking out over the Gulf of Mexico. The allure of Alabama’s coastline is evident, but you may wonder whether there is any decent diving to be had. Not only is there fantastic diving off the beaches of Alabama, but the state also boasts one of the largest artificial reef programs in the United States.

via Alert Diver | Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Gulf council releases draft outlining use of oil spill settlemen – FOX10 News | WALA

August 15, 2015

A federal council created by the RESTORE Act. has released a draft of Gulf Coast projects to be funded by $140 million in settlement money from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

The draft funded priorities list (FPL) and the projects in it are a result of the RESTORE Act, which requires 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties go into the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund to be used for Gulf Coast restoration projects.

via Gulf council releases draft outlining use of oil spill settlemen – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Ranked #1 in North America

August 14, 2015

Montreal, Canada – The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber was selected as 2015 Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).  The award was presented last night at the ACCE Annual Convention in Montreal.   Chamber Chairman Vince Lucido, President Ed Rodriguez, and Membership Director Vicki Stillings were in attendance representing the Chamber at the ACCE Awards Ceremony at Montreal’s Palais des Congres.

via Coastal Alabama Business Chamber Ranked #1 in North America.

Only 1 state has lower property taxes than Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com

August 14, 2015

You can’t deny that Alabama has some beautiful beaches. Do they compare to Hawaii’s though?

Probably not.

There’s one other way that the Aloha State has the Heart of Dixie beat: property taxes.

The Tax Foundation recently compiled a map showing the effective tax rate for owner-occupied housing. The measurement provides a good comparison because it shows the average amount of residential property tax people actually pay, expressed as a percentage of home value.

via Only 1 state has lower property taxes than Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com.

Capt. Shirley Brown is latest addition to Alabama reef program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 14, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — For years the Capt. Shirley Brown was a fixture in the waters around Pensacola.

Now it’s a fixture off of Orange Beach sitting in 85 feet of water about 14 miles off the coast, courtesy of the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation.

via Capt. Shirley Brown is latest addition to Alabama reef program – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Under proposed red snapper regulations, everyone loses | AL.com

August 12, 2015

Federal red snapper seasons are too short and recreational fishermen deserve better. But contrary to what you may have heard, help is not on the way.

In recent weeks, recreational anglers have had their hopes unfairly raised by the prospect of new fishing regulations that would change the way commercial and recreational fishermen share the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico.

Today, the allocation of red snapper is balanced almost 50-50 between those who fish for fun and those who fish for a living. But federal regulators on the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will this week vote on a proposal (Amendment 28) that could shift millions of pounds of sustainably caught red snapper away from the commercial sector and the consumers they serve, exclusively to boat-owning private fishermen.

via Under proposed red snapper regulations, everyone loses | AL.com.

Tea party get lesson on insurance rates – FOX10 News | WALA

August 05, 2015

Each Tuesday afternoon this summer the Fairhope Museum of History offers its visitors a cup of Baldwin County Tea and a taste of Fairhope history.  This week’s guest speaker gave folks a lesson on insurance rates along the coast.  The Coastal Insurance Work Group aims to equalize homeowners insurance rates state-wide.

Years may go by before you need it, but chances are, if you live along the coast, you’ll eventually have to make an insurance claim.  The common perception is that hurricane-prone counties like Mobile and Baldwin are higher risk areas for insurers.  Michelle Kurtz with Coastal Insurance Work Group aims to prove that perception wrong to anyone that will listen.  She said the rest of the state has reasonable insurance premiums, averaging just less than $1,000, but here on the coast it’s much higher.

via Tea party get lesson on insurance rates – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

The special session of the Alabama Legislature begins Monday, talking about tax hikes.

But FOX10 News is keeping a close eye on one special session issue of great importance to our area: What will happen to the more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP?

Governor Robert Bentley and lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin County have very different ideas on where the money should go, but is there room for compromise?

via Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 02, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

A total of $4.2 million was awarded to agencies and cities across the four states as part of a third round of grants from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, according to announcement this week by Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick A. Juneau.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News

August 01, 2015

Alabama’s oyster reefs have historically harvested an average of one million pounds of oysters per year and have made it one of the top oyster producing states in the nation for more than a century.

But changes to water temperature, environmental impacts, parasites and other issues have made the reefs unpredictable and, at times, unproductive.

via Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News.

Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 01, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com

July 31, 2015

Officials on Alabama’s coast say they are ready to reclaim the sugar-white beaches that have been overrun with abandoned tents, umbrellas, beach chairs, boogie boards, and other beachy belongings.While Baldwin County’s coastal communities have enjoyed record-breaking tourism numbers for four straight years, that same growth has led to the degradation of their star attraction.

via Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com.

Andy Andrews: Dear Alabama, our bubble is shrinking, but all is not lost – Yellowhammer News

July 29, 2015

I have long been proud of my heritage.  While unable to trace ancestors to the Mayflower and unaware of any noble blood in my veins, I am from Alabama.   Born in Birmingham’s West End Hospital in 1959, I still live in Alabama with my wife, Polly, and our two boys.

I love most everything about this state and suppose I always have—Bear Bryant, Shug Jordan, The Vulcan, Tony Nathan, long deer seasons, Dothan’s Conestoga Steak House, yes sir and no ma’am, the Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores, my eighth grade English teacher Mrs. McLoyd, church at the Flora-Bama, Winston Groom… I could go on and on.

via Andy Andrews: Dear Alabama, our bubble is shrinking, but all is not lost – Yellowhammer News.

Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WPMI) Alabama residents can soon take part in back to school savings. The tax break covers books and supplies, including clothes priced at less than $100, and computers and educational software less than $750.

The sales tax holiday in Alabama runs August 7-9.

via Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

BP settlement money not going only to Mobile and Baldwin – FOX10 News | WALA

July 21, 2015

POINT CLEAR, AL (WALA) - FOX10 News is committed to tracking where BP settlement dollars are going in Alabama.

The state will receive $2.3 billion for environmental and economic damages. The economic damage payments will be $1 billion paid over 18 years.

But, if you believe all the money will be heading to Mobile and Baldwin counties, the areas most affected by the spill, think again.

GENERAL FUND

Speaking in Point Clear, Governor Robert Bentley talked about why he wants more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP to go into the state general fund and not exclusively to Mobile and Baldwin counties.

via BP settlement money not going only to Mobile and Baldwin – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama Gulf Coast leaders holding off on any decisions about BP oil spill settlement money | AL.com

July 21, 2015

A group of local elected officials charged with determining where millions of dollars in BP oil spill settlement money is going is on hold with all decisions until more details about the agreement surfaces in the coming months.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, last week, opted to put its appropriations on hold for the time being until U.S. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier finalizes the agreement and more information is forwarded to the group as to what the money can be spent on.

via Alabama Gulf Coast leaders holding off on any decisions about BP oil spill settlement money | AL.com.

Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties

July 21, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he opposes sending a portion of the state’s one billion-dollar BP settlement to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

“That’s not going to happen,” said Bentley. “That belongs to the state of Alabama.”

Bentley made the comments to reporters after speaking Monday at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Summer Conference in Point Clear. Bentley told the audience that the billion dollar state settlement would be used to pay off debt and to help balance the General Fund budget.

via Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties.

3 years after expanding film credits, Alabama’s counting stars | Arts and Culture | The Sun Herald

July 20, 2015

Richard Rionda Del Castro, the producer of “USS Indianapolis” — an upcoming movie starring Nicolas Cage about the sinking of the ship that transported the nuclear bomb to end World War II — is filming on and off Alabama’s coast this month.

“What is exciting about this film is really making this story,” he said. “It’s a film that should have been made long ago, and I don’t understand why no producer has made this film before.”

But it’s not just Orange Beach’s white sand, downtown Mobile’s historic architecture and a mansion outside of town that make Alabama an attractive setting for such a major motion picture.

There’s something else pretty about this picturesque port town: tax credits.

via 3 years after expanding film credits, Alabama’s counting stars | Arts and Culture | The Sun Herald.

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