Red snapper season in Alabama state waters opened Friday, May 27, 2016 and rough seas didn’t stop folks from heading out after one of Alabama’s most prized natural resources.
This is the first year that the Feds have recognized Alabama’s extended state waters, out to nine miles and plenty of anglers tried their luck. While fresh snapper fillets were on tonight’s menu, some had to change their plans.
With thousands heading to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, that means a traffic headache on the Gulf Coast. The Alabama Department of Transportation says Friday is one of the busiest traffic days of the year.
Inside the ALDOT traffic control room are more than 100 cameras, monitoring the major highways in Mobile. With so many cars on the road this weekend, ALDOT officials are keeping a closer eye out for any problems.
Coastal lawmakers say they want to take on a sacred cow in north Alabama in order to get a fair share of the state’s BP Oil Spill Settlement.
The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, several other energy plants, and dams in the northern part of the state, providing power to 17 counties and serving 17-percent of the state’s population. TVA is a self-sustaining federal agency that makes annual payments to the State in lieu of certain taxes.
Hunters will lose access to 19,480 acres of public hunting land in south Alabama this fall as the Scotch Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Clarke County will no longer be a part of the state WMA system. The removal of Scotch from the WMA system will be effective 90 days from May 25, 2016.
In a letter dated May 25, Scotch Land Management informed the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) that its decision to remove the land from the state’s WMA system was due to an increase in candidate listings under the federal Endangered Species Act, which could restrict its business and land management practices.
The Scotch Land Management company has provided the acreage as public hunting land in cooperation with ADCNR since the 1950s. Deeply valued by the local hunting community, the Scotch WMA was located in Clarke County near Coffeeville, Ala., and was a part of ADCNR’s WMA system for approximately 60 years.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
When Governor Robert Bentley stopped in town this week to talk about the agreement they made to decrease wind insurance rates for people with AIUA (Alabama Insurance Underwriters Association), it may have seemed like a good thing.
Lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin counties are optimistic a special session of the legislature could mean millions of dollars to the coast. When it comes to the BP disaster–lawmakers from Southwest Alabama agree it was coastal catastrophe.
“We’re the part of Alabama that had oil hit the coast,” said State Senator Bill Hightower. South Alabama lawmakers came fairly close to redirecting a large chunk of the BP settlement during the 2016 session back to the Gulf Coast.
On Saturday, June 11, Alabamians will have the opportunity to fish for free in most public waters. Free Fishing Day is part of National Fishing and Boating Week, which runs June 4-12. Free Fishing Day allows residents and non-residents to fish without a fishing license for a day in both salt and fresh waters.
This is where our rivers start, in places that look like something out of Middle Earth, or Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Tiny waterfalls cascade down mossy cliffs, fed by hillside springs every few feet along the length of the stream. These trickles of cool, clear water drip and gather into streams so small you can step across them without getting wet.
Governor Robert Bentley will joins Alabama Department of Insurance Commissioner Jim Riding and other local leaders Wednesday to announce a new agreement between the Alabama Insurance Department and the Alabama Insurance Underwriters Association on property insurance for Alabama coastal counties.
An agreement between the Alabama Department of Insurance and the Alabama Insurance Underwriters Association will save some homeowners in Baldwin and Mobile counties money on their insurance premiums. Gov. Robert Bentley made the announcement at Five Rivers Delta Center in Spanish Fort Wednesday.
From a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk atop Alabama’s highest mountain at Cheaha State Park to heart-pumping hikes on one of the 52 miles of trails in Oak Mountain State Park, the Alabama State Parks trails system has a hike that can provide stress relief or produce a beneficial workout for your cardio system.
And that’s only going to get better with a renewed commitment to make that trails system the best it can be.
The first step happened when State Parks Director Greg Lein tapped Ken Thomas to become the State Parks Trails Coordinator.
The State Attorney’s Office has been saying it has a lot of evidence in this case and it was enough for a grand jury to indict Rodgers for premeditated murder.
The Milton man is accused of killing 62-year-old Brad Gunther last month. Gunther had been missing for two weeks after leaving on his sailboat from Gulf Shores. Investigators found his body, bound with rope and buried on the shoreline of NAS Pensacola. The cause of death was drowning.
Of course you should be able to drive your boat up to your local seafood shack. There’s plenty of dock space here, so tie up and dig into what this Gulf favorite is best known for: breakfast Farmer’s Omelet, fried seafood baskets, po’boys, “Mexican Garbage” Nachos and Bushwackers.
affic jams at the Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 are no big secret to coastal Alabama motorists, and a proposed $850 million new bridge has been bantered about for years in South Alabama.
But the traffic concerns, and the proposed project aimed at fixing them, is now getting some national attention thanks to an article on The Hill which listed the I-10 Bridge as one of five transportation projects in the country that “experts believe are in dire need of repair.”
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is planning a trip to Mobile next week to talk about homeowners’ insurance reform. Whenever there’s massive destruction from a tornado, hurricane or other natural disasters in Alabama, homeowners can take a hit.
Mobile is among the rainiest cities in the U.S., and that’s bad sign heading into sweltering summer days, steamy nights and peak months for mosquito infestation.
The concern is magnified this year as health officials scramble to prepare for the mosquito-borne Zika epidemic that has spread to 37 counties and territories in the Americas and is threatening the summer Olympic games in Brazil.
People here on the Gulf Coast love to red snapper fish. And they think federal restrictions on red snapper fishing are an extremely important issue for our area. Those are the results of the latest News-5/Strategy Research Poll.
Construction is underway at the Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center. This comes after a lawsuit temporarily halted the project and officials say there may still be some hurdles to overcome.
Heavy equipment and cranes are on site just east of the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores. Work is underway laying the foundation for the 300 + room Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center. The plans were put on hold by a lawsuit. In February, a federal court ruled that Alabama could not use $58 million dollars in early BP restoration funds to build the hotel.
Red snapper season is right around the corner and this year you can get paid to reel them in.
It’s another short season for recreational anglers. Just like last year, the recreational season is only nine days starting on June 1. This is making some anglers and even Congressman Bradley Byrne upset.
“They may feel kind of disconnected from the management process and don’t like the nine day fishing season,” said Matt Catalano, assistant professor for the School of Fisheries at Auburn.