Category Archives: Alabama

Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA

July 04, 2015

In two years, the State of Alabama will start to reap the benefits of the $2.3 billion promised to the state in a settlement with BP announced on Thursday.

Officials said this new source of money will be separate from the $85 million Gulf State Park project. A number of projects will be considered for this new source of money.

via Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA.

Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

Don’t count Congressman Bradley Byrne among those jumping for joy after BP agreed to pay Alabama $2.3 billion for the 2010 oil spill.

Byrne, who represent’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Congress, says he has “serious concerns” with the settlement — particularly over where the money is headed.

via Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG.

Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

When Governor Robert Bentley announced a settlement with BP for the oil spill Thursday morning, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon learned of it through the news media like most everyone else because he said coastal communities were left in the dark.

“At this point, I have had no communication with anyone and that’s pretty amazing considering we were the ones hit and effected by this,” Kennon said.

via Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG.

Good News for Southwest Alabama’s Aviation Industry | Representative Bradley Byrne

June 22, 2015

At the APM Container Terminal in downtown Mobile on Sunday, the first parts for the new Airbus A320 assembly line arrived. Local residents lined the streets as the parts paraded from the Port of Mobile to the Airbus facility at Brookley Field.

Just a few days prior to the ceremony, I was in France for the 2015 Paris Air Show. The Air Show is the premier aviation event in the world that brings thousands of companies, industry leaders, and elected officials together and allows companies to show off their latest products.

via Good News for Southwest Alabama’s Aviation Industry | Representative Bradley Byrne.

The animals most likely to kill you in Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com

June 20, 2015

Let’s face it. None of us want to be swimming in the ocean and encounter a shark. And who wants to see a slithering snake in the middle of the woodpile or a swarm of angry bees headed in their direction?

As scary and creepy as these things are, the chances of one of them killing you is next to zero. Instead, there’s are some other pesky beasts that kill more Alabamians than any others. We’re going to look at that in today’s Wake Up Call.

via The animals most likely to kill you in Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com.

Probate Judges Gather in Orange Beach; Await Supreme Court Ruling | WKRG

June 17, 2015

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on same sex marriage is expected later this month and no matter what it is, no group will be more relieved than the 68 Probate Judges in Alabama.

Those judges are meeting this week in Orange Beach. A third of them are in their first term and say they could never have imagined the chaos they would encounter

“When you take office this is not the kind of thing that you think you’re going to be facing,” said Greg Cain, Morgan County Probate Judge. “But it’s there, so you go with it.”

via Probate Judges Gather in Orange Beach; Await Supreme Court Ruling | WKRG.

Cast & Blast: Red snapper rules may be adjusted

June 14, 2015

So far, it’s been an outstanding red snapper season down in the Gulf of Mexico, with lots of folks catching plenty of fish. Outside of the occasional rough patch of weather, it’s been a great time to get some fishing done. Now, federal season for snapper fishing has ended, but don’t worry folks, as the state of Alabama still has recreational fishing season for snapper and triggers available from July 1-31.

via Cast & Blast: Red snapper rules may be adjusted.

Same agency ruining Alabama’s Red Snapper season caught ‘manufacturing’ global warming data – Yellowhammer News

June 05, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. — As anglers on Alabama’s Gulf coast prepare for the only weekend of this year’s Red Snapper season, they may be interested to hear that the same agency who restricts the amount of time they can fish to only 10 days was also just caught manipulating climate change data.

via Same agency ruining Alabama’s Red Snapper season caught ‘manufacturing’ global warming data – Yellowhammer News.

Myths About Retiring in Alabama

May 31, 2015

When you think about Alabama, it is possible that you have heard about oil spills and hurricanes, mosquitoes and alligators. When it comes to retiring in Alabama there are a lot of myths that need to be ignored. The reality is Alabama is a great state to retire in. It has miles upon miles of serene coastline, a climate that is less humid and hurricane prone than neighboring Florida’s, and one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the United States. Here are three myths related to retirement in Alabama.

via Myths About Retiring in Alabama.

Are There Enough Red Snapper Fish to Extend Season? USA Research

May 29, 2015

About 20 miles off shore is where you can find one of the Gulf’s most popular fish – the red snapper.

“When the season’s open everybody goes out there’s so many big snappers that they catch the quota in no time,” said Dr. Bob Shipp, a professor of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama.

Dr. Ship tells us, his past work suggests that Alabama’s coast is full of red snapper.  He thinks regulations should be loosened up.

via Are There Enough Red Snapper Fish to Extend Season? USA Research.

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.

Poseidon’s Playground Adds to Alabama’s Diving Opportunities

May 23, 2015

When the scuba-diving community considered a destination in the past, Alabama was not a location that popped up regularly.

Diving in Alabama

Those who love diving along the state’s Gulf Coast hope that is rapidly changing with the latest effort to bring a new awareness of the diving opportunities in Alabama state waters and a little farther offshore.

via Poseidon’s Playground Adds to Alabama’s Diving Opportunities.

Poseidon’s Playground Adds to Alabama’s Diving Opportunities

May 22, 2015

When the scuba-diving community considered a destination in the past, Alabama was not a location that popped up regularly.

Those who love diving along the state’s Gulf Coast hope that is rapidly changing with the latest effort to bring a new awareness of the diving opportunities in Alabama state waters and a little farther offshore.

The first step in Alabama’s effort to attract the diving world occurred two years ago when a 271-foot coastal freighter, formerly used to carry cargo for relatively short trips to coastal areas and the Caribbean, was renamed “LuLu” and sunk off the Alabama coast to great fanfare.

via Poseidon’s Playground Adds to Alabama’s Diving Opportunities.

Report Red Snapper Landings in Alabama

May 22, 2015

The Marine Resources Division reminds recreational red snapper anglers that the captain or owner of any vessel, private or charter, is required to report all red snapper kept and discarded dead prior to landing in Alabama. Only one report is required per vessel trip and anglers can provide information via one of the following methods; the Outdoor Alabama Pocket Ranger® app available in the iTunes or Google Play app stores, online at outdooralabama.com; by telephone at 1-844-REDSNAP (1-844-733-7627), or by paper forms available at select coastal public boat launches.

via Report Red Snapper Landings in Alabama.

Airbus related business leases office space in Mobile, Sylvan Learning Center headed to Spanish Fort | AL.com

May 11, 2015

The Orange Beach City Council will consider extending its consulting contract with former Gov. Bob Riley’s firm for another year at $10,000 a month plus expenses at its May 11 meeting.  Bob Riley & Associates based in Birmingham, will focus on key transportation needs such as building a second bridge over Wolf Bay that would provide an alternative emergency evacuation route off the island.

via Airbus related business leases office space in Mobile, Sylvan Learning Center headed to Spanish Fort | AL.com.

Alabama State Waters Open for Red Snapper and Triggerfish in Jul

May 07, 2015

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division (MRD) announced Thursday that Alabama’s waters will open for the recreational harvest of red snapper and gray triggerfish from July 1-31, 2015. Alabama state waters will also be open for red snapper harvest during the federal season June 1-10, 2015. The daily bag limit will be two red snapper per person and two gray triggerfish per person. The minimum size for red snapper will be 16 inches total length, and the minimum size for gray triggerfish will be 14-inch fork length. Federal waters remain closed to private recreational anglers for red snapper and gray triggerfish harvest during the July season.

via Alabama State Waters Open for Red Snapper and Triggerfish in Jul.

Loxley Residents Weigh in on Gambling Legislation – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 06, 2015

LOXLEY, Ala. (WPMI) Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh has introduced a piece of legislation that would allow lottery and casino gambling in Alabama.

While Governor Robert Bentley is against the measure, many Loxley residents said it could give the state a revenue boost.

“I don’t anyone is fond of imposing a new tax,” said Loxley resident Patrick Hardy. “It would be nice if this lottery and gambling proposal could help off-set an increase in taxes, as well as generate new revenue for education and law enforcement.”

via Loxley Residents Weigh in on Gambling Legislation – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

A Real Marina with an Artificial Purpose

May 06, 2015

Off the coast of Alabama is the largest artificial reef system in the country, maybe the world. The next addition to this water wonderland for fish could come from right here in Gulf Shores. A new one and a half million dollar project by the state marine resources division being built along the intracoastal waterway

“We acquired the 12 acres next to property we already owned so we could have waterfront access where we could take appropriate materials off shore or inshore to build artificial reefs,” says chief biologist for Alabama Marine Resources, Kevin Anson.

via A Real Marina with an Artificial Purpose.

Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com

May 06, 2015

A lawsuit filed Friday in Montgomery County against Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Baldwin County school officials is being privately financed and is an effort to seek clarification on whether school boards can use taxpayer money to fund campaigns, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Monday.

via Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com.

Lawsuit Could Force Baldwin School Board to Repay Campaign Money

May 05, 2015

A month after Baldwin County voters soundly defeated a plan to raise property taxes to fund new school construction, State Auditor Jim Ziegler has filed a lawsuit to recoup 250 thousand dollars spent by the Baldwin County School Board to finance the campaign and prevent school boards from ever doing it again.

“The purpose of the lawsuit is to stop school boards from spending taxpayer fund and resources on political activity,” says Ziegler.

via Lawsuit Could Force Baldwin School Board to Repay Campaign Money.

Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com

May 05, 2015

A lawsuit filed Friday in Montgomery County against Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and Baldwin County school officials is being privately financed and is an effort to seek clarification on whether school boards can use taxpayer money to fund campaigns, Auditor Jim Zeigler said Monday.

via Auditor Jim Zeigler files lawsuit against AG’s office, Baldwin County Schools: ‘It’s an Alabama issue’ | AL.com.

Snapper season snipped: recreational season will run June 1-11 – FOX10 News | WALA

May 04, 2015

Once again, there will be a very limited amount of time you can reel in a red snapper in 2015.

The season starts on June 1 and for recreational anglers there is only a 10-day season. New this year though, charter boats have been separated from the weekend warriors and captains can take clients out for 44 days.

So why another short season? NOAA fisheries says the population of fish is rebounding, but the snapper are still young, under 10-years old, and need to be given time to age for a healthy fishery. Older fish produce more eggs. For instance, a 10-year-old red snapper produces 33x more eggs than a 3-year-old.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Snapper season snipped: recreational season will run June 1-11 – FOX10 News | WALA.

News Releases – Newsroom – United States Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama

April 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Thursday, April 30, 2015 – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), today released a statement following the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announcement outlining the 2015 red snapper season length for recreational fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico:

“NOAA’s red snapper season announcement today is deeply disappointing.  While the decision to increase the number of days for charter boats to fish is a step in the right direction, limiting private anglers to only 10 days this year is completely unacceptable.

via News Releases – Newsroom – United States Senator Richard Shelby, Alabama.

Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com

April 30, 2015

Five Alabama counties are trending upward in property tax revenues, while Baldwin County has yet to see an uptick from the same revenue stream since the Recession, according to statistics provided by Interim County Administrator Ron Cink.

Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust Jr., however, said the county’s revenue figures should show at least a 6 percent increase in the coming year.

via Questions raised about Baldwin County’s property tax revenue | AL.com.

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