The data breaks down the drinking rates to a county level, so I thought it would be enlightening to look at the counties in Alabama that have the highest percentage of heavy drinkers. They are: Baldwin County – 9.3% Montgomery County – 8.4% Lee County – 8.3% Macon County – 7.8% Pike County – 7.8% Mobile County – 7.7% Shelby County – 7.6% Jefferson County – 7.1% Elmore County – 7.1%
A proposal to reform red snapper regulations in the Gulf of Mexico will go before a U.S. House committee next week, but its sponsor says there is little chance of it having an impact on the private recreational fishing season this year.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, said Friday that his reform language aimed at extending the private recreational red snapper season will be up for consideration within the larger reauthorization consideration for the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the federal law regulating marine fisheries management in the U.S.
If the Gulf State Park project were a mega-development dropping from the sky onto a place where no lodge had existed before, we would be seriously concerned.
But that’s not the case. The goal of the $85.5 million project planned for Alabama’s premier state park, which draws 600,000 visitors annually, is to replace a previous structure with a reasonably sized lodge and meeting space that would be both economically and environmentally sustainable.
As the battle continues to extend red snapper fishing in the Gulf, there is now a legal battle going on among groups of recreational fishermen.
Recreational Snapper fishing in the Gulf had just a nine day season last year and likely won’t have much more this summer. The federal restrictions are devastating for the charter boat industry as snapper is one of the most popular fish to catch.
New developments involving Alabama’s budget crisis and the possible closure of state parks. Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein says the closures are now on hold. Two weeks ago it was announced 15 out of the 22 parks could close because of a major shortfall in Alabama’s General Fund budget. Governor Robert Bentley says tax increases are the only solution to fill the massive budget shortfall. The governor is proposing $541 million in tax increases, but lawmakers have so far taken no action on the proposal.
Nick Cannon, Kerry Washington, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Lopez and Mark Wahlberg all belong to an exclusive club which has ties here to south Alabama. All were members of The Boys and Girls Club.
All day volunteers with The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama will be in our studio taking your phone calls. They hope to raise money for the local branches. There are several clubs here in Mobile County providing after school care for students. The locations also run summer programs. The Boys and Girls Club offers children a safe place after school where education, recreation, and art are all top priorities. Self-improvement programs are also important. Staff members implement programs which teach students character qualities, responsibility, teamwork, and the importance of making the right decisions in life.
It was an aquatic battle of underwater robots, driven by students across our region.
That’s the best way to sum up Saturday’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab ROV Competition at Bishop State College in Mobile.
Teams from high schools in many states, including Louisiana, Alabama and Florida brought their ROV’s to complete an underwater obstacle course as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Alabama is still waiting for its share of BP Clean Water Act fine money.
“It’s moving frustratingly slow,” said Jimmy Lyons, Director of the Alabama State Port Authority.
Lyons is one of ten people making up the committee that will decide how Alabama will spend its BP fine money through the RESTORE Act – possibly as much as $700 million dollars.
A month after oil erupted from the Macondo Well, “I just thought, this place is just going to be ruined.”
Journalist Ben Raines had received secret documents and a video from inside BP’s “war room” and knew the magnitude of the spill long before BP made any public admissions. “In this video, written on this board, it said 4.6 million gallons a day. The government, meanwhile, was telling us that it was about 40 thousand gallons a day. It was two thousand bigger than they were letting on,” says Raines.
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, funds for restoration projects are starting to move to the five Gulf states. These coastal Alabama leaders offered their vision for how to set spending priorities to protect and restore Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.Here’s what they had to say:
After dealing with 16 months of work and 10 months of using a temporary span, Gulf Shores residents and visitors should be happy to hear the new bridge over Little Lagoon Pass is scheduled to reopen this week.
The $12.1 million Alabama Department of Transportation project replaced the old Lee Callaway Bridge and roughly doubled the width of the pass to 80 feet, with the construction of a concrete seawall.
Please join the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation as we seek to honor the brave men and women who serve and protect the Alabama Gulf Coast and all firemen and policemen everywhere by contributing to two statues to be deployed underwater as a permanent memorial. Poseidon’s Playground is a new underwater project created by the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation in December 2014, which was created in shallow waters for young scuba divers, new divers and for training divers. To read more
Last year, first lady Diane Bentley helped celebrate what she called “Alabama’s hidden treasures” with a ride on the zip line at Gulf State Park.
That celebration seems short-lived as state park system director Greg Lein announces 15 of Alabama’s 22 state parks will have to close because of what he calls the chronic funding crisis of state government. “That includes closing some of these small rural parks that never operate in the black. There’s no way to make them operate in the black and so all we’re trying to do is staunch the bleeding.”
Last week, many schools in Alabama were on Spring Break and people flocked to the Gulf Coast. Spring Break always serves as a preview of the crowds we will see once we get into the summer months. Whether it is a local restaurant in Atmore, a gas station in Monroeville, or a hotel in Gulf Shores, each of our communities benefit in some way from tourism.
That’s why it is so important that our coastal communities are not unnecessarily restricted by federal policies. I’ve worked hard to support our coastal economies, including my vote for legislation to reform the flood insurance program and joining the bipartisan Coastal Communities Caucus.
Thousands of Gulf Coast residents had their lives turned upside down when the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded nearly five years ago, killing 11 rig workers and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days.
For most people, things have returned to normal. But for some of them there is no normal anymore. Their lives, for better or for worse, changed completely on April 20, 2010.
Count among those Bethany Kraft, now the director of the Gulf Restoration Program at Ocean Conservancy, a nationwide environmental group.
Just in time for summer vacation season, Alabama State Parks Director Greg Lein told FOX10 News he’s regrettably putting 15 state parks on the chopping block.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will lose $11.4 million in funds by May 1st, if Governor Robert Bentley’s tax increase package proposal is not passed.
Of that $11.4 million, $10.4 million would be cut from the state park system.
School-age children will play an important role when it comes to honoring military veterans Saturday with the unveiling of Baldwin County’s first “Blue Star Memorial Highway” plaque, an event organizer said Wednesday.
Children who attend the ceremony will be given a ribbon to inscribe a veterans’ name on and will be asked to step forward and place the ribbons on a special photograph that will be featured during a dedication ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Daphne.
State transportation officials are moving ahead with studying whether a toll system is feasible for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.
The Alabama Department of Transportation has contracted with Illinois-based CDM Smith Inc. to look at various tolling scenarios to help state officials determine whether the pay-to-use system is feasible.
A lawsuit Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler plans to file in Montgomery Circuit Court requests a judge to prohibit local school boards from spending public money to campaign for referendums, and requests the Baldwin County School Board to repay what it spent last month.
At least two of the Alabama school systems with April 28 referendums have no plans to spend public money to support the ballot measures.
Twenty years ago, if people told me they saw an eagle in Alabama, I would have guessed that it was probably just a vulture. Now, when people tell me they saw an eagle in the winter, I ask them, “Which species?”
More than 13% of all Alabama adults have a conceal carry weapons permit. That translates to 499,888 or 1 in 8 adults packing heat. This is just an estimate. If the record keeping statewide was more precise it is likely the numbers would be higher than that. Without precise data how did we get these estimates?
MOBILE, Ala. — Congressman Bradley Byrne warned his constituents on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Wednesday not to be mislead by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new, larger red snapper quota.
“While NOAA has proposed an increase in the Red Snapper quota,” Byrne said in a press release, “the truth is we are only getting more of the same. Don’t let this supposed increase fool you. In reality, NOAA will use a twenty percent buffer to account for alleged ‘overfishing,’ a method that results in almost no tangible increase.”
Compared to the last several weeks, this week in Gulf Shores has been relatively calm. Most of the people making their way to the beaches this week are families.
The family-friendly atmosphere is something city leaders have poured years into promoting. Part of that comes from their beach alcohol policy: it’s not allowed.
“We really don’t have many problems with it and they do enforce it. It’s just kind of an educational situation most of the time with people,” Sgt. Jason Woodruff said.
Beach goers who spoke with FOX10 News said they had no idea about the policy.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Work has begun to improve traffic flow on the intersection of Highway 161 and Canal Road.
“It’s really busy here, it’s been busy in the last three weeks, it’s increased drastically,” said one Orange Beach resident.
With the extra visitors in town, traffic backs up on this intersection easily. Cars line up and wait for a chance to turn left.
Even as members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council discuss the mind-numbing minutiae of red snapper management at a meeting this week in Biloxi, other talks a thousand miles away may determine its real long-term future.
Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship said he has made three trips to Washington D.C. since December, accompanied by Conservation Commissioner Gunter Guy once, to convince lawmakers that Gulf states can better manage the popular game fish to the greatest benefit of the species and all user groups that rely on it for commercial and recreational purposes.
If successful, their efforts will take the Gulf Council out of the red-snapper m
ALABAMA — There are few family vacations that are as easy and enjoyable as a good beach vacation. Families get the freedom to relax and enjoy each other while playing and being near one of the most beautiful sights in the world — the ocean.
However, you may have a hard time picking a destination for your trip to the beach. Many Utahns head to the nearby California coastline, but Alabama and the Gulf of Mexico have some of the best beaches in the world.
Here are five reasons why your next beach trip should be to Alabama.
Ten weeks, 190 pounds and a lot of SeaWorld TLC in Orlando paid off on Monday as a once cold-stressed manatee, rescued from Magnolia River, was released in Crystal River, Florida.
The rehabilitated manatee, nicknamed “Magnolia,” was captured on Jan. 4 by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network and the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network personnel with the assistance of SeaWorld staff and their boat, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Audubon Nature Institute and citizen volunteers.
Gulf Coast rental and property management company Meyer Vacation Rentals is making a push into central Alabama, opening its first satellite office in Birmingham. The new office will be located in the Century 21 building on Valleydale Road in Hoover, the company announced recently.
Entering Selma’s oft-photographed Live Oak Cemetery is like walking onto a set for a Southern Gothic film. Dozens of the titular live oaks stand guard over aging headstones and crumbling mausoleums, their branches draped in the plant’s silvery-gray wisps.
Picture any iconic southern city – New Orleans, Mobile, Charleston, Natchez, Savannah – and you likely imagine Spanish moss hanging from stately trees. But the plant is typically found in extreme southern and coastal locales and not into the northern parts of southern states.
The Alabama Supreme Court today overturned a lower court’s ruling that the Alabama Accountability Act was unconstitutional.
Montgomery County Circuit Judge Gene Reese had ruled in May that the school choice law, passed by the Legislature in 2013, violated several constitutional requirements on legislative procedure.