Category Archives: Alabama

Opening day of Alabama’s red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA

May 28, 2016

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.

via Opening day of Alabama’s red snapper season – FOX10 News | WALA.

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ALDOT ready for jam-packed roads this Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

May 28, 2016

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.

via ALDOT ready for jam-packed roads this Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Coastal Lawmakers: Handle BP and TVA Money the Same

May 28, 2016

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.

via Coastal Lawmakers: Handle BP and TVA Money the Same.

State Loses More Than 19,000 Acres of Public Hunting Land | Outdoor Alabama

May 28, 2016

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.

via State Loses More Than 19,000 Acres of Public Hunting Land | Outdoor Alabama.

Alabama Recreational Red Snapper Season Starts Friday

May 27, 2016

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.

via Alabama Recreational Red Snapper Season Starts Friday.

Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com

May 27, 2016

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.

via Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com.

Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA

May 24, 2016

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.

via Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Penny Sales Tax Talks Resurface

May 21, 2016

If you bought something in Baldwin County over the past six years, one penny on every dollar you’ve spent at the register has gone to public education.

The county’s one-percent school sales tax, which generates about 40 million in annual revenue, will expire in 2018.

School superintendent Eddie Tyler says teacher layoffs and cuts to extracurricular activities, special programs and services are all possibilities if the penny tax sunsets.

via Penny Sales Tax Talks Resurface.

Mobile And Baldwin Lawmakers May Get Another Crack At BP Bill

May 21, 2016

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.

via Mobile And Baldwin Lawmakers May Get Another Crack At BP Bill.

See where our rivers start, where fish shimmer like jewels in a stream fed by crying hills | AL.com

May 20, 2016

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.

via See where our rivers start, where fish shimmer like jewels in a stream fed by crying hills | AL.com.

Homeowners insurance to go down for some Gulf Coast policy holde – FOX10 News | WALA

May 19, 2016

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.

via Homeowners insurance to go down for some Gulf Coast policy holde – FOX10 News | WALA.

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State Parks Plans Expanded, Improved Trails System | Outdoor Alabama

May 19, 2016

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.

via State Parks Plans Expanded, Improved Trails System | Outdoor Alabama.

Milton man indicted for Gulf Shores boater’s death – FOX10 News | WALA

May 18, 2016

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.

via Milton man indicted for Gulf Shores boater’s death – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Tacky Jack’s Orange Beach – The Best Seafood Dives in Alabama – Coastal Living

May 17, 2016

Orange Beach, Alabama -

Tacky Jacks Deck

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.

via Tacky Jack’s Orange Beach – The Best Seafood Dives in Alabama – Coastal Living.

I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com

May 17, 2016

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.”

via I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com.

Alabama readies itself for Zika prevention after Gulf Coast labeled ‘ground zero’ U.S. outbreak | AL.com

May 14, 2016

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.

via Alabama readies itself for Zika prevention after Gulf Coast labeled ‘ground zero’ U.S. outbreak | AL.com.

Patterson calls for special session | WPMI

May 12, 2016

Alabama representative Jim Patterson is asking Governor Bentley to call a special session to further discuss the BP oil spill settlement.

Patterson says lawmakers owe it to the taxpayers to utilize all the money coming from the settlement.

He says he wants to fully fund Medicaid and repay the rainy day fund, even if it means not being able to complete the beach express in Baldwin County and Highway 98 in Mobile.

via Patterson calls for special session | WPMI.

Gulf State Park Lodge under construction despite legal hurdles – FOX10 News | WALA

May 11, 2016

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.

via Gulf State Park Lodge under construction despite legal hurdles – FOX10 News | WALA.

Get PAID BIG for reeling in red snapper this season – FOX10 News | WALA

May 09, 2016

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.

via Get PAID BIG for reeling in red snapper this season – FOX10 News | WALA.

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