BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — It’s only Wednesday but the beach crowd is already on the road and local law enforcement is taking what they call a “proactive step” by getting their patrols out earlier than usual.
It has to do with more and more drivers getting off State Highway 59 and discovering the Baldwin Beach Express. The focus was on the Beach Express. Every several minutes a stop and then another stop!
via Patrolling the Beach Express | WPMI.
Boat traffic on Alabama’s waterways is expected to increase more than 200 percent this Memorial Day weekend.
That’s according to State Trooper Steven MacLeroy of the Marine Patrol Division of Alabama Law Enforcement. He’ll be out on the water patrolling along with other officers.
via Boating this Memorial Day? Here are a few tips for a safe weekend | AL.com.
This is your warning. If you speed, tailgate or break any other traffic laws, chances are you will get caught in Baldwin County.
“We’re trying to minimize accidents before they happen,” says deputy Shane Robinson. “It could be a tailgater. It could be somebody weaving in and out of traffic but those are the type of drivers that are likely going to cause a wreck. If not them it’s somebody else having to deal with their driving behavior.”
via Baldwin County Safety Blitz Targets Bad Drivers.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — As the school year comes to a close in Baldwin County local communities like Gulf Shores and Fairhope are looking towards the future.
Finding money to build new schools may take center stage on the November ballot asking voters to create special tax districts.
A three million special tax district in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern would generate an additional $5.5 million a year. “It gives them that extra money to do what they want to do in that feeder pattern.”
via Special tax districts for local schools | WPMI.
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.”
via Beach House Security Wall Still Stands.
FOLEY, AL- The city of Foley will host its first, official tournament at its 32 million dollar sportsplex Memorial Day Weekend.
A small, youth soccer tournament will test out three of facility’s 16 multi-purpose fields. The other fields are still being built.
via Foley Sports Tourism Complex Hosts First Tournament.
GULF SHORES, AL – Together with the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the City of Gulf Shores Airport Authority and the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) announced today the launch of a new campaign aimed at bringing additional business to Baldwin County.
The campaign, entitled Business Where You Beach, will target C-suite executives and business owners who already vacation or own private properties in Baldwin County, educating them about the advantages of locating or expanding their businesses here.
via ‘Business Where You Beach’ campaign launched – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
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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Some say it’s only a matter of time before we start to see mosquito-borne cases of the Zika virus in the United States, and when that happens, the Gulf Coast could find itself out ground zero.
Dr. William Green, Infectious Disease doctor at USA said, “it’s a probability that we could see some local disease eventually.”
via FIGHT THE BITE: Gulf Coast Conditions Make the Perfect Storm for Zika Outbreak.
Authorities are searching for 40-year old Jeremy Martin, who escaped from Loxley Work Release Center Sunday.
Martin was listed as escaped just after 8 p.m. while on an assignment in Foley.
The inmate is serving a sentence after a manufacturing of a controlled substance conviction.
via Inmate escapes from work release site in Baldwin County | AL.com.
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.
via Local Insurance Agent has Warning about AIUA.
It’s springtime, and I’m deep in the Mobile River Delta with gardening expert Bill Finch.
We’re here to see the Irises and Lilies. There’s a proverb that says “consider the lilies, they neither toil nor spin.” It reminds me of the motor on Bill’s boat.
via Exploring the Mobile River Delta.
The Baldwin County School System have crunched the numbers Monday with graduation season almost over.
The graduating seniors from the seven high schools in the county have been awarded a over $70 million in college scholarships!
That’s an average of about $10 million per school.
via Baldwin Co. School System receives millions for college scholarships | WPMI.
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.
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.
Eddie Tyler held a penny in his right hand and then pushed a $4 stack of quarters onto the floor.
It was an unusual illustration by the Baldwin County School superintendent Thursday into what he feels is the district greatest long-term threat: Financial stability if a penny sales tax isn’t renewed by Legislature before it expires in 2018.
“Each dollar represents $10 million,” said Tyler before tossing the quarters to the ground during a School Board meeting attended by a large group of parents and employees.
via Baldwin schools chief warns of financial ‘Armageddon,’ tosses coins during passionate display | AL.com.
t was the summer of 1967. Cos Davis drove his ’66 Karmann Ghia across the Gulf Coast from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary — an area he’d never seen before. He traveled through the little town of Foley, down Highway 59 and made a right turn on County Road 6.
“It was the first time I’d seen that beautiful place,” Davis said. “I’d never seen anything like it.”
via Davis helps tell story of Bon Secour – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
When Gulf Shores High School class president John Smith accepted his diploma, his thoughts were of his classmates. “I hope to see them all again and they still care about where they came from.”
via Baldwin County Begins Graduation Ceremonies.
Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott is back at work and not saying much. Over the weekend, he was arrested in Fairhope and charged with DUI and would only issue a written statement. This morning, before the County Commission meeting, News 5’s Chad Petri tried to talk to him about the arrest.
via Commissioner Elliott Back At Work, Not Talking DUI Arrest.
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce hosted its second luncheon May 11 for first responders titled Honoring Our Heroes at the PZK Civic Center in Robertsdale.
About 80 first responders, including Sheriff Hoss Mack and deputies from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department, fire officials, EMA, EMT and police department officials, including six police chiefs from throughout Baldwin County, attended the event, said Chamber Executive Director Gail Quezada.
via Central Baldwin Chamber hosts Honoring Our Heroes event in Robertsdale – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
There are rules. When a group of musicians know they’ve captured the spark of something truly special, when fans clamor for more, when lucrative new horizons beckon, there are rules to follow. Willie Sugarcapps is breaking most of them.
After the group came together more or less by chance in 2012, its self-titled debut gained regional attention and even a smattering of national notice, particularly in the Americana genre. Aside from the shimmering harmonies and distinctive songwriting, the group had a great story, that of a one-shot gig that gave birth to an accidental supergroup. And the rules dictated exactly what a group should do, in such a case: Drop everything, pile into a bus and hit the road hard. Build market share. Perfect your formula. Get more product in the pipeline fast.
via Gulf Americana: Willie Sugarcapps writes its own rules | AL.com.
A Baldwin County Commissioner was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend in Fairhope.
Sources tell News 5 that Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott was taken into custody and charged with DUI early Sunday morning. Elliott, a Daphne resident, was pulled over by a Fairhope Police Officer after leaving the Fairhope Rotary Steak Cook-off.
via Baldwin County Commissioner Charged with DUI in Fairhope.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The mayors of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores both gave their state of the city addresses and local business leaders were listening. Transportation, education and healthcare were all major issues.
Talk of a new hospital along the Beach Express and a new approach to building a two lane span adjacent to the current
Toll Bridge near the Wharf have a promising outlook.
via Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WPMI) Big changes are on the way for one of the area’s most popular and busiest community colleges. The plan to merge Faulkner State Community College in Baldwin County with four other colleges is now well on its way.
via Big changes for Faulkner State | WPMI.
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.
via Homeowners Insurance Announcement Expected Next Week.
SPANISH FORT, AL- Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon says one of Cameron Harrison’s friends or a possibly a group of the former football star’s supporters threw a rock or a brick at his alleged victim’s bedroom window.
Dixon says the teen has been harassed and intimidated since Harrison’s arrest last October on first degree rape charges.
via Alleged Rape Victim Intimidated By Friends Of Accused.
A new development in the case of a Spanish Fort high school football player accused of rape.
The judge has ordered the alleged victim to turn over her phone.
At the D.A.’s request, the court recently re-instated Cam Harrison’s house arrest and ordered he return to wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
via New development in Cam Harrison rape allegation case | WPMI.
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.
A judge set bond for a local mother accused of kidnapping her children’s father and step-mother after losing custody of her kids.
Baldwin County Judge J. Clark Stankoski set a total bond of $140,000 dollars each both Elizabeth Swistok-Boyd and Aubrey Griffin.
The two suspects are accused of taking three kids out of a Foley home and kidnapping the father and step-mother at gunpoint. Swistok-Boyd is the biological mother of the kids but lost custody of them last week, according to police.
via Bond set for woman accused of kidnapping in Foley – FOX10 News | WALA.