Local 15 news has been digging into boat accident data just released by the U.S. Coast Guard. We wanted to see where the most accidents happen in our area and what causes them. Local 15′s Andrea Ramey investigates in this Reality Check.
In 2014, 21 boating accidents with injuries or at least $2,000 in damage happened in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. One third of those accidents happened in Orange Beach, which does not surprise Sgt. Rich Nolte.
“We have a heavy amount of boat traffic in this area, and a large amount of that boat traffic are people who are tourists,” said Sgt. Nolte.
Five-year-old Alexis spent Tuesday morning playing at the newly renovated splash pad in Fairhope under the watchful gaze of her grandmother, Sue Collins.But getting to and from there took time. And Collins has noticed over the last several years that getting anywhere on the Eastern Shore is taking longer and longer.
A major medical air ambulance service hopes to set up its first base in Baldwin County at the Foley Municipal Airport.
“What we’re going to bring is direct access to critical care for the citizens of Foley and all of Baldwin County,” Aaron Brown, regional business development manager for Colorado-based Air Methods, told the Foley City Council during Monday’s work session.
A group of local elected officials charged with determining where millions of dollars in BP oil spill settlement money is going is on hold with all decisions until more details about the agreement surfaces in the coming months.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, last week, opted to put its appropriations on hold for the time being until U.S. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier finalizes the agreement and more information is forwarded to the group as to what the money can be spent on.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he opposes sending a portion of the state’s one billion-dollar BP settlement to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
“That’s not going to happen,” said Bentley. “That belongs to the state of Alabama.”
Bentley made the comments to reporters after speaking Monday at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Summer Conference in Point Clear. Bentley told the audience that the billion dollar state settlement would be used to pay off debt and to help balance the General Fund budget.
Truland Homes paid $1.74 million for 46 lots in Cypress Village on Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to Nathan Cox, CEO of Truland Homes based in Spanish Fort. The builders plan to start 10 homes priced from the low $300s to mid $400s. As part of the purchase, Truland,also has an option to buy the remaining lots in the community, which is near The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway. The new homes will be marketed by Jason Hons of Bellator Real Estate & Development.
A group of Eastern Shore elected officials could elevate an exotic redesign of the Ala. 181 interchange at Interstate 10 as a top priority for spending next year.
The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees the planning of transportation projects financed with federal money, is awaiting cost estimates from the Alabama Department of Transportation for recreating the busy intersection as a diverging diamond interchange.
Workers for the Baldwin County School System are not done installing new portables for local schools – with just a month to get it done. There are still 10 out of the 17 portables that need to be installed around Baldwin County. Workers say they are confident they will meet the August 17 deadline.
The Baldwin County Board of Education has named the five finalists for the district’s vacant Superintendent position.
As we reported in May, Superintendent Robbie Owen handed in his resignation on the last day of school to return to his position as Principal at Rockwell Elementary. Owen had only been on the job since August. He was named interim superintendent after Dr. Alan Lee suddenly resigned.
Baldwin EMC issued a scam alert to its members Thursday.
With more than 70,000 accounts in Baldwin and Monroe counties, the member-owned electric cooperative said, in a news release, that some members were being contacted by “someone demanding money and claiming to represent Baldwin EMC.”
Baldwin County beaches are packed this summer. Tents and umbrellas cover the sand in a rainbow of colors but a lot of that beach gear is ending up in a dumpster.
“Probably about a ton of material in it right now,” says assistant director of public works Noel Hand.
The solution according to Hand, “What we need to do is ask all of our guests is to remove your items from the beach every day.”
Abandoned tents, chairs, any kind of beach stuff left on the beaches is not just a Gulf Shores problem. Folks in the state park as well as in Orange Beach are also talking about a plan to remove it or lose it.
The Baldwin County school board received 26 applications in its current superintendent search, which will be whittled down to a top five so interviews can start in the coming weeks.
According to school board President Shannon Cauley, most of the board members picked up packets with all of the applications on July 10, and have started narrowing their lists to five finalists. Once the seven members accomplish that, they will turn those names over to board Attorney Scotty Lewis who will compile a list of five finalists, to be interviewed.
The NAACP in Baldwin County is now efforting a push to remove the Confederate battle flag from the county seal and the county flag. The group’s president says he’s taking small steps at first, but the goal he hopes is to work on a solution everyone can be proud of.
The Confederate battle flag has been a part of the Baldwin County seal since the seal was adopted by the Baldwin County Commission in 1974. Designed in 1969, the seal represents the county’s economy and it’s history, which includes a Confederate soldier and the Confederate battle flag.
Several restoration projects along Alabama’s Gulf Coast might have to be scaled back. While the state was awarded 2.3 billion dollars from the oil spill, only 25 percent will go towards Gulf communities.
In Baldwin and Mobile counties, that figure ball-parks to around 20 million dollars this year.
New fees to rent out pavilions at two North Baldwin County parks along with a historic church is something the Baldwin County Commission should avoid, Commissioner Frank Burk said Tuesday.The remaining three county commissioners, after months of prolonging a vote on the new fees, appear ready to vote on them when the group meets July 21.”I hope we are not that desperate for a little bit of money to supplement that,” Burt said during the commission’s work session about the parks; Live Oak Landing and Bicentennial Park, both which are near Stockton.