Beloved Orange Beach fishing spot still closed after nearly four – FOX10 News | WALA

March 26, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -

It’s a tale of two banks: on the east side of Perdido Pass, are a beach full of spring breakers soaking up the spring sun. But on the west side, just a smattering of people boxed out by dozens of yards of chain link fence and “do not enter” signs.

Resident Bill Jeffires said it used to be very different just a few years ago.

“For years and years and years, this was an area that local fishermen, young kids came to learn to fish. Folks that really couldn’t afford to go to the state pier or that were handicapped to the point where it wasn’t comfortable for them, that used this,” Jeffries said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Beloved Orange Beach fishing spot still closed after nearly four – FOX10 News | WALA.

Educate Baldwin Now responds to FOX10 Investigation – FOX10 News | WALA

March 26, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – A Baldwin County group opposed to a proposed tax increase for schools has responded to alleged violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act. A news release from the group Educate Baldwin Now states: “EBN has made every effort, and will continue to make every effort to comply with the law.”

EBN came under fire Tuesday when Probate Judge Tim Russell told FOX10 News exclusively the group’s flyers opposing the proposed tax were illegal, because they did not include a statement indicating who was responsible for producing the fliers.

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via Educate Baldwin Now responds to FOX10 Investigation – FOX10 News | WALA.

5 reasons your next beach trip should be to Alabama | Las Vegas Review-Journal

March 26, 2015

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.

The California coastline might come to mind when you think of a destination for a beach trip, 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.

Warm water, white beaches

The Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area are located right on the Gulf of Mexico, offering warm tropical-like water, sugary sand beaches and beautiful views. These areas offer the type of beaches we often picture when envisioning a perfect tropical getaway in an exotic place, except they’re available on the mainland of the United States.

via 5 reasons your next beach trip should be to Alabama | Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Gulf Shores man threatens wife with gun, later surrenders to police | AL.com

March 26, 2015

A Gulf Shores man threatened  his wife with a gun Wednesday, then holed up in his home, refusing to talk with anyone, after law enforcement arrived on the scene.

According to Gulf Shores police, David Gilbert Little, 61, threatened his wife with a gun early Wednesday evening. When he eventually put his weapon down, his wife ran from the home to a neighbor’s house and called police.

via Gulf Shores man threatens wife with gun, later surrenders to police | AL.com.

Outcast Cobia Classic gets underway

March 26, 2015

Anglers can start fishing today, but have until the final day of April to bring in the big one for the 2015 Outcast Cobia Classic. The good news is that you can sign up anytime throughout the event, so you haven’t missed out.

It’s basically two tournaments in one with an open division and a small boat division. Entry into the open is $850 and the small boat is $275.

via Outcast Cobia Classic gets underway.

Breaking Down the Tax Vote

March 26, 2015

The upcoming property tax vote in Baldwin County to help fund the school system as started a passionate debate among supporters and the opposition.

But specifics on the increase and how much it will cost is very confusing.

“I think there is a lot of confusion. There is a lot of speculation and a lot of different opinions about exactly what all this is going to do,” said Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust.

via Breaking Down the Tax Vote.

School Zone Speeders Beware

March 26, 2015

“It’s chaos every morning.”

If you are driving too fast in a school zone, “We’ve had people having to screech on brakes,” this maybe your only warning.

An up-tick in heavy-footed drivers has caught the attention of Foley Police. “The adults are late for work or late for school that they speed here through this busy stretch of road,” says Capt. David White.

via School Zone Speeders Beware.

Baldwin school tax forum features elevated emotions – and voices – as vote draws near | AL.com

March 26, 2015

With one week before Baldwin County voters decide whether to increase property taxes for the school system, the intensity level at the latest forum on the issue turned up a notch on Tuesday.

Sponsored by the tea party-affiliated Common Sense Campaign, the forum in Daphne was the latest in a flurry of campaign activity leading up to the referendum.

via Baldwin school tax forum features elevated emotions – and voices – as vote draws near | AL.com.

Deal in works to make old Lake Forest golf course a Daphne city park | AL.com

March 26, 2015

A former 9-hole golf course in the Lake Forest subdivision in Daphne may soon become a city-maintained greenspace park, offering walking and fitness trails.

Over the last nine months, the city has been working with the Lake Forest Property Owners Association to iron out an agreement to lease 33 acres of the old “Lake Nine” golf course on the south side of the subdivision’s lake.

via Deal in works to make old Lake Forest golf course a Daphne city park | AL.com.

Balloon festival coming early this year; volunteers needed for May event in Foley | AL.com

March 26, 2015

Riding the financial boost provided by the city of Foley, the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the early return of the annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival in May.

Each year, the two-day event at the Foley Soccer Complex on U.S. 98 draws upward of 65,000 people as balloonists from across the country descend on south Baldwin County. Over the last decade, the event has pumped an estimated $10 million into the local economy, according to the chamber.

via Balloon festival coming early this year; volunteers needed for May event in Foley | AL.com.

Foley’s centennial celebration continues in April with picnic, Baldwin Pops concert, walking tours | AL.com

March 26, 2015

A city-wide celebration that kicked off in January with the Foley Centennial Plaza dedication is set to heat up again in April.

In what organizers are calling the “official birthday party” in recognition of the city’s 100th anniversary of incorporation, Foley will host a picnic and a concert by the Baldwin Pops on Sunday, April 19 at Heritage Park.

via Foley’s centennial celebration continues in April with picnic, Baldwin Pops concert, walking tours | AL.com.

Ala. State Parks Director: Take a spring break, without breaking the budget – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 26, 2015

Spring kicked off last Friday, just in time for many Alabamians to take some time off work and school for spring break. Many are eager to get outside and take advantage of the beautiful weather. Finding a place to unwind and enjoy the beautiful natural landscape of Alabama is easy.

Naturally, the beachfront Gulf State Park in Baldwin County is the most popular spring break destination in the Alabama park system.

via Ala. State Parks Director: Take a spring break, without breaking the budget – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Nesting season for shorebirds has begun

March 26, 2015

"The 2015 shorebird nesting season is underway at Gulf Islands National Seashore" said Superintendent Dan Brown. Each year, beginning in mid-March and ending in late summer, the park plays host to several species of ground nesting shorebirds such as least terns, snowy and Wilson’s plovers, and black skimmers.

via Nesting season for shorebirds has begun.

Baldwin voters share concern over ballot – FOX10 News | WALA

March 25, 2015

With a special referendum election just a week away, supporters and opponents of a tax increase for Baldwin County schools are asking for your vote. So what questions do voters face? FOX10 News got a copy of the actual ballot voters will see on Tuesday.

Absentee voting on the 8 mill ad valorem tax to build new schools will wrap up this Thursday. As of Tuesday, the Baldwin County Clerk’s Office has received 279 absentee votes. Election officials said that’s about average for a special election of this type. At the last special election to implement the original one percent sales tax for schools in 2010, 301 absentee voters turned in their ballot before the election.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin voters share concern over ballot – FOX10 News | WALA.

Probate judge investigating illegal campaign flyers because of F – FOX10 News | WALA

March 25, 2015

Baldwin County Probate Judge Tim Russell told FOX10 News he is grateful that FOX10 brought some campaign flyers, that he said are illegal, to his attention.

In an exclusive interview Tuesday afternoon Judge Russell said certain campaign flyers printed by the “Educate Baldwin Now” organization are illegal.

He said the campaign flyers are unlawful, because they do not specifically say who or what entity paid for them.

“When you distribute flyers as an organization, you have to have your name and address on them, so that way the user of that flyer can clearly see who’s behind it,” explained Russell. “In this case, it appears to be a website, which is not clearly who’s behind it, because as I understand it, when you go to the website, there’s not a name and address.”

FOX10 News | WALA

via Probate judge investigating illegal campaign flyers because of F – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin school tax forum features elevated emotions – and voices – as vote draws near | AL.com

March 25, 2015

With one week before Baldwin County voters decide whether to increase property taxes for the school system, the intensity level at the latest forum on the issue turned up a notch on Tuesday.

Sponsored by the tea party-affiliated Common Sense Campaign, the forum in Daphne was the latest in a flurry of campaign activity leading up to the referendum.

via Baldwin school tax forum features elevated emotions – and voices – as vote draws near | AL.com.

Fairhope City Council supports school tax increase – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 25, 2015

FAIRHOPE, Ala. – On Monday the Fairhope City Council threw its weight behind the Baldwin County Board of Education’s proposed property tax increase for capital improvements in the county’s schools.

The council voted unanimously to support renewing 7 mills of property tax as well as the proposed 8 mill property tax increase, which will appear on ballots countywide March 31.

via Fairhope City Council supports school tax increase – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Tax Vote Debate Getting Personal – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

March 25, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) Ahead of next week’s referendum vote, the debate on whether residents should approve a 8-mill property tax increase is getting heated.

“Even in our own neighborhood, there’s been a lot of disputes over it, with neighbors,” said Robin Todd, a Spanish Fort resident and parent.

Todd says she will be voting ‘yes’ come next Tuesday. A ‘Build Baldwin Now’ sign in her front yard acts as a stamp of approval of the school board’s plan.

“I’ve been to the meetings, I’ve heard what everybody has had to say, and I’ve my own judgement and I feel like it’s a good proposal and plans for our future and for Baldwin County,” said Todd.

But many residents expressed their concerns about the upcoming vote, saying they are scared to share their opinion in fears of retaliation.

via Tax Vote Debate Getting Personal – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Gulf Shores mayor supports referendum for schools – FOX10 News | WALA

March 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The mayor of Gulf Shores has put out a letter to the citizens of Baldwin County asking them to approve the property tax increase on next week’s ballot.

Fox Ten News talked to Mayor Robert Craft about why he’s taking that position and also talked to people in Gulf Shores about their thoughts on the proposal.

OVERCROWDING CONCERNS

Craft said one big issue for him is overcrowding.

For instance, he said Gulf Shores Elementary School has 11 portable classrooms right now and there’s no land to fit any more.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Gulf Shores mayor supports referendum for schools – FOX10 News | WALA.

Tax vote looms with citizens divided – FOX10 News | WALA

March 24, 2015

BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) – In less than two weeks Baldwin County voters will be deciding whether or not they want an 8 mil property tax increase for Baldwin County schools.

Marcia bradford says a tax increase is needed to deal with growing classrooms.

“I think we should support our schools. Education is one of the best things we can invest in. It’s our future,” she said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Tax vote looms with citizens divided – FOX10 News | WALA.

Opponents and Supporters of Baldwin Co. School Tax Square Off

March 24, 2015

With battle of lawn signs springing up it may be unclear which way voters are leaning.  But we know from our WKRG poll conducted last week — those who oppose the tax potentially have the upper hand with almost a 20 percent lead.

“I believe their has been a change in Baldwin County but let’s give them some time to prove themselves,” said John Howard.

via Opponents and Supporters of Baldwin Co. School Tax Square Off.

A Week Before Tax Vote, How Will You Vote?

March 24, 2015

Take a look around Baldwin County and the battle lines over the tax vote are clearly drawn.

“Yes, because of the reason the schools need help and i believe as a taxpayer we should step up we pay for everything else,” says one woman who supports the property tax increase.

Yard signs declaring whether to vote for or against a property tax increase are the new yard art.

via A Week Before Tax Vote, How Will You Vote?.

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