GULF SHORES – It was a LuLu of a good time on May 26, 2013 when hundreds of boats gathered to watch Walter Marine send a retired 271-foot freighter to the bottom of the Gulf some 18 miles off of Orange Beach.
Thanks to BP money in the form of a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the state of Alabama wants to do that three more times, says Director of the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Chris Blankenship.
via Alabama seeking 3 ships to sink in the Gulf | The Islander.
Baldwin County scored 28 unanswered points in the second half and pulled away for a 44-9 win over Gulf Shores in the Class 6A, Region 1 opener for both teams.
via Baldwin County 44, Gulf Shores 9: Chris Hooks leads Tigers to 2-0 start – al.com.
A dispute over the state’s decision to close a popular – and profitable – zipline attraction at Gulf State Park has left state officials and the ride’s operator starkly at odds over the expectations laid out in a contract.
via State decision drops Gulf State Park zipline operator into free-fall | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — It’s been a month since Fort Morgan volunteer firefighter John Bryan lost control of his motorcycle and was killed on Highway 181 near mile marker five. The grieving mother wants to know what lead up to the accident.
“We were two peas in the pod,” said Bryan’s mother Johnnie Bryan. “When you seen one, you seen the other.”
via Mom wants answers after son is killed in highway crash | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — No reason has been given as to why the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) is not renewing their four-year contract with Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park.
In 2012 J.T. Lemons, a founding partner and the concessionaire of Gulf Adventure Center was granted a contract to build and operate Gulf Adventure Center, a 14-acre, seven-tower zip line course and outdoor adventure center within Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.
via State forcing unexplained closure of Gulf Adventure Center | WEAR.
This is a walk Johnnie Bryan makes every Sunday, “It’s really hard. I break down when I come.”
Her destination, a memorial at the place where her son died. “I can’t get through my mind why he’s gone. I just can’t get over it.”
via Mom Searches For Answers in Fatal Baldwin Co. Motorcycle Crash.
Are some redfish homebodies? And some so full of wanderlust they fin their way from Alabama to Louisiana and back again? Do some spend their entire lives in the salty Gulf, and some in the brackish swamps? Do some act like waterborne snowbirds, and travel back and forth with the seasons?
via Surgery on a paddle board: Fish scientist investigates why some fish roam | AL.com.
GULF SHORES – Both candidates in the race for Place 2 on the Gulf Shores City Council say they don’t believe the city’s spring break alcohol ban will be as adverse on the local economy as the Panama City ban.
Kevin Corcoran and Gary Sinak, hopefuls in the only contested municipal post on Pleasure Island, gave opening statements and answered questions from the audience on Tuesday night at the Gulf Shores Cultural Center.
via Candidates weigh in on Gulf Shores alcohol ban | The Islander.
GULF SHORES, AL – Alabama Director of State Parks Greg Lein says the state will not renew a contract for Hummingbird Zip Lines and Gulf Adventure Center at Gulf State Park for another four years.Lein said plans are being studied for dismantling the towers at the widely popular attraction, which he said the owners must undertake per the contract.
via State says contract on Gulf State Park zip lines won’t be renewed | The Islander.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The high school football season kicks off in a just a couple days. For the Gulf Shores Dolphins, it will be the first season since losing their former quarterback, 19-year-old Nathaniel (Nate) Harris.
via Gulf Shores starts new season with touching tribute to fallen qu – FOX10 News | WALA.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) — The mayor’s race in Fairhope is heating up. Incumbent Tim Kant is seeking his 5th term in office. He’s being challenged Karin Wilson, the owner of Page and Palette in downtown Fairhope.
via Municipal elections one week away | WPMI.
FORT MORGAN, Ala. (WPMI) — The public is invited to attend a gathering Sunday, August 21 for fallen Fort Morgan Firefighter 2828 John Bryan. Bryan was killed in a motorcycle crash in July.
via Weekend event for Fort Morgan firefighter killed in crash | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, AL- While many students on the Gulf Coast are already back in school, classrooms remain quiet in Baldwin County.
Many students are spending the last few days of freedom at the beach or squeezing in extra hours at work.
via Baldwin County Students Are Still Enjoying Summer Break!.
GULF SHORES, ALA. (WPMI) — Big waves greeted beach goers from near and far at Gulf Shores beach.
“We’re just out enjoying this and all the waves and looking at them,” Alisa Mayo said.
via Baldwin Co. roads flood after heavy rain, red flags at beaches | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, AL – When and if a vote comes on a Special Tax District in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern, citizens who are residents of the district will contribute 22 percent of the total collection.“
For roughly every $1 homesteaded property owners put in, investment and second home and commercial property owners put in $4,” Kevin Corcoran of the Education Advisory Task Force said.
Some of those same citizens paying the proposed 3 mills on the homes they live in will also be some of those who own other properties making up 78 percent of collections on the proposed new levy.
The average cost to homeowners in Gulf Shores would be about $70 annually and in Orange Beach the extra millage would average about $104 per years.
via Homeowners would foot bill for 22% of money if Special Tax District formed | The Islander.
With the forecast calling for periods of moderate to heavy rains through Friday, August 12, 2016, a flash flood watch is in effect for Mobile and Baldwin counties. Much of that rain could be along the coast and the city of Gulf Shores wants residents to be prepared.
via Gulf Shores asks residents to report flooding issues – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
More than 170 restaurants will offer lunch and dinner discounts to encourage customers to try new dishes during the fifth annual Alabama Restaurant Week from Aug. 12 to Aug. 21, state tourism officials announced.
The two-course lunch specials will range from $5 to $15, while three-course dinners will cost from $10 to $30, not including tax, tip and drink. Restaurants have the option of offering specials at both lunch and dinner or choosing to offer just lunch or just dinner specials.
via Alabama Restaurant Week to kick off across the state.
A 56 year-old man died after his 1998 BMW crashed into a utility pole, according to Alabama State Troopers.
Troopers say Douglas Edward Haviland of Gulf Shores died at a local hospital.
They say the accident happened on Alabama 181 just north of Baldwin County 44, four miles east of Fairhope at 4:46 p.m. Friday.
via Gulf Shores man killed in traffic accident – FOX10 News | WALA.
There have been few darker moments on the Alabama Gulf Coast than when the Deepwater 2010 Horizon oil spill stained the brilliant white sand beaches and clouded the blue water.
Hurricane Frederic (1979) and Hurricane Ivan (2004) had taught coastal residents what it would take to rebuild from the most devastating storms. But they had never experienced an oil spill.
Even once the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf was halted and the visible effects were gone, another question lingered. How long would it take consumers to get that image out of their heads?
via Stain of BP oil spill long gone from Alabama’s Gulf Coast as tourism booms – Yellowhammer News.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The first two weeks in August are typically the peak of the summer season. Families come to our beaches looking for that last vacation hurrah before school starts.
One way to gauge the amount of people coming in is to look at the money parking pay stations at the public beach have generated already this year. So far this year people have already spent more than $300,000 to park their cars, which is right on track with last year’s numbers which included the summer season.
via Economic impact during peak beach season | WPMI.
A 45-year-old is behind bars after authorities found twenty marijuana plants in his home in Gulf Shores.
Christoper Russo is in jail on a million-dollar bond on the charge of drug trafficking. Investigators found 20 pot plants inside his home on County Road 6 in Gulf Shores.
via 20 Pot Plants Found Inside Gulf Shores Home, 45-Year-Old Arrested.
Hooking into a big one may keep die-hard anglers coming back, but fishing isn’t the only reason to take a walk on Gulf State Park Pier.
via More Than Just Fishing at Gulf State Park Pier.
In the hustle and bustle of another election cycle, life is a beach for the mayors of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.
No one challenged Tony Kennon, “It’s a relief. Elections are just not fun. I’m very appreciative and humbled by it,” nor Robert Craft, “It could be nobody wants this job. It’s not a very high paying job. It’s part-time pay but full-time and there are a lot of expectations.”
via Coastal Mayors Unopposed in Upcoming Election.
A boat in fire had firefighters battling large flames in Gulf Shores.
This video was posted on the Gulf Shores Fire Rescue Facebook page Saturday night.
via Firefighters battle Gulf Shores boat fire | WEAR.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — If you’ve been to Gulf Shores lately you’ve more than likely paid to park at the public beach. The city is transforming how you pay to play, by installing 10 new solar-powered parking pay stations. This is the first time the machines have been powered by the sun.
Last year, the pay stations brought in $457,000 for the City of Gulf Shores. So far this year, the new solar-powered meters have raked in $300,000.
“Last year was a banner tourist season for us,” said Grant Brown with the City of Gulf Shores.
via Transforming how you pay to play: Gulf Shores get solar-powered parking pay stations | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Now all that’s needed is a little understanding.
As in a Memorandum of Understanding. And the understanding needs to come in a hurry. As in before Aug. 1.
But from the sounds of the discussion in the Orange Beach Council Chambers on Tuesday night an understanding might be hard to come by at all, much less before Aug. 1.
Mayor Tony Kennon’s understanding of the memorandum was that it wasn’t fair to Orange Beach and he had several issues to address in it.
“Until those are clearly defined in an MOU, essentially written in blood, I have no intentions of moving forward on anything,” Kennon said. “I think we’re being taken advantage of.”
via Kennon: I want school district pact written in blood | The Islander.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler has filed suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, saying Bentley is unlawfully spending BP grant money to build a conference center at Gulf State Park.
The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery Circuit Court, explains a law, which was signed by Bentley back in 2013, only allowed the money to be spent on the project until Dec. 31, 2015.
via State Auditor sues Gov. Bentley over BP money spending – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
The Gulf Shores Track Club had five athletes qualify for six events in the USATF Junior Olympic National Championship in Sacramento, Ca. Congratulations to the qualifiers:
Braxton Akins, 10U Shot Put;
Olivia Akins 12U Discus;
Hannah Coley 12U High Jump; Catie Sanders 10U High Jump; Morgan McCartney 12U 1500 Meters and 12U High Jump
via Gulf Shores Track Club athletes qualify for USATF Junior Olympics – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL — City employees came together for a recent project for the police department and the results were quite stunning.
Using mostly in-house talent from fire and police personnel, the Gulf Shores Police Department has a new recruiting video for perspective officers.
via Gulf Shores produces quality video for police recruits – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.