Category Archives: Gulf Shores

Special tax districts for local schools | WPMI

May 25, 2016

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.

U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – The Memorial Holiday week will launch in grand musical style on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. with a concert by the U.S. Army’s “Pershing’s Own” Woodwind Quintet in the sanctuary at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, 1900 Gulf Shores Parkway.

via U.S. Army’s Woodwind Quintet to open Memorial Day festivities in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘Business Where You Beach’ campaign launched – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2016

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.

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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New Beach Marketing Campaign Targets Wealthy Tourists

May 24, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL- Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are Alabama’s top tourist destinations.

Some of those tourists, particularly wealthy business owners, CEO’s and corporate executives, will use their own planes or corporate owned jets to get to the beach.

At a press conference Monday, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance rolled out an innovative, marketing campaign aimed at white-collar tourists. The campaign is called “Business Where You Beach.”

via New Beach Marketing Campaign Targets Wealthy Tourists.

Hangout Fest: Florence gives memorable closing to Day 3 | AL.com

May 23, 2016

The 2016 Hangout Music Fest opened with the sight of soggy fans waiting in line for the rain to stop and the show to start. But its third and final day left fans with a more iconic, more uplifting image: Vocalist Florence Welch standing on a platform in the middle of a sea of fans, urging them to look at the beautiful full moon shining over the adjacent Gulf of Mexico.

via Hangout Fest: Florence gives memorable closing to Day 3 | AL.com.

Hangout Fest 2016: How to watch, stream Day 2 from home | AL.com

May 22, 2016

For those hoping to get in on the action and music at Hangout Music Fest 2016 from home, AXS TV will broadcast and stream tonight’s headliner performances.

Tonight’s coverage of Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores is slated to include full set performance footage of Panic! at the Disco, Cage the Elephant, Calvin Harris, and more.

via Hangout Fest 2016: How to watch, stream Day 2 from home | AL.com.

Rainout? Not for the 2016 Hangout Music Fest | AL.com

May 21, 2016

When the gates to the 2016 Hangout Music Fest finally opened at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, following a lengthy rain delay, fans entered a Hangout experience unlike any other.

One thing about sand: It drains well. After a start that would have left many sites with deep water — or worse, deep festival mud — the Hangout fest site was merely damp. Glitches on the video screens at the major stages suggested the water hadn’t done them any favors, but otherwise the show went on. And how.

via Rainout? Not for the 2016 Hangout Music Fest | AL.com.

Alabama Shakes make forceful return to Hangout Fest | AL.com

May 21, 2016

“What’s up Alabama?” Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard said Friday evening at the 2016 Hangout Music Fest in Gulf Shores, Ala. “We have the home-court advantage tonight.”

It’s hard to know precisely what she meant by that, because it was true on a couple of levels. Sure, the Shakes were playing in their home state. But they also were returning to a stage they’d rocked hard in 2012, when they were still experiencing their first rush of fame. Back then, they brought headliner excitement to a midafternoon time slot; on Friday, they were playing right before the actual headliner, pop act The Weeknd.

via Alabama Shakes make forceful return to Hangout Fest | AL.com.

Hangout Music Fest 2016 opens following rain delay; updated schedule released | AL.com

May 21, 2016

Update at 3:22 p.m. CST: The Hangout Music Festival gates are now open, and music is expected to kick off at 3:30 p.m. The box office and shuttle services have also resumed normal operations.

Due to the rain delay, the performance times for most acts have changed. Alabama artist Jason Isbell will now take the stage at 7:30 p.m. CST while headliners The Weeknd and The Chainsmokers will perform at 10:45 p.m. CST.

via Hangout Music Fest 2016 opens following rain delay; updated schedule released | AL.com.

Sidewalk project rolling forward in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 20, 2016

GULF SHORES — While crews are still knee deep in the Gulf Shores sidewalk project from the beach road to Fort Morgan Road, plans are already being made on the second part of that project to the foot of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

On May 9 the city council agreed to pay DMD engineering about $62,000 for the engineering on the second phase.

via Sidewalk project rolling forward in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Hangout Fest Countdown: Business owners ready for rush – FOX10 News | WALA

May 19, 2016

Set up was noisy Wednesday afternoon in Gulf Shores, but it’s about to get even noisier. With thousands of music fans rushing to Gulf Shores for the sold out Hangout Music Festival 2016, starting Thursday.

Festival organizers are working through the night, making final preparations for Thursday’s kickoff party.

Some fans are getting an early start, already dancing and singing to their favorite artists, ones they’ll be seeing live in just a couple of days.

via Hangout Fest Countdown: Business owners ready for rush – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

John Lennon bus returns to Gulf Shores High, Hangout – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 18, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus), the state-of-the-art mobile recording studio, will make its return to Gulf Shores to provide students at Gulf Shores High School a hands-on experience with audio and video production at Hangout Music Festival.

via John Lennon bus returns to Gulf Shores High, Hangout – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Preps underway for Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA

May 18, 2016

The population of Gulf Shores will easily triple this weekend as tens of thousands show up for Hangout Fest.

“I think this is  bigger than July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial weekend, and spring break,” said Tracie Sweat.

But before the music can return, last minute preps for this year’s festival are underway. Nearly 90 acts will take the stage this year, and fans have their favorites.

via Preps underway for Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Florida man indicted for murder of Gulf Shores boater | AL.com

May 18, 2016

Escambia County (Fla.) District Attorney Bill Eddins announced that a Florida grand jury indicted Michael Rodgers with the murder of 62-year old Gulf Shores boater Brad Gunther on Tuesday.

Gunther’s body was found on a beach near the Pensacola Naval Air Station in mid-April, days after Gunther had been reported missing on April 5.

via Florida man indicted for murder of Gulf Shores boater | AL.com.

Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL

May 15, 2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Spring Break crowds substituted Panama City Beach for other coastal cities this year, helping to push visitation numbers up in virtually every destination on the Gulf Coast.

“There was definitely an increase in the presence of college spring breakers,” said Kay Magahan, public relations manager for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism in Alabama. “We have always been more heavily a family Spring Break destination.”

via Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL.

Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI

May 14, 2016

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.

Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES – On May 10, more than 200 attendees at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s (CVB) 2016 Tourism Summit learned that positive change and growth are in the wind.

In 2015, Baldwin County served 6.1 million guests leaving behind $3.9 billion in travel-related expenditures, supporting 48,243 travel-related jobs and $1.3 billion in wages and salaries.

via Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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