ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Orange Beach Fire and Rescue dive team recovered a missing resident from the waters at the eastern end of Ono Island on July 1.
Orange Beach Fire and Rescue was called out to help Escambia County, Fla., to a help locate a who was believed to be in the water.
via Orange Beach dive team recovers missing Ono swimmer – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Stars and stripes are everywhere in Gulf Shores, and so are the people. The Fourth of July weekend could be the busiest holiday weekend along the Gulf Coast.
For many getting some sun along the Gulf Coast beaches, the Fourth of July is a tradition going back 50 years. John Judy grew up going to Gulf Shores every Fourth of July, and now he takes his family there.
via Thousands head to Gulf Shores for holiday weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.
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If the recent rumor of warnings to stay out of the Gulf of Mexico due to harmful bacteria in the water that can result in disease, there was little evidence of fear with beach goers worrying about recent reports on Saturday July 2, 2016 at Gulf Shores Public Beach. There, thousands of people packed the hot beach sand, and hundreds cooled off in the warm Gulf as the start of the Fourth of July weekend was in full swing.
via Fourth of July crowd swells at Gulf Shores, few worry about bacteria levels | AL.com.
A long, busy holiday weekend along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere is helping boost a surge in tourism in Alabama, and officials hope visitors will set another record for spending in 2016.
via Busy holiday weekend boosts surging Alabama tourism numbers | AL.com.
Photo by Shelley Patterson, C-Shelz Photography
Less than seven hours from Chattanooga, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach in Alabama offer a unique blend of Southern hospitality, pristine sugar-sand beaches, beautiful turquoise waters, amazing local cuisine, and an array of festivals and special events that draw visitors from around the country.
“We have visitors tell us all the time that we are ‘their beach’ … the place they come every year to make memories with their family or friends, the place where they can escape and just relax,” says Kay Maghan, Public Relations Manager for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. “Many people comment that our beaches are as beautiful as those in the Caribbean.”
via The Lure of Legendary Festivals: Late summer and fall adventures abound on Alabama’s Gulf Coast – Chattanooga Magazine.
GULF SHORES, AL – Kevin Corcoran announced his candidacy for Gulf Shores City Council Place 2 in the upcoming Municipal Election that will be on Aug.
Mayor Pro-Tem Carolyn Doughty who will not seek re-election currently occupies Place 2.
via Kevin Corcoran to run for Gulf Shores City Council Place 2 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Fourth of July and Baldwin County beaches seem to go together just like red, white and blue. “It kind of makes you feel like the sea to shining sea, right?” says beachgoer Michelle Doyle, “Like part of America and everybody’s down here having a good time and celebrating.”
via Red, White and Blue Baldwin County Beaches.
The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the exiting traffic plan that will be activated immediately following the Fourth of July fireworks show at the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier on Monday, July 4th at 9 p.m.
via Gulf Shores Traffic Plans for the Weekend.
GULF SHORES, AL – Former Alabama and Foley High School football standout Robert Lester was arrested on a domestic violence charge by Gulf Shores Police on June 23, according to an arrest report.
Also arrested was Kala Whiteside on a charge of interfering with a domestic violence emergency call.
via Ex-Tider, Foley Lion Robert Lester arrested in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The Fourth of July is coming up and, there’s going to be a big celebration at the beach.
The City of Gulf Shores is preparing for the party. http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=295
It will have carnival style activities, a salute to the troops, and a big fireworks extravaganza.
via July 4th celebrations detailed for Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.
Waves of cash flowed into Baldwin County after the BP oil spill. Six years later almost all of the cities and towns have been paid for damages from that terrible summer in 2010.
Orange Beach reached a $15 million settlement earlier this week, the largest so far in the county. The mayor says the money will be used on roads and bridges.
via Breaking Down the BP Settlement Numbers in Baldwin County.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A family from Vicksburg Mississippi got up close and personal with a shark on the beach in Gulf Shores, and there’s video to prove it.
The video shows what appears to be a shark swimming dangerously close to a group of people playing and floating near the shore. The video was taken from high above a condo in Gulf Shores this past weekend.
via Gulf Shores beachgoers get up close and personal with shark | WPMI.
Major developments at Gulf State Park that range from a beach environmental center to a 350-room lodge for family reunions are under construction and on schedule to open within two years, Gov. Robert Bentley announced today.
Creating miles of trails for biking and hiking and restoring sugary white sand dunes that would cover the equivalent of 50 football fields will be completed even earlier, he said.
via Bentley says Gulf State Park renovations on schedule – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
It’s been a tragic two weeks in Baldwin County waters. Last Thursday a boat hit the jetties at Perdido pass. four people were injured. Investigators say alcohol was likely involved.
Two days before that, a boat operator making an abrupt turn on Fish River threw three people into the water. Two swam to safety, but the other died. Inexperience is being blamed for that accident.
Also, back on Saturday June 18th, two people were killed and three others injured when their boat smashed into a pier in Oyster Bay. Investigators say once again, alcohol was likely involved.
“It is just as dangerous to drink and boat as it is to drink and drive.”
via Alcohol and Inexperience: A Deadly Combination For Boaters – FOX10 News | WALA.
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We are right in the middle of turtle season and one turtle nest is in the middle of a very public place… Gulf Shores Public Beach!
The nests popped up a couple of weeks ago located just off the board walk.
via Tuck and Cover: Rare Turtle Nests Spotted in Gulf Shores.
GULF SHORES, AL – The City of Gulf Shores, Mayor Robert Craft, Gulf Shores City Council and our community are honored to announce Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia as the Master of Ceremonies for a Salute to the Services on Monday, July 4th.
Salute to the Services will honor and salute the men and women of America’s Armed Forces and their families.
via Sgt. Maj. Battaglia to lead Gulf Shores July 4 ceremony – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
By 11 a.m. on Friday, June 24, traffic was gridlock heading south on Highway 59 in Gulf Shores to Gulf Shores Parkway as tourists made their way to Alabama’s most popular beach. The tourists have been here in droves since Memorial Day Weekend, but this weekend marks the first official weekend of summer, traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year along with next weekend’s Fourth of July weekend when thousands are expected to visit Alabama’s beaches.
via Summer’s in full swing at Gulf Shores | AL.com.
GULF SHORES — Gulf Shores continues to make plans to follow through with a revamping of the city beach access at Gulf Place.
On June 13 the city council approved obtaining a line of credit worth $13.5 million from BB&T bank with an eye on funding the redo of the beachfront area. It will also include improving a city-owned beachfront property east of Phoenix All Suites that is currently undeveloped.
via Gulf Shores lining up funding for Gulf Place project – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – A vessel crash at 9:15 p.m. along the Intracoastal Waterway, Saturday, June 18, has claimed two lives and injured three people.
via Oyster Bay boat crash kills two, injuries three – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
An Ashville man charged last year in the murder of a Tarrant woman is back in custody after lawmen say he cut off his electronic monitoring device and fled to Gulf Shores.
Matthew Weston Carden, 35, was arrested about 3 p.m. Thursday at Gulf State Park campground, said Gulf Shores police Sgt. Jason Woodruff. He told the arresting officer he had removed the device and been in the Gulf Shores area for about four weeks.
via Murder suspect cut off monitoring device, fled to Gulf Shores | AL.com.
Two people died and three were injured in a Baldwin County boating accident Saturday.
The crash happened on the IntraCostal Waterway yesterday at approximately 9:15 p.m.
Trooper Jamie Maloy said that a 2007 Sea Hunt 220 hit a pier while entering Oyster Bay.
via Two dead, three hurt in boating accident near Baldwin County’s Oyster Bay | AL.com.
Gulf Shores, AL – A joint law enforcement investigation has resulted in the arrest of a man involved in the January 2015 murder of a Tarrant, Alabama woman.
Matthew Weston Carden, 35, of Ashville, Alabama was arrested after officers responded to investigate a suspicious person call at the Gulf State Park campground around 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 16.
via Fugitive murder suspect arrested in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
According to the Gulf Shores Fire Department, two patients were airlifted to a hospital following a boat crash near Oyster Bay in Gulf Shores.
The crash happened shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday night. At this time, there have been no confirmed fatalities.
via Two Airlifted to Hospital after Boat Crash.
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WPMI) — The Blue Angels announced Thursday morning the crew is returning to the skies over Pensacola.
via Blue Angels return to the skies over Pensacola | WPMI.
FOX10 News continues to watch the effects of growth in Baldwin County. Officials want to make sure new residents are prepared should a hurricane hit. That’s one reason why officials in Gulf Shores held a Hurricane Expo Thursday.
It’s been about ten years since a major hurricane hit Baldwin County. But the population has grown rapidly over those years.
via Hurricane preparedness amid a building boom in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.
Almost everyone was caught off guard.
“I never dreamed we would see them today,” said Vickie McGohan visiting from Arkansas.
Two weeks after enduring tragedy to a triumphant return of the Navy’s Blue Angels. “It was really an emotional feeling to see it go by,” said Bryan Pierce from Mississippi. “It made me proud to be an American.”
via Blue Angels Return, Fans Surprised and Proud.
Hurricane season is underway.
And, local officials want you to be prepared for whatever mother nature has in store.
The City of Gulf Shores will host its annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo Thursday.
It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Erie H. Meyer Civic Center.
via Hurricane Expo to help prepare residents – FOX10 News | WALA.
If you don’t like the term “Sea Lice,” how about “Ocean Itch?” Or “Seabather’s Eruption?” Or maybe even “Sea Poisoning?”
Whether we’re actually talking about a real problem here is highly dubious. But the species we’re talking about clearly has a very real branding problem.
Sea Lice made international headlines in early June when they apparently invaded swimwear along the Florida Panhandle. Something about that scenario just seemed to fire the collective imagination, leading to a widespread loss of perspective about this particular feature of coastal life and to nebulous, unsubstantiated warnings that the stinging menace could be drifting toward Alabama’s pristine beaches. (So far, the purple flags are not flying.)
via ‘Sea Lice:’ A minor menace inspires major mania | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – Mayor Robert Craft was linked to what a national political blog reporter considered questionable dealings when it comes to a new road planned near the Foley Beach Express.“Mayor Craft was listed in that and it really made my blood boil,” Councilman Jason Dyken said. “There has never been an ounce of impropriety from Robert Craft as mayor or even before then. I wish the press would get it right before they publish vindictive reports that are really untrue and not factual.”In a far-reaching commentary on politics in Alabama, Paul Alexander of Huff Post Politics, concentrated mainly on the currently turmoil of Gov. Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.
via Craft’s mention in blog on political corruption draws councilman’s ire – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - As many head to the beach this summer, officials want to make sure you know about the dangers of rip currents. Five people died last week along the Gulf Coast after drowning in rip currents, one of them was in Orange Beach.
via Five rip current deaths along panhandle: officials warn of rip d – FOX10 News | WALA.