Category Archives: Gulf Shores

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.

High school softball tourney great for competition and economy i – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2016

Gulf Shores is busy again the third weekend of May, 2016 with another big sporting event.  Fifty two high school softball teams are fighting it out to make it to the state championships.  Gulf Shores has hosted the south-regional tournament for several years now.

via High school softball tourney great for competition and economy i – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Paying tribute to former Gulf Shores High School athlete – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Nathan “Nate” Harris, 19, a student-athlete at Troy University and a former gridiron star at Gulf Shores High School, died in a motorcycle wreck.

“If there was one person I wanted to be like. It was him. He was my role model,” Nate’s friend classmate Rodger Strick said.

via Paying tribute to former Gulf Shores High School athlete – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Preparations underway for sold out Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA

May 13, 2016

The 2016 Hangout Music Fest is a sellout with 40,000 tickets sold.  The festival is still a week away, but lots of work is already underway setting it up.

It takes a lot of effort to get ready for that many concert-goers.  Multiply that by three straight days with 75 acts playing on eight different stages and you have the Hangout Music Fest.  Work is well underway preparing for the bands and their fans that will converge on a square mile of beachfront on May 20, 2016.  Organizers said the venue has developed a reputation of being first class.

via Preparations underway for sold out Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA.

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2016 Hangout Music Fest is sold out, organizers say | AL.com

May 13, 2016

Going, going … gone. Organizers of the 2016 Hangout Music Fest have announced that the festival is sold out.

Organizers had previously announced that shuttle passes and Super VIP tickets were gone and supplies of tickets at other levels were running low. Late Wednesday they reported via social media and the festival website that general admission and VIP passes also were gone. The only remaining option available directly from the festival was the Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 19; tickets for that event were still on offer for $50.

via 2016 Hangout Music Fest is sold out, organizers say | AL.com.

Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo ends baby tiger encounters in response to USDA crackdown | AL.com

May 12, 2016

The popular tiger cub interactions at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores are ending, prompting an outpouring of disappointment from past visitors on social media.The encounters, offered at only two locations in Alabama, were stopped after the U.S. Department of Agriculture called for an ending of using tiger, lion, and other big-cat cubs as hands-on zoo attractions. The USDA’s announcement occurred last month.

via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo ends baby tiger encounters in response to USDA crackdown | AL.com.

Big bucks being invested at the Gulf and Mobile | AL.com

May 09, 2016

A developer paid $1.15 million for more than 1 acre with 300 front feet on Ala. 59 in Gulf Shores, south of Waterville USA, and plans to build Bayou Sunrise, a 22-unit condominium project, according to Ken Crabtree of Re/Max Paradise, who handled the transaction.The two-bedroom, two-bath units will average 1,100 to 1,200 square feet and be priced at $239,000. All the units will face the state park and bayou.

via Big bucks being invested at the Gulf and Mobile | AL.com.

DRG Development Announces Site Plan Approval for ABACO – New Condo Development in Gulf Shores | Virtual-Strategy Magazine

May 07, 2016

DRG Development’s site plan for Abaco was approved by the city of Gulf Shores on April 26, 2016.

Abaco is taking reservations and offers 78 units, a 5th floor gulf-front Club Room with a gathering area for owners including a catering kitchen and bar, a theater room, and a gulf-front fitness center with his and hers restrooms / showers, sauna and steam rooms.

via DRG Development Announces Site Plan Approval for ABACO – New Condo Development in Gulf Shores | Virtual-Strategy Magazine.

Special tax districts considered for schools – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 06, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – With state and county budgets in crisis and voters sour on new Baldwin County taxes to raise money for school construction, the idea of special tax districts is a hot topic among local leaders.

One area needing new schools the most might also be the most affluent, the county’s southern district stretching from Ono Island to Fort Morgan along the Gulf Coast. Taxes raised in the special districts, if approved by voters, would be spent entirely in that district for school construction.

via Special tax districts considered for schools – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Memorial service held for Gulf Shores, Troy football player Nath – FOX10 News | WALA

May 06, 2016

A memorial service for former Gulf Shores High School and Troy football player Nathan Harris was held Thursday. Dozens of friends and family attended the service at First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores to pay their last respects.

The young student athlete died in a motorcycle accident Saturday on Fort Morgan Road. The outpouring of support to the Harris family has been tremendous and has meant the world to Nathan’s family and friends.

via Memorial service held for Gulf Shores, Troy football player Nath – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Former Troy, Gulf Shores football player Nathan Harris remembered as an ‘encourager,’ a ‘fisher of men’ – al.com

May 06, 2016

Nathan Harris lived 19 years on this earth.

His impact will last far longer.

The Troy University football player and former Gulf Shores High quarterback died in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning on Fort Morgan Road.

Hundreds packed the sanctuary at First Baptist Gulf Shores on Thursday afternoon for an emotional two-hour ceremony celebrating the way Harris lived his life and the people he influenced along the way.

via Former Troy, Gulf Shores football player Nathan Harris remembered as an ‘encourager,’ a ‘fisher of men’ – al.com.

High school and collegiate track championships return to Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 05, 2016

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Local track fans are encouraged to cheer on rising star athletes this month at two track championships. The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) State Track Championship (4-5-6-7A boys and girls) is this weekend, May 5-7, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships is May 26-28. Both events will take place at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.

via High school and collegiate track championships return to Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Faulkner students get to rub elbows with ‘rock star’ chefs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Culinary students from Faulkner State will get the chance to work alongside some of the top chefs in the country during the Southern Grace Dinners series at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina.

“They get to spend a day in the kitchen working right beside these chefs,” owner Johnny Fisher said. “If you’re going to culinary school these are the rock stars. For them it’s really cool seeing their faces. We’ve actually hired a couple of these students after the dinners and seeing what they are doing.”

via Faulkner students get to rub elbows with ‘rock star’ chefs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

Miss Sunny turns 50 in Gulf Shores

GULF SHORES, AL – On Monday, April 25 Mayor Robert Craft proclaimed the first Saturday in June and the same annually hereafter to be “A Sunny Day” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miss Sunny and her impact on tourism in Alabama.

via Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Inside LuLu’s kitchen as cookbook signing nears | WPMI

May 03, 2016

Delicious seafood recipes with a side of wit and wisdom! You can find it all in Lucy Buffett’s new cookbook “LuLu’s Kitchen, A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life.” This weekend you have the chance to get an autographed copy and meet the one and only Lucy Buffett at Costco in Mobile.

The book includes 120 recipes from Lucy’s childhood and restaurants. Get your hands on it between 1 and 3 Saturday at the Costco in Mobile.

via Inside LuLu’s kitchen as cookbook signing nears | WPMI.

Services announced for Gulf Shores grad Nathan Harris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 03, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Services have been announced for Gulf Shores High graduate Nathan Harris who was killed in a motorcycle accident on April 30.

A memorial service will be at Gulf Shores First Baptist Church on Thursday, May 5. There will be a visitation from 1-3 p.m. on the same day at the church.

via Services announced for Gulf Shores grad Nathan Harris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Family, coach mourn loss of local football star: “He was going t – FOX10 News | WALA

May 02, 2016

The family and former coach of Nathan Harris, the 19-year-old Troy University football player who died in a tragic motorcycle accident Saturday morning, are speaking out.

The exact details of the accident are still unclear, but family members tell us Harris’ motorcycle was hit by another car while he was turning into Council Lane off Fort Morgan Road.

via Family, coach mourn loss of local football star: “He was going t – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Former Gulf Shores quarterback killed in motorcycle crash remembered | WPMI

May 02, 2016

The Gulf Shores community is mourning the death of one of their former quarterbacks. Nathan Harris died in a motorcycle accident Saturday morning. Those who knew him spoke about his generous nature. Gulf Shores Principal Ernie Rosado says former Gulf Shores Quarterback Nathan Harris never met a stranger and made a point to be a friend to everyone.

via Former Gulf Shores quarterback killed in motorcycle crash remembered | WPMI.

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