Category Archives: Gulf Shores

Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 01, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com

July 31, 2015

Officials on Alabama’s coast say they are ready to reclaim the sugar-white beaches that have been overrun with abandoned tents, umbrellas, beach chairs, boogie boards, and other beachy belongings.While Baldwin County’s coastal communities have enjoyed record-breaking tourism numbers for four straight years, that same growth has led to the degradation of their star attraction.

via Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com.

Gulf Shores lifeguards headed to Big Apple for finals of Good Morning America contest | AL.com

July 30, 2015

Gulf Shores has done it again.

Answering the call to Good Morning America’s “Lifeguard Surf & Turf Showdown,” the city’s lifeguard patrol earned a ticket to New York City to compete for $10,000.

The lifeguards are following in the footsteps of the Gulf Shores Fire Rescue department that advanced to the finals of the ABC morning show’s “5 Alarm Firefighters Challenge” last summer.

via Gulf Shores lifeguards headed to Big Apple for finals of Good Morning America contest | AL.com.

Art Market returns to Gulf Shores on Aug. 1 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 29, 2015

The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will return on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 225 E. 24th Ave. in the Waterway Village district of Gulf Shores.  This popular event will feature the original work of local and regional artists, live musical entertainment, hands-on art activities for children and concessions by Acme Oyster House.

via Art Market returns to Gulf Shores on Aug. 1 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Police: duo distracted, stole from shopper – FOX10 News | WALA

July 29, 2015

The crime happened about a month ago in Gulf Shores, but the victim is still dealing with the fallout. On July 1, police said a man and woman pulled a con on a female shopper in the Publix in Gulf Shores.

Police said the woman distracted the victim while she was shopping in one of the isles. The male suspect then nabbed her wallet from the purse and the two took off.

via Police: duo distracted, stole from shopper – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Gulf Shores police call Uber service ‘highly dangerous’; public pushes back | AL.com

July 29, 2015

The growing discussion in Baldwin County about the ridesharing service Uber has reached the beach in Gulf Shores.

On Tuesday morning the police department posted the following statement on Facebook and Twitter and it is receiving a lot of push back:

“UBER is NOT licensed to operate in Gulf Shores,” the post reads. “‪#‎GSPD‬ will take appropriate police action towards anyone found in violation! UBER will be treated as an unlicensed taxi service. This type of ‘service’ is highly dangerous and getting into a vehicle with someone you do not know can result in a serious crime against you!”

via Gulf Shores police call Uber service ‘highly dangerous’; public pushes back | AL.com.

Gulf Shores lifeguard patrol named semifinalist in Good Morning America contest; finalist voting underway | AL.com

July 28, 2015

The Gulf Shores lifeguard patrol has earned a spot in the semifinals of Good Morning America’s “Lifeguard Surf & Turf Showdown” and needs votes to land in New York City for a chance to win $10,000.

The ABC morning show, with more than 4.5 million viewers, put a call out to life-saving units across the country to submit a video of lifeguards lip-syncing to “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

via Gulf Shores lifeguard patrol named semifinalist in Good Morning America contest; finalist voting underway | AL.com.

Art Market returns to Gulf Shores on Aug. 1 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 27, 2015

The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will return on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 225 E. 24th Ave. in the Waterway Village district of Gulf Shores.  This popular event will feature the original work of local and regional artists, live musical entertainment, hands-on art activities for children and concessions by Acme Oyster House.

via Art Market returns to Gulf Shores on Aug. 1 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf Shores lifeguards to send entry to Good Morning America contest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 27, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL – Gulf Shores lifeguards are entering Good Morning America’s Turf and Surf competition similar to the 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge the city’s fire crew participated in last summer.

According to the website “Good Morning America” is looking for teams of lifeguards from across the country to go head-to-head in an epic live TV competition this summer for a chance to win a $10,000 prize.

via Gulf Shores lifeguards to send entry to Good Morning America contest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Family marks 10 years since lightning tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA

July 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Thursday, July 23rd is a painful anniversary for a local family. Ten years ago lightning took the lives of 38 year-old, Tommy Summerlin and his 7 year-old stepson, Noah Butler. Ever since the family has worked to raise awareness of the dangers of lightning.

July 23rd, 2005

Ten years ago a family was shattered in an instant. Tommy Summerlin was running down the beach on Gulf Shores holding the hand of his stepson Noah Butler. They were chasing a beach ball when the sky lit up. Thirty feet away Sharon Summerlin and the rest of her family saw the bolt of lightning strike.

via Family marks 10 years since lightning tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Two Parasailing Accidents Now Under Investigation

July 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL – Perdido Key Parasail is no longer open in Gulf Shores.

The parasailing company has abandoned its rental facility, leaving jet skis, life jackets and equipments scattered on the beach.

The city revoked Perdido Key Parasail’s business license after three parasailers were hurt when a line tethering the parasail to the boat snapped during a strong storm last month.

via Two Parasailing Accidents Now Under Investigation.

Drunk Driver Gets Max Sentence for Fatal Hit and Run

July 24, 2015

Justin Lott, the man accused of the drunk driving  and convicted  of manslaughter in the hit and run crash that killed 19-year-old Kasey Waychoff, has received the maximum prison sentence.

The judge gave Lott a sentence of 20 years for manslaughter, 10 years for leaving the scene of an accident, and 1 year for assault. The sentences to run concurrently.

via Drunk Driver Gets Max Sentence for Fatal Hit and Run.

More dredging work to start at Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores | AL.com

July 24, 2015

Heavy equipment will begin to roll at Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores this week with an ongoing dredging project ramping up additional sand-digging efforts.

The area has seen a steady stream of construction equipment since December 2013 when a $12.1 million Alabama Department of Transportation project began to replace the Lee Callaway Bridge. While the new span opened on April 20, crews still had to dismantle a temporary bridge and then on June 2 the current dredging project started.

via More dredging work to start at Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Gulf Shores lifeguards to send entry to Good Morning America contest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 22, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL – Gulf Shores lifeguards are entering Good Morning America’s Turf and Surf competition similar to the 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge the city’s fire crew participated in last summer.

According to the website “Good Morning America” is looking for teams of lifeguards from across the country to go head-to-head in an epic live TV competition this summer for a chance to win a $10,000 prize.

via Gulf Shores lifeguards to send entry to Good Morning America contest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

More dredging work to start at Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores | AL.com

July 22, 2015

Heavy equipment will begin to roll at Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores this week with an ongoing dredging project ramping up additional sand-digging efforts.

The area has seen a steady stream of construction equipment since December 2013 when a $12.1 million Alabama Department of Transportation project began to replace the Lee Callaway Bridge. While the new span opened on April 20, crews still had to dismantle a temporary bridge and then on June 2 the current dredging project started.

via More dredging work to start at Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Vintage photos: Gulf Shores native remembers Mr. Posey and the ‘Iron Pony’ | AL.com

July 21, 2015

Donnie Lambeth grew up on Dixie Graves Road and he remembers Howard Posey, the ‘Iron Pony’ and Posey’s zoo.

“I remember Mr. Posey and rode the Iron Pony many times at his small zoo in Gulf Shores,” Lambeth shared via email. “He had paddle wheel bikes you pedal around a small island with a few local wildlife on it.”

via Vintage photos: Gulf Shores native remembers Mr. Posey and the ‘Iron Pony’ | AL.com.

New Gulf Shores Zoo Under Construction

July 21, 2015

A new beginning for “The Little Zoo that Could”.

“This is not the first time we had a groundbreaking or whatever out here and we felt strongly that we needed to make things happen,” says project manager Joey Ward.

A new vision for the zoo revealed Monday night for what will be a premiere destination. “Nobody wanted to see another shovel dig dirt,” says Ward, “they wanted to see something happen, see something spectacular.”

via New Gulf Shores Zoo Under Construction.

Slots open for Junior Counselor program in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 20, 2015

GULF SHORES — The SPARC Leaders Summer Program is designed to introduce middle school students who have completed seventh or eighth grade to fun, inquiry based science topics, transitioning from middle school to high school and developing life skills such as leadership, communication and team work.

via Slots open for Junior Counselor program in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 18, 2015

ORANGE BEACH — Lila Harris loves the beautiful beaches and waters of coastal Alabama, specifically her hometown of Orange Beach.

She gets an up close and personal look at them as a volunteer for Share the Beach sea turtle group. She’s on the beach before sunrise looking for signs a turtle came in overnight to lay eggs.

But what she sees isn’t always beautiful. More often than not, she comes away with a drive and energy to fix the problems she sees.

via Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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