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.
The “About Boating Safely” classroom course will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-10 at the Orange Beach Community Center on August 8, 2015 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
via Boating Safety Course at the Orange Beach Community Center.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – A murder and kidnapping case may have a link to a fire in the OrangeBeach neighborhood of Bear Point on June 20.
John Barry Hubbard of Bibb County was arrested on July 22 in Greene County after allegedly killing one woman and kidnapping her sister. The dead woman was identified as Kandi Murphy and Hubbard took Tammy Murphy Carpenter with him when he fled, authorities say.
via Murder, kidnapping case may have link to Orange Beach fire – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Over 255,000 viewers from 205 nations have tuned in since January to an Orange Beach camera that’s live-steaming a pair of osprey raising its brood.
“Those are compelling numbers,” city Coastal Resource Manager Phillip West said. “It definitely proves that nature-based activities are worthwhile.”
via Osprey webcam in Orange Beach finds eyes worldwide | AL.com.
Uber is rolling in Orange Beach, but city leaders are wary and raising a range of questions.
“I am concerned about Uber,” Mayor Tony Kennon said. “I have not heard anything good about Uber. … They’re not metered, they’re not shuttles and people don’t know what they’re getting into.”
City Councilman Jeff Boyd said he was aware of 15 Uber drivers plying the streets in Orange Beach, posing a challenge to cab services. “They’re operating without a business license, vs. the cabs that are all paying their dues,” Boyd said.
via Uber’s here: Ride-sharing service hits Orange Beach, but safety concerns crank up | AL.com.
Floating in the Barber Marina is the Lady of the Lake – an amazing gigantic sculpture. Built by Foamhenge creator Mark Cline, the giant Lady appears to be using the Bayou La Launch as a bathtub. Only her knees and head are visible above the water.
In January 2012, fiberglass sculpture wizard Mark Cline received a phone call from an employee of George Barber, a billionaire art patron.
“Mr. Barber,” said the voice, “is interested in you building a fifty-foot woman.”
“Does he want her standing in a field?” asked Mark.
“No,” the employee answered. “He wants her floating.”
via Did You Know Lady in the Lake Elberta AL – WPMI – Mobile Did You Know – LOCAL 15.
• Gridiron Analysis: Changes have come upon Troy football including the retirement of long time head coach Larry Blakeney but one thing that is not changing for now is the starting quarterback Brandon Silvers.
via Silver Lining: Former Gulf Shores QB Brandon Silvers looks ready to shine – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The steady roar of heavy equipment can be heard just about anywhere you go in Orange Beach.
In the first six months of this year the city had issued more than 700 building permits for everything from single home dwellings, to apartments, to restaurants and condos.
via Building Boom in Orange Beach, Not All Good.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – A report of swimmers in distress turned out to be false alarms, but Orange Beach Fire and Rescue crews fielded multiple calls on Sunday, July 19.
“We’re busy,” acting Battalion Chief Capt. Dray Resmondo said about 2:30 p.m. “They’re going out the door again.”
via Orange Beach crews called to assist swimmers, but rescues not necessary – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Richard Rionda Del Castro, the producer of “USS Indianapolis” — an upcoming movie starring Nicolas Cage about the sinking of the ship that transported the nuclear bomb to end World War II — is filming on and off Alabama’s coast this month.
“What is exciting about this film is really making this story,” he said. “It’s a film that should have been made long ago, and I don’t understand why no producer has made this film before.”
But it’s not just Orange Beach’s white sand, downtown Mobile’s historic architecture and a mansion outside of town that make Alabama an attractive setting for such a major motion picture.
There’s something else pretty about this picturesque port town: tax credits.
via 3 years after expanding film credits, Alabama’s counting stars | Arts and Culture | The Sun Herald.
Below is the City of Orange Beach Council Meeting Agendas for July 21, 2015.
This is a service of the OBA Community Website. We are not affiliated with the City of Orange Beach.
via Orange Beach City Council Meeting Agendas – July 21st.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Do you love walking on beautiful Gulf Coast beaches? Would you like to play a part in making them even prettier and cleaner?
Then Orange Beach wants you.
via Orange Beach starting education campaign on beach debris – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
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.
Orange Beach has rejected an offer to settle the $50 million lawsuit it filed against BP following the 2010 oil spill.
“We’re going to stand strong until we feel like — and this is using BP’s words — we’re made whole,” Mayor Tony Kennon said.
Orange Beach is among more than 400 government entities that individually sued the oil and gas giant for spill-related damages. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans instructed the plaintiffs to accept or decline offers by July 15 as part of a landmark $18.7 billion settlement involving BP, the federal government and the five Gulf states affected by the spill.
via Refusing BP’s spill settlement, Orange Beach prepares for court fight | AL.com.
Along with the oil that coated Alabama beaches and rocked local economies came a promise to be made whole.
A proposed settlement with BP could send 2 point 3 billion dollars to Alabama but the total fine money funneling down to coastal communities directly impacted by the disaster seems to be getting smaller and smaller.
“It’s like a knife fight, everybody wants their share, their cut,” says Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon. “I’m very disappointed with the settlement. I feel like Mobile and Baldwin counties was left out.”
via Are Coastal Communities Losing Out in BP Settlement?.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Our man, Lance Millican is on a roll finding H-7 on July 11 in section E!!! Got his call at 5:45 a.m. reporting the Auburn Tigers did not stop Moma T!!
She crawled her big 42-inch self right on through the tent and nested. It was an exciting morning as today is Ronda Barber’s birthday and she was there with her adorable grandson, Reese in the awesome turtle outfit!
via Turtle volunteers find seventh Orange Beach nest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Gulf Coast officials worry that their communities won’t get their fair share of Alabama’s $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.
Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft told Alabama’s Press Register that members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have unanswered questions about the settlement.
via Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement.
Baldwin County beaches are packed this summer. Tents and umbrellas cover the sand in a rainbow of colors but a lot of that beach gear is ending up in a dumpster.
“Probably about a ton of material in it right now,” says assistant director of public works Noel Hand.
The solution according to Hand, “What we need to do is ask all of our guests is to remove your items from the beach every day.”
Abandoned tents, chairs, any kind of beach stuff left on the beaches is not just a Gulf Shores problem. Folks in the state park as well as in Orange Beach are also talking about a plan to remove it or lose it.
via Abandoned Beach Gear Trashing Baldwin Beaches.
The second annual Wharf Uncorked is returning with wine, spirits, and food tastings held at the beach. Tickets are now on sale, and this year’s event will continue the tradition of providing tastings from some of the region’s top chefs while also adding new culinary delights.
via Sample some of the Gulf Coast’s bests at the Wharf Uncorked | AL.com.
If you have plans to head to the beach this weekend, be aware that yellow flags were flying Friday in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Those flags mean moderate surf and to use caution when in the water.
Purple flags indicating marine life were flying earlier this week. Lost of jellyfish can be seen in the water in a video from OBA’s Community website Facebook page.
via Jellyfish Abundance in the Gulf – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
After a three-hour non-stop sprint from Lakeview, the mini-van pulls onto the main drag in Orange Beach, Ala. A sudden U-turn toward a pharmacy confuses and concerns 3-year-old Celia: “We go home now?”
via The Paternity Test: Life isn’t always a beach, especially with kids | NOLA.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Orange Beach Planning Commission will have a full slate on Monday, July 13 with discussion planned for a 114-unit condo project on the beach, a 26-unit condo project on Terry Cove and a 77-cottage residential development behind the Village of Tannin on the beach highway in west Orange Beach.
via Plans for 140 condos, 77 homes to go before Orange Beach Planning Commission on Monday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Bob Baumhower knew his old friend was sick, but had no idea how serious Ken Stabler’s condition became.
The two former Alabama football legends had become friends after their playing days, but Baumhower last spoke to Stabler about six months ago. So the news of the Stabler’s death shook his friend.
via News of Ken Stabler’s death surprised good friend Bob Baumhower | AL.com.
Artificial reefs have been used for hundreds of years to enrich marine life without harming the environment. In early July 2015, artificial reefs will be transported from Orange Beach, Alabama to just offshore Grayton Beach State Park.
via Grayton Beach State Park Welcomes First Artificial Reefs – Press Release – Digital Journal.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Over the next 48 hours the eyes of the fishing world will be focused on The Wharf to see what is billed as the premier fishing tournament of the Gulf Coast.
Sixty boats are participating in the 2015 Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Anglers from across the Gulf Coast gathered at The Wharf looking to catch a piece of the $1.4 million purse. The anglers are not the only people seeing dollar signs this weekend.
via Blue Marlin Grand Championship – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) It’s known as the greatest show in sportsfishing. The 2015 Blue Marlin Grand Championship will take place Thursday through this weekend at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
via Blue Marlin Grand Championship – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — H-5 found this morning by Lance Millican – Yippee!!! After eight years of finding several false crawls (including FCH-2 this morning a 35-inch crawl width) and being at nearly every nest find and hatching – Lance finally found his first very own nest!
Lance is always the first on the beach on his patrol day so his false crawl came in at 5:35 and his nest call 5:45! The nest was in section E, seven feet from high tide line and well below mean high tide.
via Two more turtle nests found in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Shut down one of the only two ways on and off of Pleasure Island. Add to the mix that the majority of people driving around aren’t from around here and you’ve got a mess.
“We have to take detours to get where we need to go,” says Drew McCay. “It takes us way out-of-the-way. Maybe 30 minutes extra.”
via Barge Accident Shows Need for Another Island Bridge.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Sandy Roots Music Productions will be producing the Second Annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout.
Nick Biebricher, owner of Sandy Roots, said he is very excited about the events newfound partnership with Bobby Graves, owner of the Hot Spot Music and Grub.
via Second annual Songwriter Shootout to be at the Hot Spot at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Film actor Nicolas Cage caused quite a stir while filming part of the movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” in Orange Beach over the last couple of weeks. Fans were able to capture the star in photographs but David Walter was able to capture something else. “We have his hand prints and they will be installed in a pyramid reef along with a granite plaque with his name.”
via Movie Star Leaves Lasting Impression in Orange Beach.