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Alabama seeking 3 ships to sink in the Gulf | The Islander

August 28, 2016

GULF SHORES – It was a LuLu of a good time on May 26, 2013 when hundreds of boats gathered to watch Walter Marine send a retired 271-foot freighter to the bottom of the Gulf some 18 miles off of Orange Beach.

Thanks to BP money in the form of a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the state of Alabama wants to do that three more times, says Director of the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Chris Blankenship.

via Alabama seeking 3 ships to sink in the Gulf | The Islander.

2nd annual Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament | WPMI

August 24, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — If you love to fish and love to give back, an upcoming fishing tournament will land you in the winners circle!

The Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament is August 26 and 27 at the Orange Beach Marina. The annual inshore/offshore fishing tournament benefits the Pediatric Cancer Clinic at Children’s of Alabama.

via 2nd annual Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament | WPMI.

Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA

August 21, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Trip Advisor is putting one of our very own cities in the national spotlight. The travel giant is naming Orange Beach as the second best travel destination on the rise for 2016

Orange beach is already a popular travel destination. As we’ve reported, it has had record high tourism numbers in the last few years, and now this announcement is expected to put it even more on the national map.

via Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA.

World Food Championships to spotlight chefs in Orange Beach this November | AL.com

August 16, 2016

“Orange Beach is going to smell like barbecue in November for probably about a month,” says Mike McCloud, CEO of the World Food Championships.

Here’s the thing: The World Food Championships isn’t a barbecue event. It’s designed as an all-star competition that lets chefs compete in nine categories, including barbecue, chili, sandwich, burger, dessert, bacon, seafood and steak. So it would have been just as true to say that Orange Beach is going to smell like burgers or bacon, come November.

via World Food Championships to spotlight chefs in Orange Beach this November | AL.com.

Orange Beach Community Comes Together to Help our Louisiana Neighbors

August 16, 2016

Orange Beach, AL – (OBA) – Folks in our community are organizing a collection and delivery effort to acquire and transport items needed by our neighbors in Louisiana who have been devastated by the flooding this past week. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Drop off donated items on the south end of the front parking lot at Orange Beach City Hall 8am and 5pm (at the old Finance Dept.). Look for the sign. If you have something to drop off after 5pm you can leave it on the front porch at city hall.

via Orange Beach Community Comes Together to Help our Louisiana Neighbors.

How You Can Help Louisiana – FOX10 News | WALA

August 16, 2016

It could’ve easily been us. Instead, the system stalled in Louisiana and they got the historic flooding. Now folks in our area are stepping up to help.

This past weekend, Orange Beach resident Blake Michaeleski put out a call for supplies to help his family in Louisiana.

“My parents had to evacuate at their house and my sister had to evacuate her house. I knew they wouldn’t have anything. They had to grab what they could and go,” Michaeleski said.

The response has been so overwhelming that Blake is now accepting supplies at several locations and will leave Tuesday and deliver several trailers of goods.

via How You Can Help Louisiana – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Orange Beach man organizes donation drive for his hometown of Denham Springs | AL.com

August 16, 2016

Orange Beach resident Blake Michaelski couldn’t stand by and watch what was happening in his hometown of Denham Springs, La., in the wake of the recent floods, so he took action. Through a couple of  Facebook posts  and word on the street, Michaelski called upon the people of Orange Beach to rally with him to aid the flood-ravaged Denham Springs.

via Orange Beach man organizes donation drive for his hometown of Denham Springs | AL.com.

Baldwin County man collecting donations for Louisiana flood vict – FOX10 News | WALA

August 15, 2016

A Baldwin County man is trying to help flood victims in Louisiana.

Orange Beach resident Blake Michaleski has been collecting donations. He originally started to help his family.

“My parents, they had to evacuate their house and my sister had to evacuate her house,” said Michaleski. “I knew they wouldn’t have anything. They had to grab what they could and go and my sister, they lost everything.”

via Baldwin County man collecting donations for Louisiana flood vict – FOX10 News | WALA.

Boats, beaches and Bushwackers in Orange Beach, Ala. | www.statesman.com

August 13, 2016

The most popular way to see the Alabama Gulf Coast?

While bobbing behind a boat anchored at a sandbar, or cruising among the nonstop flotilla of vessels parading up and down Old River. Or maybe from atop a stool inside the dimly-lit Flora-Bama Lounge, possibly the only roadhouse in America that hosts both an annual mullet toss and weekly nondenominational church services.

via Boats, beaches and Bushwackers in Orange Beach, Ala. | www.statesman.com.

Pioneering Ono

August 12, 2016

Ono Island

Ham Wilson hadn’t heard from his grandfather in days. Any other week and this wouldn’t have been unusual. When Pappy was at his house on Ono Island, using the telephone wasn’t very high on his list of priorities. If it wasn’t necessary, Pappy didn’t want it.

But Hurricane Frederic was the real deal. As soon as the storm dissipated across the Alabama skies, Ham loaded up his car with gas cans and set out from Birmingham to find Pappy, following behind people clearing the roads with chainsaws.

via Pioneering Ono.

Boats, beaches and Bushwackers draw vacationers to Orange… | www.mystatesman.com

August 12, 2016

The most popular way to see the Alabama Gulf Coast?

While bobbing behind a boat anchored at a sandbar, or cruising among the nonstop flotilla of vessels parading up and down Old River. Or maybe from atop a stool inside the dimly-lit Flora-Bama Lounge, possibly the only roadhouse in America that hosts both an annual mullet toss and weekly nondenominational church services.

I did all that — and a lot more — during a recent trip to Orange Beach.

via Boats, beaches and Bushwackers draw vacationers to Orange… | www.mystatesman.com.

Homeowners would foot bill for 22% of money if Special Tax District formed | The Islander

August 10, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – When and if a vote comes on a Special Tax District in the Gulf Shores High School feeder pattern, citizens who are residents of the district will contribute 22 percent of the total collection.“

For roughly every $1 homesteaded property owners put in, investment and second home and commercial property owners put in $4,” Kevin Corcoran of the Education Advisory Task Force said.

Some of those same citizens paying the proposed 3 mills on the homes they live in will also be some of those who own other properties making up 78 percent of collections on the proposed new levy.

The average cost to homeowners in Gulf Shores would be about $70 annually and in Orange Beach the extra millage would average about $104 per years.

via Homeowners would foot bill for 22% of money if Special Tax District formed | The Islander.

Group working to get snorkeling reefs off of Orange Beach, Gulf State Park | The Islander

August 10, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Underwater sights available to snorkelers in and around Perdido Pass in Orange Beach can be fascinating.“There is some pretty nice snorkeling over there,” Vince Lucido said.But it’s not without it’s risks.“

If you’re snorkeling around the pass it’s like playing in the middle of the highway,” Lucido said. “It’s not real safe with all the boat traffic going in and out of there.”

via Group working to get snorkeling reefs off of Orange Beach, Gulf State Park | The Islander.

Alabama Restaurant Week to kick off across the state

August 09, 2016

More than 170 restaurants will offer lunch and dinner discounts to encourage customers to try new dishes during the fifth annual Alabama Restaurant Week from Aug. 12 to Aug. 21, state tourism officials announced.

The two-course lunch specials will range from $5 to $15, while three-course dinners will cost from $10 to $30, not including tax, tip and drink. Restaurants have the option of offering specials at both lunch and dinner or choosing to offer just lunch or just dinner specials.

via Alabama Restaurant Week to kick off across the state.

Orange Beach Kid’s Night Out moved to Aug. 23 | The Islander

August 09, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The annual Kids’ Night Out back to school party hosted by the Orange Beach Police Department has been moved from Aug. 11 to Aug. 23 because of expected rainy weather this week. It will be from 5-7 p.m. at Waterfront Park as the department offers city kids a chance for one more summer fling before school starts on Aug. 22.

via Orange Beach Kid’s Night Out moved to Aug. 23 | The Islander.

$275,000 Perdido Pass Fishing wall attracting anglers, sightseers | AL.com

August 09, 2016

The Perdido Pass Fishing wall is opened and has been attracting anglers hoping to pull in a nice catch, and sightseers watching boats come and go in its first few weekends.

The improved area goes east from The Gulf restaurant to just short of the bridge on the east side. The old access area wrapped under the bridge and came out on the north side. The boardwalk in front of the wall holds more than 40 parking spots, palm trees and other landscaping. An Alabama fishing license is required to cast into the water.

via $275,000 Perdido Pass Fishing wall attracting anglers, sightseers | AL.com.

State to open bids on Orange Beach project on Aug. 26 | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

August 08, 2016

Orange Beach Road Work

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Alabama Department of Transportation is seeking bids for three jobs in Baldwin County including work on Alabama 182, or beach road, in Orange Beach.

It is listed among the several projects the state will open bids for on Aug. 26.

The state is looking for a contractor to do median improvements and beautification, widening, resurfacing, traffic stripe and signals from near the junction of Loop Road, the entrance between Winn Dixie and Walmart, to just east of the Cotton Bayou Beach Access.

via State to open bids on Orange Beach project on Aug. 26 | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com

August 07, 2016

Quarterback Ken Stabler’s long wait to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame ended on Saturday night when the Snake was enshrined with seven other men in a ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

Stabler completed his 15-season NFL career in 1984 and had been a finalist for the Hall of Fame three times before earning election in February as a nominee of the Veterans Committee.

But the 32-year gap between his final game and entrance into the Hall of Fame was too long. While his epic performances in NFL games so famous they have names – the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands and Ghost to the Post, for instance – live on, Stabler succumbed to colon cancer on July 8, 2015.

via Ken Stabler gets tearful induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame | AL.com.

Stain of BP oil spill long gone from Alabama’s Gulf Coast as tourism booms – Yellowhammer News

August 05, 2016

There have been few darker moments on the Alabama Gulf Coast than when the Deepwater 2010 Horizon oil spill stained the brilliant white sand beaches and clouded the blue water.

Hurricane Frederic (1979) and Hurricane Ivan (2004) had taught coastal residents what it would take to rebuild from the most devastating storms. But they had never experienced an oil spill.

Even once the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf was halted and the visible effects were gone, another question lingered. How long would it take consumers to get that image out of their heads?

via Stain of BP oil spill long gone from Alabama’s Gulf Coast as tourism booms – Yellowhammer News.

Economic impact during peak beach season | WPMI

August 05, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The first two weeks in August are typically the peak of the summer season. Families come to our beaches looking for that last vacation hurrah before school starts.

One way to gauge the amount of people coming in is to look at the money parking pay stations at the public beach have generated already this year. So far this year people have already spent more than $300,000 to park their cars, which is right on track with last year’s numbers which included the summer season.

via Economic impact during peak beach season | WPMI.

Local chef to represent Florida in ‘Great American Seafood Cook-off’ | WEAR

August 05, 2016

You know what they say, if you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. That rule doesn’t apply for the executive chef at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club. He’s trying his luck in a nation-wide culinary competition.

Chef Chris Sherrill will be representing the state of Florida this weekend in Louisiana, at the Great American Seafood Cook-off.

via Local chef to represent Florida in ‘Great American Seafood Cook-off’ | WEAR.

Wesley Ludloff has been appointed General Manager at Island House Hotel in Orange Beach – AL, USA

August 04, 2016

Atlanta-based Hotel Equities announced Wesley Ludloff as the General Manager of the Island House Hotel, a 161-room beach front, full service property in Orange Beach, Alabama. The hotel begins a comprehensive renovation following the summer season converting to a DoubleTree by Hilton.

via Wesley Ludloff has been appointed General Manager at Island House Hotel in Orange Beach – AL, USA.

Driver arrested for DUI after hitting two pedestrians – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - A Pensacola man is under arrest for DUI after police say he struck two pedestrians crossing Perdido Beach Boulevard Wednesday night, August 2, 2016.  One of the victims suffered severe, but not life-threatening injuries.

Orange Beach Police said a man and a woman from Baldwin County were hit by a drunk driver in the crosswalk in front of the Flora-Bama Lounge about 9:40 in the westbound lane.  Police arrested 73 year-old John McNair of Pensacola for driving under the influence.

via Driver arrested for DUI after hitting two pedestrians – FOX10 News | WALA.

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