Category Archives: Orange Beach

Jon Washington’s appeals in death of Kenny Myers exhausted – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 27, 2015

BAY MINETTE, AL – Jon Washington, convicted in the February 2012 death of Kenny Myers at Washington’s family home in Orange Beach, has exhausted his appeals and must surrender to authorities by May 30.

“He appealed to the Alabama Court of Criminal appeals and was denied relief,” one of his defense trial attorneys, Pascal Bruijn said in a text to Gulf Coast Media. “He then appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court and was denied as well. He will turn himself into jail no later than May 30 to begin his sentence.”

via Jon Washington's appeals in death of Kenny Myers exhausted – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com

May 27, 2015

Riding the wave of renewed investment on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Brett/Robinson Real Estate and Development Co. is planning its 21st condo project.The Orange Beach-based company already has work underway on the 22-floor Phoenix Gulf Shores on West Beach Boulevard and now has plans to build a 21-floor Phoenix Orange Beach on a roughly 2.75-acre lot it purchased for $5.5 million.

Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com

via Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com.

Did you lose a wedding band on the beach? | AL.com

May 26, 2015

Someone is missing a wedding band lost in the Orange Beach area, and a visitor from Georgia is desperately trying to help him or her find it.

On Sunday afternoon, Brooke Allen and her husband, along with Brooke’s nephew and his wife, went to the beach while the Allens’ 2-year-old daughter took a nap in her grandparents’ home. They were at Cotton Bayou public beach, around 1 p.m., spreading out their beach towels when Brooke’s nephew’s wife noticed something in the sand.

via Did you lose a wedding band on the beach? | AL.com.

Island-based church services for boaters on horizon in Orange Beach | AL.com

May 26, 2015

Boaters who take to the waters of Orange Beach every summer will likely have an opportunity to keep their faith afloat this year thanks to a proposal to begin island-based church services on Sundays.

The Islands of Perdido Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps manage and preserve Robinson Island and other smaller islands north of Perdido Pass, is spearheading the effort.

via Island-based church services for boaters on horizon in Orange Beach | AL.com.

Alabama to play in Orange Beach on Labor Day weekend | AL.com

May 24, 2015

After opening summer with concerts by Widespread Panic and The Beach Boys, The Wharf in Orange Beach will close it with an appearance by country supergroup Alabama.

Birmingham-based Red Mountain Entertainment announced Saturday that Alabama will perform at The Amphitheater at The Wharf on Sunday, Sept. 6, the day before Labor Day.

via Alabama to play in Orange Beach on Labor Day weekend | AL.com.

Six people taken from water after boat sinks off of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A rental boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico just off shore of Orange Beach on the afternoon of May 23. All six people aboard were rescued.

Orange Beach Fire and Rescue responded to the call just after noon. The boat was about five miles south of Perdido Pass.

via Six people taken from water after boat sinks off of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Tourists, locals enjoy beaches for Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

May 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) –  The summer tourist season has started at the beaches, and if you haven’t noticed by the amount of traffic in the Bay area, hundreds of people are in town for Memorial Day Weekend.

With a bright shining sun, clear skies, and hot sand, many people spent Saturday on the beach. People came from all over the country to enjoy the three day weekend. With tourists, comes traffic.

via Tourists, locals enjoy beaches for Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

Only 5 Arrests At Widespread Panic Concert

May 24, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama - Orange Beach police only made five arrests and responded to seven, medical transport calls the Widespread Panic concert Friday night.

The arrests included drug related charges and indecent exposure. EMT’s responded to several drug overdoses.

The five arrests are minimal considering more than four-thousand people attended the concert.


via Only 5 Arrests At Widespread Panic Concert.

Poseidon’s Playground Adds to Alabama’s Diving Opportunities

May 23, 2015

When the scuba-diving community considered a destination in the past, Alabama was not a location that popped up regularly.

Diving in Alabama

Those who love diving along the state’s Gulf Coast hope that is rapidly changing with the latest effort to bring a new awareness of the diving opportunities in Alabama state waters and a little farther offshore.

via Poseidon’s Playground Adds to Alabama’s Diving Opportunities.

Formally floppy: Widespread Panic fans put their best foot forward at Flopper’s Ball | AL.com

May 23, 2015

Thousands of fans of the jam band Widespread Panic turned out Friday night in Orange Beach for the band’s performance at the Amphitheater at The Wharf, a show some Orange Beach city officials said earlier they wish had never been booked. 

Many of those fans came determined to put their best foot forward in response to comments about mayhem and "floppiness" from Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers, referencing previous Panic shows in Orange Beach. Hundreds came dressed in some variation of their Mardi Gras ball attire, and attendees donated thousands of cans of food to the Bay Area Food Bank.

via Formally floppy: Widespread Panic fans put their best foot forward at Flopper's Ball | AL.com.

Widespread Panic Takes the Stage Despite Worry from City Leaders – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 23, 2015

As Widespread Panic took the stage at The Wharf on Friday, officials in Orange Beach waited to see what would happen this time when the lights went out. More than 100 people were arrested during a Widespread Panic concert in 2009. Mayor Tony Kennon has been critical of the band and the decision by The Wharf to book them again.

via Widespread Panic Takes the Stage Despite Worry from City Leaders – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

2-year-old boy dies after pool tragedy in Orange Beach | AL.com

May 22, 2015

A 2-year-old boy died in a Florida hospital Thursday night, only a short time after he was pulled unconscious from a swimming pool in Orange Beach, according to police.

Just after 4 p.m., officers responded to a reported drowning on the 27000 block of Safe Harbor Drive. Upon arrival they found people trying to give CPR to an unresponsive 2-year-old boy, said Officer Richard Springsteen.

via 2-year-old boy dies after pool tragedy in Orange Beach | AL.com.

Report Red Snapper Landings in Alabama

May 22, 2015

The Marine Resources Division reminds recreational red snapper anglers that the captain or owner of any vessel, private or charter, is required to report all red snapper kept and discarded dead prior to landing in Alabama. Only one report is required per vessel trip and anglers can provide information via one of the following methods; the Outdoor Alabama Pocket Ranger® app available in the iTunes or Google Play app stores, online at outdooralabama.com; by telephone at 1-844-REDSNAP (1-844-733-7627), or by paper forms available at select coastal public boat launches.

via Report Red Snapper Landings in Alabama.

Memorial Day weekend events: Fire dancers, floppiness, NFL cheerleaders headed to the coast | AL.com

May 22, 2015

The tourist season officially kicks off this weekend on the Gulf Coast (unless you count that whole Hangout Fest thing) and there are a bevy of events planned for the beach towns along the coast to accommodate what is expected to be a large number of visitors.

Here’s a rundown of some of the weekend events along the Gulf Coast:

via Memorial Day weekend events: Fire dancers, floppiness, NFL cheerleaders headed to the coast | AL.com.

‘Good People’ to clean the beach following Widespread Panic concert at the Wharf | AL.com

May 22, 2015

A beach cleanup is scheduled for Saturday after Widespread Panic rocks The Ampitheater at the Wharf in Orange Beach Friday night.

Last month Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers expressed dismay that Widespread Panic was booked to play at the Wharf, after Orange Beach officials had pushed to keep the jam band away and had been successful for the past five years.

via ‘Good People’ to clean the beach following Widespread Panic concert at the Wharf | AL.com.

Floating musical venue, Gumbo Key, to return to Orange Beach | AL.com

May 22, 2015

Come June 20 in Orange Beach there will be another mayor running the show — a show that is.

Businessman Mac McAleer, the self-proclaimed mayor of Gumbo Key, will once again host thousands of water-loving people for the second annual floating concert next to Bird Island, north of the Perdido Pass bridge.

via Floating musical venue, Gumbo Key, to return to Orange Beach | AL.com.

Orange Beach to boost police presence on islands for Memorial Day and summer weekends | AL.com

May 22, 2015

The takeover of Orange Beach’s islands by boaters will commence once again this weekend for Memorial Day and to keep activities safe and orderly the city will deploy a few other watercraft.

“We’re going to have three officers on the islands,” said Mayor Tony Kennon, referring to Bird Island and Robinson Island, north of Perdido Pass. “We’ll have two boats and a jet ski with officers. We’re going to have paramedics out there and we’re going to have dedicated ingress, egress access point for emergencies.”

via Orange Beach to boost police presence on islands for Memorial Day and summer weekends | AL.com.

Ron Jon Surf Shop opens in Orange Beach; sports bar, two hotels, bike shop, spa to follow | AL.com

May 22, 2015

The iconic Ron Jon Surf Shop coasted into Alabama last Friday, opening in Orange Beach in the Amber Isle development that will soon add a sports bar and two hotels.”It’s a beautiful, beautiful store,” said Mark Goldstein, who has been working for more than a decade to develop Amber Isle along the beach highway on the city’s west side. “It’s way over the top than anything that’s down there. … When I was there I grabbed one of the shirts. It says Orange Beach on it and that’s going to be viewed throughout the country. That’s great advertising.”

via Ron Jon Surf Shop opens in Orange Beach; sports bar, two hotels, bike shop, spa to follow | AL.com.

Ron Jon Surf Shop opens in Orange Beach; sports bar, two hotels, bike shop, spa to follow | AL.com

May 20, 2015

The iconic Ron Jon Surf Shop coasted into Alabama last Friday, opening in Orange Beach in the Amber Isle development that will soon add a sports bar and two hotels.

“It’s a beautiful, beautiful store,” said Mark Goldstein, who has been working for more than a decade to develop Amber Isle along the beach highway on the city’s west side. “It’s way over the top than anything that’s down there. … When I was there I grabbed one of the shirts. It says Orange Beach on it and that’s going to be viewed throughout the country. That’s great advertising.”

via Ron Jon Surf Shop opens in Orange Beach; sports bar, two hotels, bike shop, spa to follow | AL.com.

Widespread Panic Fans Plan “Flopper’s Ball” Food Drive

May 19, 2015

Last month, Orange Beach, AL Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Silvers expressed his unhappiness about an upcoming Widespread Panic concert in his town by deriding the band’s fanbase as, among other things, “floppy.” Now, a group of Widespread Panic fans are organizing a great response to Silver’s negative comments about their community. AL.com reports that Orange Beach resident and WSP fan Michael Butler is leading the charge to turn the May 22 concert into “The Flopper’s Ball,” which he and other members of the Widespread Floppers Facebook group hope will become the biggest food drive of the tour. In addition to dropping off canned goods for the fan run charity Panic Fans For Food, organizers are also asking attendees to come to the show in full costume.

via Widespread Panic Fans Plan “Flopper’s Ball” Food Drive.

AT LARGE: Traveling legions follow jam bands | TuscaloosaNews.com

May 19, 2015

In an open protest letter, Kennon wrote that the last time Widespread Panic played The Wharf, in a three-day appearance in 2010, there were more than 100 arrests “and it could have been three of four times that many,” that concert-goers were found sleeping in doorways and vacant beach houses, that “inebriated and stoned” fans walked down the beach road at all hours “out of their minds” and that there was generally “a lack of respect for property.”

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers added that, “We don’t condone that kind of living and floppiness that’s happened, that they will bring …”

via AT LARGE: Traveling legions follow jam bands | TuscaloosaNews.com.

359 lb. Blue Marlin Reeled In During Fishing Tournament – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 16, 2015

The Gulf Coast Big Game Fishing Triple Crown is underway at the Wharf in Orange Beach.

The crew of the Iona Louise out of Montgomery brought in a monster on Friday.

A 359 lb. blue marlin was brought back to Orange Beach, and was the first one weighed in this big game fishing tournament season.

Ashley Faulkner of Orange Beach hauled in the giant blue marlin.

via 359 lb. Blue Marlin Reeled In During Fishing Tournament – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

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