ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - The roads and Interstates were busy Monday, May 30, 2016 as many travelers made their way home after a holiday weekend at area beaches. But, there were still thousands of folks who hit the beach instead of the road on a gorgeous Memorial Day.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Crews in both beach towns on Pleasure Island found more abandoned beach items overnight on the second day of the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of summer.
In Orange Beach nearly 100 chairs, some reportedly with store tags still on them, 20 tents, three large bags of empty cans and two bags of trash overnight on May 28. That compares to 20 chairs and six tents were collected and discarded overnight on May 27.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Spectators at the 50th annual Mobile Big Game Fishing Club Tournament got a big surprise on Sunday. A massive blue marlin weighed in at 806 lbs., almost beating the state record.
The current record was caught in 2013 at 845 lbs., meaning the number to beat for this marlin was 850 lbs. Even though she was 45 lbs. shy, she is still the second largest blue marlin caught in Alabama and the largest blue Marlin caught in 50 years of the tournament.
This afternoon in Orange Beach, the Quick Time boat brought in what they thought could be a new state record Blue Marlin. It did not get the record, but it is still a big fish!The Blue Marlin weighed in at 806 pounds. That’s about 40 pounds short of the Alabama State Record, which is 845 pounds.
News 5 has learned the producers of USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage are now targeting Veterans Day (November 11) for the film’s release.
Originally, the film’s producers were hoping to release it for the Memorial Day weekend but they are now looking for the November release date. The film stars Nicolas Cage and was shot in Mobile, Alabama.
When I left my house in Mobile around 10:30 in the morning, I was hoping to beat the traffic through the tunnel. But, I was too late.
An hour and a half later, I drove over the toll bridge to Orange Beach and spent another 30 minutes trying to find a parking spot.
Finally, I made it to the beach….along with thousands of other people!
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Leave Only Footprints beach initiative is facing what officials believe will be the first real test of the system.Under new rules visitors can no longer set up camp and leave belongings on beach overnight for use the next day or for the week-long stay.
GULF SHORES, AL- If you don’t like traffic tie-ups or large crowds, avoid Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this weekend.
Memorial Day is typically the busiest beach holiday followed by the 4th of July and Labor Day. Tens of thousands of vacationers will spend the extended weekend on Pleasure Island.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Local beach communities are bracing for a busy weekend as thousands have started heading to the Gulf tonight. Every holiday weekend the estimated influx of people is estimated at over 100,000.
Hotel and condo bookings are at 90 to 100 percent. Beach communities are bracing for a record summer season.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — The first annual Kyser Miree Fishing Tournament is this weekend at The Wharf as part of the “100 Days of Summer.” Check out the video for more on the tourney.
The “100 Days of Summer” begins with the Pepsi Beach Ball Drop at The Wharf Friday night. Thousands of beach balls will fall from the sky marked with prizes like merchandise, and Wharf concert tickets. That gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
Alabama Marine Patrol officers know at least two things will happen when they hit the water this Memorial Day weekend. One, some people will be really happy to see them. Two, some people will be really unhappy to see them.
Experience suggests that they’ll provide assistance to some people who run out of gas, get lost or experience breakdowns. But they’ll also hand out a number of expensive citations to boaters who fail to follow safety laws, who operate their vessels while intoxicated, or who otherwise present a danger to others on the water.
The Fourth Annual Alabama Seafood Summit is underway in Orange Beach at The Wharf.
For the second year at the festival, there is a seafood cookoff.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Artist Lisette Normann had an idea for a logo representing Orange Beach.
It’s simple, but classy. And eye-catching.
“I made the brand over a year and a half ago and I kept it in my pocket because I wasn’t certain what I was going to do with it,” Normann said.
The Orange Beach Police Department is currently looking for motivated individuals to join our law enforcement familt. We are looking for patrol officers. Here is some information:
Starting Pay: $18.13
Shifts: 12 hr
GULF SHORES, AL – Together with the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the City of Gulf Shores Airport Authority and the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) announced today the launch of a new campaign aimed at bringing additional business to Baldwin County.
The campaign, entitled Business Where You Beach, will target C-suite executives and business owners who already vacation or own private properties in Baldwin County, educating them about the advantages of locating or expanding their businesses here.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are aiming high to attract new businesses to the Gulf Coast. A new marketing campaign called “Business Where You Beach” was launched Monday.
It’s National Safe Boating Week and ALEA’S Marine Patrol Troopers will be in full force this Memorial Day Weekend.
They say many people will be taking their boats out of storage and putting them in the water for the first time this year. However, if you don’t check all your safety gear before you go out, you could get pulled over.
GULF SHORES, AL- Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are Alabama’s top tourist destinations.
Some of those tourists, particularly wealthy business owners, CEO’s and corporate executives, will use their own planes or corporate owned jets to get to the beach.
At a press conference Monday, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance rolled out an innovative, marketing campaign aimed at white-collar tourists. The campaign is called “Business Where You Beach.”
#11onthGulf: More fun in Orange Beach
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ORANGE BEACH, AL – On May 20, 2016 at approximately 6:45 a.m., Orange Beach Police responded to a reported motor vehicle crash on Wharf Parkway East near the Oasis.
Responding officers arrived to find a motorcycle had left the roadway and the driver unresponsive. At some point during the crash, it appeared the driver struck a tree.
WEAR — An Orange Beach man was killed in a motorcycle wreck Friday morning around 6:45 a.m.
Authorities said the man was driving down Wharf Parkway when he struck a tree.
Often times the best conversations take place in a vehicle, so we decided to try it out for broadcast. All this week are hitting the road with local officials and taking a look at how they see Mobile.
It’s a candid and interactive look at the Gulf Coast.
Thursday: Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon
The matriarch of TV’s “Duck Dynasty” clan, Kay Robertson, will be one of the celebrity judges at the 2nd annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off on May 25 in Orange Beach, organizers announced today.
Robertson — best known as “Miss Kay” to loyal viewers of the A&E reality show — is the wife of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson and mother of current Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The City of Orange Beach – Relay for Life Team is gearing up their first fund raising event of the 2016 Relay season.
On Saturday, May 21 they will be hosting a Full Moon Paddle on the tranquil waters of Wolf Bay in Orange Beach. The OB Team began holding paddles last year and they were so welled supported that they have become a staple team event.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — The Keg Lounge on Canal Road has made a name for itself as a place to find friendly locals, few frills and a delicious cheeseburger into the wee hours of the morning.
It’s probably not the place to take Grandma for her 80th birthday, but if you’re looking for a great cheeseburger in Orange Beach after 10 p.m. (or before, for that matter), The Keg is the dive bar for you.
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.”
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.
BAY MINETTE, AL – Former Orange Beach police officer Timothy Andrew Gavin was found guilty on six counts relating child sex abuse on May 11 in Bay Minette.
Gavin was convicted on two counts of sex abuse, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of enticing a child. He faces 71 years on imprisonment at his sentencing hearing on June 16.
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.