ORANGE BEACH — Cam Price and others at the Flora-Bama are naturally expecting a crowd for the iconic roadhouse’s party of the year, Mullet Toss.
But another event this weekend has Flora-Bama crews expecting an unusually busy day on Thursday rather than Friday or Saturday or even Sunday.
via Get ready for a busy weekend on the island – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Patrons of live music and great food are invited to come in and welcome one of Orange Beach’s newest venues, The Hot Spot.
Located at The Wharf in the old Ginny Lane’s building, the Hot Spot brings a different kind of attitude to the entertainment district.
Island Times Daiquiri Bar owner, Bobby Graves thought of opening the new establishment when he overheard his customers at Daiquiri Bar discuss what they wanted in a restaurant/bar.
via Live music and delicious grub at the Hot Spot at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — 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 April 25 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Upon completion of this eight-hour boat safety course you will receive a boating safety education certificate that satisfies Alabama’s requirements for a boating license.
via ‘About Boating Safely’ class in Orange Beach on April 25 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Please join the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation as we seek to honor the brave men and women who serve and protect the Alabama Gulf Coast and all firemen and policemen everywhere by contributing to two statues to be deployed underwater as a permanent memorial. Poseidon’s Playground is a new underwater project created by the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef & Restoration Foundation in December 2014, which was created in shallow waters for young scuba divers, new divers and for training divers. To read more
via Underwater Fireman/Policemen by Campaign for Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation Poseidon’s Playground – GoFundMe.
A feasibility study into a possible new jail in south Baldwin County is completed and has been delivered to police chiefs in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Foley.
The study was completed by Ohio-based Management Partners analyzes whether a new jail in the south end of the county is needed. The study, according to Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack, is completed and is in the process of being presented to local and county governments.
via With study completed, officials begin discussing next steps for a south Baldwin County jail | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — The City of Orange Beach – Relay for Life Team is gearing up for a completely new event for its fund raising efforts. The 1st Annual Peddle to the Treasure – For A Cure, Bicycle Scavenger Hunt is being hailed as a family friendly ride on the Back Country Trails of Orange Beach.
via Orange Beach Relay for Life to present Peddle for a Cure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The city announced via its Twitter account on April 15 that long-time officer Lt. Joe Constantino has passed away.
According to the report Constantino had been suffering from pulmonary distress for two weeks before he died.
via Orange Beach Police Lt. Joe Constantino dies – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Coastal Arts Center (CAC) of Orange Beach’s After School Arts Program (ASAP) Theatre Troupe will perform “Dear Edwina, Jr.,” April 24-26, at Gulf Shores United Methodist Church.
According to Children’s Programs Coordinator Jessica Jones, 17 2nd through 8th graders have been rehearsing since August for the production, which she describes as “a hilarious show that celebrates childhood simplicities.”
via Coastal Arts Center to present ‘Dear Edwina, Jr.’ in Gulf Shores | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL —The Flying Harpoon name is no stranger to the Island. The Gulf Shores based restaurant has a reputation of giving the locals and visitors exactly what they came to the beach for: great local entertainment and even better local food.
via Harpoon hoping to duplicate Gulf Shores success in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — As talk in town swirls around massive towers planned at the only north-south intersection on beach road, just to the east a groundbreaking for a more modest tower, one years in the making, is planned.
via Perdido Dunes Tower to rise from Ivan rubble – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Cell phone video captures the chaos just moments after the pleasure boat owned by Nicholas Jordan of Robertsdale crashed on shore injuring an unsuspecting bystander.
Photos by Orange Beach rescuers show just how violent the crash was as it struck Jane Felicia Bell of Fairhope. She was near a cluster of trees fishing when the out of control boat crashed on shore. She suffered cuts and bruises, a broken eye socket and was airlifted to the hospital. She was released that same night.
via Orange Beach Boat Crash Update.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Officials from Orange Beach Fire and Rescue said a boat ran ashore on Canal Road about 7:20 p.m. on April 11 and sent three people to area hospitals. One of the injured was on the bank and the other two were in the boat.
One of the injured was transported by LifeFlight helicopter to Sacred Heart in Pensacola. Two more were sent via ground transport, one to USA in Mobile and one to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, according to Orange Beach Fire and Rescue Acting Battalion Chief Capt. Dray Resmondo.
via Owner of boat in Saturday night crash arrested – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Flying along the beach front it’s easy to see what brings thousands to this part of the gulf coast. It’s also easy to see where most of them stay. A wall of condo’s line the landscape.
There are a few breaks in the wall. One of those breaks could be home to an ambitious project, the Ascension and Grace condo towers.
“Property’s like this, you don’t get a chance very often to have this in your community.” Robert Stuart chairs the planning commission that approved the project. “They by right could build two 26 story towers. They would have been much wider and would have taken a bigger footprint of the property instead of spreading out and going wide they are going up.”
via Orange Beach Tower Could be State’s Second Tallest.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — The Broadway group of Huntsville has requested from the Orange Beach Planning Commission approval of a site plan to construct a new retail building on beach road.
While speculation is the new store will be a Dollar General, the third in the city, city officials have said Broadway representatives have not confirmed what business will occupy the space. The same city officials said Broadway was the builder of the new Dollar General in Gulf Shores and Fairhope which opened in January, and the newest in Orange Beach on Canal Road which opened in the summer of 2013.
via New Dollar General coming to Orange Beach? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
MOBILE, Ala. — Congressman Bradley Byrne warned his constituents on Alabama’s Gulf Coast Wednesday not to be mislead by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new, larger red snapper quota.
“While NOAA has proposed an increase in the Red Snapper quota,” Byrne said in a press release, “the truth is we are only getting more of the same. Don’t let this supposed increase fool you. In reality, NOAA will use a twenty percent buffer to account for alleged ‘overfishing,’ a method that results in almost no tangible increase.”
via Byrne continues hammering away at federal snapper quotas – Yellowhammer News.
Bond conditions have been set for a Daphne woman charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence. Investigators say 30-year-old Vanessa Stuart of Daphne had been drinking when she struck another car from behind Wednesday night, April 1, 2015. It happened on I-10 eastbound.
Police said the victim, 45-year-old Tiffany Howell of Orange Beach, died at the scene.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Bond set for Daphne manslaughter suspect – FOX10 News | WALA.
Every weekday, Orange Beach mom Jeanna Bulman or her husband, Chris, drive 30 minutes from their home, passing two elementary schools and crossing a toll bridge to take their oldest son to an Alabama pre-k class in north Foley.
They do it because they want their son, Jon Thomas, now 5, to be prepared for kindergarten in the fall. They also do it because Orange Beach doesn’t have a pre-k program.
via Demand growing for Alabama’s voluntary pre-k, funding might grow too | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -
Studio10 was live at The Wharf at Orange Beach near Bimini Bob’s cooking delicious seafood. It’s a perfect light meal for Good Friday and if you’re abstaining from meat for the day.
Corporate Chef for Aloha Hospitality Steve Zucker, who has 45 years of experience, began cooking when he was 17 years old. Friday, April 3, Chef Zucker was joined by Chef Zach Compton with Compleat Angler Seafood Grille & Bar and Chef Mike Harvey with Baumhower’s at the Beach.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Compleat West Indies Salad and Murder Point Oysters – FOX10 News | WALA.
Gulf Shores, Ala. (WPMI) 35% of Alabama’s annual tourism revenue comes from the its coast according to tourism officials in Gulf Shores. Much of that revenue will come in the summer months but the next week is expected to be equally as profitable. Public students from both Mobile and Baldwin County will be on spring break.
via Gulf Shores Police Prepare for Busy Beach Week – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
Compared to the last several weeks, this week in Gulf Shores has been relatively calm. Most of the people making their way to the beaches this week are families.
The family-friendly atmosphere is something city leaders have poured years into promoting. Part of that comes from their beach alcohol policy: it’s not allowed.
“We really don’t have many problems with it and they do enforce it. It’s just kind of an educational situation most of the time with people,” Sgt. Jason Woodruff said.
Beach goers who spoke with FOX10 News said they had no idea about the policy.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Gulf Shores, Orange Beach say alcohol policy promotes family-fri – FOX10 News | WALA.
Angler’s Anonymous will be hosting its monthly fishing clinic at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club in Perdido Key. The seminar will get started around 6:30 and the topic will be kayak and stand-up paddleboard fishing.
Guest speakers will be Captains Chris Vecsey and Ernie and Linda Cavitt. There will be a raffle and plenty of free giveaways.
For more information, call Sam’s at 1-251-981-4245 or Top Gun Tackle at 1-251-981-3811.
via Reel Report: Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore reefs heat up with warmer, cleaner water | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Work is beginning on a heavily traveled thoroughfare in southern Baldwin County in preparation for the summer beach season.
The intersection of Alabama Highway 161 and Canal Road in Orange Beach can get busy on a normal day, but especially when plenty people are heading for the the surf and sand.
The Alabama Department of Transportation, or ALDOT, said it has just started work to add a left turn lane on Highway 161 northbound for motorists heading west onto Canal, which is also known as Highway 180.
Kathryn Hamlett, ALDOT’S Community Relations Director, said, “Right now, there’s only one turn lane, and, so, we’re adding a second one, and, to go with that on 180, we’re widening for the length of about 1500 feet to give that extra turn lane time to merge with the main line traffic.”
ALDOT officials hope to have the work done by Memorial Day.
FOX10 News | WALA
via Busy road in Baldwin County being expanded – FOX10 News | WALA.
Daphne Police say the victim in the Daphne crash is 45 year old Tiffany Howell.
Daphne Police have arrested one person for manslaughter and DUI after a fatal crash late Wednesday night on I-10 eastbound.
According to the initial reports from Daphne Police, 30-year-old Vanessa Stuart was traveling at a high rate of speed when she rear ended a vehicle traveling east around 10:45pm on Wednesday night. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
via Woman Arrested for Fatal Crash on I-10.
The state highway department’s review of traffic plans for the proposed 37-story Ascension and 36-story Grace condominium towers in Orange Beach has delayed the City Council’s vetting of the project.
In January, the Orange Beach Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend council approval of the master plan and the preliminary planned unit development zoning for what could become the second- and fourth-tallest buildings in Alabama.
via Traffic study delays Orange Beach council review of proposed 36- and 37-story condo towers | AL.com.
A group of protestors gathered outside Pensacola’s Habitat for Humanity headquarters.
“We are protesting the fact that the Pensacola Habitat board of directors bundled 21 homes and 33 parcels and brought them to one private investor in Orange Beach, Alabama,” said protestor Elizabeth Watkins
Watkins says something just didn’t sound right about the process.
via Protestors against sale of Habitat for Humanity homes – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Work has begun to improve traffic flow on the intersection of Highway 161 and Canal Road.
“It’s really busy here, it’s been busy in the last three weeks, it’s increased drastically,” said one Orange Beach resident.
With the extra visitors in town, traffic backs up on this intersection easily. Cars line up and wait for a chance to turn left.
via Work Begins on Canal Road – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
Even as members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council discuss the mind-numbing minutiae of red snapper management at a meeting this week in Biloxi, other talks a thousand miles away may determine its real long-term future.
Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship said he has made three trips to Washington D.C. since December, accompanied by Conservation Commissioner Gunter Guy once, to convince lawmakers that Gulf states can better manage the popular game fish to the greatest benefit of the species and all user groups that rely on it for commercial and recreational purposes.
If successful, their efforts will take the Gulf Council out of the red-snapper m
via Real long-term future of red snapper management in Gulf up to U.S. Congress | AL.com.
BAY MINETTE, AL – Patrick Casey Byers of Orange Beach was indicted by a Baldwin County grand jury on charges stemming from a March 2014 wreck on the Foley Beach Express bridge, according to court records and police officials.
According to Orange Beach police the accident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. when Byers, now 21, hit another vehicle in the rear on March 14, 2014. He was charged with leaving the scene of a accident with injuries or death, a felony.
via Grand jury indicts Orange Beach man in 2014 wreck – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Alabama gulf coast will welcome Bama Coast Cruise April 24 & 25, 2015. This unique automotive event takes place on the beautiful Main Street of The Wharf and will be expanding its footprint for 2015 to include the huge parking lot to the west of the Main Street retail shops.
Now in its 6th year, Bama Coast Cruise is produced by MotorSports Productions, Inc. from their home office in Birmingham and a satellite office in Orange Beach. The Family Friendly event is presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts and sponsored in part by The Wharf. Bama Coast Cruise is an “open show” which means it welcomes all makes and models of specialty vehicles: customs, classics, street rods and hot rods, plus antique and original vehicles. As the Event Producer, Sonny McLean, says, “If it is special to you, it is special to us, come on out and cruise the Alabama Gulf Coast!” There will be vendors, a Swap Meet and entertainment too, as well as hundreds of unique specialty vehicles that will travel to Orange Beach from all across the country.
via The 6th annual Bama Coast Cruises comes to Orange Beach, AL April 23-25 | AL.com.