ORANGE BEACH — When county leaders, particularly those in South Baldwin, say Alabama should take better care of Baldwin because it is one of the top revenue producers, they are right on target in regard to lodging and tourism tax generation.
“I was in a meeting the other day and somebody told me 40 percent of all revenue in the state comes from Mobile and Baldwin counties,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said. “It’s the same old issue. It’s all about the votes. Money goes where the votes are. It’s that simple.”
via Baldwin generous to state government – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
As part of their continued effort to help the community, Columbia Southern University (CSU) employees recently donated more than 2,400 canned goods and $289 to the annual Turkey Take-Out food drive.
“This wonderful effort by our staff and faculty will help 1,200 people in our area enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving,” said CSU Director of Employee Activities Vicki Barnes.
via Columbia Southern University Donates to Thanksgiving Food Drive.
GULF SHORES — When and if the newly proposed and badly needed north-south road and bridge does reach all the way to the beach, it will no doubt help with traffic in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
But until the final connection is made – and that could be a few years – Gulf Shores officials are excited about the possibilities the route offers for its nascent Business and Aviation Park near Jack Edwards National Airport.
via New bridge, road route would benefit Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s 30th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, December 12th starting at 5:30 pm. The event has now been a southern Alabama family tradition for 30 years and it is FREE to the viewers.
via 2015 Lighted Christmas Boat Parade.
On the last Friday in October, eleven guys–a few friends, a few acquaintances, a few total strangers–loaded onto the sailing vessel Libra for an adventure they’ll never forget.
Sailing Vessel Libra had circumnavigated the globe at least twice before retiring to Orange Beach, Alabama a decade or so ago. Captain Ryan Rayfield bought Libra a few years ago with the hopes of fixing up the custom 1969 Bill Tripp design and turning her into a blue water sailing school.
What better shake down cruise than the inaugural “Pensacola a la Habana Race”?
via First Inaugural “Pensacola a la Habana Race” success! | Bo + Allison.
Baldwin County Transportation System-or BRATS-could soon make its way down to the beach.
Local 15′s Bethany Anderson explains how Orange Beach and city officials are looking to add the county’s bus system to improve traffic flow.
via BRATS Buses May Expand Service to Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
This beach bungalow rests in a cul-de-sac on secluded Ono Island Boulevard on the Alabama-Florida border. Surrounded by towering trees, this waterfront-raised beach home is truly set in paradise.
via Cool Spaces: Ono Island beach bungalow overlooks Bayou St. John in Orange Beach | AL.com.
According to recent surveys conducted on behalf of Baldwin County’s coastal residents and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the remedying of traffic woes in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach should be a top priority for state and local officials.
On ALDOT’s list of the state’s 20 busiest two-lane roads, Canal Road — with a daily average of 15,510 vehicles — ranks 18th. Coincidentally, in an unrelated, informal survey, Orange Beach residents listed traffic improvements as their second priority in a list of 10. A new bridge — either over the Intracoastal Waterway or Wolf Bay — was the second priority in a separate list.
via Orange Beach unveils proposed route of $28 million bridge – LagniappeLagniappe.
• CLASSIC CRUISER DIVISION
1— Libra, Tripp 57, Ryan Rayfield, Orange Beach AL
2— Radio Flyer, Valiant 40, Tim Cerniglia, New Orleans LA
3— Serengeti, Formosa 45, Larry Hamilton, Marathon FL
via Kriegel, Reiss share Pensacola a la Habana honors.
ORANGE BEACH, AL— The Wharf is announcing its new partnership with Montego’s Caribbean Café and Bar as it wraps up a record-breaking season in all sectors – including visitor numbers and amphitheater attendance.
Montego’s has joined The Wharf lineup with an anticipated February opening. The restaurant will occupy the 9,301 square feet space on the east side of Wharf Parkway with a waterfront view. It will occupy a space that formerly held Baumhower’s and before that Live Bait.
via The Wharf at Orange Beach welcomes new tenant as record-setting season concludes – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
2) PERDIDO KEY TO GULF SHORES, ALA.
Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. Through Nov. 15; various venues. This, the granddaddy of Gulf Coast songwriters festivals, features more than 200 Grammy Award-winning songwriters and up-and-coming stars performing original songs and telling the stories behind the lyrics. Enjoy miles of beaches, fantastic seafood and 11 days of unforgettable music. For the performers, schedule and other details, visit www.frankbrownsongwriters.com
via 3 Florida festivals coming up next week: boats, music and… | www.palmbeachpost.com.
The main room at the Flora-Bama was hushed and nearly full Saturday afternoon. Never mind that more than a handful of seats were taken up by guitars.
Because when one songwriter performs, the others listen. You never know what kind of gold you might hear..
Up on stage was Lonesome Mel, an Orange Beach singer-songwriter spinning a melodic tale about foxholes and war and Jesus coming to the shore on a “sacred surfboard” riding a “tsunami of love.”
via Songwriters share, show talent at festival.
A big drug bust in a quiet beach community in the first week of November.
Five people were arrested in Orange Beach for their connection to meth, heroin, and illegal firearms.
The bust started because of a pursuit for one man wanted on local and federal warrants right.
Sheriff’s deputies and federal law enforcement were staking out 28-year-old Christopher Barnwell at a home in Orange Beach, according to investigators.
via Beach drug bust leads to five arrests – FOX10 News | WALA.
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BALDWIN COUNTY-After four consecutive record-breaking years for tourism in Baldwin County, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism announced 2015 continues the trend with year-to-date increases and seasonal gains, sports updates, transportation improvements, a new beach initiative and more during the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber’s First Friday Forum at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores.
via Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism Sees Growth in 2015.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne will face a familiar opponent during the March 1, 2016, GOP primary for the Ala. 1 House seat.
Orange Beach resident and developer Dean Young is jumping back into political scene as he looks to upend his Nov. 4, 2013, Republican congressional runoff election loss to Byrne.
via U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne to face familiar foe in 2016 GOP primary in Dean Young | AL.com.
They are the hit songs we sing along to in the car and shower, country hits that crackle rom FM radio stations in major markets.
Sure, we might know the star belting out that favorite country-folksy tune but do we know who wrote the song?
via Nashville songwriters gather on Alabama Gulf Coast for start of Frank Brown Fest | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Local Orange Beach business B&D Maritime, Inc., owned by Randy and Susan Boggs, has purchased the marina located at SanRoc Cay, effective Nov. 3. The marina is located on Cotton Bayou and sits directly behind SanRoc Cay on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach. SanRoc Cay Marina opened in 1998.
via Orange Beach charter company buys SanRoc Cay Marina – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH — City leaders here were encouraged by the feedback from a recent survey sent out to citizens and spent part of a recent town hall addressing concerns raised by the responses.
One of the main topics, as expected, was transportation and how continued growth is affecting traffic, particularly during the tourist season.
via Orange Beach looks at growth concerns citizens raised in survey results – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Not everyone is tickled about plans for a new span over the Intracoastal Waterway between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.A one-man protest sprang up near the area where the bridge is likely to land south of the waterway in the days following the announcement.
via Will new span be a bridge to nowhere? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Corsair 31R trimaran, ‘Bellafonte’, was the first overall to finish in the 2015 Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana Race. ‘Bellafonte’ led the Multihull Division out of Pensacola Bay on Saturday October 31st and completed the 511 nm course at 2:06:41 AM on Wednesday morning November 4th. She finished after almost four days, actually sailing some 650 nm to Marina Hemingway.
‘Bellafonte’, sailing not so close to the wind as multihulls do, had a long wet ride. The little tri— sailed by Pensacola skipper Mike Patterson and crew PeeWee Chason, David Johnson and Andrew McMillan— went from Pensacola to near Tampa Bay before catching wind shifts that enabled them to take some long Cuba-friendly tacks south to cross first on elapsed time. With a -30 seconds-per-mile handicap in their division, how they will do on corrected time is another matter.
via USA to Cuba: Mission Accomplished >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The City of Orange Beach honored eight employees on Nov. 2 at its monthly potluck supper at the community center. Clara Myers, Finance Director, was named Employee of the year, Police Chief Rob Howard received the leadership award and Recreation Director Danny Martin received the dedication to his job award.
via 2015 City of Orange Beach awards – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament is underway down at the Orange Beach Sportsplex.
It’ll run through Sunday and Florida is the team to beat.
The tournament will be held in Orange Beach for at least the next five years as the conference and Sportsplex have agreed to a new contract.
via SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament to be Played in Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
Louisiana investors paid $752,000 cash for half an acre of beachside property known as The View at 27222 Gulf Road in front of Grand Pointe condominiums in Orange Beach, according to court records and Realtors. The land across the street from San Roc Cay has deeded beach access and views of Perdido Pass, according to Bart Cox of Shark Realty, who handled the transaction. He said the deal took 18 months to complete.
via A teepee at the Gulf; 2 new real estate agencies | AL.com.
With rough conditions during the first 24 hours of the 2015 Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana race, four boats have “retired,” stated a Pensacola Yacht Club press release.
The homemade catamaran Surf Rider and the Island Packet 27 Island Sun returned to Pensacola Bay Saturday afternoon. Makani U’l, a Beneteau 40, suffered damage to her jib halyard and roller-furler system and is headed to St. Petersburg for repairs. Midnight Sun II, a Hunter 42, was dismasted at midnight and motored back to Pensacola Yacht Club by 8:30 a.m, said the release.
via Four yachts retire from Pensacola race.
From Gulf Shores to Orange Beach, Halloween costume contests will be held all over Pleasure Island this weekend, and folks will be sporting all kinds of costumes at beach bars. But perhaps the most popular spot to show your wacky, wild and wicked costumes is on the Alabama-Florida state line at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package in Perdido Key, Fla. for its annual Halloween costume contest. Each year hundreds of people pack the ‘Bama for this annual shindig on the beach.
via A look back at the Flora-Bama’s Halloween costume contest | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Beach Safety Director Melvin Shepard says while he’s not currently recommending closing the Gulf to swimmers he and other safety officials are prepared to do so if conditions warrant.
“Right now with the wind and rain, we’re staying with the red flags,” he said. “If he weather breaks, the rain stops and people start heading to the beaches, we’ll reevaluate and if necessary post double red flags.”
via Orange Beach flying red beach flags, closely monitoring surf conditions – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
A proposed 21-story, 114-unit Phoenix Orange Beach condominium project on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach was denied preliminary planning approval by the Orange Beach Planning Commission, city officials said. The request will now be presented at a public hearing on Nov. 17 at the Orange Beach City Council meeting. The condo tower would be built on vacant property west of the Hampton Inn & Suites.
via New Mexican restaurant to open in west Mobile | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — The Wharf Uncorked – an annual three-day wine and culinary experience Sept. 24-26 and presented by Wind Creek Hospitality – brought attendees from across the southeast and beyond and raised more than $14,000 in funds for Make-A-Wish Alabama.
via The Wharf Uncorked raises more than $14,000 for Make A Wish – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The excitement was contagious at Columbia Southern University’s annual commencement ceremonies which featured more than 3,800 graduates and guests on Friday in Orange Beach, Ala.
Two graduation ceremonies, comprised of 730 graduates, were conducted at the Orange Beach Event Center.
via 730 graduate from Columbia Southern University on Oct. 23 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
A new road and bridge project announced by the Alabama Department of Transportation is expected to help.
A map of the new road and bridge drew quite a crowd at the Orange Beach Town Hall meeting.
“That’s the shortest part of the canal which is really good too.”
The road would start near the Foley Beach Expressway at County Road 8. A new bridge would span the intracoastal canal.
via New Bridge Announced for Pleasure Island.