Category Archives: Orange Beach

Thousands pack Alabama beaches on Memorial Day – FOX10 News | WALA

May 31, 2016

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.

via Thousands pack Alabama beaches on Memorial Day – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Beach initiative collections increasing in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 30, 2016

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.

via Beach initiative collections increasing in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Massive blue marlin caught off Orange Beach almost beats state r – FOX10 News | WALA

May 30, 2016

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.

via Massive blue marlin caught off Orange Beach almost beats state r – FOX10 News | WALA.

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New Release Date for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage

May 29, 2016

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.

via New Release Date for USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.

What It’s Really Like Driving to the Beach on Memorial Day Weekend

May 29, 2016

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!

via What It’s Really Like Driving to the Beach on Memorial Day Weekend.

Leave Only Footprints effort faring well early in the holiday weekend – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 28, 2016

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.

via Leave Only Footprints effort faring well early in the holiday weekend – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Beaches busting at the seams | WPMI

May 27, 2016

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.

via Beaches busting at the seams | WPMI.

Kyser Miree Fishing Tournament at The Wharf | WPMI

May 27, 2016

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.

via Kyser Miree Fishing Tournament at The Wharf | WPMI.

Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com

May 27, 2016

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.

via Marine Patrol urges safe boating on big holiday weekend | AL.com.

‘Business Where You Beach’ campaign launched – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 24, 2016

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.

via ‘Business Where You Beach’ campaign launched – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA

May 24, 2016

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.

via Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA.

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New Beach Marketing Campaign Targets Wealthy Tourists

May 24, 2016

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.”

via New Beach Marketing Campaign Targets Wealthy Tourists.

Orange Beach man killed in morning motorcycle accident at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 21, 2016

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.

via Orange Beach man killed in morning motorcycle accident at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘Duck Dynasty’ star will appear at 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off | AL.com

May 17, 2016

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.

via ‘Duck Dynasty’ star will appear at 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off | AL.com.

Relay for Life Full Moon Paddles return – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 17, 2016

Kayaking in Orange Beach

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.

via Relay for Life Full Moon Paddles return – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Best burgers on the beach: The Keg Lounge keeps tradition alive in Orange Beach | AL.com

May 15, 2016

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.

via Best burgers on the beach: The Keg Lounge keeps tradition alive in Orange Beach | AL.com.

Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL

May 15, 2016

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.”

via Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL.

Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI

May 14, 2016

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.

via Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI.

Former Orange Beach police officer convicted on child sex charges – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 14, 2016

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.

via Former Orange Beach police officer convicted on child sex charges – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 14, 2016

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.

via Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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