ORANGE BEACH, AL – Culinary students from Faulkner State will get the chance to work alongside some of the top chefs in the country during the Southern Grace Dinners series at Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina.
“They get to spend a day in the kitchen working right beside these chefs,” owner Johnny Fisher said. “If you’re going to culinary school these are the rock stars. For them it’s really cool seeing their faces. We’ve actually hired a couple of these students after the dinners and seeing what they are doing.”
via Faulkner students get to rub elbows with ‘rock star’ chefs – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – There’s no denying the abrupt, without-warning closure of State Park Road 2 in Gulf State Park came as a shock to local officials.
“I am upset that we are here,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft. “Closing State Park Road 2 is going to make our traffic worse. And it’s not just going to make it worse for us, it’s going to make it worse for our guests, too.”
via Closing State Park Road 2 a good thing? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
An accident in Orange Beach Saturday night left two people injured.
The incident happened around 11 p.m. at Orange Beach Boulevard and Cotton Bayou Drive.
Orange Beach fire trucks had to be called to remove gasoline spilled on the road as a result of the collision.
via Two injured in Orange Beach Wreck | WPMI.
Today marked the start of the 32nd annual Mullet Toss hosted at the Flora-Bama. This is deemed one of the largest parties along the Gulf Coast and for good reason. Having just past Spring Break season plus having some perfect weather, it was the perfect start to the three day event.
People from across the county tried their hand at tossing some mullet. Some were there just for fun to say they did it and others were there to win! with different age brackets it makes it a level playing field.
via 32nd Annual Mullet Toss is Under Way!.
At the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package the reality lived up to the hype on Saturday for the second day of the 32nd annual Interstate Mullet Toss and Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party, always the busiest of the three-day event on the Florida-Alabama state line. Thousands of people flooded the beach, the roadhouse bar and the Perdido Key Drive by 11 a.m.
via Picture-perfect day as thousands flood Mullet Toss on Saturday | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – From 2008 until 2014 there weren’t many new condos proposed on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
That’s slowly changing as Brett-Robinson has two under construction, one in Orange Beach and one in Gulf Shores, and several are said to be in the planning stages.
via New condos complexes would add 78 units in Gulf Shores and 166 in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The second phase of plaza improvements at the Beach Express Bridge will be available starting May 6.
Improvements will include expanded use with our new Beach Express Go Tag in all lanes, dedicated express lanes for Beach Express Go customers and advanced traffic monitoring which will result in improved service to our valued customers.
via Upgrades coming to toll booths on Foley Beach Express – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL- Getting from Point A to Point B has never been easy on Canal Road in Orange Beach.
Drivers using this major, east-west highway, however, have gotten some relief.
About two miles of westbound Canal Road have been repurposed. The new stretch of roadway now has two lanes of westbound traffic.
via Additional Lane Added On Canal Road In Orange Beach.
There are views, then there are views. You know, One World Trade Center, Grand Canyon — that vista that just leaves you without words, just awe and wonder at a landscape or seascape. And Opal Condominium. It’s exactly what many folks feel when they take in the sight from the penthouse at Opal Condominium in Orange Beach, Ala.
via The view from this Orange Beach penthouse will leave you breathless | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Sometimes when one door opens, another one closes.
In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach one traffic change has opened up – two westward lanes on Canal Road – and another has closed – beach access through Gulf State Park via State Park Road 2.
While the Canal Road project is being met with glee and much anticipation in Orange Beach, over in Gulf Shores the impact of losing a straight shot to the campground from Fort Morgan Road is being met less enthusiastically.
via Mayor is one of the first to get look at four-laned Canal Road – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Driftwood Bar & Grille, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant, will open in May at The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway off Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to Stirling Properties and The Wharf. The restaurant is one of Chef Chris Kelly’s new concepts. He also heads two other ventures to open at The Wharf in May: The Blue Chair Bar, a boat-themed bar, with live music and pub fare; and Ronin Sushi Bar & Restaurant.
via New restaurants coming to The Wharf | AL.com.
Waves of college students have left the beaches for another year. Record crowds and also a record number of arrests. Almost 1300 between the two coastal communities.
“Definitely higher than before,” says Sgt. Jason Woodruff with Gulf Shores Police. “We’ve had some big weeks but this was a big month.”
620 arrests were made in Gulf Shores, 679 in Orange Beach. “Every year after spring break there’s that little bit of whew it’s over and we’ve gotten through another year,” says Lt. Steve Brown with Orange Beach Police.
via Record Spring Break Crowds, Arrests at Baldwin County Beaches.
News 5 has learned the Mobile-shot film “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” starring Nicolas Cage is finished, but the planned May 27 release is being pushed back in the hope of something bigger for the movie.
Studio representatives with Hannibal Classics tell News 5 the first viewing of the World War II epic will be at the 2016 Marché du Film at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month.
via “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” is Finished, But Release Pushed Back.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - In the fastest growing county in Alabama lies the tourism mecca known as Orange Beach. With Baldwin County’s white sand beaches and awesome fishery, more and more tourists visit every year. As those numbers increase, the city has set goals to handle that growth.
via Orange Beach plans for future growth – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - The best of the best high school drivers came together on Thursday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex for a friendly competition: The Baldwin County Drivers Challenge.
“With the rain, I expect a little challenge but I think I am up for it,” said 15-year-old Mackenzie Early.
via Students participate in Baldwin County Driving Challenge – FOX10 News | WALA.
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GULF SHORES, AL – When it comes to what’s wrong with transportation on Pleasure Island and the resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it’s pretty simple.
There are only two north-south roads and only two east-west roads. And when you cram 100,000 people or more all trying to move about between the two cities chaos can erupt.
The problems are exacerbated on check out days or Saturday and Sunday mornings in the busy season.
via Transportation series: What’s wrong on Pleasure Island? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Nearly 2 million people visited the Wharf in 2015. 2016 will likely be just as successful. 17 new businesses have already opened this year. First floor occupancy is now at 96%. Total occupancy has skyrocketed to an impressive 75%. But the Wharf hasn’t always been this successful. When the real estate market collapsed in 2008, several banks had liens on parts of the property and some buildings were under foreclosure.
via The Wharf Near Retail Capacity.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Volunteers gathered on April 9 and headed over to Bird Island to clear ground clutter and repair fencing in a bird nesting area. It was a beautiful morning and Capt. Mark Robinson went over with the group to take photos.
via Bird habitat work on Bird Island in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
We are looking for good quality canidates to join our department. We would prefer certified but we are open to sending officers to our state academy. The application process requires a PT test, written test and interview with the command staff. The officer will be responsible for patrolling the city of Orange Beach and our juridiction. We enforce all state laws and city ordinances. We are big on community policing.
via Police Officer Job – Orange Beach Police Department – Orange Beach, Alabama.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Say you’re leaving your Bluewater condo after a week of enjoying beautiful, white beaches and surf.
Packed up and loaded, you head east to Alabama 161 to make a left turn north to connect to Canal Road to connect to the Foley Beach Express Bridge.
Under a plan proposed by the Alabama Department of Transportation and designed by Gonzalez-Strength and Associates and Skipper Consulting, you won’t be able to make that turn.
And planners and government officials say that’s not a bad thing.
via Orange Beach road takes a turn to the left – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Taking away the center turn late from the east footing of the Perdido Pass Bridge to the state line is not a popular idea among residents and property owners.
It is currently included in an Alabama Department of Transportation proposal for safety and landscaping enhancements along Alabama 182 or beach road.
“If you’ve never lived on Perdido Pass east you cannot respect what happens every weekend, and every project the Flora-Bama has,” resident Gary Malin said.
via ‘We will be blocked for hours’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.
GULF SHORES, AL – Noel Hand offered up some stunning numbers from Gulf Shores’ beach recycling program.
In 2015, the first full year of the program, 1.1 million aluminum cans were taken from the beach along with 4.2 million plastic bottles. In total there were 173 tons of material picked up by city crews.
Before the pilot program in 2014, which started in July of that year, all of that refuse went into the ground at Magnolia Springs.
via Teamwork key to getting beaches clean – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
In a small camper filled with musical memories, the passing of Merle Haggard is personal. “I had no choice but to tell him. He was pretty sad. It was hard on him. Merle and him have been best friends for a lot of years.”
This is the home of songwriter Freddy Powers. He spent most of his creative life playing and writing songs with Haggard. Stricken with Parkinson, Freddy relies on his wife Catherine to be his voice and his memory.
“The last time we saw Merle and Freddy has just started to lose the ability to talk and I was trying to coax him into talking with Merle and Merle looked at me and said, Catherine, you don’t have to do that. He said Freddy and I can carry on a conversation without saying a word to each other.”
via Remembering Merle Haggard on the Gulf Coast.
Our Cigar Bar at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala. is celebrating National Beer Day with the recent opening of the popular bar’s new tap room. It features more than 30 craft beers on draft, including several from Alabama. One of the beers on tap is the Blue Pants Pils and Blue Pants Coffee Milk Pinstrip pictured here.
via National Beer day at Our Cigar Bar, Orange Beach, 4.7.16 – Photo Gallery – AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) The Orange Beach Police Department is hiring.
They’re looking for dedicated people with a good work ethic to join.
The starting salary is just over $18 an hour for officers to patrol Orange Beach.
Certification is not required though you will have to pass a drug test.
via Orange Beach Police Dept. looking to hire officers | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, AL – On a recent morning Mayor Robert Craft was going over some items with staff members before the afternoon’s Gulf Shores Council meeting.
“It seemed everyone had a vehicle request and I was like ‘wait a minute, timeout. Why?’” Craft said during the meeting. “Are you doing it because you want it, are you doing it because we need it?”
via Gulf Shores, Orange Beach add trucks, vans, cars to fleets – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Gulf Shores expects to permanently ban beach booze during spring breaks. Orange Beach leaders aren’t ruling out a similar ban for 2017, but emphasize that their city’s situation is very different.
Said Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon: “It’s apples and oranges.”
Among the differences between Alabama’s most popular beach locales:
via Why Orange Beach isn’t following Gulf Shores’ lead in banning booze on its beaches | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL- The Alabama Dept. of Transportation will spend 20 million dollars on a median improvements and beautification project in Orange Beach.
When Phase 1 is finished, the project will transform Perdido Beach Boulevard from five lanes of asphalt to a landscaped, highway with a median.
The median will eliminate random left turns and only allow drivers to turn at newly designed and controlled traffic signals.
via Major Changes To Main Highway In Orange Beach.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Dierks Bentley will come to Orange Beach as part of the C-Spire concert series at The Amphitheater at The Wharf on July 17 it was announced on March 28.
via Dierks Bentley coming to Wharf on July 17 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Alabama Gulf Seafood is searching for its 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off champion, with organizers announcing that the second annual event is set for May 25 at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
Submissions are now open, and interested chef teams statewide have until Monday, to register. Finalists will be announced in late April.
via Chef Challenge coming to The Wharf on May 25, signup deadline is April 4 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.