Orange Beach, Ala. — Earl Callaway comes from old Gulf stock, from one of the oldest fishing families on this island.
Back in the days after the Civil War, when folks started settling this stretch of beach on Alabama’s coast, about all there were Callaways and Walkers.
via This ain’t the Redneck Riviera. This is a traffic jam! | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) – From Orange Beach to Gulf Shores visitors are leaving behind what amounts to a mangled mess. City officials in Orange Beach have posted pictures of metal beach chairs and metal frames from tents and canopies all left to be picked up by work crews. The same litter get in the way of nesting sea turtles.
In Gulf Shores dozens of trash bins are filled each day and on a holiday weekend the amount is doubled. On average city officials say they fill up what amounts to 5 garbage trucks a day and the problem seems to be snowballing.
via Beach Trash Expensive for Cities and Dangerous to Sea Turtles – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — When John Rottger saw a vintage World War II PBY Catalina flying boat taking on water and in trouble, his wife said his Navy SEAL training took over.
Rottger, like he has for several movies and TV shows for more than 20 years, is a stunt coordinator for the movie being filmed offshore here, “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage.” He and wife Mary Ann live in Silverhill when he isn’t on site or the set of his latest project.
via Ex-SEALs jump in to save vintage plane from watery grave – temporarily anway – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Don’t count Congressman Bradley Byrne among those jumping for joy after BP agreed to pay Alabama $2.3 billion for the 2010 oil spill.
Byrne, who represent’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Congress, says he has “serious concerns” with the settlement — particularly over where the money is headed.
via Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG.
When Governor Robert Bentley announced a settlement with BP for the oil spill Thursday morning, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon learned of it through the news media like most everyone else because he said coastal communities were left in the dark.
“At this point, I have had no communication with anyone and that’s pretty amazing considering we were the ones hit and effected by this,” Kennon said.
via Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG.
Ken Grimes’ middle name may not be “Crisis,” but it could be.When Grimes, the city administrator at Orange Beach, speaks to groups, he opens with a definition of the word crisis: a crucial or decisive point or situation – a turning point – an emotionally stressful event or traumatic change in a person’s life.Since Grimes’ job began in 2002, he has come to know the definition all too well.
via Alabama Bright Lights: Ken Grimes emphasizes safety on the Alabama Gulf Coast – Alabama News Center.
Less than three days since their rescue, two Opelika firefighters and one former firefighter are safe and back at work after they were separated from their boat when a scuba dive outing 13 miles off the coast of Orange Beach went wrong.
Last Saturday started off a peaceful vacation day for Jeff Thompson, Michael Bass and Bryan Densel, as the three friends went to check out a potential diving spot they’d found on a fishing trip a few weeks back.
via Opelika firefighters recount tale of scuba trip turned rescue mission – OANow.com: Opelika.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – A vintage Catalina PBY flying boat being used in the filming of the Nicolas Cage movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” was beached near the iconic Flora-Bama lounge on Monday, June 29.
via Vintage plane planned for movie beached at Flora-Bama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — As talk about traffic swirls and snags develop daily on Orange Beach roads, growth is continuing at a fast pace in the city. Since Jan. 1 the city has issued 48 building permits.
“We’re as busy as we’ve been since the boom right after Ivan in ’06 and ’07,” Lannie Smith, Orange Beach’s Building Official, said.
via Growth going up, up and away in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
It’s not everyday that you see a vintage seaplane beached and inoperable near the Alabama-Florida state line, but you’ll see one if you visit the Flora-Bama.
via Movie Set Mishap | WKRG.
The USS Alabama, which currently serves as a museum docked in Mobile Bay, will bring history to life this summer as it serves as a theatrical double for the USS Indianapolis in an upcoming feature film.
via USS Alabama to star in upcoming blockbuster with Nicolas Cage – Yellowhammer News.
FLORA-BAMA – A vintage Catalina PBY flying boat being used in the filming of the Nicolas Cage movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” was beached near the iconic Flora-Bama lounge on Monday, June 29.
According to Orange Beach fire officials, during work on the movie the antique craft started taking on water and it ended up beached.
via Vintage plane planned for movie beached at Flora-Bama – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Two ships, mythical statues and a wedding chapel are all at the bottom of the Gulf and there’s more to come thanks to a nonprofit focused on making Alabama a diving destination.
Since forming in 2012, the Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation has made good on a three-year goal of creating three new reefs for recreational diving and fishing off the state’s coast. And momentum keeps building as local businesses, civic groups, city governments and a state agency pitch in.
via Diving reefs growing in Alabama as nonprofit sinks second ship | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) – FOX10 got an exclusive movie set tour of a World War II era film in Orange Beach. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage stars Nicolas Cage and tells an incredible true story of survival.
Our tour started at the Outcast Charter Docks and continued with a three-mile run around Orange Beach.
It wasn’t too long before we arrived at the film’s floating Hollywood.
via Exclusive: FOX10 tours USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A day at work couldn’t have gotten any better for the Wilson sisters.
“We were just standing there and we saw them walking up,” says Shannon Wilson, “him and a woman and a child. I was supposed to speak but my sister took over because I froze.”
Her sister Stacey took it from there. “I said Nicolas and he said ‘yes’, can you take a picture with us and he was like ok.”
via Nicolas Cage Sightings in Orange Beach | WKRG.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — They are coming and coming and coming. And they are going to keep coming.
And there is going to be more of them coming as more places for them to stay on Pleasure Island continue be built and more ball fields to host more games are on drawing boards in Orange Beach and Foley.
via Traffic gridlock sparks talk of Wolf Bay bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Capt. Lori Deangelis is known as the Dolphin Queen of Pleasure Island and her boat also carries that name.
But with the stir created on June 16 at Bear Point Marina that could possibly change.
“My phone has been blowing up with calls,” she said the following day.
via Dolphin Queen also offers swim with mermaid trips at Bear Point – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
A strange vessel is just off the coast of Orange Beach.
“They first pull up and guests start complaining about an oil rig outside and we call the city and they confirm that’s a movie set out there and guests love it now,” says property manager Greg Crews.
The film, “USS Indianapolis-Men of Courage” starts production this week. The celebrity sightings have already begun. “Mario Van Peebles and his family came last night,” says Flora Bama Yacht Club Chef Chris Sherill. “We were able to feed them and talk about what his life is like as an actor. We really didn’t talk about the movie much but what an awesome guy, family man just an honor to have him here at the restaurant.”
via Hollywood is in Orange Beach | WKRG.
A fisherman from Orange Beach has reeled in a record-breaking marlin weighing nearly 900 lbs at an annual fishing championship in Destin.
Lance Hill and the crew of Cotton Patch brought in a blue marlin weighing 899.6 lbs to win the 13th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.
The record billfish was measured at 134-inches with a girth of 74-inches to earn Team Cotton Patch first place and a payout of $195,277.
via Orange Beach Fisherman Reels in Record-Breaking Marlin | WKRG.
When Beverly Jo Scott wants to unwind from her whirlwind European life and relax, refuel and have fun, her thoughts turn to home. “My family’s here, my roots – I’m born and raised here,” she said. “Nobody’s telling me ‘wow, what an accent.’ It’s primordial for me. My roots are here. My branches are in Europe but my feet are firmly planted in the Gulf Coast.”
via Meet Beverly Jo Scott.
Mac McAleer’s vision of Gumbo Key once again became more than just a “state of mind” on Saturday, when thousands of people floated in the shallows near Robinson Island at Perdido Pass for a free concert.
Gumbo Key’s founder, Mac McAleer said the event has grown in size since its debut last year.
via Thousands float in the water for Gumbo Key, free concert from barge in Orange Beach | AL.com.
SANDESTIN – The whispers of a record-breaker started early Saturday morning.
A boat reportedly nabbed a 134-inch blue marlin late Friday and was bound for the 13th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic scales Saturday.
As the Orange Beach, Ala., boat “Cotton Patch” floated toward the dock for the weigh-in, the first allowed at 4 p.m., the spectators’ anticipation rose. People wanted to see Blue Marlin Classic history happen.
via Record-setting fish highlights Blue Marlin Classic (VIDEO, PHOTOS) – Local Sports – Northwest Florida Daily News.
Once a year the musical town of Gumbo key arrives by barge between Ono Island and Bird Island near Orange Beach.Thousands of boaters,floaters, and kayakers anchored down to hear live music blasted from a barge and cool off in the crystal blue water.
via Gumbo Key Returns to Orange Beach | WKRG.
Pick -up the Pass at the Point – A GoodPeople Clean The Beach Event
June 20th- Saturday
Time: 8:40am – 4:20pm
Location: Alabama Point
Carrying on the momentum from ‘The Floppers Ball’- 1,900+ lbs of canned food & $800+ in monetary donations was collected for the Bay Area Food Bank. (The single largest single donation to date for the food bank) The Floppers Ball attendees helped feed an estimated 5,700+ meals to needy Gulf Coastians.
via Widespread Floppers Cleaning Up the Beaches.
GULF SHORES, AL Hurricane Ivan came ashore in 2004. The images and memories have faded over the years.
“Always something you have to keep in the back of your mind if you live here,” says Norman Samuel a newcomer to Orange Beach.
About a mile away from the beaches and Gulf of Mexico in Gulf Shores back in 2004 was the shoreline. The storm surge from Hurricane Ivan pushed the Gulf of Mexico a mile inland.
via Hurricane Preparedness 101 | WKRG.
Boat-friendly church services have begun on Bird Island in Orange Beach.The Islands of Perdido Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps manage and preserve Robinson Island and other smaller islands north of Perdido Pass, received City Council support to launch the unique Sunday services. The idea was first pitched to the council in May.
via Boat-in church services begin on island in Orange Beach | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL Joe Fierro is no stranger to this area. While he is based out of Washington D.C. he and his family have lived in Spanish Fort for the last several years. He is expected to make another move in the near future.
Fresh off of being named the new police chief for the city of Orange Beach, Fierro spent part of his day getting acclimated to his new digs.
via New Top Cop in Orange Beach | WKRG.
After rescuing more than 20 individuals from rough surf and rip currents between Friday and Monday, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lifeguards handled 16 more calls on Tuesday.
via 16 more beach rescues made in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores on Tuesday | AL.com.
Joe Fierro, a 20-plus-year veteran of the FBI, will soon take over the helm of the Orange Beach Police Department, replacing the retired Billy Wilkins.
Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon announced the selection at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
via Veteran FBI agent chosen as Orange Beach’s new police chief | AL.com.
After flying for about six hours, yellow flags were replaced by red ones in Orange Beach Wednesday afternoon after rip currents forced more than a dozen water rescues.
“We started off the day with yellow flags because the National Weather Service had issued a moderate rip current forecast, but at 2 o’clock, roughly, we went back to red,” said Melvin Shepard, Orange Beach Fire-Rescue’s beach safety director. “The lifeguards at Cotton Bayou Tower 2 had 13 rescues today due to rip currents.”
via Red flags go back up in Orange Beach with 15 water rescues; Gulf Shores remains at yellow with no incidents | AL.com.