Locals and beach guests are encouraged to fill the stands for the 10-team SEC Women’s Soccer Championship Oct. 31 to Nov. 6, 2016 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (4389 William Silvers Parkway) featuring the No. 2 team in the nation – the University of South Carolina. This long-standing Orange Beach tradition will air live on the SEC Network and ESPNU.
Can you make a burger, dessert, sandwich, bacon, steak or seafood dish that’s worth $100,000? The members of Team Gulf Coast certainly think they can, and they are all making plans now to prove it. These chefs successfully qualified for the world’s largest event in Food Sport- the World Food Championships (WFC). From Nov 9-15th, they will be competing for a $300,000 prize purse and the title of 2016 World Food Champion in Orange Beach, Alabama.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Police in Orange Beach say a man is dead this evening after falling overboard.
First responders recovered the body of charter boat captain Jonathan Edgar near Zeke’s Landing shortly after 10 a.m.
Police say security footage shows Edgar fell backwards hitting his head around 8 p.m. last night.
At the time no one noticed the fall.
Crews are ripping up asphalt and laying it back down on a one-mile stretch of the eastbound lanes of the main beach road in Orange Beach from Walmart to the Cotton Bayou Beach Access.
It’s all part of a 20 million dollar project that will replace left turns with U-turns.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – George W. Skipper III, managing partner of Tacky Jacks, has been won the Silver Alabama Retailer of the Year Award in the Annual Sales $5 Million to $20 Million Category.
The waterfront dining restaurant chain, with locations in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan, was one of 13 businesses honored as Retailers of the Year by the Alabama Retail Association, in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business at the Alabama Retail Day luncheon in Birmingham.
Two summers ago, Alabama’s beaches were often a mess outside the condominiums and hotels where vacationers flocked for surf, sun and fun.
Beach umbrellas and chairs lay scattered and abandoned. Litter trashed the sugar white sands that were the glimmering lifeblood for tourism-dependent Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
SILVER AWARD: George W. Skipper III, owner of Tacky Jacksin Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan; nominated by Yolanda Johnson vice chair of retail and business services for the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Trip Advisor is putting one of our very own cities in the national spotlight. The travel giant is naming Orange Beach as the second best travel destination on the rise for 2016
Orange beach is already a popular travel destination. As we’ve reported, it has had record high tourism numbers in the last few years, and now this announcement is expected to put it even more on the national map.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — A woman wanted for murder in Prattvillle was arrested in Orange Beach earlier this month.
According to Orange Beach police, they responded to a “disturbance” call at a local bar on Canal Road on Saturday, October 2. When they arrived on the scene, they found 20-year-old Vegas Contorno attempting to leave the area. Her vehicle struck a patrol car in the parking lot causing minor damage.
The Bushwacker is a popular drink of choice among locals at Orange Beach and the crowds of tourists who venture to the white sands and inviting surf.But the costs of an icy Bushwacker – as well as Hurricanes or any other concoction powered up by hard liquor – could be headed higher. The Orange Beach City Council is considering a new 6-percent tax on hard liquor starting Jan. 1.Any type of tax increase in this mostly conservative beach city of 5,441 residents is a rarity. But the council is scheduled to look at the issue, along with an across-the-board hike in business license fees, during its meeting on Tuesday. An immediate vote is unlikely.
This year’s festival features a legion of Grammy award winning hit songwriters, the legends of American music, and the up and coming stars of tomorrow. Visit the official website at www.fbisf.com for a list of artists, their bios and a complete schedule of performances.
The third annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout The Hot Spot Music & Grub, 4780 Wharf Parkway, Orange Beach, Ala. 7 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 24. “The Shootout” is a songwriter competition that supports grass roots singer-songwriters who are looking to seize both their listener’s hearts and the grand prize, valued at over $10,000. Every Monday night of the five week competition, 10 contestants will perform three of their original songs in front of a live audience. Local songwriters kick off the first hour at 7 p.m. and the competition begins at 8 p.m. There will be three winners selected each night of the competition, based on three systems of voting: Crowd, artist and judges. Each night’s winner will advance to the finale on Oct. 24, where award winning Celebrity Judges Anthony Crawford, Lynn Langham and Travis Meadows will select the overall contest winner. Free for spectators. Tina Morrison, 377-5603.
The 132-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Orange Beach, Alabama is now open for business. Located at 4673 Wharf Parkway, the SpringHill Suites Orange Beach at The Wharf will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Intracoastal Hotel Properties, LLC and managed by HVMG of Atlanta, Georgia.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – A woman out on bond awaiting a murder trial in Prattville was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol in Orange Beach on Oct. 2.
According to Orange Beach Police records Vegas Contorno, 19, was arrested at a strip mall on Canal Road that contains Undertow Bar and Grill, Vapors of Orange Beach, Tacky Jacks’ business office and Bryant Heating and Cooling.
ORANGE BEACH, AL—The 132-suite SpringHill Suites by Marriott here is now open for business. Located at 4673 Wharf Pkwy., the SpringHill Suites Orange Beach at The Wharf will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Intracoastal Hotel Properties, LLC and managed by HVMG of Atlanta, Georgia.
Columbia Southern University faculty and staff are preparing to welcome “family” home as more than 720 graduates are expected to attend the commencement ceremonies on Oct. 28 at the Orange Beach Event Center.
“We are so proud and humbled to be part of this meaningful moment as our students prepare to make their way to Orange Beach from all over the world,” said CSU President Robert Mayes. “Commencement Day is an exciting milestone for our students, staff and faculty as it presents us with a chance to connect as a family while celebrating the joy and benefits education can yield.”
In addition to the multiple million dollar grants for the next two years, Alabama is leading the charge in other ways. Fortified new homes are being built at a nation-leading pace. Orange Beach is the only municipality in America where if you build your new structure to a Gold Fortified Certification, the city refunds the permit fees, which often run several thousand dollars, generally equaling out the small cost of fortification in the first place. Recently, the University of Alabama conducted an economic study of the monetary benefits of retrofitting homes to Bronze or Silver levels, and found that those homes had a resale value of more than 7% their counterparts, so the initial costs of retrofitting were more than offset with resale value and insurance savings.
If you’re going to be an artist at the beach, then the walls in your abode should be filled with art.
Not only is Judy Oxford an artist, she’s also a collector of art, and her Ono Island home reflects her love of paintings, especially those inspired by life by the Gulf of Mexico. Hundreds of painting dot the walls of her home.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – So what is the word on a Rouse’s Supermarket coming to Orange Beach at Canal Road and Alabama 161?“ I don’t think they’re coming,” Mayor Tony Kennon said. “The problem was the property they purchased ALDOT would only allow right in and right out so it created nothing but a series of U-turns and circles.”
Community Development Director Kit Alexander said the company bought the lot on the contingency they could work out traffic issues with the Alabama Department of Transportation. They were proposing entrances off of Callaway Road onto Canal Road and onto Alabama 161 from the Orange Beach Justice Center. Both roads are state highways and under state jurisdiction.
Known as one of the Gulf Coast’s most popular beach getaways, Orange Beach is lined with beautiful marinas and miles of coastal paradise. Naturally soaking up the beauty of its surroundings, Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina houses two completely different experiences under one roof—upscale and casual family dining—yet both still exude a very authentic vibe. We sat down with the duo to discuss everything from running two restaurants under one roof to their best childhood memories of cooking.
City leaders in Orange Beach are looking at a proposal that could increase business license fees and add a liquor tax. They say it’s to generate money for a program that helps keep the beaches clean.
Every year thousands of people flock to the beaches of south Alabama. With that in mind, city leaders in Orange Beach say they have to keep up with how the city looks. One of the ways is to increase revenue.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Richard Schwartz waxed philosophical as he pondered the raising of business license fees and a tax on hard liquor the City of Orange Beach is considering.“
It’s just part of what’s going on,” he said. “Everything costs more. Business licenses goes up, everything goes up. The price of shrimp has gone up 24 percent the past year. You just have to pay.
Local developers will seek planning approval for Cottages of Romeo Beach, a 25-unit cottage-style condominium project on East Beach Boulevard on about 3 acres across from Lighthouse condos in Gulf Shores, according to builder Greg Kennedy, one of the developers. The first phase will feature 10 two-story cottages, each 1,500-square feet with prices starting at $365,000.
With Labor Day far behind us and the holidays still in the seemingly distant future…where can we go for a last minute ‘fun in the sun’ vacation? Try Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama!
Chris Sherrill preparing a Gulf Coast Seafood Sandwich…
Craft beer-lovers couldn’t have ordered up more perfect autumn weather for Luna’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Luna’s Eat and Drink, one of the newest eateries along Canal Road in Orange Beach, welcomed about 100 people for the debut of this beer event that owner Brian Harsanay hopes will become an annual event.
Local developers are seeking site plan approval to build Caribe on the Beach, a 27-story, 170-unit condominium complex at 25802 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach, according to the city’s planning commission. Larry Wireman, who developed the condo projects Caribe Resort and Turquoise, has the beachfront site under contract. He plans to partner with Nathan Cox of Battle Plan Capital and Bellator Real Estate & Development on the new Caribe project.
The Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival will feature over 200 nationally acclaimed songwriters in venues along the Florida/Alabama Gulf Coast from November 3-13th, 2016. The event is based at the sprawling Flora-Bama Lounge astride the Florida-Alabama line, but numerous venues will be used from quiet listening rooms to raucous honky-tonks. The festival is an opportunity for seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world to have their songs heard, and for the public to learn the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express.
The City of Orange Beach invites you to a ‘Free Concert’ featuring the Baldwin Pops Concert Band. The event will be held Sunday, October 16, 4:30 – 6:00 pm on the lawn behind the Orange Beach Senior Center, located at 26251 Canal Road, less than ¼ mile east of Hwy. 161.
Coastal Canvas & Detail has leased 1,500 square feet at 24252 Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to David Swiger of Swiger & Company Realtors.