How does a quiet beachside community manage to grow, without losing its charm? People on Perdido Key will start tackling that question Monday night. It’s the first in a series of public meetings about a “Master Plan” for the key. The balance community leaders want to strike is illustrated on Johnson Beach Road, where a new luxury condo is going up right across from the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Perdido Key is quaint and quiet. People who choose to live here like it that way. Charles Krupnick is the Vice-President of the Perdido Key Association. He said, “It’s a wonderful, less-developed area.”
via Voice your opinion on the future of Perdido Key – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
Baldwin County beaches are more popular than ever. But with that popularity comes a problem, an increased amount of beach gear being left over-night on the beaches and in some cases for weeks at a time.
via New Policy Aimed at Clearing Beach Gear from Baldwin Beaches.
Here in Birmingham, we love our beach vacations. Heading down to Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, or the Florida panhandle is a routine part of our summers. But with hot temperatures and growing crowds, there could be a better time to go – and that time is the fall. Here’s why:
Fewer people and lower prices
There’s nothing worse than fighting for a prime spot on the beach in July and having someone set up their tent right in front of you. And waiting two hours to be seated at a restaurant is never fun, either. With school back in session, it’s harder for families to get away for a week. Luckily for empty-nesters or those with a more flexible schedule, the beaches clear out significantly come September. Restaurant wait times decrease, it’s easier to have your own space on the beach, and most importantly, prices drop. The prices on condos and beach rentals vary drastically between season and off-season. Just waiting even one weekend past Labor Day can save you big bucks.
via Why you should visit the Gulf Coast in the fall | AL.com.
The Orange Beach area of ‘Bama had activities for you and your your frat bros (Hangout Fest! Pristine beaches ripe for dumping your cooler of cheap lager!), but it also boasts plenty to do now that you’re an adult and attempting to impress someone not wearing an airbrushed tank. You can ride the Ferris wheel on The Wharf, go mini-golfing on Adventure Island, take a glass-blowing class at the arts center, or, you know, lie on the beach. But anytime you have the opportunity to eat and drink on a boat while watching dolphins, you should always take it. So make that a priority.
via The Most Romantic Weekend Getaway in Every State.
Longing to hang onto summer? Head to the Gulf! This region offers gorgeous white sand beaches, a historical Civil War fort (Fort Morgan) and seafood fresh from the Gulf of Mexico. Dolphins play offshore, and there are lots of opportunities to get on the water, either by chartering a rig you’ll skipper yourself or joining a cruise. How about some competitive big-game fishing, either as a spectator or from the water? Mobile, Alabama, or Pensacola, Florida are the nearest metro areas, but there’s an airport in Gulf Shores if you want to fly in.
via 6 Perfect B&B Weekend Getaways for Fall | BedandBreakfast.com.
Like a prehistoric creature tearing through a forest, crews are clearing out and grinding up almost anything in their way in Gulf State Park.
“It looks like a huge destruction around all the campsites so I think when people come this winter time people will see a big difference,” says park superintendent Lisa Laraway.
via What’s Going On in Gulf State Park?.
The newest addition to The Oyster Trail is a statue entitled “Waters, Ways & Wildlife” by Orange Beach artist Nick Cantrell. The oyster, which portrays the route of Alabama’s Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway amid a beautifully depicted coastal scene, will be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Orange Beach Welcome Center (23685 Perdido Beach Blvd.).
via The Oyster Trail comes to the Orange Beach Welcome Center.
It’s official. The 2015 high season in Pleasure Island and neighboring Perdido Key, Fla. is in the history books.The three-day Labor Day Weekend saw gridlock on the beach highway, packed beaches, restaurants and bars, and no shortage of events from the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package to The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala.
via Sharks, bikini contest, scenes from Ole River — season wraps up at Alabama’s beaches | AL.com.
Something for everyone at area beaches this Labor Day, from the peace and solitude of Fort Morgan to the rock ’em, sock ’em explosion of folks on the public beach in Gulf Shores. No matter where you stuck your toes in the sand area beaches have one thing in common. They can draw a crowd.
via Labor Day Crowds say Goodbye to Summer Season.
Bumper to bumper, waiting and waiting.
The headache thousands of drivers were dealing with Friday afternoon, September 4, on the way to a Labor Day getaway has many saying, ‘the city can’t build the I-10 bridge soon enough.’
via Labor Day traffic makes drivers ask, when will the I-10 bridge b – FOX10 News | WALA.
I was blessed to go on one of the last trips the Carnival Elation took out of Mobile. I got to see firsthand what worked and what didn’t work on the ship. It was a convenient travel option for this part of the world. Overall it is a good value—it may be expensive up front but your dollar travels farther. You get more vacation for your money with a cruise.
via Cuba, Carnival And Cruising In Mobile.
Mobile’s relationship with Carnival Cruise Lines goes back 14 years. Good times gave way to bad, but the two sides are warming up again. Here’s a short history:
via A short history: Carnival Cruise Lines and Mobile | AL.com.
A steady stream of people headed down toward the beach on Wednesday, but it was nothing like the throngs of folks that will be beach bound in a couple of days.
For coastal communities like Gulf Shores, it’s like having one more summer day.
via Beach businesses gear up for busy holiday weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Baldwin County beaches have been pretty quiet lately. That is expected to change at least for one more weekend.
“It’s been slow the last couple of weeks but we are looking for a big weekend,” says John Boller president of Gulf Shores Rentals.
via One Last Summer Blast.
GULF SHORES, AL- Quiet roads, empty parking lots and abandoned beaches.Locals are celebrating the mass tourist exodus, the start of a new school year and are reclaiming their little piece of paradise.
We counted only 19 people at the main, public beach in Gulf Shores Wednesday afternoon. Last week and in the weeks of June and July, there were hundreds!
via Local Beaches Are Quiet.
The hot days of August are fading and so are the summer beach crowds. We were in Gulf Shores today and found less traffic and smaller crowds on the beach than just a few Friday’s ago. Many people are saying summer doesn’t last until Labor Day any more.
via Gulf Shores Beach Crowds Fade.
Battling to ease beach traffic congestion, Gulf Shores and the state highway department will team up again this fall and next year for projects on Alabama 59, between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.
via Bumper to bumper at the beach: Gulf Shores pushing to improve traffic flow | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL — Beth Gendler, vice president of sales for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (CVB) and the Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission, is one of 47 tourism professionals across the nation to earn the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation, the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry.
via Beth Gendler of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism receives national industry recognition – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The special session of the Alabama Legislature begins Monday, talking about tax hikes.
But FOX10 News is keeping a close eye on one special session issue of great importance to our area: What will happen to the more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP?
Governor Robert Bentley and lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin County have very different ideas on where the money should go, but is there room for compromise?
via Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Stay awhile. You’ll get it. That’s the tag line tourism leaders with Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast are using when promoting all there is to see and do in south Mississippi. According to the tri-county tourism executive director, Renee Areng, Visit South Mississippi has a budget of $3.1 million this year. Of that, leaders are spending 80%, or about $2.5 million, on marketing south Mississippi to people across the country. That’s all generated from the occupancy tax on hotels in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties. But that’s not a lot when you compare it to other tourism entities like Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, which have an operating budget of $7 million.
via Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast: “Stay awhile. You’ll get it.” – WLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi.
Local 15 news has been digging into boat accident data just released by the U.S. Coast Guard. We wanted to see where the most accidents happen in our area and what causes them. Local 15′s Andrea Ramey investigates in this Reality Check.
In 2014, 21 boating accidents with injuries or at least $2,000 in damage happened in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. One third of those accidents happened in Orange Beach, which does not surprise Sgt. Rich Nolte.
“We have a heavy amount of boat traffic in this area, and a large amount of that boat traffic are people who are tourists,” said Sgt. Nolte.
via 2014 Boating Accidents, Where and Why They Happened – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
A new beginning for “The Little Zoo that Could”.
“This is not the first time we had a groundbreaking or whatever out here and we felt strongly that we needed to make things happen,” says project manager Joey Ward.
A new vision for the zoo revealed Monday night for what will be a premiere destination. “Nobody wanted to see another shovel dig dirt,” says Ward, “they wanted to see something happen, see something spectacular.”
via New Gulf Shores Zoo Under Construction.
With condominium development pressing on the beach and new residential projects dotting its back-bay areas, Orange Beach has reached a tipping point, according to Mayor Tony Kennon.
Unless the city gets traffic relief, he said, “We’re really going to have to start considering a building moratorium of some kind.
“He said that the summer gridlock is putting the city’s quality of life under siege.
via Orange Beach mayor, sick of clogged traffic, talks building halt | AL.com.
Mixed in with tourism heavy hitters like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park, Gulf Shores earned a spot on Country Living magazine’s “20 Places All Americans Should See Before They Die.”
The Hearst Corp.-published magazine — with 1.6 million paid subscribers, 115,000 followers on Twitter and 2.3 million likes on Facebook — said the coastal Alabama city’s “superfine sand” rivals “some of the softest beaches in the world.”
via Gulf Shores named must-see American destination by Country Living magazine | AL.com.
The second annual Wharf Uncorked is returning with wine, spirits, and food tastings held at the beach. Tickets are now on sale, and this year’s event will continue the tradition of providing tastings from some of the region’s top chefs while also adding new culinary delights.
via Sample some of the Gulf Coast’s bests at the Wharf Uncorked | AL.com.
Shut down one of the only two ways on and off of Pleasure Island. Add to the mix that the majority of people driving around aren’t from around here and you’ve got a mess.
“We have to take detours to get where we need to go,” says Drew McCay. “It takes us way out-of-the-way. Maybe 30 minutes extra.”
via Barge Accident Shows Need for Another Island Bridge.
It seems asking nicely just isn’t enough on Pensacola Beach.
For two years, Pensacola Beach ambassadors have been asking beachgoers to kindly move their belongings back to the dune line or take them with them when they leave. Some have complied, others not so much.
via SRIA leader: Stop leaving stuff on beach.
The endless amount of trash left behind after major events on Pensacola Beach like this weekend’s Red, White and Blues Air Show is nothing new for those living on the island.
However, the Santa Rosa Island Authority wants to get rid of the mess left behind on the beach, and they’re taking the first step.
On Wednesday evening, the SRIA voted in favor of getting rid of anything left on the beach after 7 p.m.
Residents are glad something is being done to keep the beaches clean.
via SRIA votes to remove items left on beach after 7pm – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
Film actor Nicolas Cage caused quite a stir while filming part of the movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage” in Orange Beach over the last couple of weeks. Fans were able to capture the star in photographs but David Walter was able to capture something else. “We have his hand prints and they will be installed in a pyramid reef along with a granite plaque with his name.”
via Movie Star Leaves Lasting Impression in Orange Beach.
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.