ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — What I loved most about my visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast was the morning I spent walking up and down the beach, the roar of the ocean waves soothing my soul.
A couple of hours later I was still basking in contentment as I sat outdoors at another spot on the long stretch of sand, feasting on mozzarella salad and whipped key lime pie.
via Alabama Gulf Coast a place to unload stress | News OK.
We all know that the Alabama Gulf Coast is home to some absolutely gorgeous beaches. And today, plenty of people in New York City are finding out the same thing.
The Alabama Tourism Department traveled to the Big Apple to show off Alabama’s beauty to a new audience. They set up an exhibit on Herald Square that allows passers-by to enjoy the state’s sandy view and relax a bit. (And yes, that’s sand from the Alabama coast.)
via You can now relax on an Alabama beach — in New York City | AL.com.
WPMI — The Blue Angels will return to Pensacola this weekend for their annual homecoming show. And soon, there will soon be a former Blues pilot flying with the squadron.
Navy Commander Frank Weisser was on the team from 2008 to 2010. He will fly the number six plane for the rest of this season and next year.
via Fmr. Blue Angels pilot to fly Fat Albert after Capt. Kuss’ passing | WPMI.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — The Blue Angels are just days away from taking over the skies above Pensacola Beach.
There is one more practice show on Thursday before the dress rehearsal on Friday and the big Pensacola Air Show on Saturday.
The Santa Rosa Island Authority (SRIA), the agency in charge of running the beach, expects thousands of people to attend.
via SRIA promises great air | WEAR.
On this rainy day, The Kate Shephard House owner Wendy James welcomed us with open arms — something she’s been in the business of doing for some time.
James and her partner purchased the midtown house in 2002 with the intent of transforming it into the bed-and-breakfast it is today. Running a business comes with its share of issues, and James has encountered many in her 13 years of running the B&B.
via Local hospitality contest Airbnb practices.
Officials say a resident of Cordova was completely devoured by a shark while walking down the street yesterday.
Emergency crews with the Gulf Shores Fire Department identified the man as 36-year old Billy Ray Chambliss. According to eyewitnesses, Chambliss was vacationing with his family when he suddenly disappeared into the mouth of the 60-foot long great white shark.
via The Ostrich: Cordova man swallowed by Souvenir City shark | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The holiday weekend has been a beautiful one at Alabama beaches and July the Fourth, 2016 was no exception. By mid-morning, the public beach at Gulf Shores was already bustling with beachgoers. It’s no surprise that many visitors extended their stay through the fourth to enjoy the surf, the white sand and fireworks at dark.
via Holiday attracts variety if visitors to Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Stars and stripes are everywhere in Gulf Shores, and so are the people. The Fourth of July weekend could be the busiest holiday weekend along the Gulf Coast.
For many getting some sun along the Gulf Coast beaches, the Fourth of July is a tradition going back 50 years. John Judy grew up going to Gulf Shores every Fourth of July, and now he takes his family there.
via Thousands head to Gulf Shores for holiday weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.
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If the recent rumor of warnings to stay out of the Gulf of Mexico due to harmful bacteria in the water that can result in disease, there was little evidence of fear with beach goers worrying about recent reports on Saturday July 2, 2016 at Gulf Shores Public Beach. There, thousands of people packed the hot beach sand, and hundreds cooled off in the warm Gulf as the start of the Fourth of July weekend was in full swing.
via Fourth of July crowd swells at Gulf Shores, few worry about bacteria levels | AL.com.
A long, busy holiday weekend along the Gulf Coast and elsewhere is helping boost a surge in tourism in Alabama, and officials hope visitors will set another record for spending in 2016.
via Busy holiday weekend boosts surging Alabama tourism numbers | AL.com.
The Fourth of July and Baldwin County beaches seem to go together just like red, white and blue. “It kind of makes you feel like the sea to shining sea, right?” says beachgoer Michelle Doyle, “Like part of America and everybody’s down here having a good time and celebrating.”
via Red, White and Blue Baldwin County Beaches.
The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the exiting traffic plan that will be activated immediately following the Fourth of July fireworks show at the Gulf State Park Fishing and Education Pier on Monday, July 4th at 9 p.m.
via Gulf Shores Traffic Plans for the Weekend.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — Beaches in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were not mentioned in a television report by an Atlanta meteorologist claiming there was flesh-eating bacteria in Florida panhandle beaches but its ripple effect has been felt there as well.
On Thursday, people out on Pensacola Beach spent the day asking: Is the water safe?
The answer is yes.
via Businesses fear false beach report will impact tourism | WEAR.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — We are just days away from Independence Day and we are kicking off the fun early, in honor of the USA! First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores is hoping you’ll celebrate America with them at The Wharf.
The event is Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and American flag, and join in as the Celebration Choir and orchestra performs.
via ‘Celebrate America’ at The Wharf with First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores | WPMI.
Alabama’s state auditor is once again sparring with Governor Robert Bentley. This time they’re at odds over BP settlement money.
Auditor Jim Zeigler is now taking legal action to stop the spending, asking a judge to intervene.
Work on the $135 million Gulf State Park project is expected to be done by summer 2018, but state auditor Jim Zeigler is taking issue with how the 350 room lodge and meeting area is being paid for.
via State Auditor spars with Gov. Bentley over BP settlement spending | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A family from Vicksburg Mississippi got up close and personal with a shark on the beach in Gulf Shores, and there’s video to prove it.
The video shows what appears to be a shark swimming dangerously close to a group of people playing and floating near the shore. The video was taken from high above a condo in Gulf Shores this past weekend.
via Gulf Shores beachgoers get up close and personal with shark | WPMI.
Dozens of Perdido Key residents reviewed proposed improvements to Gulf Islands National Seashore in their area during an open house hosted by the National Park Service Tuesday.
The park service hopes to use settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill to improve parking, boardwalks and wheelchair accessibility in the national park area, which encompasses most of the eastern half of the barrier island.
via Perdido residents look at proposed national seashore changes.
By 11 a.m. on Friday, June 24, traffic was gridlock heading south on Highway 59 in Gulf Shores to Gulf Shores Parkway as tourists made their way to Alabama’s most popular beach. The tourists have been here in droves since Memorial Day Weekend, but this weekend marks the first official weekend of summer, traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year along with next weekend’s Fourth of July weekend when thousands are expected to visit Alabama’s beaches.
via Summer’s in full swing at Gulf Shores | AL.com.
Orange Beach officials say a man who was snorkeling in the Gulf has died.
Melvin Shepard, Aquatics and Beach Safety Director for the city of Orange Beach told FOX10 News, the tourist was snorkeling off the beach when people noticed his body was floating close to the shoreline.
via Tourist dies in Orange Beach – FOX10 News | WALA.
A drowning in Orange Beach Thursday evening.
A 49-year-old man drowned while he was snorkeling in the Gulf of Mexico near Phoenix Three Condominium.
via Man Drowns Snorkeling in Orange Beach, Health-Related.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The third annual Gumbo Key on-the-water concert, the brainchild of Mac McAleer, was staged in the waters of Orange Beach on June 18. Thousands joined in on the waterborne party that started at noon and lasted until about 5 p.m.
via Gumbo Key 2016 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Gumbo Key may be a state of mind to Mac McAleer, but it was a reality for people today in the water near Robinson Island in Orange Beach, Ala.
There, thousands of people floated in the shallows, along with hundreds of boats for the music festival McAleer began three years ago.
The official mantra is “Be kind, be safe, don’t leave a trace.” ”It really has grown in three years,” McAleer said aboard the barge he calls the “rust bucket.”
via Gumbo Key music fest rocks, thousands take to water | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Big ideas are nothing new to Mac McAleer.
Sometimes they emerge like a bright light coming on, particularly one that says “Hot Now” at Krispy Kreme stores. Yep, that one is his.
Another will emerge this weekend in the waters near Bird Island in Orange Beach.
via Gumbo Key one of McAleer’s ‘hot’ ideas – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Eric Beech was a smiling man Sunday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend after closing down the Brick and Spoon.
“Best day ever,” he said.
via Businesses enjoy record weekends during Memorial Day. – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
One of the most popular places in Orange Beach has been off-limits to the public for five years. Now, a 250 thousand dollar project is underway that could re-open at least part of Alabama Point this summer.
“We’ve all spent a lot of time down here one time or another and it’s really great spot. The only place like it in Alabama really,” says Orange Beach Coastal Resource Manager Phillip West. “It’s a shame it’s been unavailable for so long but we’re going to fix that.”
via Construction Begins To Re-Open Alabama Point.
When Rep. Steve McMillan talks with a northern Alabama lawmaker about the need for more money to build coastal roads or bridges, his plea is sometimes met with envy.
“They say, ‘Don’t tell me about it,’” McMillan, the Republican lawmaker from Gulf Shores, said. “They’ll say, ‘Every time my wife goes down there she’s spending money at the Tanger.’ It’s in a joking way, but a lot of them envy our situation.”
via All of Alabama cashes in on beach boom as tourism records shatter | AL.com.
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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GULF SHORES, AL- Official tourism numbers won’t be calculated and released until next month, but beach leaders expect possible record, Memorial Day crowds.
Tens of thousands of vacationers enjoyed the holiday weekend in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Families enjoyed nice weather at both the beach and at Gulf State Park where they swam, grilled-out, kayaked and went boating.
via Memorial Day Fun In Gulf Shores!.
GULF SHORES, AL – On Monday, April 25 Mayor Robert Craft proclaimed the first Saturday in June and the same annually hereafter to be “A Sunny Day” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Miss Sunny and her impact on tourism in Alabama.
via Miss Sunny celebrates 50th anniversary promoting tourism in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
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.