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Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA

August 21, 2016

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.

via Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA.

State decision drops Gulf State Park zipline operator into free-fall | AL.com

August 20, 2016

A dispute over the state’s decision to close a popular – and profitable – zipline attraction at Gulf State Park has left state officials and the ride’s operator starkly at odds over the expectations laid out in a contract.

via State decision drops Gulf State Park zipline operator into free-fall | AL.com.

Boats, beaches and Bushwackers in Orange Beach, Ala. | www.statesman.com

August 13, 2016

The most popular way to see the Alabama Gulf Coast?

While bobbing behind a boat anchored at a sandbar, or cruising among the nonstop flotilla of vessels parading up and down Old River. Or maybe from atop a stool inside the dimly-lit Flora-Bama Lounge, possibly the only roadhouse in America that hosts both an annual mullet toss and weekly nondenominational church services.

via Boats, beaches and Bushwackers in Orange Beach, Ala. | www.statesman.com.

Boats, beaches and Bushwackers draw vacationers to Orange… | www.mystatesman.com

August 12, 2016

The most popular way to see the Alabama Gulf Coast?

While bobbing behind a boat anchored at a sandbar, or cruising among the nonstop flotilla of vessels parading up and down Old River. Or maybe from atop a stool inside the dimly-lit Flora-Bama Lounge, possibly the only roadhouse in America that hosts both an annual mullet toss and weekly nondenominational church services.

I did all that — and a lot more — during a recent trip to Orange Beach.

via Boats, beaches and Bushwackers draw vacationers to Orange… | www.mystatesman.com.

Stain of BP oil spill long gone from Alabama’s Gulf Coast as tourism booms – Yellowhammer News

August 05, 2016

There have been few darker moments on the Alabama Gulf Coast than when the Deepwater 2010 Horizon oil spill stained the brilliant white sand beaches and clouded the blue water.

Hurricane Frederic (1979) and Hurricane Ivan (2004) had taught coastal residents what it would take to rebuild from the most devastating storms. But they had never experienced an oil spill.

Even once the flow of oil spewing into the Gulf was halted and the visible effects were gone, another question lingered. How long would it take consumers to get that image out of their heads?

via Stain of BP oil spill long gone from Alabama’s Gulf Coast as tourism booms – Yellowhammer News.

Economic impact during peak beach season | WPMI

August 05, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The first two weeks in August are typically the peak of the summer season. Families come to our beaches looking for that last vacation hurrah before school starts.

One way to gauge the amount of people coming in is to look at the money parking pay stations at the public beach have generated already this year. So far this year people have already spent more than $300,000 to park their cars, which is right on track with last year’s numbers which included the summer season.

via Economic impact during peak beach season | WPMI.

Alabama Gulf Coast a place to unload stress | News OK

July 24, 2016

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.

You can now relax on an Alabama beach — in New York City | AL.com

July 21, 2016

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.

Fmr. Blue Angels pilot to fly Fat Albert after Capt. Kuss’ passing | WPMI

July 14, 2016

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.

SRIA promises great air | WEAR

July 14, 2016

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.

Local hospitality contest Airbnb practices

July 07, 2016

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.

The Ostrich: Cordova man swallowed by Souvenir City shark | AL.com

July 06, 2016

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.

Holiday attracts variety if visitors to Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

July 05, 2016

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.

FOX10 News | WALA

Thousands head to Gulf Shores for holiday weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

July 03, 2016

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.

FOX10 News | WALA

Fourth of July crowd swells at Gulf Shores, few worry about bacteria levels | AL.com

July 03, 2016

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.

Businesses fear false beach report will impact tourism | WEAR

July 01, 2016

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.

‘Celebrate America’ at The Wharf with First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores | WPMI

June 30, 2016

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.

State Auditor spars with Gov. Bentley over BP settlement spending | WPMI

June 30, 2016

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 beachgoers get up close and personal with shark | WPMI

June 29, 2016

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.

Perdido residents look at proposed national seashore changes

June 29, 2016

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.

Summer’s in full swing at Gulf Shores | AL.com

June 25, 2016

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.

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