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National Estuaries Week provides hope for a healthy Mobile Bay | AL.com

September 17, 2016

Estuaries are the lifeblood of the Gulf of Mexico. Places like Mobile Bay, where water from five major rivers mix with the saltier water of the Gulf, are critical nursery grounds for most of the fish and shellfish that Alabamians like to catch and eat—everything from blue crabs to redfish.

via National Estuaries Week provides hope for a healthy Mobile Bay | AL.com.

‘The Wharf Uncorked’ festival kicks off Thursday | WPMI

September 16, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — There’s nothing like good food and good wine, on top of a three day weekend. And an event in Orange Beach brings those together.

The Wharf Uncorked: Food & Wine Festival is Thursday through Sunday. The event combines tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, live entertainment, a pinch of southern flare and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality.

via ‘The Wharf Uncorked’ festival kicks off Thursday | WPMI.

Oyster farmers hoping for favorable winter – FOX10 News | WALA

September 16, 2016

Officials with Auburn University’s Shellfish Lab at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab say oyster farmers are hoping for better weather this winter so they can have a strong growing season.

In addition to doing research, Fisheries Professor Bill Walton says the university began looking at oyster farms about seven years ago as growing techniques improved.

via Oyster farmers hoping for favorable winter – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging funding for Gulf park hotel | AL.com

September 16, 2016

Another lawsuit challenging the funding for the new hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park has been dismissed.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin today dismissed the lawsuit filed by State Auditor Jim Zeigler and state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay, who alleged that the BP oil spill funds being used for the project were not authorized by the Legislature for that purpose.

Griffin ruled that Morrow and Zeigler lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.

via Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging funding for Gulf park hotel | AL.com.

Beam of light causes wreck with school bus in Orange Beach | AL.com

September 16, 2016

The Orange Beach Police Department is investigating an early morning crash, where a driver was blinded by the sun and caused an accident with a Baldwin County School bus.

OBPD Public Information Officer, Steve Brown said the accident took place just after 7:a.m. in the 2400 block of Canal Road.

via Beam of light causes wreck with school bus in Orange Beach | AL.com.

2016 USA Wakeboard Collegiate Nationals | WPMI

September 15, 2016

Close to a hundred collegiate athletes from around the country will soon descend upon the Gulf Coast.

The 2016 USA Wakeboard Collegiate Nationals takes place in Orange beach on Thursday and is sure to draw plenty of spectators and money to the beach.

The riders will show off their skills in front of the Flora Bama’s Ole River Bar and Grill.

via 2016 USA Wakeboard Collegiate Nationals | WPMI.

Foley entertainment development going vertical | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

September 15, 2016

The wait is over … the Foley entertainment development is going vertical with the first hotel along with the event center for the Foley Sports Tourism Complex. During a South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 14, Tim Martin, CEO of CIEDA, took the chamber members on a tour through the evolution of this development.

via Foley entertainment development going vertical | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

$55 Million Won’t Cover Three Baldwin Co. Road Projects

September 15, 2016

Fifty-five million dollars to spend on three road projects, the continued four-laning of Highway 181, the widening of Highway 31 and expanding Canal Road on Pleasure Island. But not with 55 million dollars. Those three road projects are estimated to cost 125 million, 70 million more than what the legislature allocated from the state settlement with BP over the 2010 oil spill.

via $55 Million Won’t Cover Three Baldwin Co. Road Projects.

Four arrested in Orange Beach robbery | The Islander

September 14, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Four people were arrested in Orange Beach on Sept. 13 and charged in the robbery of a restaurant employee.

“We had four total for the robbery of an individual at Shipp’s Harbor Grill,” Lt. Steve Brown of the Orange Beach Police Department said. “The robbery occurred in the parking lot where an employee on the parking lot was approached and a purse was taken at gun point.”

The group fled on Canal Road but were stopped at William Silvers Parkway or the entrance to the city’s Sportsplex.

Arrested were Alison Brook Bower, 19, and Jacob Tad Hensley, 18, both from Gulf Shores, and Sierra Nicole Carter, 21, and Nicholas Cole DeShazo, both of Magnolia Springs.

via Four arrested in Orange Beach robbery | The Islander.

Reward offered for catching rare shrimp | WEAR

September 14, 2016

Get out your nets and get ready to make some money – that is if you are lucky. Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is offering a $30 reward for a rare shrimp in our waterways.

“They are kind of like lobsters,” Dr. Jennifer Hill, an assistant professor at Louisiana Tech University said via Skype. “They get up to a half pound a piece per shrimp.”

via Reward offered for catching rare shrimp | WEAR.

County honors amateur radio operators | Baldwin Times

September 14, 2016

After a request from Baldwin County’s EMA, the Baldwin County Commission took time earlier this week to recognize the efforts of the county’s amateur radio clubs for the work they do helping county residents.

Commissioner Chris Elliott spoke on behalf of the commission, telling the North Baldwin Amateur Radio Club and South Baldwin Amateur Radio Club members that everyone in the county should be grateful for their contributions and public service.

“I appreciate the work that y’all do to help us be prepared for disasters and everything else you do,” Elliott said. “There are times that everything else may quit working, but y’all are always prepared.”

via County honors amateur radio operators | Baldwin Times.

725 immigrant children relocated to Alabama in 10 months; most move to 3 counties | AL.com

September 14, 2016

More than 700 unaccompanied migrant children have been relocated to Alabama since October 2015, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement.

DHS figures show 725 unaccompanied minor children ages 17 and younger have been released to sponsors in Alabama from October 2015 to July 2016. If the monthly average holds steady for August and September, the state will top last year’s placement figure of 808 as well as the previous year’s total of 786.

via 725 immigrant children relocated to Alabama in 10 months; most move to 3 counties | AL.com.

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