Milton man indicted for Gulf Shores boater’s death – FOX10 News | WALA

May 18, 2016

The State Attorney’s Office has been saying it has a lot of evidence in this case and it was enough for a grand jury to indict Rodgers for premeditated murder.

The Milton man is accused of killing 62-year-old Brad Gunther last month. Gunther had been missing for two weeks after leaving on his sailboat from Gulf Shores. Investigators found his body, bound with rope and buried on the shoreline of NAS Pensacola. The cause of death was drowning.

via Milton man indicted for Gulf Shores boater’s death – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Preps underway for Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA

May 18, 2016

The population of Gulf Shores will easily triple this weekend as tens of thousands show up for Hangout Fest.

“I think this is  bigger than July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial weekend, and spring break,” said Tracie Sweat.

But before the music can return, last minute preps for this year’s festival are underway. Nearly 90 acts will take the stage this year, and fans have their favorites.

via Preps underway for Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Florida man indicted for murder of Gulf Shores boater | AL.com

May 18, 2016

Escambia County (Fla.) District Attorney Bill Eddins announced that a Florida grand jury indicted Michael Rodgers with the murder of 62-year old Gulf Shores boater Brad Gunther on Tuesday.

Gunther’s body was found on a beach near the Pensacola Naval Air Station in mid-April, days after Gunther had been reported missing on April 5.

via Florida man indicted for murder of Gulf Shores boater | AL.com.

‘Gay bar’ owner had perfect response to rumors about his business  | AL.com

May 18, 2016

Gene Fox, who co-owns Fins Bar on Dauphin Island with his business partner, Doug Houston, has been “overwhelmed” by the response to a Facebook post he made Monday evening.

Fox was upset, he said, because six of his customers witnessed a bartender at “another establishment that serves alcohol” on Dauphin Island tell others that Fins is a gay bar. “They heard this person say it in front of visitors to our island,” he said.

via ‘Gay bar’ owner had perfect response to rumors about his business  | AL.com.

‘Duck Dynasty’ star will appear at 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off | AL.com

May 17, 2016

The matriarch of TV’s “Duck Dynasty” clan, Kay Robertson, will be one of the celebrity judges at the 2nd annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off on May 25 in Orange Beach, organizers announced today.

Robertson — best known as “Miss Kay” to loyal viewers of the A&E reality show — is the wife of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson and mother of current Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson.

via ‘Duck Dynasty’ star will appear at 2016 Alabama Seafood Cook-Off | AL.com.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab inaugurates summer university program | WPMI

May 17, 2016

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WPMI) — Most college students are out for summer break already, but several students are back in the classroom at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

They’re summer university program started Monday.

For the next twelve weeks, students will be able to pack in lectures, field work and exams.

via Dauphin Island Sea Lab inaugurates summer university program | WPMI.

Tacky Jack’s Orange Beach – The Best Seafood Dives in Alabama – Coastal Living

May 17, 2016

Orange Beach, Alabama -

Tacky Jacks Deck

Of course you should be able to drive your boat up to your local seafood shack. There’s plenty of dock space here, so tie up and dig into what this Gulf favorite is best known for: breakfast Farmer’s Omelet, fried seafood baskets, po’boys, “Mexican Garbage” Nachos and Bushwackers.

via Tacky Jack’s Orange Beach – The Best Seafood Dives in Alabama – Coastal Living.

“Leave no trace” ordinance to protect sea turtle nests | WEAR

May 17, 2016

WEAR — Memorial Day is only two weeks away, but before you go out and buy camping gear, know that it is not going to be able to stay on the beaches overnight.

This will be the first Memorial Day weekend that Escambia County’s “Leave no trace” ordinance will be in effect. The ordinance, passed by commissioners last August, requires beachgoers to remove tents, umbrellas and other items by sunset. It is an effort to combat trash left at the beach so that sea turtles can properly nest.

via “Leave no trace” ordinance to protect sea turtle nests | WEAR.

Central Baldwin Chamber hosts Honoring Our Heroes event in Robertsdale – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 17, 2016

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce hosted its second luncheon May 11 for first responders titled Honoring Our Heroes at the PZK Civic Center in Robertsdale.

About 80 first responders, including Sheriff Hoss Mack and deputies from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department, fire officials, EMA, EMT and police department officials, including six police chiefs from throughout Baldwin County, attended the event, said Chamber Executive Director Gail Quezada.

via Central Baldwin Chamber hosts Honoring Our Heroes event in Robertsdale – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Relay for Life Full Moon Paddles return – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 17, 2016

Kayaking in Orange Beach

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The City of Orange Beach – Relay for Life Team is gearing up their first fund raising event of the 2016 Relay season.

On Saturday, May 21 they will be hosting a Full Moon Paddle on the tranquil waters of Wolf Bay in Orange Beach. The OB Team began holding paddles last year and they were so welled supported that they have become a staple team event.

via Relay for Life Full Moon Paddles return – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf Americana: Willie Sugarcapps writes its own rules | AL.com

May 17, 2016

There are rules. When a group of musicians know they’ve captured the spark of something truly special, when fans clamor for more, when lucrative new horizons beckon, there are rules to follow. Willie Sugarcapps is breaking most of them.

After the group came together more or less by chance in 2012, its self-titled debut gained regional attention and even a smattering of national notice, particularly in the Americana genre. Aside from the shimmering harmonies and distinctive songwriting, the group had a great story, that of a one-shot gig that gave birth to an accidental supergroup. And the rules dictated exactly what a group should do, in such a case: Drop everything, pile into a bus and hit the road hard. Build market share. Perfect your formula. Get more product in the pipeline fast.

via Gulf Americana: Willie Sugarcapps writes its own rules | AL.com.

I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com

May 17, 2016

affic jams at the Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 are no big secret to coastal Alabama motorists, and a proposed $850 million new bridge has been bantered about for years in South Alabama.

But the traffic concerns, and the proposed project aimed at fixing them, is now getting some national attention thanks to an article on The Hill which listed the I-10 Bridge as one of five transportation projects in the country that “experts believe are in dire need of repair.”

via I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com.

Baldwin County Commissioner Charged with DUI in Fairhope

May 16, 2016

A Baldwin County Commissioner was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend in Fairhope.

Sources tell News 5 that Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliott was taken into custody and charged with DUI early Sunday morning.  Elliott, a Daphne resident, was pulled over by a Fairhope Police Officer after leaving the Fairhope Rotary Steak Cook-off.

via Baldwin County Commissioner Charged with DUI in Fairhope.

Best burgers on the beach: The Keg Lounge keeps tradition alive in Orange Beach | AL.com

May 15, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — The Keg Lounge on Canal Road has made a name for itself as a place to find friendly locals, few frills and a delicious cheeseburger into the wee hours of the morning.

It’s probably not the place to take Grandma for her 80th birthday, but if you’re looking for a great cheeseburger in Orange Beach after 10 p.m. (or before, for that matter), The Keg is the dive bar for you.

via Best burgers on the beach: The Keg Lounge keeps tradition alive in Orange Beach | AL.com.

Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL

May 15, 2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Spring Break crowds substituted Panama City Beach for other coastal cities this year, helping to push visitation numbers up in virtually every destination on the Gulf Coast.

“There was definitely an increase in the presence of college spring breakers,” said Kay Magahan, public relations manager for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism in Alabama. “We have always been more heavily a family Spring Break destination.”

via Tourism tradeoff: Gulf Coast visitation up in March except in Panama City, Panama City Beach – News – Panama City News Herald – Panama City, FL.

Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The mayors of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores both gave their state of the city addresses and local business leaders were listening. Transportation, education and healthcare were all major issues.

Talk of a new hospital along the Beach Express and a new approach to building a two lane span adjacent to the current

Toll Bridge near the Wharf have a promising outlook.

via Beach mayors making progress happen | WPMI.

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