There are views, then there are views. You know, One World Trade Center, Grand Canyon — that vista that just leaves you without words, just awe and wonder at a landscape or seascape. And Opal Condominium. It’s exactly what many folks feel when they take in the sight from the penthouse at Opal Condominium in Orange Beach, Ala.
Tuesday 4/19/16 LiveMusicLineUp.com
WPMI — Dozens of delicious seafood dishes, a beautiful sunset on the bay, and tunes from the Mulligan Brothers. It’s all coming together this Saturday at the 7th annual Bald Eagle Bash on Weeks Bay.
Local 15′s Katie Herrera talked with the folks at Felix’s Fish Camp Monday, just one of the local restaurants working on a special dish for the event, shrimp and grits!
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) On a good day, Avery Akins is smiling, laughing, and playing with her mother and brother. On a bad day, the nine-year-old with Rett Syndrome suffers from multiple seizures.
“She, at her worst, has suffered 25 to 30 big seizures a day, hundreds of small ones,” said her mother Carrie Akins.
Recently, Carrie has been driving from Daphne to Montgomery pushing to get legislators to pass Leni’s Law in an effort to help her daughter. The bill is named after four-year-old Leni Young. Her family moved from Alabama to Oregon in order to access medical marijuana CBD oil in hopes to reduce her seizures. They are now pushing to change the law in Alabama and decriminalize the non-high inducing medication. It’s a treatment Akins says is her last resort.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) Fed up with police, some Daphne residents in the Timber Creek Subdivision are taking matters into their own hands.
Over the weekend, there were reportedly several car break-ins in the neighborhood.
How do you put a price on paradise? You can’t. Which is why you can get into Gulf Islands National Seashore free through Sunday. (After that, there is $15 entrance fee per vehicle to enter the seashore. So, yeah, paradise does have a price most weeks.)
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Sometimes when one door opens, another one closes.
In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach one traffic change has opened up – two westward lanes on Canal Road – and another has closed – beach access through Gulf State Park via State Park Road 2.
While the Canal Road project is being met with glee and much anticipation in Orange Beach, over in Gulf Shores the impact of losing a straight shot to the campground from Fort Morgan Road is being met less enthusiastically.
GULF SHORES, AL – A memo from someone who works in an office in Boston was able to shut down a well-used north-south artery through Gulf State Park at a moment’s notice.
“I had no idea they were going to close that road,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said. “And neither did our police or fire or anybody knew until I got a text from the folks at the state park at 6:30 yesterday morning. The road was closed sometime around 6 o’clock.
“We did not know.”
FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Leaders with the Baldwin County Board of Education toured the system’s “virtual school” facility Monday, April 18, 2016. It was the first of its kind in the state and now in its third year, enrollment continues to grow.
Headquartered in a rent-free facility on Faulkner State’s Fairhope campus, Baldwin County’s virtual school program continues to grow as more families look for alternative means of education. Baldwin County School Board president, Shannon Cauley and superintendent, Eddie Tyler stopped in to visit with some students to find out what attracted them to the program.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - Do you shop for your clothes online? What about your groceries?
Walmart is now offering this service to its customers, with a twist.
There isn’t a catch. All you do is go online, make your list of groceries, and drive up. They are loaded into your car and that’s all. Plus, it is free.
By Monday night, the death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Ecuador had jumped to 413. The number is expected to rise as the search continues for people trapped in the rubble.
Kathryn Cockrell can’t get over the devastating images that have been pouring in, especially considering she just returned from that area.
“I actually just got back from a three week long mission trip in Ecuador last week…so this earthquake happened within a week of me coming home,” Cockrell explained.
It’s been nearly a year since tragedy struck Mobile Bay. Six lives were lost after a storm popped up during the Dauphin Island Regatta April 25, 2015.
“The storm hit and Dauphin Island became a mess all of a sudden. Hundreds of boats were out in the bay. Of course, I was worried about my family that was sailing my boat with a crew of all women,” said Semih Kangal.
Kangal has only missed two races since 1982. This year he and his crew will be back on the water. His boat — “Boca” — is one of at least 90 boats already signed up this year. Come race day, organizers expect more than 100 boats.
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - We’re still asking questions about a missing boater from Gulf Shores.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office has not identified the body that was found at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola on Friday. It could be that of missing Gulf Shores boater, Brad Gunther.
No officials have confirmed that. What we do know is investigators haven’t released any official information about the identity. In the meantime, we’re learning more about the timeline of this mystery, thanks to a picture (see right).
It was a busy day at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport…but then again, they’ve been busy for years.
Six years after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and veterinarians like Debra Moore are still learning more about how the spill impacts marine wildlife. Dolphins are among the most impacted.
As two or three sailboats make close passes by Tightrope, a 36-foot Bertram anchored on Mobile Bay, Tom Batty says to Vincent Arbour: “If they don’t have vests on, don’t check them in.
“The quiet comment is a clue that things have changed on the Bay, as Mobile’s sailing community gears up for the annual Dauphin Island Race. It has been a year since a devastating storm swept over the fleet engaged in the 2015 event, killing six people and terrorizing dozens more as they fought to stay afloat in conditions akin to a tropical storm.
Monday 4/18/16 LiveMusicLineUp.com
Driftwood Bar & Grille, a steakhouse and seafood restaurant, will open in May at The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway off Canal Road in Orange Beach, according to Stirling Properties and The Wharf. The restaurant is one of Chef Chris Kelly’s new concepts. He also heads two other ventures to open at The Wharf in May: The Blue Chair Bar, a boat-themed bar, with live music and pub fare; and Ronin Sushi Bar & Restaurant.
GULF SHORES, AL – The University of Alabama’s professional summer theatre, SummerTide, will bring a “heatwave” to Gulf Shores during its 13th season.
The cast of SummerTide will present The Marvelous Wonderettes, the Off-Broadway hit musical by Roger Bean. Celebrate the 1958 Springfield High School prom with the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts.
PENSACOLA, FL (WALA) - A Silver Alert has been issued for an 85 year-old Pensacola woman.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement officials say Jean Rodriguez Yenzer was last seen in the tenth block of Mohawk Trail in Pensacola Sunday.
Officials say she may be traveling in a 2005 black Ford Focus with a Florida tag number DK117.
Sunday Funday 4/17/16 LiveMusicLineUp.com
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WPMI) A body was found “under the sand” on a remote strip of beach on base at NAS Pensacola.
Family members of missing Baldwin County boater James “Brad” Gunther believe its him.
Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and NAS Pensacola officials say the body was discovered around 1 P.M. Friday afternoon.
WEAR — Escambia County deputies are currently on scene where a body was found on a strip of beach on NAS Pensacola.
Officials said the body was discovered underneath the sand.
No other information has been released at this time.
The body of a 13-year-old boater was found using sonar about five hours after authorities from several agencies as well as citizens began searching for him in and around Sherman Cove.
Deandre Lewis, 13, was tubing in the cove on Pensacola Naval Air Station when he disappeared, Lt. Elizabeth Tatum with Coast Guard Sector Mobile said Saturday afternoon. Later, Escambia County authorities told FOX10 News he was swimming and jumping off a boat.
Strong winds and choppy waves made for a rough start to the Dauphin Island Regatta Warm-up race on Saturday.
“I think the weather as it was forecasted yesterday was a deterrent for a lot of the boaters,” Tom Batty said.
Only 8 sailboats embarked on the 10-mile warm-up course, a far cry from the 80 to 100 plus boats that will sprinkle the bay next weekend, but it’s enough to help race officials work out all the kinks before Saturday.
The body of a 13-year-old boy was found today by Escambia Search and Rescue (ESAR).
The 13-year-old disappeared while swimming in the waters southwest NAS Pensacola and Sherman Cove Marina. The victim and another teenager jumped off a boat in about 12 feet of water, the victim never resurfaced.
Using SONAR, the ESAR was able to locate the body of the teenager directly below where he jumped into the water off the boat.
An inmate at an Alabama Department of Corrections facility in Baldwin County escaped Saturday evening.
Christopher Leard McCorvey, 33, escaped from the Loxley Work Release Center at around 5:50 p.m., according to ADOC.
Alabama once sold roosters to finance a bridge, so it might not seem so out of the ordinary for transportation officials to turn to tolls for big-ticket projects.
In the next few years, tolls may play a crucial role funding major roadwork in Mobile and Baldwin counties, where rapid coastal growth is fueling congestion.
Saturday 4/16/16 LiveMusicLineUp.com
Waves of college students have left the beaches for another year. Record crowds and also a record number of arrests. Almost 1300 between the two coastal communities.
“Definitely higher than before,” says Sgt. Jason Woodruff with Gulf Shores Police. “We’ve had some big weeks but this was a big month.”
620 arrests were made in Gulf Shores, 679 in Orange Beach. “Every year after spring break there’s that little bit of whew it’s over and we’ve gotten through another year,” says Lt. Steve Brown with Orange Beach Police.
News 5 has confirmed a body was discovered Friday afternoon on the coast of NAS Pensacola.
There is currently an active crime scene on the strip of beach where the body was located, News 5 is told.
The body is believed to be that of 62-year-old boater Brad Gunther, who went missing last week. Family members who spoke to News 5 a short time ago confirmed that’s what they were told by local authorities.