Quarterback Ken Stabler’s three daughters will be in San Francisco on Saturday, representing their father as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee decides if the Snake should be enshrined with the Class of 2016.
Stabler’s daughters – Kendra, Marissa and Alexa – are there because their father can’t be. Colon cancer claimed Stabler’s life on July 8.
Stabler, a Foley native who starred at Alabama before spending 15 seasons in the NFL, is one of the 18 finalists to be considered by the Selection Committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016. He’s a finalist for the fourth time, but it’s his first try as a nominee of the Senior Committee, which examines overlooked stars whose careers ended more than 25 years ago.
via Hear what Ken Stabler’s daughters have to say about his Hall of Fame candidacy | AL.com.
If regional management of the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico is going to be realized any time soon, it’s apparently not going to be through the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
The Gulf Council met recently in Orange Beach, Ala., and Amendment 39, which has to do with regional management, was tabled after it lost support from the representatives from the five Gulf states.
via Regional Management of Red Snapper Delayed | Outdoor Alabama.
GULF SHORES, AL – The shoulder season is not a new concept in the resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, but one that of late has been gathering momentum.
But one of original drivers of a shoulder season was the old Gulf State Park Lodge and Convention Center.
via Craft: Lodge is important to building shoulder season at the beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FORT MORGAN, AL – It wasn’t a cold afternoon, but not exactly warm either.
Bill and Mary Ross were cozy in their den looking out on Bon Secour Bay within sight of Mobile Bay. Way across the water north of them you can just make out barges and fishing boats going to and fro on the Intracoastal Waterway.
via ‘There’s nothing down there’ couple was told in 1949 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the following traffic flow modifications related to the parade.
Please note: the east lane of Highway 59 North from Highway 182 to Waterville is under construction. We encourage spectators not to gather for the parade in the construction area.
via Mardi Gras Parade traffic modifications and detours – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Baldwin County Education Coalition is hosting an education summit this weekend about the upcoming school tax referendum.
The keynote speaker will be Jamie Vollmer, who is a public education advocate and the author of “Schools Cannot Do It Alone.”
via Education summit Friday in Baldwin County – FOX10 News | WALA.
An anonymous complaint was filed last year claiming Swiger used her position on the school board for personal gain by coercing school employees to use her family real estate business.
Swiger says after an exhaustive investigation and numerous interviews the accusations in the anonymous complaint could not be substantiated by any evidence. The case was closed February 3rd.
via Ethics Commission Clears Baldwin School Board Member.
A Missouri couple sought for crimes in four states was shot in a hail of gunfire in the Florida Panhandle early today. Blake Fitzgerald was killed; Brittany Harper was wounded, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
The shooting followed a massive manhunt that started in Escambia County and ended in Santa Rosa County. There was a car chase, then a foot chase, and another car chase. A barrage of gunfire erupted near the intersection of Garcon Point Road and Hammock Trace in Milton just before 1:30 a.m.
via ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ couple: He’s dead, she’s wounded after chase, gunfire in Florida | AL.com.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2016) – The World Food Championships announced today that it is going coastal for the first time and moving the 2016 Ultimate Food Fight to Orange Beach, Alabama.
Now celebrating its 5th Anniversary, WFC will be held Nov. 8-15 at The Wharf, a resort destination with a full-service marina, retail, dining and entertainment options anchored by a multi-use event center and a 10,000-seat amphitheater.
The relocation to Orange Beach is a major milestone, according to World Food Championships’ CEO Mike McCloud.
via WFC Announces Relocation With A Big Dash of Salt – World Food Championships.
Baldwin County School board member Angie Swiger, whose real estate dealings with Gulf Shores school officials drew an ethics complaint, is saying that she was cleared of the charges.
via Baldwin County school board member: ‘My name has been cleared’ | AL.com.
For a double dose of February goodness, register for the third annual I Pink I Can Run 4-miler that benefits the community as well as each participant’s health — with the added perk of a pink overload.
The event will be Feb. 27 and offers a unique twist: How often can you brag to your friends that you ran to the next state? Well, complete this run and brag away that you dashed (or walked) from Florida to Alabama and back.
via Running for breast cancer.
Coastal insurance reform, increasing the minimum wage in Mobile County, stiffer penalties on gun sales to children, and eliminating Common Core educational standards are among the proposals South Alabama lawmakers are pushing during this spring’s legislative session.
via South Alabama lawmakers tackle minimum wage, gun sales and coastal insurance in spring session | AL.com.
In response to what it says are misguided priorities from some of the city’s current elected officials, the Orange Beach 2016 Political Action Committee is looking for a few good candidates to even the playing field in the upcoming municipal elections.
via Orange Beach PAC searching for political candidates – LagniappeLagniappe.
Historically oyster reefs were managed only for harvesting. As a result, oyster reefs today are critically endangered. According to a recent report by Nature Conservancy scientists, shellfish reefs worldwide have declined dramatically, including the loss of 85 percent of oyster reefs globally. Fishing practices, such as dredging, along with drought and predators have played a role in their demise. But through a collaborative movement of volunteers, scientists, educators and local businesses, the tides may be turning for the Gulf Coast oyster reefs.
via Saving oysters: Nature’s own superheroes at work | AL.com.
In a little more than a month, Alabama beaches will begin to fill up again with spring breakers. Orange Beach and Gulf Shores could see a larger college spring break crowd than in years past. That’s because of tighter restrictions on Panama City beaches after episodes of violence there in 2015.
via Alabama beaches prepare for more college spring breakers – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft hopes a revitalized Gulf State Park and rebuilt lodge will not only rehabilitate the coastal environment, but also show visitors a side of the state he says many outsiders don’t know exists.
“Some people don’t even know Alabama has a beach,” Craft said. “I think there’s kind of a negative perception of Alabama out there in some circles. This project will attract people to our coastal cities and we will get to show them the Alabama we all know and love. I think the biggest benefit of the project is that it will improve the state’s image, person by person.”
via Master plan unveiled for Gulf State Park enhancements – LagniappeLagniappe.
GULF SHORES, AL – The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores is gearing up for the inaugural Ballyhoo, a celebration of art and culture.
This juried fine art and fine crafts festival will be March 5, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the beautiful Waterway Village district of Gulf Shores. This event is unique in its focus on fine art combined with cultural charm and the fun-loving spirit of the residents of Coastal Alabama.
via Inaugural Ballyhoo arts celebration coming to Gulf Shores on March 5 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
There is still so much unknown about what happened Monday night, but if there is one thing that’s clear it is that the we lost two incredible individuals.
“They’re both important volunteers in the community, both wanting to do something for their communities,” said Gilbert Wright a fellow pilot with the Civil Air Patrol.
via Friends Remember Pilots Killed in Cessna Crash.
When the building at Money Bayou Drive off Canal Road in Orange Beach appeared to have landed yet another restaurant tenant, many wondered what could possibly work in a location that has sent so many before it to the Pleasure Island Culinary Graveyard.
via What’s new at the beach: Pappadakis brings Mediterranean flavor to Orange Beach | AL.com.
The Santa Rosa County Health Department has confirmed one case of travel-related Zika Virus, making it the 6th reported case in Florida.
“We can’t confirm the gender or condition of the patient, but we do know that person was traveling and not pregnant,” said Debbie Stilphen, the Public Information Officer Santa Rosa County Health Department, Wednesday.
via Santa Rosa Confirms First Travel Related Zika Case – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
Voters in Baldwin County will be asked to say “yes” or “no” to two property tax renewals. This time around the school board is conducting a “quiet” campaign.
We’ll all be going to the polls and you may have presidential candidates in mind, but folks in Baldwin County will also be asked to vote on school taxes again! “We’ve got to have these renewals we’re talking a loss in the ball park of 16 million dollars,” said School Board President Shannon Cauley.
via Baldwin Voters To Vote on Property Tax Again – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
A Robertsdale High School special education teacher who robbed one pharmacy and burglarized another in his late 20s is facing new misdemeanor marijuana charges.
Keith Michael Grace, 44, turned himself in on Jan. 11 for marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia possession, the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department said.
via Baldwin County teacher who robbed, burglarized pharmacies facing pot charges | AL.com.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward is among a group of developers whose plans for a new 92-lot subdivision on Innerarity Point Road near the Publix shopping center were approved by Escambia County commissioners on Tuesday.
via Hayward and company to develop Perdido neighborhood.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber will have a Job Fair on Thursday, Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Perdido Beach Resort.
The event is completely free to all attendees as well as to businesses who would like to have a table.
via Chamber Job Fair free to local businesses on Feb. 11 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FOLEY, AL- Ruth Feuerstein doesn’t want to sue the contractor she says stole thousands from her and then walked off an unfinished, home repair job.
But the Foley homeowner says she has no choice.
via Foley Homeowner Sues Contractor.
When it comes to campaign cash, the rematch for South Alabama’s congressional seat isn’t shaping up like much of a contest.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, far outpaced Republican challenger Dean Young in fundraising from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, according to federal elections documents, and was able to secure a recent endorsement from the National Rifle Association.
via Bradley Byrne outpacing rival Dean Young in campaign fundraising | AL.com.
Executives at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama are predicting losses of $135 million in 2015, mostly due to the costs of insuring patients who gained coverage under Obamacare.
The insurance company has already tallied losses of $109 million through the end of October. The final results will be available at the beginning of March, according to a statement released by the company.
via Blue Cross of Alabama predicts $135 million loss in 2015, mostly due to Obamacare | AL.com.
Since his reelection in 2014, state Sen. Trip Pittman has insisted he won’t seek another term, but I’m not sure I believed him until now.
“I’ve gone beyond term limits with this,” he said this week.
Pittman, it turns out, isn’t merely interested in ending his own career. He wants to abolish the whole upper house. This week the Baldwin County lawmaker is proposing an amendment to the Alabama Constitution of 1901 that would abolish the Alabama Senate.
via Alabama senator proposes disbanding Alabama Senate | AL.com.