Gulf Shores police call Uber service ‘highly dangerous’; public pushes back | AL.com

July 29, 2015

The growing discussion in Baldwin County about the ridesharing service Uber has reached the beach in Gulf Shores.

On Tuesday morning the police department posted the following statement on Facebook and Twitter and it is receiving a lot of push back:

“UBER is NOT licensed to operate in Gulf Shores,” the post reads. “‪#‎GSPD‬ will take appropriate police action towards anyone found in violation! UBER will be treated as an unlicensed taxi service. This type of ‘service’ is highly dangerous and getting into a vehicle with someone you do not know can result in a serious crime against you!”

via Gulf Shores police call Uber service ‘highly dangerous’; public pushes back | AL.com.

Fairhope council receptive to Uber, honeybees and hen-raising in city | AL.com

July 29, 2015

The Fairhope City Council on Monday night directed planning staff to begin crafting draft ordinances to allow hobbyists to have honeybees and egg-laying hens in the city and grant permission for Uber drivers to operate.

Councilwoman Diana Brewer pitched each topic during Monday’s work session.

Leading off with beekeeping in the city limits, Brewer said she would like the city to change its current ordinance to add guidelines for “beekeepers who are just hobbyists to have beehives on their personal property.”

via Fairhope council receptive to Uber, honeybees and hen-raising in city | AL.com.

GOP debate watch party and town hall set for Aug. 6 in Foley | AL.com

July 29, 2015

Republicans interested in watching the Aug. 6 GOP debate and participating in a straw poll afterward can do so during a watch party at Wolf Bay Lodge in Foley.

The event begins with a “dutch treat” buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed with a viewing of the debate that will be televised on the Fox News Network at 8 p.m. The Top 10 Republican candidates, as determined by an average of recent polls, will be included in first televised debate of the 2016 primary season.

via GOP debate watch party and town hall set for Aug. 6 in Foley | AL.com.

Driving around the unfamiliar: Large roundabout opening in Daphne next month | AL.com

July 29, 2015

Dr. Angie Truett of the Jubilee Pet Hospital is eager to see the motorists return to Baldwin 13 and 64 near Daphne, but she has concerns.The intersection, which is a stone’s throw from the 9-year-old pet hospital, will reopen with a much different configuration than when it closed on March 16.

via Driving around the unfamiliar: Large roundabout opening in Daphne next month | AL.com.

Gulf Shores lifeguard patrol named semifinalist in Good Morning America contest; finalist voting underway | AL.com

July 28, 2015

The Gulf Shores lifeguard patrol has earned a spot in the semifinals of Good Morning America’s “Lifeguard Surf & Turf Showdown” and needs votes to land in New York City for a chance to win $10,000.

The ABC morning show, with more than 4.5 million viewers, put a call out to life-saving units across the country to submit a video of lifeguards lip-syncing to “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

via Gulf Shores lifeguard patrol named semifinalist in Good Morning America contest; finalist voting underway | AL.com.

New crosswalks coming to Perdido Key – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 28, 2015

Perdido Key is becoming more pedestrian friendly. Construction on five crosswalks began on Monday.

As you drive down Perdido Key drive, condos are on one side and businesses are on the other. However there are no crosswalks connecting the two.

“We’ve had several people get hit there. Fortunately we haven’t had anyone get killed.” said Paul Frechette. He owns “The Market and Mainly shoes” in the Villagio Shopping center. He’s been fighting to get crosswalks for years.

via New crosswalks coming to Perdido Key – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Hit Songwriter Judges | Gulf Coast Songwriters Shootout

July 27, 2015

Lynn Langham makes music like southern smoke. With a buttery smooth, sensuous voice, and a sure, subtle musical sense all her own; she has forged a legacy of powerful, moving music that speaks to the heart. Lynn’s songs have been recorded by musical luminaries from every style, notably by Wynonna, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Trisha Yearwood, Elizabeth Cook, and Carolyn Hester. Her song, “Old Yellow Moon”, (written with Hank DeVito) was the title cut of Harris and Crowell’s Grammy winning duet album in 2014. It was also named Album of the Year at the 2013 Americana Music Awards. Lynn has shared the stage with legends like John Prine, Asleep At The Wheel, Larry Gatlin, Leon Redbone and Cheech and Chong.

via Hit Songwriter Judges | Gulf Coast Songwriters Shootout.

Art Market returns to Gulf Shores on Aug. 1 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 27, 2015

The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market, in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores, will return on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 225 E. 24th Ave. in the Waterway Village district of Gulf Shores.  This popular event will feature the original work of local and regional artists, live musical entertainment, hands-on art activities for children and concessions by Acme Oyster House.

via Art Market returns to Gulf Shores on Aug. 1 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf State Park: Zipline Course – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and we are celebrating by showing off a hidden gem right here along the Gulf Shores. Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores spans more than 6,000 acres with tons of trails and activities to offer.

Local 15′s Katie Herrera and Photographer Stephen Smith jumped on the Hummingbird Zipline course. It features seven towers, six zips and a one mile course over land and water.

via Gulf State Park: Zipline Course – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Gulf State Park: The Nature Center – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and we are celebrating by showing off a hidden gem right here along the Gulf Shores. Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores spans more than 6,000 acres with tons of trails and activities to offer.

The Nature Center is tucked away in Gulf State Park’s campground, but it’s actually open to anyone, not just overnight guests. It offers an incredible educational experience, to get up close and personal with all the plants and animals found throughout the Gulf Coast region.

via Gulf State Park: The Nature Center – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WPMI) Alabama residents can soon take part in back to school savings. The tax break covers books and supplies, including clothes priced at less than $100, and computers and educational software less than $750.

The sales tax holiday in Alabama runs August 7-9.

via Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Fire destroys house in Elberta – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 27, 2015

ELBERTA, Al. (WEAR) Fire fighters fought a house fire in Elberta twice this weekend.

Perdido Beach Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Ken Wright told Channel Three News crews were dispatched to the 12000 block of County Road 97 around 8:20 Saturday night.

However, the fire flared back up just before 5 a.m. Sunday morning.

via Fire destroys house in Elberta – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Nearly 100 Florida Guardsmen to deploy to Horn of Africa – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 27, 2015

PENSACOLA, Fl. (WEAR) Sunday morning there was a deployment ceremony for members of the Florida Army National Guard’s 1st Squadron 153rd Cavalry Regiment. There are nearly 100 members in that Squadron.

Family members, friends, dignitaries and military leaders were invited to the ceremony. It was held at the Florida National Guard armory in Pensacola. Florida Governor Rick Scott was also in attendance.

via Nearly 100 Florida Guardsmen to deploy to Horn of Africa – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Gulf Shores lifeguards to send entry to Good Morning America contest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 27, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL – Gulf Shores lifeguards are entering Good Morning America’s Turf and Surf competition similar to the 5-Alarm Firefighters Challenge the city’s fire crew participated in last summer.

According to the website “Good Morning America” is looking for teams of lifeguards from across the country to go head-to-head in an epic live TV competition this summer for a chance to win a $10,000 prize.

via Gulf Shores lifeguards to send entry to Good Morning America contest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast: “Stay awhile. You’ll get it.” – WLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi

July 25, 2015

Stay awhile. You’ll get it. That’s the tag line tourism leaders with Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast are using when promoting all there is to see and do in south Mississippi.  According to the tri-county tourism executive director, Renee Areng, Visit South Mississippi has a budget of $3.1 million this year.  Of that, leaders are spending 80%, or about $2.5 million, on marketing south Mississippi to people across the country. That’s all generated from the occupancy tax on hotels in Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties.  But that’s not a lot when you compare it to other tourism entities like Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, which have an operating budget of $7 million.

via Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast: “Stay awhile. You’ll get it.” – WLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi.

Baldwin DA Sexual Harassment Complaint Settled

July 25, 2015

“Who I have or may not have been in love with a decade ago, a year ago, five years ago, four years ago, or yesterday, to me that’s nobody’s business. That’s not something that I owe an answer for. I owe an answer for, did I misuse the position of this office and the answer is absolutely not. Never have and never will.”

A sexual harassment complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed against District Attorney Hallie Dixon has been settled for about 65 thousand dollars.

via Baldwin DA Sexual Harassment Complaint Settled.

Coastal Counties Unite to Get Half of State BP Funds

July 25, 2015

Mobile and Baldwin County Legislators have established a united front and are ready to battle Governor Bentley to get a share of the state’s BP Oil Spill Settlement.

“It’s hard not to be united when it’s the fair thing to do,” said Rep. Jack Williams, R-Georgetown.

The delegations want half of the one billion dollars the state negotiated.

“We think the lost revenue to the State of Alabama for the 2010 event was 500 million-dollars,” said Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey.

via Coastal Counties Unite to Get Half of State BP Funds.

What do Uber, honeybees and hens have in common in Fairhope? | AL.com

July 25, 2015

With an eye on keeping Fairhope a forward-thinking city, Councilwoman Diana Brewer has put a few discussion points on Monday’s work session agenda, covering Uber, honeybees and egg-laying hens.

Uber is fast becoming a hot topic in the coastal region, with Mobile agreeing to allow the ride-sharing service to compete with traditional cabs and Orange Beach raising concerns about Uber drivers operating without business licenses.

via What do Uber, honeybees and hens have in common in Fairhope? | AL.com.

Murder, kidnapping case may have link to Orange Beach fire – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 24, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – A murder and kidnapping case may have a link to a fire in the OrangeBeach neighborhood of Bear Point on June 20.

John Barry Hubbard of Bibb County was arrested on July 22 in Greene County after allegedly killing one woman and kidnapping her sister. The dead woman was identified as Kandi Murphy and Hubbard took Tammy Murphy Carpenter with him when he fled, authorities say.

via Murder, kidnapping case may have link to Orange Beach fire – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Family marks 10 years since lightning tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA

July 24, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Thursday, July 23rd is a painful anniversary for a local family. Ten years ago lightning took the lives of 38 year-old, Tommy Summerlin and his 7 year-old stepson, Noah Butler. Ever since the family has worked to raise awareness of the dangers of lightning.

July 23rd, 2005

Ten years ago a family was shattered in an instant. Tommy Summerlin was running down the beach on Gulf Shores holding the hand of his stepson Noah Butler. They were chasing a beach ball when the sky lit up. Thirty feet away Sharon Summerlin and the rest of her family saw the bolt of lightning strike.

via Family marks 10 years since lightning tragedy – FOX10 News | WALA.

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