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.

Former Orange Beach police officer convicted on child sex charges – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 14, 2016

BAY MINETTE, AL – Former Orange Beach police officer Timothy Andrew Gavin was found guilty on six counts relating child sex abuse on May 11 in Bay Minette.

Gavin was convicted on two counts of sex abuse, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of enticing a child. He faces 71 years on imprisonment at his sentencing hearing on June 16.

via Former Orange Beach police officer convicted on child sex charges – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES – On May 10, more than 200 attendees at Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism’s (CVB) 2016 Tourism Summit learned that positive change and growth are in the wind.

In 2015, Baldwin County served 6.1 million guests leaving behind $3.9 billion in travel-related expenditures, supporting 48,243 travel-related jobs and $1.3 billion in wages and salaries.

via Island tourism continues to set record numbers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

High school softball tourney great for competition and economy i – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2016

Gulf Shores is busy again the third weekend of May, 2016 with another big sporting event.  Fifty two high school softball teams are fighting it out to make it to the state championships.  Gulf Shores has hosted the south-regional tournament for several years now.

via High school softball tourney great for competition and economy i – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Paying tribute to former Gulf Shores High School athlete – FOX10 News | WALA

May 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Nathan “Nate” Harris, 19, a student-athlete at Troy University and a former gridiron star at Gulf Shores High School, died in a motorcycle wreck.

“If there was one person I wanted to be like. It was him. He was my role model,” Nate’s friend classmate Rodger Strick said.

via Paying tribute to former Gulf Shores High School athlete – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Alabama readies itself for Zika prevention after Gulf Coast labeled ‘ground zero’ U.S. outbreak | AL.com

May 14, 2016

Mobile is among the rainiest cities in the U.S., and that’s bad sign heading into sweltering summer days, steamy nights and peak months for mosquito infestation.

The concern is magnified this year as health officials scramble to prepare for the mosquito-borne Zika epidemic that has spread to 37 counties and territories in the Americas and is threatening the summer Olympic games in Brazil.

via Alabama readies itself for Zika prevention after Gulf Coast labeled ‘ground zero’ U.S. outbreak | AL.com.

The bizarre freckled guitarfish, seldom seen in our coastal waters, may be in decline due to shrimping | AL.com

May 14, 2016

Every now and again, if you are lucky, you catch a glimpse of a creature you’ve never seen before. Or even imagined.I had such a moment 50 feet underwater on Wednesday, when I spied a freckled guitarfish, which sounds, and looks, like an imaginary animal from the world of Dr. Suess.

via The bizarre freckled guitarfish, seldom seen in our coastal waters, may be in decline due to shrimping | AL.com.

Preparations underway for sold out Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA

May 13, 2016

The 2016 Hangout Music Fest is a sellout with 40,000 tickets sold.  The festival is still a week away, but lots of work is already underway setting it up.

It takes a lot of effort to get ready for that many concert-goers.  Multiply that by three straight days with 75 acts playing on eight different stages and you have the Hangout Music Fest.  Work is well underway preparing for the bands and their fans that will converge on a square mile of beachfront on May 20, 2016.  Organizers said the venue has developed a reputation of being first class.

via Preparations underway for sold out Hangout Music Fest – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Specked trout: a favorite target for gulf coast anglers – FOX10 News | WALA

May 13, 2016

Speckled trout are a favorite target for gulf coast anglers so Fox 10 Outdoors is taking a look at how they’re biting in the second week of May, 2016.  We caught up with Captain Chad Palmer with Finatics Inshore Fishing Charters when he got back to the dock with a family from north Alabama.  The group was made up of three generations and said the trip was a blast.

via Specked trout: a favorite target for gulf coast anglers – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alleged Rape Victim Intimidated By Friends Of Accused

May 13, 2016

SPANISH FORT, AL- Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon says one of Cameron Harrison’s friends or a possibly a group of the former football star’s supporters threw a rock or a brick at his alleged victim’s bedroom window.

Dixon says the teen has been harassed and intimidated since Harrison’s arrest last October on first degree rape charges.

via Alleged Rape Victim Intimidated By Friends Of Accused.

2016 Hangout Music Fest is sold out, organizers say | AL.com

May 13, 2016

Going, going … gone. Organizers of the 2016 Hangout Music Fest have announced that the festival is sold out.

Organizers had previously announced that shuttle passes and Super VIP tickets were gone and supplies of tickets at other levels were running low. Late Wednesday they reported via social media and the festival website that general admission and VIP passes also were gone. The only remaining option available directly from the festival was the Kick-Off Party on Thursday, May 19; tickets for that event were still on offer for $50.

via 2016 Hangout Music Fest is sold out, organizers say | AL.com.

Beach program smashing success – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 12, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Phillip West was at a loss for words trying to describe how well the Pleasure Island beach initiative, Leave Only Footprints, was working.

“It’s made a … I can’t find the words … tremendous difference in the appearance of our beach and what we have to live with,” West, the city’s director of Coastal Resources, said.

via Beach program smashing success – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Daphne debates political sign ordinance changes – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 12, 2016

Daphne’s city leaders took time during the last City Council meeting to discuss possible changes to the city’s ordinance about political signs.

The proposed changes to the ordinance would limit the size of political signs that could be displayed in business, commercial or industrial area to no larger than 32 square feet and no taller than 8 feet in height. Updates would also limit Daphne residents to two non-illuminated signs per lot in a residential zone and one non-illuminated sign per candidate or issue on private property in business, commercial or industrial zones.

via Daphne debates political sign ordinance changes – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Patterson calls for special session | WPMI

May 12, 2016

Alabama representative Jim Patterson is asking Governor Bentley to call a special session to further discuss the BP oil spill settlement.

Patterson says lawmakers owe it to the taxpayers to utilize all the money coming from the settlement.

He says he wants to fully fund Medicaid and repay the rainy day fund, even if it means not being able to complete the beach express in Baldwin County and Highway 98 in Mobile.

via Patterson calls for special session | WPMI.

Bond set for woman accused of kidnapping in Foley – FOX10 News | WALA

May 12, 2016

A judge set bond for a local mother accused of kidnapping her children’s father and step-mother after losing custody of her kids.

Baldwin County Judge J. Clark Stankoski set a total bond of $140,000 dollars each both Elizabeth Swistok-Boyd and Aubrey Griffin.

The two suspects are accused of taking three kids out of a Foley home and kidnapping the father and step-mother at gunpoint. Swistok-Boyd is the biological mother of the kids but lost custody of them last week, according to police.

via Bond set for woman accused of kidnapping in Foley – FOX10 News | WALA.

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