FOX10 is looking closer into Uber’s decision to pull its drivers out of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
As we’ve reported, Uber drivers will no longer operate in South Baldwin County after city leaders asked the ride sharing company to suspend its services.
This is a follow up to a special investigation we brought you in November called “Who’s Watching Uber.”
During the investigation, we discovered drivers were operating in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach illegally and at least one vehicle was operating without a safety inspection.
“Not too long after your first story, we reached out to Uber to try and get them to get the proper licensing, which they have not done,” said Gulf Shores Director of Recreation and Cultural Affairs Grant Brown. “So we sent them a cease and desist letter to stop operating.”
via FOX10 Investigation: Uber pulls out of Gulf Shores and Orange Be – FOX10 News | WALA.
Robertsdale Police Department posted to Facebook Monday morning to clarify their current approach to a social media threat of a “shootout” at Robertsdale High School.
“We have no reason at this time to deem this threat credible, but we are taking it very seriously,” the post reads, “and will take the necessary steps regarding security at the school.”
The posts addresses rumors that police are advising students not to attend school. “This is not true,” the post says.
via ‘Shootout’ threat at Robertsdale High School not credible, police say | AL.com.
It wasn’t just hunger that brought Eric Erdman to Irvington for Lunch with the Artist: It was addiction.It all started in late 2012 and early 2013, when the prolific Mobile singer-songwriter-rocker spent a couple of months in Australia. He traveled and performed with The Hussy Hicks, an Australian duo that has found a second home in coastal Alabama, and recorded material for his 2013 album “Color the Silence.”
via Lunch with the Artist: Eric Erdman finds a Thai fix in Irvington | AL.com.
The Episcopal Church’s acceptance of same-sex marriage has surfaced as a campaign issue in South Alabama where conservative candidate Dean Young is accusing U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne for being too lenient on the issue.
Young, an Orange Beach developer who is challenging the incumbent congressman during the March 1 Republican primary, is linking Byrne’s affiliation with the Episcopal Church to the issue.
via Baptist rival attacks Congressman’s Episcopal faith, says too tolerant on gay marriage | AL.com.
A little-known federal program has turned dozens of Gulf of Mexico fishermen into the lords of the sea — able to earn millions annually without even going fishing — and transformed dozens more into modern-day serfs who must pay the lords for the right to harvest red snapper.
A four-month probe by AL.com has found that roughly $60 million has been earned since 2007 by this small number of fishermen whose boats never left port. That money was collected from the labor of fishermen who have no choice but to hand over more than half of the price that their catch brings at the dock.
As it stands today, the right to catch 77 percent of the annual red snapper harvest is controlled by just 55 people, according to an AL.com analysis of hundreds of pages of federal documents, reports and websites.
via Kingpins of the Gulf make millions off red snapper harvest without ever going fishing | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Snowbirds lined up for food samples – even bushwackers – on Jan. 23 at the Orange Beach Events Center. There were also door prizes and a houseful of vendors offering a variety services for winter visitors. (JOHN MULLEN/Islander Photos)
via Snowbird Fest 2016 at the Orange Beach Events Center at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Tom Steber seemed weary, resigned as he contemplated his interactions with BP.
Looking over the Zeke’s Marina complex the general manager could tick off five or six separate claims against the oil giant following the 2010 oil spill related to the marina that are yet to be paid.
via ‘The needs on the coast have been met’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Nicholas Martin Davis , 19, of Orange Beach died after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on beach road in Orange Beach on Jan. 22.
Paramedics were called out the scene in front of Walmart in Orange Beach about 2:46 on Jan. 22 where it appeared Davis slammed into the side of an white SUV.
via Motorcyclist dies after crash on beach road in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - There are plenty of snowbirds in our area this time of year … people escaping the cold and heading down to our white sandy beaches for the winter. Now, there’s a festival coming up in Orange Beach that’s all about snowbirds with vendors, entertainment, local restaurants, and more. Here’s more on the upcoming event:
FREE – Snowbird Fest, Gulf Coast – Orange Beach
January 23 from 9am-1pm
The Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf
via “Snowbird Fest” set for January 23! – FOX10 News | WALA.
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GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) – The Northeast is bracing for record blizzard conditions. Here miles away in Gulf Shores finding ways to keep warm like taking a Zumba class at the city rec center makes a lot of sense. Betsy and Charles Peterson from Michigan say they got out just in time.
via The Snowbirds Have Landed! – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
The Foley resident recently served as chairman of the Finance subcommittee for the Baldwin County Community Action Task Force, which gave recommendations to the school board for ways the system could continue to thrive and improve.
via Study shows a growing county needs school funding boost – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL- A Gulf Shores family got a visit from an unusual guest Friday morning.
Fonda Thomas says a bobcat sat by her backyard fence for a few minutes. Thomas’ dogs spotted the cat first.
“It’s possible the cat could have gotten my little dog because she’s very curious, so I’ll be watching him from now on when I let her out,” says Thomas.
via Bobcat Spotted In Gulf Shores Neighborhood.
The storm may be gone but in its wake, a churning Gulf of Mexico, howling winds and a blanket of clouds.
“It would be real nice if the wind wasn’t blowing so hard,” says Jerry Wilson from Michigan.
How’s this for a beach day? Hardly a soul on the beaches because it’s cold out here. “I’m just hoping this blows over so we can go play golf next week,” says Wilson.
via Beach Day for Only the Brave.
Ride-hailing company Uber announced it will cease operations in coastal Alabama at midnight on Saturday.
In a statement released this afternoon, Uber representatives said the company’s riders and driver partners will no longer be able to use the ride-hailing app in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach as of midnight because city officials have effectively banned their use.
via Uber halts service in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach – LagniappeLagniappe.
Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have been vocally against the ride-sharing service Uber, and as of Jan. 22, the Uber app will be inaccessible to residents of both cities.
“Since Uber came to the Gulf Coast in June, we have been welcomed by riders like you who rely on safe transportation our driver-partners provide. But the mayors and city councils of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have ordered Uber to cease operations and to no longer provide safe, reliable rides to Alabama Gulf Coast residents and visitors,” Uber released in a statement.
via Uber banned in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Paramedics were called out to beach road in front of Walmart in Orange Beach about 2:46 on Jan. 22 where it appeared a motorcyclist slammed into the side of an white SUV.
via Motorcyclist critical after crash on beach road in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Will there be music, sweet, sweet music?
A restaurant hoping to move into a completed building on the western edge of Orange Beach on the beach road is seeking a modification to add outside seating on the west side of the building.
Nearby residents, who were very vocal and thus successful in preventing a Bob Marley-themed restaurant from locating there after they learned of the intention for it to be an outdoor music venue, are concerned they face that possibility again.
via New and expanding restaurants dot Pleasure Island – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
After years of legwork, crews are about to begin a $7 million renourishment project on the east end of Dauphin Island.
Crews will be putting about 300,000 cubic yards of sand on the beach.
It’s to replace what has been lost over the years to erosion and storm surge.
The sand will make the beach wider, cleaner, and more public- friendly.
via Renourishment project for Dauphin Island east end – FOX10 News | WALA.
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South Alabama has seen some damage from the heavy weather that moved through the state overnight Thursday into Friday.
FOX10 News reporter Steve Alexander is reporting from Atmore and other spots Friday morning on FOX10 News. He has observed straight line damage, with trees and power lines down in places.
via Heavy weather overnight leaves trees, power lines downed across – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -
The investigation into what caused a fire that destroyed a home in Orange Beach Wednesday has been delayed because of foul weather. Orange Beach Fire Chief Shane Phillips said the rain has helped prevent any flare-ups from embers that remain burning today.
via Foul weather delays investigation of Orange Beach home fire – FOX10 News | WALA.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will meet Jan. 25-28 at the Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Ala.
The Gulf Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.
via Gulf council meeting in Orange Beach.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) The Orange Beach Fire Department is investigating a fire that destroyed a vacation home 28,000 block of Burkart Drive Wednesday evening.
“We were on the scene within 5 minutes, unfortunately the home was a total loss by the time we arrived,” Fire Chief Shane Phillips said. “We had good water pressure but we had to pump water into dead-end street and it was a 3,000 square feet home.”
via Fire Destroys Vacation Home in Orange Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
Baldwin County school board member Angie Swiger is under investigation after an anonymous complaint was filed to the state Ethics Commission.
She said the complaint relates to her real estate business.
Swiger tells us she has not used her position with the school to profit for real estate and said her success has been built over the years.
via Baldwin County School Board Member Under Investigation – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
For some it may be early to even think about Spring Break, but that is not the case for Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon.
According to AL-DOT-COM, Mayor Kennon wants everyone to know if you decide to party in Orange Beach there are rules you need to keep in mind.
via Orange Beach Spring Break Safety – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
Police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 10 year old boy. The incident happened over the past weekend and the child’s mother took to social media today to alert other parents to be on the look out.
“He came in and he was screaming mom,mom,mom somebody just chased me, somebody just chased me,” said Katie Holden. 10 year old John Carter Holden says he was on his way home from a neighbor’s house here in the Cypress Village subdivision when a woman started chasing him.
via O.B. Police Investigate Attempted Kidnapping – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
A home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday evening in Orange Beach, Alabama.
The Orange Beach Police Department was called to the scene around 5pm.
Fire crews said it was a total loss by the time they arrived.
Luckily, the Fire Chief, Shane Phillips, said they didn’t have to evacuate any neighbors.
via Fire destroys home in Orange Beach, Alabama – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.