GULF SHORES, AL- For the second day in a row, rain ruined a lot of beach plans for Spring Breakers!
Beaches, picnic areas and outdoor attractions are deserted, but indoor entertainment destinations like bowling alleys, arcades and laser tag venues in South Baldwin County are packed.
via Rain Forces Spring Breakers Inside Again.
A vote in the Alabama House could come as early as next week on how to use the state’s remaining BP Oil Spill settlement funds.
BP is set to pay the state about $53 million a year for the next 18 years.
Lawmakers propose borrowing against those payments to create about 650 million-dollars for immediate spending. Those from coastal Alabama propose a significant portion go to Baldwin and Mobile Counties where the entirety of the environmental damages, and the majority of economic damages from the oil spill took place.
via Treasurer Opposes Push to Keep Most BP Money on Coast.
We can never replace the lives lost in the Deepwater Horizon explosion or the turmoil it caused coastal business owners struggling to stay afloat in the months that followed, but 6 years later, the scientific studies surfacing paint a more positive picture of the gulf.
“Often we’re writing an obituary about the gulf, but in reality, we should celebrate the fact that we got hit hard and the United States Government, academia, and even BP has done a great job post-spill,” Scientist Chris Reddy said.
via Scientist: BP Oil Spill Research Shouldn’t Be Like ‘writing an obituary’.
The upcoming hurricane season could be busier than the past three.
That’s according to researchers at Colorado State University, who released their 33rd annual hurricane season forecast this week.
The report, written by CSU’s Philip Klotzbach with an assist by veteran hurricane forecaster William Gray, suggests the Atlantic will have a near-average season in 2016.
via Hurricane season 2016: First forecast from CSU predicts an average Atlantic season | AL.com.
El Nino appears to be on the way out, but another climate phenomenon may be waiting to take its place.
A group of researchers including the National Weather Service issued a La Nina watch this week in its monthly report updating El Nino’s status.
A watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of La Nina in the next six months, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.
via El Nino 2016: Watching for the rise of La Nina | AL.com.
he Theo Baars Bridge in Perdido Key will experience intermittent lane closures overnight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, with alternating east and westbound lane closures.
During this time, the Florida Department of Transportation will be restriping the outside lines and adding a bike symbol in the bike lane, better defining the lane and improving safety for bicyclists crossing the bridge.
via Perdido bridge work coming up.
GULF SHORES, AL – When it comes to what’s wrong with transportation on Pleasure Island and the resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it’s pretty simple.
There are only two north-south roads and only two east-west roads. And when you cram 100,000 people or more all trying to move about between the two cities chaos can erupt.
The problems are exacerbated on check out days or Saturday and Sunday mornings in the busy season.
via Transportation series: What’s wrong on Pleasure Island? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – “Improving and protecting Alabama’s coastal environment though cooperation, education and participation” to be presented by Mark Berte with the Alabama Coastal Foundation April 21.
via Lagoon preservation society meeting April 21 in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The future of Fairhope education is now in the hands of the city council after results of an education study were released Wednesday night. The city paid $49,000 to assess how its five schools measure up to the top ten school systems in the state. We first told you about the study when the city council passed it in January.
via Results released in Fairhope education study – FOX10 News | WALA.
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A soggy spring break to say the least. Even the seagulls agree. Parking lots are empty, the boardwalk and benches usually cluttered with people and beach gear are dripping in rain. Any attempt at a beach activity, like a picnic, quickly cut short or cancelled altogether.
A search of the beaches from Gulf Shores to Orange Beach turned up two brothers determined not to let the weather stop them.
via Spring Break Washout on Baldwin Beaches.
Nearly 2 million people visited the Wharf in 2015. 2016 will likely be just as successful. 17 new businesses have already opened this year. First floor occupancy is now at 96%. Total occupancy has skyrocketed to an impressive 75%. But the Wharf hasn’t always been this successful. When the real estate market collapsed in 2008, several banks had liens on parts of the property and some buildings were under foreclosure.
via The Wharf Near Retail Capacity.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WPMI) A new apartment complex is approved even after residents of Fairhope protested the addition.
Local 15′s Bryan Carnaggio explains why residents are not happy.
Residents have no problem with people coming to Fairhope.
In fact they want them to stay and help them build a community, but with this new apartment complex people are afraid the part-timers not evening knowing it will leave behind a big mess.
“It was a betrayal of trust on the city councils part. They did not look at a majority of people, over 95 percent of the people were totally opposed to this,” Paul Ripp a resident said.
via Apartment vote in Fairhope being considered as betrayal | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — If you haven’t gotten your fill of crawfish yet, the City of Gulf Shores will be boiling up a beaucoup this weekend. This Saturday is the second annual Zydeco & Crawfish Festival at the Waterway Village.
This Saturday you will be able to sink your teeth into hot, juicy crawfish while dancing the day away. Festivities kick off at 8 a.m. with a 5K and fun run, pots boil at 10, and music goes until 6.
via Zydeco & Crawfish Festival this weekend! | WPMI.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WEAR) — An area business is breaking barriers.
Despite a continuing trade embargo with Cuba, Gulfwise Commerce has become an exception. Earlier this month, federal officials gave them a license to sell some goods to the island nation.
Christina McInnis is with the Gulfwise Commerce, which is also an offshoot of Woerner Companies in Foley. They are working on agriculture equipment that will be sold and shipped to Havana.
via Area business to sell goods to Cuba | WEAR.
GULF SHORES, AL – The 2016 Kaleidoscope Summer Fine Arts Camp, a partnership between the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance and the First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, will take place June 27 – July 1, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
via Gulf Coast Arts Alliance to offer Kaleidoscope summer art classes – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
In recent years studies have linked Adult Dolphin illnesses and deaths to ongoing effects of the oil spill. Now researches are finding when the mother Dolphins are sick the babies suffer as well.
Baby Dolphins, in the womb or newborn, have struggled on the Gulf Coast in the shadow of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A new study from NOAA found Baby Dolphins in our area are a staggering 18 times more likely to suffer from fetal distress leading to death.
via Study: Oil Spill Continuing to Kill Baby Dolphins – FOX10 News | WALA.
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FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - A knock at the garage door caused the dogs to bark last Wednesday at a home in Fairhope. As the young girl, home alone, went to answer the door — she says she heard a man’s voice say “I’ll kill him” and then saw the door knob jiggle.
“Since then, she’s had a really hard time sleeping and it breaks my heart to feel like she’s living in fear,” said the girl’s mother, who does not want to be identified.
via Door-to-door salesman gives his side of the story after scare in – FOX10 News | WALA.
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FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - An incident that involved a door-to-door sales crew in Fairhope Wednesday, April 6, 2016 has the Facebook community abuzz. A concerned mother said somebody attempted to come in the garage door of her house when her daughter was home alone.
The mother that doesn’t want to be identified said her daughter was home alone when the family dogs began barking at the laundry room door. When her daughter went to the laundry room she heard a man’s voice say, “I’ll kill him.” The daughter saw the door knob leading to the garage jiggle at which point she quickly locked it. The quick-thinking girl was able to take a picture of a suspicious white van pulling out of the driveway and Fairhope Police were notified.
via Suspicious door-to-door salesmen spook Fairhope family – FOX10 News | WALA.
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GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Many in the Gulf Shores area are calling a missing boater’s disappearance a mystery. FOX10 News talked to neighbors and friends who know Brad Gunther, who they say he is an avid, experienced boater. A sex offender from Milton has also been arrested in Louisiana for using Gunther’s credit card and passport.
For a bay side community full of boaters, James Bradley Gunther’s, who they call Brad, disappearance is hitting hard.
“It’s very strange what has happened.”
via Friends of missing boater call disappearance a mystery, arrest m – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The 48-foot sailboat, Reliant is home but her owner and captain Brad Gunther is still missing.
“He left from Gulf Shores on the 28th of March,” says his son Rob. “He fueled at The Wharf. He then proceeded to Ft. McRee.”
via Arrest Made in Case of Missing Gulf Shores Sailor.
The burglars are stealing prescription narcotics. Pharmacists we talked to say break-ins have increased since Hydrocodone was moved to a Schedule 2 narcotic in 2014.
via Pharmacy Burglaries Crackdown.
The next few days promise to be on the damp side for parts of Alabama.
But nowhere more so than on the Gulf Coast, where 3-5 inches of rain will be possible starting this afternoon through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.
via The rain is coming: 3-5 inches possible along Gulf Coast starting today | AL.com.
A retired Mobile school principal and long-time educator held a commanding lead in Tuesday’s GOP runoff election for the Alabama State Board of Education’s District 1 seat.
Jackie Zeigler, 62, the retired principal at Mary B. Austin Elementary School in Mobile, was ahead of incumbent Matthew Brown with a 62 to 38 percent spread. The commanding lead prompted Brown to call Zeigler to concede the election.
via Jackie Zeigler wins Alabama State Board of Education District 1 GOP runoff | AL.com.
The woods around the Haunted Masonic Lodge in Daphne, Alabama are not haunted by the spirits called upon by the weirdly rumored rituals that go along with masonic conspiracy, but by a man and his brother involved in a devastating accident. A group of Union soldiers were transporting supplies when they were ambushed by a group of Confederates. The wounded were taken to a shelter, but one man that was shot in the head was unresponsive to those trying to help him.
via Hauntings of the Daphne Masonic Hall — The Serpents of Bienville.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested a Florida man found with a passport and credit cards belonging to a missing Gulf Shores, Ala. boater, according to arrest reports. Michael Paul Rodgers, 36, tried to use 62-year-old James Bradley Gunther’s passport and other identification to obtain a Louisiana driver’s license, according to a Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
via JPSO arrests man with missing Alabama boater’s passport, credit cards | NOLA.com.
Honorable John Koniar, two-term City of Foley mayor, announces his candidacy for re-election as mayor of Foley. Koniar will be seeking his third term as mayor of the City of Foley.
via Foley Mayor John Koniar to seek reelection to 3rd term – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
MONTGOMERY, AL – According to a lawsuit filed on April 8 in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, a former commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is challenging the use of BP funds to rebuild the Gulf State Park Lodge.
Charles Grimsley’s suit says it is “to obtain an order restraining … state officials … from further unlawfully disbursing state funds, an order for an accounting of all unlawfully disbursed state funds and an order requiring restitution of such unlawfully disbursed state funds.”
via Former state parks chief sues to halt Gulf State Park lodge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.