ORANGE BEACH, AL – Richard Schwartz waxed philosophical as he pondered the raising of business license fees and a tax on hard liquor the City of Orange Beach is considering.“
It’s just part of what’s going on,” he said. “Everything costs more. Business licenses goes up, everything goes up. The price of shrimp has gone up 24 percent the past year. You just have to pay.
via Orange Beach proposing new tax, business license increase | The Islander.
The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the following road closures related to the Annual National Shrimp Festival.
via Shrimpfest Traffic & Info.
Local developers will seek planning approval for Cottages of Romeo Beach, a 25-unit cottage-style condominium project on East Beach Boulevard on about 3 acres across from Lighthouse condos in Gulf Shores, according to builder Greg Kennedy, one of the developers. The first phase will feature 10 two-story cottages, each 1,500-square feet with prices starting at $365,000.
via Rescue mission building sells; more condos on the way | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH – Excited is a good word to describe Coastal Art Center of Orange Beach Director Desiree Blackwell and her staff these days.
When they peer out the windows of their temporary headquarters – a mobile home set up on the grounds – they see more encouraging signs they’ll be in the new facility soon.
via Orange Beach art center bringing them in | The Islander.
An ALDOT official e-mailed a response to questions sent earlier Sunday morning. She said they plan on removing the trailer from the bay starting at 9:30 Monday night. Expect traffic to be diverted to the causeway.
via Milk Truck Trailer Moves Monday.
A young girl who disappeared from her Florida home on Saturday is believed to be with an Alabama man.
4-year-old Rebecca Ann Lewis is said to be in ‘extreme danger.’ An amber alert was issued yesterday for the child.
via 4-year-old Florida girl missing, believed to be with Alabama man named West Wild Hogs | AL.com.
Controversy surrounding the closure of a profitable zip line at Gulf State Park has made headlines for more than a month. Could it now hang as a dark cloud over a proposed Alabama constitutional amendment aimed at protecting park system finances?
via Zip line feud veers toward Alabama political arena | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - The driver of an 18-wheeler carrying milk cartons is in the hospital after a crash on the I-10 Bayway eastbound bridge sent his truck plunging into Mobile Bay.
via Milk truck driver lucky to be alive after his 18-wheeler plunges – FOX10 News | WALA.
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The driver of an 18-wheeler carrying milk cartons is lucky to be alive after a crash sent him plummeting off I-10 bridge and into Mobile Bay.
via Milk Truck Driver Recovering After Crashing Off the Side of I-10 Bayway.
With all the focus on Alabama’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) cracking down on sidewalk alcohol sales, it might have been easy to miss its stern warning about following alcohol regulations after what happened in Connecticut.
via Alabama’s ABC is little more than a Prohibition hangover | AL.com.
An 18-wheeler carrying milk fell off of the Bayway Bridge near mile marker 33 around 3:00 a.m. Saturday morning and plunged into the Mobile Bay.
A spokesman from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said the driver conscious and alert. He was airlifted to a local hospital after the accident.
via 18-wheeler carrying milk runs off bridge, falls into Mobile Bay | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — From Florida to Georgia to the Carolinas, thousands of people have left their homes behind. With Hurricane Matthew, there is no messing around. The warnings have been clear.
via Hurricane Matthew evacuees taking shelter in Baldwin County | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, AL – A little sprinkle didn’t rain on the Gulf Shores Homecoming Parade 2016 as the parade rolled from the school to Sims Park on Oct. 6.
via Gulf Shores High Homecoming parade 2016 | The Islander.
GULF SHORES, AL- Baldwin County hotels are packed with hurricane evacuees from Florida.
Many hotels, like the Gulf Shores Holiday Inn Express, are having to turn people away.
Hotel guests and employees are glued to the television in the lobby watching live hurricane coverage from Florida’s east coast.
via Some Hurricane Matthew Evacuees Staying In Gulf Shores.
We now know the name on the headstone was wrong. It had been misspelled.
“A lot of people had respect for it even though it’s a misprint.”
Milford Allen was supposed to be Wilford Allen and for the last four months, since it was discovered on Rick and Shelia Borders property, the marker has sat under a grand oak tree in their front yard.
via Mystery Military Headstone Removed from Magnolia Springs.
The construction of a Walmart Supercenter angered plenty of Fairhope residents less than a decade ago. A Hampton Inn, built downtown with a parking deck, also stirred friction. And a worker-housing development next to the high school sparked fierce resistance.
via How an apartment project led to political upheaval in one of Alabama’s fastest growing cities | AL.com.
GULF SHORES – Tom Schlinkert has been looking for answers as to why the state doesn’t want to renew his contract for running ziplines in Gulf State Park.
“If they would just sit down and talk,” Schlinkert said. “They still won’t tell us why. There appears to be a reason they won’t tell us. I think it’s time these guys were upfront.”
via Second pedestrian bridge reason zipline going away? | The Islander.
The Blue Angels are set to return to the Gulf Coast in November, but for now, check out this amazing video of the angels out west.
This video was taken by lead solo pilot Lt. Ryan Chamberlain. He was on the runway shooting video of Navy Commander Frank Weisser— Weisser took the helm of the number 6 following the death of Captain Jeff Kuss back in June following a tragic accident.
via Watch incredible Blue Angels video from the runway.
FOLEY, AL- Foley is one of Baldwin County’s fastest growing cities. Families continue to move here, commercial development is on the rise and new visitors arrive daily.
Recent growth could put a strain on some public safety resources in the future.
via Foley Fire Department See Increase In Calls.
Local emergency management officials are using Hurricane Matthew as an opportunity to remind people to stay prepared for any possible storm.
In Baldwin County in particular, many residents haven’t experienced a major storm before.
via EMA Reminds Newcomers to Stay Prepared for Storms.
More than two dozen linemen, superintendents and engineers from Baldwin EMC are getting ready to hit the road heading into the storm.
via Baldwin EMC Crews Head into the Storm.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A major road project at the beach which should make walking around a lot safer now has help at the state level.
ALDOT has taken over the repaving project in Gulf Shores, leaving more money to make it pedestrian-friendly.
via ALDOT to repave beach highway | WPMI.
Fairhope is the fastest growing city in the state of Alabama, and now it wants a time out. A new city government is on the way with a new mayor and three new City Council members, all who say a slow down is necessary so infrastructure can catch up.
via City of Fairhope wants to take a ‘timeout’ | WPMI.
Loxley Work Release corrections officer Jerrett Derrell Hooks was booked into the facility after being arrested for two counts of helping an inmate escape and one count of using his position for personal gain.
via Loxley Corrections Officer Jailed.
With $65 million in new money thanks to the state’s BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.
via Alabama’s bypass to the beach, a ‘top priority’ project, revived with BP money | AL.com.