Demand growing for Alabama’s voluntary pre-k, funding might grow too | AL.com

April 04, 2015

Every weekday, Orange Beach mom Jeanna Bulman or her husband, Chris, drive 30 minutes from their home, passing two elementary schools and crossing a toll bridge to take their oldest son to an Alabama pre-k class in north Foley.

They do it because they want their son, Jon Thomas, now 5, to be prepared for kindergarten in the fall. They also do it because Orange Beach doesn’t have a pre-k program.

via Demand growing for Alabama’s voluntary pre-k, funding might grow too | AL.com.

Compleat West Indies Salad and Murder Point Oysters – FOX10 News | WALA

April 04, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) -

Studio10 was live at The Wharf at Orange Beach near Bimini Bob’s cooking delicious seafood. It’s a perfect light meal for Good Friday and if you’re abstaining from meat for the day.

Corporate Chef for Aloha Hospitality Steve Zucker, who has 45 years of experience, began cooking when he was 17 years old. Friday, April 3, Chef Zucker was joined by Chef Zach Compton with Compleat Angler Seafood Grille & Bar and Chef Mike Harvey with Baumhower’s at the Beach.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Compleat West Indies Salad and Murder Point Oysters – FOX10 News | WALA.

Art Center to hold inaugural event to raise funds, awareness for art education | AL.com

April 04, 2015

The Eastern Shore Art Center (ESAC) and Committee on Public Art (COPA) are celebrating all things Southern with their inaugural fundraising event, Puttin’ On The Gritz, next Saturday, April 11. According to event organizers, proceeds will go to support the mission of the art center and its committee: helping to bring free art education to the public.

via Art Center to hold inaugural event to raise funds, awareness for art education | AL.com.

Reclamation project turning Civil War fort into memorial park in Spanish Fort | AL.com

April 04, 2015

Like silent guardians of ancient ruins, pine trees tower over a high bluff in Spanish Fort where 150 years ago Confederate soldiers manned Fort McDermott during the Union’s two-week siege of Spanish Fort.

Underbrush and a tangle of vines around the trees were cleared over the last year by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Raphael Semmes Camp 11, revealing the well-preserved earthworks of the former Confederate battery, once studded with Brooke rifles.

The donors of the three acres, the Fuller family, had the foresight to preserve the land while developing the sprawling Spanish Fort Estates all around it.

via Reclamation project turning Civil War fort into memorial park in Spanish Fort | AL.com.

Magnolia Springs set to host two popular events April 11 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 04, 2015

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. — Hundreds of runners and lovers of live music and good food are set to descend on Magnolia Springs for two separate events on Saturday, April 11.

Every year the Magnolia Run, which is organized by the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, attracts more than 350 runners and walkers to the scenic streets of Magnolia Springs.

via Magnolia Springs set to host two popular events April 11 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf Shores Police Prepare for Busy Beach Week – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 04, 2015

Gulf Shores, Ala. (WPMI) 35% of Alabama’s annual tourism revenue comes from the its coast according to tourism officials in Gulf Shores. Much of that revenue will come in the summer months but the next week is expected to be equally as profitable. Public students from both Mobile and Baldwin County will be on spring break.

via Gulf Shores Police Prepare for Busy Beach Week – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Boaters could soon see anchoring restrictions in Florida – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

April 04, 2015

A bill making its way through the legislature would restrict where boats can anchor overnight.

The bill states that a boat cannot be anchored within 200 feet of the shoreline or developed waterfront property from one hour past sunset to one hour before sunrise.

Some boaters are opposed because they say dropping anchor close to waterfront property is ideal because then waters are shielded by land.

via Boaters could soon see anchoring restrictions in Florida – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach say alcohol policy promotes family-fri – FOX10 News | WALA

April 03, 2015

Compared to the last several weeks, this week in Gulf Shores has been relatively calm. Most of the people making their way to the beaches this week are families.

The family-friendly atmosphere is something city leaders have poured years into promoting. Part of that comes from their beach alcohol policy: it’s not allowed.

“We really don’t have many problems with it and they do enforce it. It’s just kind of an educational situation most of the time with people,” Sgt. Jason Woodruff said.

Beach goers who spoke with FOX10 News said they had no idea about the policy.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Gulf Shores, Orange Beach say alcohol policy promotes family-fri – FOX10 News | WALA.

Reel Report: Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore reefs heat up with warmer, cleaner water | AL.com

April 03, 2015

Angler’s Anonymous will be hosting its monthly fishing clinic at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club in Perdido Key. The seminar will get started around 6:30 and the topic will be kayak and stand-up paddleboard fishing.

Guest speakers will be Captains Chris Vecsey and Ernie and Linda Cavitt. There will be a raffle and plenty of free giveaways.

For more information, call Sam’s at 1-251-981-4245 or Top Gun Tackle at 1-251-981-3811.

via Reel Report: Mobile Bay’s Eastern Shore reefs heat up with warmer, cleaner water | AL.com.

Gulf Shores Collegiate Sand Volleyball Tournament

April 03, 2015

Gulf Shores, AL Locals and beach guests are encouraged to pack the stands at the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships May 1-3 at the Gulf Shores Public Beach at The Hangout. NCAA officials will be in town for this year’s events as 2015 is the last year before the championships become NCAA-sanctioned.

via Gulf Shores Collegiate Sand Volleyball Tournament.

Busy road in Baldwin County being expanded – FOX10 News | WALA

April 03, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Work is beginning on a heavily traveled thoroughfare in southern Baldwin County in preparation for the summer beach season.

The intersection of Alabama Highway 161 and Canal Road in Orange Beach can get busy on a normal day, but especially when plenty people are heading for the the surf and sand.

The Alabama Department of Transportation, or ALDOT, said it has just started work to add a left turn lane on Highway 161 northbound for motorists heading west onto Canal, which is also known as Highway 180.

Kathryn Hamlett, ALDOT’S Community Relations Director, said, “Right now, there’s only one turn lane, and, so, we’re adding a second one, and, to go with that on 180, we’re widening for the length of about 1500 feet to give that extra turn lane time to merge with the main line traffic.”

ALDOT officials hope to have the work done by Memorial Day.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Busy road in Baldwin County being expanded – FOX10 News | WALA.

Woman Arrested for Fatal Crash on I-10

April 03, 2015

Daphne Police say the victim in the Daphne crash is 45 year old Tiffany Howell.

Daphne Police have arrested one person for manslaughter and DUI after a fatal crash late Wednesday night on I-10 eastbound.

According to the initial reports from Daphne Police, 30-year-old Vanessa Stuart was traveling at a high rate of speed when she rear ended a vehicle traveling east around 10:45pm on Wednesday night. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

via Woman Arrested for Fatal Crash on I-10.

Traffic study delays Orange Beach council review of proposed 36- and 37-story condo towers | AL.com

April 03, 2015

The state highway department’s review of traffic plans for the proposed 37-story Ascension and 36-story Grace condominium towers in Orange Beach has delayed the City Council’s vetting of the project.

In January, the Orange Beach Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend council approval of the master plan and the preliminary planned unit development zoning for what could become the second- and fourth-tallest buildings in Alabama.

via Traffic study delays Orange Beach council review of proposed 36- and 37-story condo towers | AL.com.

Protestors against sale of Habitat for Humanity homes – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

April 03, 2015

A group of protestors gathered outside Pensacola’s Habitat for Humanity headquarters.

“We are protesting the fact that the Pensacola Habitat board of directors bundled 21 homes and 33 parcels and brought them to one private investor in Orange Beach, Alabama,” said protestor Elizabeth Watkins

Watkins says something just didn’t sound right about the process.

via Protestors against sale of Habitat for Humanity homes – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Baldwin County Gets Reprieve on Dog Deer Hunting Sanctions | Outdoor Alabama

April 03, 2015

Several dog deer hunters made the long drive from Baldwin County to Lake Guntersville State Park last weekend for the second Alabama Conservation Advisory Board (CAB) meeting and were surprised by what transpired.

Those hunters were scheduled to testify on behalf of the practice of using dogs to hunt deer in the county, but when the meeting started, the three scheduled to speak found out a compromise had been reached. Board member Bill Hatley of Gulf Shores had stated at the first CAB meeting this year that he was considering a motion that would put Baldwin County on the permit system, which requires those who hunt deer with dogs to obtain a permit. That permit could be revoked if complaints or violations occur after the permit is issued.

Instead, Hatley said further talks with those involved with dog deer hunting had convinced him not to pursue the permit system for Baldwin County right now.

via Baldwin County Gets Reprieve on Dog Deer Hunting Sanctions | Outdoor Alabama.

Work Begins on Canal Road – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 03, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Work has begun to improve traffic flow on the intersection of Highway 161 and Canal Road.

“It’s really busy here, it’s been busy in the last three weeks, it’s increased drastically,” said one Orange Beach resident.

With the extra visitors in town, traffic backs up on this intersection easily. Cars line up and wait for a chance to turn left.

via Work Begins on Canal Road – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Take Five: The Flora-Bama Lounge :: Travel :: Lists :: Paste

April 02, 2015

Set on a stretch of soft, sugar-sand beach fronting the Gulf of Mexico, a ramshackle collection of structures cozies up to the Florida-Alabama state line. It’s the Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar, which first opened in Pensacola, Florida, more than 50 years ago. Today it’s comprised of a few original areas plus multiple additions: decks, a massive tent, the main band room with a loft, a womb-like lounge, a rowdy pool room, countless bars and a gift shop full of the requisite tacky t-shirts.

via Take Five: The Flora-Bama Lounge :: Travel :: Lists :: Paste.

Real long-term future of red snapper management in Gulf up to U.S. Congress | AL.com

April 02, 2015

Even as members of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council discuss the mind-numbing minutiae of red snapper management at a meeting this week in Biloxi, other talks a thousand miles away may determine its real long-term future.

Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship said he has made three trips to Washington D.C. since December, accompanied by Conservation Commissioner Gunter Guy once, to convince lawmakers that Gulf states can better manage the popular game fish to the greatest benefit of the species and all user groups that rely on it for commercial and recreational purposes.

If successful, their efforts will take the Gulf Council out of the red-snapper m

via Real long-term future of red snapper management in Gulf up to U.S. Congress | AL.com.

Rising blues guitar star at Meyer Park series on April 9 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 02, 2015

GULF SHORES, AL — Musical trailblazer Jarekus Singleton, touring in support of his Alligator Records debut, Refuse To Lose, will give a free performance on Thursday as part of the Music at Meyer Park concert series in Gulf Shores.

The free show will start at 6 p.m. and is the second scheduled show of the new Meyer Park season. A March 26 show by Big Daddy Love was canceled due to inclement weather.

via Rising blues guitar star at Meyer Park series on April 9 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin County leaders work to figure out reduction of school fu – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

With the defeat of the referendum vote in Baldwin County on Tuesday, people across the county are left to wonder: what’s next?

By a more than 2-1 margin, voters rejected the passage of an eight-mill property tax increase that supporters argued was necessary to fund capital projects to accommodate growth in the county.

via Baldwin County leaders work to figure out reduction of school fu – FOX10 News | WALA.

Mobile Mayor: I-10 Bridge project “picking up the pace” – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

Progress to an I-10 bridge has moved about as fast as Wallace Tunnel traffic at rush hour, but Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson says the pace is picking up now that Mobile is getting national recognition for its traffic jam headaches.

Stimpson just met with nine other leaders and 19 investors in Washington D.C. to talk about funding for the billion dollar project.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Mobile Mayor: I-10 Bridge project “picking up the pace” – FOX10 News | WALA.

Tax vote fallout has both sides looking for answers – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

With the statement made by Baldwin County voters Tuesday, March 31, 2015 on the tax referendum, it leaves many questions. How does the school system get back funding they already had and what needs to be done to address future needs for the system?

With voters in Baldwin County saying no to any new property taxes and voting down some of the existing millage, it has folks on both sides of the issue wondering what to do next.

FOX10 News | WALA
via Tax vote fallout has both sides looking for answers – FOX10 News | WALA.

Bill that could help fund new Mobile bridge in legislature – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

FOX10 News is continuing to follow efforts to build a new I-10 bridge over the Mobile River. An Alabama senator said a bill that could provide a source of funding is expected to come up in the legislature Wednesday.

We first told you about this bill in a special report in December. One of the biggest questions involving the new bridge is how to pay for it. State Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur has proposed a bill that would set up what’s called an infrastructure bank. It would help pay for the new span, and other road projects around the state.

via Bill that could help fund new Mobile bridge in legislature – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin County no voters react to win – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

Baldwin County voters against the tax gathered in Daphne at the Boudreaux Cajun Grill to view election results.

Kevin Spriggs, a business owner in the county made headlines after placing vote no signs at his gas station, was at the restaurant wearing a Shell gas station t-shirt.

“The tax payer feels like he’s under assault in all directions at the same time,” Spriggs said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Baldwin County no voters react to win – FOX10 News | WALA.

Fairhope citizens have mixed reaction to tax vote results – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

It’s uncharted territory for Baldwin County schools as voters choose not only to vote down a proposed eight mill property tax increase, but also two renewals. Voter turnout was high and those on both sides have been passionate.

It was a shocking and disappointing result to some and others were pleased with the results. Most of the folks at Ravonite Pizzeria in Fairhope Tuesday night, March 31, 2015 were busy playing trivia and hadn’t heard the results.

“Kind of disappointed… I really thought this was something that Baldwin County wanted and I really thought this was something we needed so I’m disappointed to see it not happen,” said Clay Tyler.

FOX10 News | WALA
via Fairhope citizens have mixed reaction to tax vote results – FOX10 News | WALA.

Superintendent talks defeat on proposed property tax hike – FOX10 News | WALA

April 02, 2015

A big defeat for Build Baldwin Now supporters. The proposed eight mill property tax increase, that was hailed as the supposed saving grace for the school system, has not only been voted down, but the current property tax has also been barely renewed.

The unofficial final returns show two renewals were voted down, with only one three mill renewal passed.

FOX10 News asked Superintendent Robbie Owen if the cut in funds would force the school board to cut funding on any current school programs.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Superintendent talks defeat on proposed property tax hike – FOX10 News | WALA.

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