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’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.
A new development in the case of a Spanish Fort high school football player accused of rape.
The judge has ordered the alleged victim to turn over her phone.
At the D.A.’s request, the court recently re-instated Cam Harrison’s house arrest and ordered he return to wearing a GPS ankle monitor.
via New development in Cam Harrison rape allegation case | WPMI.
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.
WEAR — A race across the Gulf of Mexico is now under way.
Sixteen sailboats set off from Pensacola Bay at noon on Wednesday, on the “Regata al Sol.”
They’re racing 555 miles to Isla Mujeres, off the Yucatan coast.
The race is organized by yacht clubs in Pensacola and Mexico. The race is expected to take just over a week.
via Sailboats race across the Gulf | WEAR.
WEAR — Known for their ornate beauty and venemous spine, the lionfish is a skilled hunter.
With no natural predators, lionfish are free to roam and hunt as they please.
That’s why researchers like UWF Assistant Professor Dr. Jeff Eble insists it’s up to us to stop them.
via Lionfish roundup in the Gulf | WEAR.
GULF SHORES, AL – The next Town Hall Meeting will be Thursday, May 19th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Activity Center.
This meeting will focus on issues that are important to the citizens of Gulf Shores.
via Gulf Shores town hall meeting set for May 19 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
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.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - A Baldwin County jury of 12 has found former Orange Beach Police Officer Timothy Gavin guilty on six counts, including three charges of child sex abuse.
Gavin was arrested in August of 2014 on charges of possession of child pornography and sexual abuse of a child less than 12.
The jury began hearing testimony on Monday from the victims, some of whom are now adults, as well as the victims’ family members. Testimony concluded on Tuesday with Gavin taking the stand in his own defense. He was the only witness called by the defense.
via Jury finds former Orange Beach cop guilty in child sex abuse cas – FOX10 News | WALA.
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People here on the Gulf Coast love to red snapper fish. And they think federal restrictions on red snapper fishing are an extremely important issue for our area. Those are the results of the latest News-5/Strategy Research Poll.
via Poll: Even People Who Don’t Fish Red Snapper Say Issue is Critical.
The popular tiger cub interactions at the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores are ending, prompting an outpouring of disappointment from past visitors on social media.The encounters, offered at only two locations in Alabama, were stopped after the U.S. Department of Agriculture called for an ending of using tiger, lion, and other big-cat cubs as hands-on zoo attractions. The USDA’s announcement occurred last month.
via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo ends baby tiger encounters in response to USDA crackdown | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Improving U.S. Cuban relations are already opening the doors to the sports world, especially baseball. It’s big sport in Cuba but not all kids on the island have the equipment to play. That’s why one local boat captain is making it his mission to get whatever baseball equipment he can to the youngsters.
via Baseball relief for Cuban kids | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Jim MacQueen has lived at 29770 Hayden Drive in the Bear Point neighborhood since July of 1996. His house had a for sale sign in front of it.
On May 11 he was working at the western edge of his well-cared-for yard when a utility crew – putting in a gas line in front of his house – hollered to get his attention.
via Bear Point home likely a total loss in fire – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — If you love local food, the bay, wines and craft beer, your weekend is this weekend! The Orange Beach ‘Waves of Wine’ festival is Saturday.
The event is at the Caribe Resort, 12 – 4 p.m. Visitors will get a taste over 100 types of wine, craft beer, and local food. There will be live music and the option to cruise around the bay.
via Orange Beach ‘Waves of Wine’ festival this weekend | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Islander Editor John Mullen took a stroll around the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach to check out the construction of the new gallery and meeting facility. It is supposed to completed in the Spring of 2017. He also visited the Hot Shop on the campus and got some pictures of the glass items displayed there. A blue heron and visit with Nick Cantrell at the Wind and Water Learning Center and a peak inside the Clay Studio completed the short tour.
via Art center construction at Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Tuesday announced it will no longer offer baby tiger encounters to guests. The zoo cited a USDA restriction for the change.
via Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo does away with tiger encounters | WPMI.
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — Health officials say May Day Park in Daphne is clear for swimming.
Local 15 News told you last week the Alabama Department of Public Health issued a swim advisory for the park.
via Swimming now allowed at May Day Park | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — Orange Beach Elementary School was recognized by Attorney General Luther Strange Tuesday as a safe school.
The school received the “Award of Excellence” for being one of seven public schools in the state that works to provide a safe environment for students.
via Orange Beach Elementary receives “Award of Excellence” | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL —Attorney General Strange on May 10 presented Orange Beach Elementary School with the 2015 Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 1.
Schools were selected as winners from seven Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as three private schools for each region of the state. There were no nominees from District 4.
via Orange Beach wins safe schools award for third straight year – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Construction is underway at the Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center. This comes after a lawsuit temporarily halted the project and officials say there may still be some hurdles to overcome.
Heavy equipment and cranes are on site just east of the Gulf State Park Pier in Gulf Shores. Work is underway laying the foundation for the 300 + room Gulf State Park Lodge and Conference Center. The plans were put on hold by a lawsuit. In February, a federal court ruled that Alabama could not use $58 million dollars in early BP restoration funds to build the hotel.
via Gulf State Park Lodge under construction despite legal hurdles – FOX10 News | WALA.
Foley Police say a man, his wife and three kids were kidnapped early Monday morning and the father and step-mom were kidnapped at gunpoint.
Police arrested Elizabeth Swistok-Boyd and Aubrey Griffin Monday for the crime. Swistok-Boyd is the biological mother of the children, but police say she does not have custody of them.
via Foley family of 5 kidnapped at gunpoint – FOX10 News | WALA.
Many in our area are mourning the loss of a 21-year-old Navy seaman, who died Friday during a training exercise. James Derek Lovelace played baseball at Faulkner State in Bay Minette and was from Crestview.
via Navy seaman with ties to Gulf Coast dies during training – FOX10 News | WALA.
It was a search that lasted all night and into Tuesday morning–while they can’t all end with someone being found safe, rescuers are glad this one did.
“This happens to be a good day,” said Ray Mooney with Klass Kids. After a full night of searching, this wrapped up pretty quickly Tuesday morning. One of the first search teams of the morning found her not far from the parking lot.
via Missing Woman FOUND In Baldwin County.
If it’s OK to have a favorite, then I’d have to say that Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina was my favorite restaurant of all. And I’d like to point out that Fisher’s actually has two restaurants, under one roof: a Dockside restaurant, and an Upstairs restaurant, that are quite separate. Both are recommended by Southern Living Magazine. I fell in love with each, for different reasons. The dockside restaurant is casual and fun, with a lower price point to its menu. It’s where we ate, and conducted our Twitter party. (This was the first time I’ve ever participated in a Twitter party where I was on the panel, and we all were in the same physical space together! That was fun!) My view from my seat was of the huge boats docked RIGHT THERE, right beside me, at the marina, and it really was a gorgeous view.
via 4 Great Restaurants in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach – That Susan Williams.
Chefs from Auburn, Florence, Mobile and Orange Beach will compete to see who’s the state’s big fish in the second annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off, which will be held May 25 at The Wharf in Orange Beach.
The winner of the event will advance to represent Alabama in the 13th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans and will be an automatic qualifier in the 2016 World Food Championship, which also will be held at The Wharf. Both of those events are scheduled for later this year.
via 4 chefs compete in 2nd annual Alabama Seafood Cook-Off in Orange Beach | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WEAR) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Foley Police Department tracked down two suspects involved in an armed kidnapping of three juveniles and two adults in Baldwin County.
Elizabeth Swistok-Boyd and Aubrey Griffin face burglary, kidnapping and interference with custody charges for the brazen armed invasion.
via Child helps parent orchestrate burglary, kidnapping | WEAR.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Orange Beach Elementary School registration for the Pre-K Application Process is still open and will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
via Orange Beach Pre-K enrollment still available – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Smart investors know the value of diversifying their portfolio. That’s what developing more than 500 acres between Alabama Highway 59 and the Baldwin Beach Express on the south side of Foley is all about.
The city of Foley is putting $32 million in a sports complex and 104,000-square-foot event center in hopes of turning sports tourism into a major source of city revenue and economic development. The complex will go hand in glove with development of a family-friendly entertainment destination planned by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
via Foley looks to sports complex, event center to ignite tourism near Alabama beaches – Alabama News Center.