Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 18, 2015

ORANGE BEACH — Lila Harris loves the beautiful beaches and waters of coastal Alabama, specifically her hometown of Orange Beach.

She gets an up close and personal look at them as a volunteer for Share the Beach sea turtle group. She’s on the beach before sunrise looking for signs a turtle came in overnight to lay eggs.

But what she sees isn’t always beautiful. More often than not, she comes away with a drive and energy to fix the problems she sees.

via Turtle volunteer sees worst of litter, abandoned ‘stuff’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA

July 18, 2015

Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin has dismissed a lawsuit against former Baldwin County School System Superintendent Robbie Owen and four Baldwin County Board of Education members.

This, after State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed suit against them seeking a ruling that would stop county school boards from spending taxpayer money on tax referendum campaigns.

via Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA.

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82nd Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Begins

July 18, 2015

The cannon sounding at five is a big part of the tradition here for the hundreds of people who take to the water.

“Our anglers come out in droves year after year after year I see the same folks down here coming and competing and fishing and buying tickets you know every year I see the same folks,” said Captain Richard Rutland. Today the challenge comes from the heat and the wind making conditions a little rough.

via 82nd Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Begins.

Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com

July 18, 2015

A new poll shows that an increasing majority of Gulf Coast voters support using the government’s $18.7 billion settlement with BP on coastal restoration and conservation projects, and that more Republican voters than Democrats prioritize the spending on restoration over infrastructure.

via Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com.

Diverging diamond interchange at Ala. 181 emerges as a top priority as ALDOT explores exotic design | AL.com

July 18, 2015

A group of Eastern Shore elected officials could elevate an exotic redesign of the Ala. 181 interchange at Interstate 10 as a top priority for spending next year.

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees the planning of transportation projects financed with federal money, is awaiting cost estimates from the Alabama Department of Transportation for recreating the busy intersection as a diverging diamond interchange.

via Diverging diamond interchange at Ala. 181 emerges as a top priority as ALDOT explores exotic design | AL.com.

Orange Beach mayor, sick of clogged traffic, talks building halt | AL.com

July 18, 2015

With condominium development pressing on the beach and new residential projects dotting its back-bay areas, Orange Beach has reached a tipping point, according to Mayor Tony Kennon.

Unless the city gets traffic relief, he said, “We’re really going to have to start considering a building moratorium of some kind.

“He said that the summer gridlock is putting the city’s quality of life under siege.

via Orange Beach mayor, sick of clogged traffic, talks building halt | AL.com.

Gulf Shores Recycling Overnight Items Left on Beach – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 17, 2015

GULF SHORES, Ala.(WPMI) Gulf Shores Officials have extended their current trash recycling program to include overnight items left on public beaches.

“We’ve been recycling trash left on the beach for a  year, but now we’ll be able to recycle beach chairs and tents that have been abandoned,” said Sergeant Jason Woodruff, with the Gulf Shores Police Department.

Woodruff said overnight items left on public beaches will be tagged and removed by public works the following day.

via Gulf Shores Recycling Overnight Items Left on Beach – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

New high-rise condo developing in Perdido Key – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 17, 2015

Perdido Key is getting a new high-rise condo.

Developers broke ground on the 60-million dollar project Thursday morning near Johnson Beach State Park.

This could herald new growth spurt for the Perdido Key area.

Construction is beginning on the first condo to go up in more than 10 years.

The condo that used to be here was destroyed by hurricane Ivan in 2004. After that people were afraid to build for awhile.

via New high-rise condo developing in Perdido Key – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Executive producer: “We’re making a piece of history” – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

Telling a good story through film is an incredibly challenging task, which is made additionally difficult when taking on a true story.

But for Director Mario Van Peebles, the story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is one he had to tell.

“Every now and then you run into a story that’s so unusual, so incredible that you’ve got to tell it. And the more I studied about the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the more I said, ‘This is one of those stories that we’ve got to tell,’” Van Peebles said.

via Executive producer: “We’re making a piece of history” – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Amber Alert reaches many through smart phones – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

When Foley Police sent out an Amber Alert Wednesday morning, July 15, 2015 for a missing mother and six children, people all along the gulf coast took notice.  Many got the alert through their smart phones.  Less than two hours after the Amber Alert was issued, the mother and children were found safe thanks to a motorist that spotted the vehicle that was described.

Twenty Four year-old Nora Grienier and six children had been missing for less than 24 hours when Foley Police issued the Amber Alert.  They sent out the notice as soon as they believed them to be in danger.

via Amber Alert reaches many through smart phones – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Foley Police: Amber Alert subject left voluntarily – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

A Foley mother and six children were found safe after police said a motorist responded to an AMBER Alert Wednesday morning, July 15, 2015.

Police said the victim’s father last saw them at 10:00 a.m. tuesday, saying her boyfriend had abducted them. Police said the boyfriend made threats against the mother and law enforcement as well.

via Foley Police: Amber Alert subject left voluntarily – FOX10 News | WALA.

Time running out for Baldwin County schools to install portable – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

Workers for the Baldwin County School System are not done installing new portables for local schools – with just a month to get it done. There are still 10 out of the 17 portables that need to be installed around Baldwin County. Workers say they are confident they will meet the August 17 deadline.

via Time running out for Baldwin County schools to install portable – FOX10 News | WALA.

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BCBE appoints Hope Zeanah as interim superintendent – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

The Baldwin County Board of Education has named veteran Baldwin educator Hope Zeanah as Interim Superintendent.

The appointment allows Robbie Owen to resume full-time principal responsibilities at Rockwell Elementary and the school system to have full-time leader as the upcoming school year nears.

via BCBE appoints Hope Zeanah as interim superintendent – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Meet the Five Candidates for Baldwin School Superintendent

July 17, 2015

The Baldwin County Board of Education has named the five finalists for the district’s vacant Superintendent position.

As we reported in May, Superintendent Robbie Owen handed in his resignation on the last day of school to return to his position as Principal at Rockwell Elementary. Owen had only been on the job since August. He was named interim superintendent after Dr. Alan Lee suddenly resigned.

via Meet the Five Candidates for Baldwin School Superintendent.

Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com

July 17, 2015

A new poll shows that an increasing majority of Gulf Coast voters support using the government’s $18.7 billion settlement with BP on coastal restoration and conservation projects, and that more Republican voters than Democrats prioritize the spending on restoration over infrastructure.

via Poll shows Gulf Coast voters want BP settlement money spent on the environment, moreso among GOP voters than Democrats | AL.com.

Gulf Shores named must-see American destination by Country Living magazine | AL.com

July 16, 2015

Mixed in with tourism heavy hitters like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park, Gulf Shores earned a spot on Country Living magazine’s “20 Places All Americans Should See Before They Die.”

The Hearst Corp.-published magazine — with 1.6 million paid subscribers, 115,000 followers on Twitter and 2.3 million likes on Facebook — said the coastal Alabama city’s “superfine sand” rivals “some of the softest beaches in the world.”

via Gulf Shores named must-see American destination by Country Living magazine | AL.com.

Refusing BP’s spill settlement, Orange Beach prepares for court fight | AL.com

July 16, 2015

Orange Beach has rejected an offer to settle the $50 million lawsuit it filed against BP following the 2010 oil spill.

“We’re going to stand strong until we feel like — and this is using BP’s words — we’re made whole,” Mayor Tony Kennon said.

Orange Beach is among more than 400 government entities that individually sued the oil and gas giant for spill-related damages. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier of New Orleans instructed the plaintiffs to accept or decline offers by July 15 as part of a landmark $18.7 billion settlement involving BP, the federal government and the five Gulf states affected by the spill.

via Refusing BP’s spill settlement, Orange Beach prepares for court fight | AL.com.

FOUND: Mother and 6 Children Located After Amber Alert

July 16, 2015

UPDATE:

-Further investigation reveals Eloy Guiterrez did NOT kidnap or hold his ex-wife and their children against their will.

-Police tell News 5 Nora Grienier and the kids were staying with Guiterrez at a local motel and that Grienier wanted to be there with her ex-husband.

-Guiterrez, however, was charged with making a terrorist threat for allegedly threatening to kill his ex-wife at some point while they were reported missing.

-Guiterrez was also charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic violence for separate and unrelated incidents.

via FOUND: Mother and 6 Children Located After Amber Alert.

Are Coastal Communities Losing Out in BP Settlement?

July 16, 2015

Along with the oil that coated Alabama beaches and rocked local economies came a promise to be made whole.

A proposed settlement with BP could send 2 point 3 billion dollars to Alabama but the total fine money funneling down to coastal communities directly impacted by the disaster seems to be getting smaller and smaller.

“It’s like a knife fight, everybody wants their share, their cut,” says Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon. “I’m very disappointed with the settlement. I feel like Mobile and Baldwin counties was left out.”

via Are Coastal Communities Losing Out in BP Settlement?.

Foley Police – Amber Alert subject left voluntarily – FOX10 News | WALA

July 16, 2015

FOLEY, AL (WALA) – A Foley mother and six children were found safe after police said a motorist responded to an Amber Alert Wednesday morning, July 15, 2015.  Police said the victim’s father last saw them at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, saying her boyfriend had abducted them.  Police said the boyfriend made threats against the mother and law enforcement as well.

via Foley Police – Amber Alert subject left voluntarily – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Gulf Shores taking steps to enforce law about items left on beaches overnight – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 16, 2015

GULF SHORES — After the Fourth of July rush of 2014 both Councilman Steve Jones and Councilman Jason Dyken said the trash left on Gulf Shores’ beaches was “atrocious.”

Out of that reaction came an experimentation with recycling waste taken from the beaches. Which turned into a wildly successful recycling program spearheaded by Assistant Public Works Director Noel Hand.

via Gulf Shores taking steps to enforce law about items left on beaches overnight – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Turtle volunteers find seventh Orange Beach nest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 16, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Our man, Lance Millican is on a roll finding H-7 on July 11 in section E!!! Got his call at 5:45 a.m. reporting the Auburn Tigers did not stop Moma T!!

She crawled her big 42-inch self right on through the tent and nested. It was an exciting morning as today is Ronda Barber’s birthday and she was there with her adorable grandson, Reese in the awesome turtle outfit!

via Turtle volunteers find seventh Orange Beach nest – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Amber Alert praised for quick response in finding missing mom and kids – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 16, 2015

A missing Foley woman and six children were found safe just miles from where they disappeared Tuesday. Now, the father of the children is being called a person of interest.

Around 6:30 Tuesday evening Nora Grenier’s father alerted Foley Police that his daughter, her five children, and Grenier’s nephew were missing. Shortly after, an Amber Alert was issued. Grenier and the six children who range in age from 18 months to 9 years, were last seen at their home in the Whispering Winds Mobile Home Park, around 11:00 Tuesday morning.

via Amber Alert praised for quick response in finding missing mom and kids – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

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