Organizer says 2015 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival was a success – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 12, 2015

FOLEY — Donna Watts had hoped this year’s Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival would be a successful one, and Monday she told the Foley City Council she got all she had hoped for and more.

Addressing the council during its Monday work session, Watts, President and CEO of the South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, said perfect weather helped make the 11th annual event a hit.

via Organizer says 2015 Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival was a success – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

“Fat Albert Airlines” Offers Thrilling Ride

July 12, 2015

When the Blue Angels show starts on Pensacola beach — it’s led by not a jet fighter, but a propeller plane, a C-130.

It’s more commonly known as the Fat Albert. The aircraft was first used in the 1960s by military, and is still popularly used today. The Blue Angels use the plane to transport crewmembers and tools, and it’s also a featured member of the elite squadron.

via “Fat Albert Airlines” Offers Thrilling Ride.

Unique, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre all describe Fish River, Corn Branch fish | AL.com

July 11, 2015

In the public mind, Fish River is fairly shallow, flowing with milky green to tea-stained water, with banks lined in expensive houses sitting on stilts.

Those homes are set in well-manicured lawns only kept in place against the river’s ravages by concrete or wooden bulkheads.

via Unique, beautiful, mysterious, bizarre all describe Fish River, Corn Branch fish | AL.com.

Jellyfish Abundance in the Gulf – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 11, 2015

If you have plans to head to the beach this weekend, be aware that yellow flags were flying Friday in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. Those flags mean moderate surf and to use caution when in the water.

Purple flags indicating marine life were flying earlier this week. Lost of jellyfish can be seen in the water in a video from OBA’s Community website Facebook page.

via Jellyfish Abundance in the Gulf – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Horseshoe crab tagging program underway at Dauphin Island Sea Lab – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 11, 2015

American horseshoe crabs — those spiny, briny creatures with a vaguely alien look to them — may seem common to some beach-goers in Alabama, but their physical properties are unique.

Their copper-rich blue blood makes them of particular interest for medical research and human health, and scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) are about to investigate their local populations further with a first-ever tagging program in the state of Alabama.

via Horseshoe crab tagging program underway at Dauphin Island Sea Lab – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Plans for 140 condos, 77 homes to go before Orange Beach Planning Commission on Monday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 11, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The Orange Beach Planning Commission will have a full slate on Monday, July 13 with discussion planned for a 114-unit condo project on the beach, a 26-unit condo project on Terry Cove and a 77-cottage residential development behind the Village of Tannin on the beach highway in west Orange Beach.

via Plans for 140 condos, 77 homes to go before Orange Beach Planning Commission on Monday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Kenny “THE SNAKE” Stabler remembered – FOX10 News | WALA

July 11, 2015

It was shocking news to many late Thursday when word that NFL football great and Foley native, Kenny Stabler died at age 69.  Before going on to win the 1977 Superbowl, he quarterbacked for Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama and led Foley High School to a state title.

Known as “THE SNAKE” for his uncanny ability to avoid tackles, Kenny Stabler began his illustrious career in Baldwin County.  He led the Foley Lions to a 29 – 1 record over his time there and a state championship.  Forever known as one of Alabama’s and Coach Bryant’s greatest quarterbacks, Stabler’s always made the folks in his hometown proud.

via Kenny “THE SNAKE” Stabler remembered – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

It’s make-or-break time for algae-biofuel company in Daphne | AL.com

July 11, 2015

A year after announcing the success of its pilot biofuel plant in Daphne, Algae Systems has halted operations on Mobile Bay as it courts more investors.

The company’s process — developed, in part, by NASA – uses disinfected wastewater as a nutrient for algae that’s eventually converted into biofuel through a high-heating, “hydrothermal liquefaction” system. In its Daphne project, the company has been growing algae in large floating bags that take up about a half-acre of bay waters.

via It’s make-or-break time for algae-biofuel company in Daphne | AL.com.

Remembering Ken Stabler: His Foundation, His Legacy – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 10, 2015

Ken Stabler’s family said he died listening to Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Alabama always had a sweet spot in Ken Stabler’s heart.

The football star and Foley native died Wednesday as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69-years-old old. Stabler got his humble beginnings in the small town of Foley, where he earned his nickname “the snake”.

via Remembering Ken Stabler: His Foundation, His Legacy – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

SRIA asking for power to pick up belongings

July 10, 2015

The Santa Rosa Island Authority will ask Escambia County for the power to collect items left on the beach overnight.

The SRIA on Wednesday voted to approve asking county commissioners for an ordinance that would allow for things like beach tents, chairs, coolers and floats to be collected by staff if left out overnight. The ordinance still has to be drafted, a public hearing conducted and approval given by the county commissioners.

via SRIA asking for power to pick up belongings.

Eight Arrested in Foley Drug Raid

July 10, 2015

The FBI, DEA, Homeland Security, along with state and local police executed search warrants at a house on East Michigan Avenue in Foley Wednesday night.

Authorities aren’t releasing much information including names or charges, but News 5 has learned officers seized two pounds of drugs, possibly methamphetamine, guns and cash from two houses and a garage on the property.

via Eight Arrested in Foley Drug Raid.

News of Ken Stabler’s death surprised good friend Bob Baumhower | AL.com

July 10, 2015

Bob Baumhower knew his old friend was sick, but had no idea how serious Ken Stabler’s condition became.

The two former Alabama football legends had become friends after their playing days, but Baumhower last spoke to Stabler about six months ago. So the news of the Stabler’s death shook his friend.

via News of Ken Stabler’s death surprised good friend Bob Baumhower | AL.com.

Blue Marlin Grand Championship – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 10, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Over the next 48 hours the eyes of the fishing world will be focused on The Wharf to see what is billed as the premier fishing tournament of the Gulf Coast.

Sixty boats are participating in the 2015 Blue Marlin Grand Championship. Anglers from across the Gulf Coast gathered at The Wharf looking to catch a piece of the $1.4 million purse. The anglers are not the only people seeing dollar signs this weekend.

via Blue Marlin Grand Championship – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Alabama best friends compete on HGTV’s Beach Flip reality show | AL.com

July 09, 2015

How exactly did close friends Daphney Massey and Lucy Farmer get on an HGTV reality show about flipping beach houses in Gulf Shores?

“Lucy conned me into it,” says Massey without hesitation. This prompts hoots of laughter from the pair, who have been friends for more than two decades, since their freshman year at the University of North Alabama, when they joined the same sorority.

via Alabama best friends compete on HGTV’s Beach Flip reality show | AL.com.

Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 09, 2015

Congressman Bradley Byrne is working to make sure the money Alabama and other Gulf states receive from offshore oiling remain with the states.

The House of Representatives has adopted an amendment offered by Byrne that would prohibit any efforts to redirect the funds away from the Gulf Coast.

via Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

SRIA votes to remove items left on beach after 7pm – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

July 09, 2015

The endless amount of trash left behind after major events on Pensacola Beach like this weekend’s Red, White and Blues Air Show is nothing new for those living on the island.

However, the Santa Rosa Island Authority wants to get rid of the mess left behind on the beach, and they’re taking the first step.

On Wednesday evening, the SRIA voted in favor of getting rid of anything left on the beach after 7 p.m.

via SRIA votes to remove items left on beach after 7pm – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Two more turtle nests found in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 09, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — H-5 found this morning by Lance Millican – Yippee!!! After eight years of finding several false crawls (including FCH-2 this morning a 35-inch crawl width) and being at nearly every nest find and hatching – Lance finally found his first very own nest!

Lance is always the first on the beach on his patrol day so his false crawl came in at 5:35 and his nest call 5:45! The nest was in section E, seven feet from high tide line and well below mean high tide.

via Two more turtle nests found in Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Final open house set for $135 million Gulf State Park Restoration Project | AL.com

July 09, 2015

The public will have one more chance in late July to provide feedback on a master plan for the Gulf State Park Restoration Project that could see $135 million in improvements.

Fueled by thousands of survey respondents and two prior open-house events, a draft master plan will be on display for further feedback from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23 at the Gulf Shores Activity Center.

Proposals shown during the June 11 open house ran a wide gamut, from treehouse cabin and houseboat rentals to a new park gateway off Canal Road to adding an adventure center on half of the existing golf course.

via Final open house set for $135 million Gulf State Park Restoration Project | AL.com.

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