Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 02, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

A total of $4.2 million was awarded to agencies and cities across the four states as part of a third round of grants from the Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, according to announcement this week by Deepwater Horizon Claims Administrator Patrick A. Juneau.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News

August 01, 2015

Alabama’s oyster reefs have historically harvested an average of one million pounds of oysters per year and have made it one of the top oyster producing states in the nation for more than a century.

But changes to water temperature, environmental impacts, parasites and other issues have made the reefs unpredictable and, at times, unproductive.

via Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News.

Culinary Camp with the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 01, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Campers spent the week of July 27-31 learning culinary arts in a program offered by the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach. The group had a visit from the Meat Mart owners and made jerky, went on field trips to Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina, a garden, a beekeeper and planned and prepared food for a party for parents to end the week on July 31.

via Culinary Camp with the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

A Baldwin County Hospital Ranked in Top 10 for Battling Disease-Causing Bacteria – WPMI – LOCAL 15

August 01, 2015

A Baldwin County hospital has been ranked in the top 10 for battling disease-causing bacteria.

According to consumerreport.com, the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center is ranked number nine in the nation for avoiding MRSA and C-Diff, as well as other infectious bacteria.

via A Baldwin County Hospital Ranked in Top 10 for Battling Disease-Causing Bacteria – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Woman avoids frightening encounter with police impersonator – FOX10 News | WALA

August 01, 2015

A routine night got a bit frightening for a woman in Baldwin County early Friday morning.

Around 2 a.m., as she was coming off I-10 at Wilcox Road, someone driving a white early 2000’s Chevrolet Suburban pulled out from a nearby business and started following her.

“As she continued down Wilcox Road, the suburban turned on a set of, what she described as a set of flashing red and blue lights and a white light,” Captain Steve Arthur said.

via Woman avoids frightening encounter with police impersonator – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Scientists Start Tagging Horseshoe Crabs for the first time in Alabama

August 01, 2015

They’re hard to spot on Gulf Coast beaches but scientists say they are here. They are the pre-historic looking animals that can sometimes be found tossing in the surf and washing up on beaches. They’re horseshoe crabs and the researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab have started tagging the animals this summer. This is the first time the crabs are being tagged in Alabama and scientists have a lot they want to learn.

via Scientists Start Tagging Horseshoe Crabs for the first time in Alabama.

Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 01, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Reel Report: Fish biting despite the heat | AL.com

July 31, 2015

The biggest issue fishermen continue to deal with is excessive heat.

Despite heat indices of 100 degrees and above, fishermen continue to report good catches inshore and nearshore.

Relentless west winds have been keeping the water pretty stained out of Orange Beach, said Chris Vecsey at Sam’s, but the fishing has been pretty consistent inshore and nearshore.

via Reel Report: Fish biting despite the heat | AL.com.

Kayaking at Weeks Bay – WPMI – LOCAL 15

July 31, 2015

It’s time to hop on your kayak! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, it’s all for a good cause. The Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race sets sail Saturday, and it benefits the Weeks Bay Foundation. It kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center.

Ben Raines, executive director of Weeks Bay Foundation, took Local 15′s Katie Herrera out for a little taste of the race.

via Kayaking at Weeks Bay – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Take in the Sights at Weeks Bay – WPMI – LOCAL 15

July 31, 2015

The third annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race is taking off Saturday. It’s a fundraiser for the Weeks Bay Foundation, and this year’s organizers are expecting more than 200 participants.

The marine life in the waters and along the shorelines is a sight to see! And the Weeks Bay Foundation is dedicated to preserving and protecting as much of that as they can. Beautiful wildlife is important to the eco-system.

via Take in the Sights at Weeks Bay – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Foley High School Spirit Night set for Aug. 14 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 31, 2015

FOLEY — The rich history of all things blue and gold will be celebrated during Foley High School Spirit Night on Friday, Aug. 14 at Ivan Jones Stadium.

Anyone who attended Foley High School and was a member of the marching band, cheerleading squads or any athletic program at the school is invited to take part in the celebration.

via Foley High School Spirit Night set for Aug. 14 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

State’s golf cart laws explained to Magnolia Spring council – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 31, 2015

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS — Golf cart traffic on the streets of Magnolia Springs has residents concerned about the safety of those traveling in the small vehicles, as well as the legality of their mode of transportation.

The topic was placed on the agenda for Tuesday’s Magnolia Springs Town Council meeting after law enforcement recently received numerous complaints about motorists driving golf carts on the town’s roads.

via State’s golf cart laws explained to Magnolia Spring council – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com

July 31, 2015

Officials on Alabama’s coast say they are ready to reclaim the sugar-white beaches that have been overrun with abandoned tents, umbrellas, beach chairs, boogie boards, and other beachy belongings.While Baldwin County’s coastal communities have enjoyed record-breaking tourism numbers for four straight years, that same growth has led to the degradation of their star attraction.

via Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com.

Battle of Mobile Bay; Putting the Horse on the Shoe – WPMI – LOCAL 15

July 30, 2015

The walls of Fort Gaines have guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay for more than 150 years. This weekend commemorates the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay, fought during the Civil War.

Many historians consider the Battle of Mobile Bay to be a turning point of the American Civil War, and no one knows that better Ralph Oalmann, a historian at Fort Gaines. He joined Local 15′s Katie Herrera early Thursday morning to talk about an upcoming event Saturday.

via Battle of Mobile Bay; Putting the Horse on the Shoe – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

Former Orange Beach councilman Ed Carroll passes away – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 30, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Former Orange Beach City Councilman Ed Carroll has passed away city officials said on July 29.

Carroll was an active member of the Orange Beach before and during his terms in office.

In a ceremony in September of 2013 the city renamed the kids park on Canal Road as the Edward H. Carroll Sr. Kids Park. A supportive crowd gathered and listened and posed for pictures to honor the former councilman who played an instrumental role in making the park a reality.

via Former Orange Beach councilman Ed Carroll passes away – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Foley moves forward with multiple road, sidewalk projects – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 30, 2015

FOLEY — Construction will soon begin on the next segment of Foley’s ongoing project to make the city safer and more appealing to bicyclists and pedestrians.

During their meeting last Monday, the Foley City Council approved a contract with Ammons & Blackmon Construction worth $1,437,340.50 for the work, which will include;

via Foley moves forward with multiple road, sidewalk projects – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

New emergency room and other businesses coming to eastern shore – FOX10 News | WALA

July 30, 2015

The continued upswing in Baldwin County residential real estate is also showing itself in business expansion.  The eastern shore along the 181 corridor is seeing its share of that growth.

McMurphy Orthodontics in Spanish Fort has been in business for eight years now.  To say they’ve outgrown their current office is an understatement.  Doctor Steadman McMurphy remembers the slow times in the beginning, but steady growth in the area has him making big plans for the future.

via New emergency room and other businesses coming to eastern shore – FOX10 News | WALA.

Two down, Three to go in Baldwin Co. Supt. Search

July 30, 2015

If there is one thing that Dr. Reginald Eggleston and Dr. James Stevens want you to know about them, it’s this.

“My role would be to come in to build relationships, regain the trust of the community, work with the staff and demonstrate to everyone that we have the best interest for the community as well as the young people who we have the responsibility of educating,” says Eggleston who is currently the assistant superintendent of Mobile County Schools.

via Two down, Three to go in Baldwin Co. Supt. Search.

Gulf Shores lifeguards headed to Big Apple for finals of Good Morning America contest | AL.com

July 30, 2015

Gulf Shores has done it again.

Answering the call to Good Morning America’s “Lifeguard Surf & Turf Showdown,” the city’s lifeguard patrol earned a ticket to New York City to compete for $10,000.

The lifeguards are following in the footsteps of the Gulf Shores Fire Rescue department that advanced to the finals of the ABC morning show’s “5 Alarm Firefighters Challenge” last summer.

via Gulf Shores lifeguards headed to Big Apple for finals of Good Morning America contest | AL.com.

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