Should we build a wall or choose life along our Gulf Coast? | AL.com

July 02, 2016

The waves just keep coming. As I learned about “living shorelines” at an educational event in Fairhope, I couldn’t get past the fact that the waves never stop. They were hitting the shore long before we arrived, and the tides will rise and fall long after we’re gone.

That’s a significant problem when you live and work on the coast.

via Should we build a wall or choose life along our Gulf Coast? | AL.com.

New Ways to Enjoy Dolphins and More in Orange Beach

July 01, 2016

Alabama Extreme Watersports (AEW) is the newest business to offer Orange Beach jet ski rentals and tours. Founded by TripShock CEO Greg Fisher, AEW officially opened its Bear Point Marina location in May of 2016. After one month of operation, the brand new jet ski company is serving large number of tourists for both its jet ski rentals, and guided waverunner dolphin tours.

via New Ways to Enjoy Dolphins and More in Orange Beach.

Businesses fear false beach report will impact tourism | WEAR

July 01, 2016

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (WEAR) — Beaches in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties were not mentioned in a television report by an Atlanta meteorologist claiming there was flesh-eating bacteria in Florida panhandle beaches but its ripple effect has been felt there as well.

On Thursday, people out on Pensacola Beach spent the day asking: Is the water safe?

The answer is yes.

via Businesses fear false beach report will impact tourism | WEAR.

Ex-Tider, Foley Lion Robert Lester arrested in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 01, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Former Alabama and Foley High School football standout Robert Lester was arrested on a domestic violence charge by Gulf Shores Police on June 23, according to an arrest report.

Also arrested was Kala Whiteside on a charge of interfering with a domestic violence emergency call.

via Ex-Tider, Foley Lion Robert Lester arrested in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

July 4th celebrations detailed for Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

July 01, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - The Fourth of July is coming up and, there’s going to be a big celebration at the beach.

The City of Gulf Shores is preparing for the party. http://www.gulfshoresal.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=295

It will have carnival style activities, a salute to the troops, and a big fireworks extravaganza.

via July 4th celebrations detailed for Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

Breaking Down the BP Settlement Numbers in Baldwin County

July 01, 2016

Waves of cash flowed into Baldwin County after the BP oil spill. Six years later almost all of the cities and towns have been paid for damages from that terrible summer in 2010.

Orange Beach reached a $15 million settlement earlier this week, the largest so far in the county. The mayor says the money will be used on roads and bridges.

via Breaking Down the BP Settlement Numbers in Baldwin County.

Drug Arrests Have Tripled In Elberta

July 01, 2016

ELBERTA, AL- Drug arrests have tripled in the small town of Elberta in recent years.

Police are averaging about six drug-related arrests a week and for a town of about 1,700 people, that number is alarming.

Not all the suspects are from Elberta. Many are out-of-town drug dealers that use Highway 98 to funnel drugs between Alabama and Florida.

via Drug Arrests Have Tripled In Elberta.

No “Flesh Eating” Bacteria at Beach

July 01, 2016

It blew up on Facebook. An Atlanta Meteorologist put up several posts warning people about high levels of bacteria at Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida.

WSB-TV’s Burns said: “When you head down there you could see these toxic levels of fecal bacteria continuing and very dangerous to swim in these waters. They call this the kind of flesh-eating bacteria.”

via No “Flesh Eating” Bacteria at Beach.

ADSFR Expands Live Weigh-In Category | Outdoor Alabama

July 01, 2016

After the success of a live weigh-in category at last year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR), rodeo officials will expand the category and lift restrictions for the 83rd rodeo, scheduled July 15-17 at the rodeo site on Dauphin Island.

Last year’s live weigh-in category was limited to the speckled trout jackpot entrants. Anglers in the jackpot who brought live speckled trout to the weigh-in site had their fish weighed and then carefully released.

This year’s rodeo will allow anyone who has a live speckled trout to take advantage of the live weigh-in category. It also will expand the category with the addition of the live weigh-in of redfish (red drum).

via ADSFR Expands Live Weigh-In Category | Outdoor Alabama.

Fishing tournament at Orange Beach Marina will benefit Children’s of Alabama | AL.com

June 30, 2016

The second annual Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament is set for August 26-27 at the Orange Beach Marina (27075 Marina Road). Hosted by the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, the event will benefit patients treated at the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama.

The Reel Hope Classic will kick off the tournament weekend with the Captains’ Meeting and pre-party at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26, at the Orange Beach Marina. Participating crew members can bring one guest each to enjoy a fresh fried catfish dinner, drinks, door prizes, and live music from the Bearded Spoon.

via Fishing tournament at Orange Beach Marina will benefit Children’s of Alabama | AL.com.

‘Celebrate America’ at The Wharf with First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores | WPMI

June 30, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — We are just days away from Independence Day and we are kicking off the fun early, in honor of the USA! First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores is hoping you’ll celebrate America with them at The Wharf.

The event is Friday, July 1 at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chair and American flag, and join in as the Celebration Choir and orchestra performs.

via ‘Celebrate America’ at The Wharf with First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores | WPMI.

State Auditor spars with Gov. Bentley over BP settlement spending | WPMI

June 30, 2016

Alabama’s state auditor is once again sparring with Governor Robert Bentley. This time they’re at odds over BP settlement money.

Auditor Jim Zeigler is now taking legal action to stop the spending, asking a judge to intervene.

Work on the $135 million Gulf State Park project is expected to be done by summer 2018, but state auditor Jim Zeigler is taking issue with how the 350 room lodge and meeting area is being paid for.

via State Auditor spars with Gov. Bentley over BP settlement spending | WPMI.

Local residents concerned about flesh-eating bacteria at our beaches | WPMI

June 30, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — There are concerns of too much fecal matter in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mississippi native Teresa Madrigal brought her kids to the Fairhope beach for summer vacation. It is a much safer option. Beaches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida are all under advisories for enterococcus, which is an indicator of fecal matter.

“It’s really scary to think about. I know where we’re from they talk about the amoebas a lot,” said Madrigal. “So you think you come out in salt water, you’re a little bit safer but now you’ve got to be concerned.”

via Local residents concerned about flesh-eating bacteria at our beaches | WPMI.

Chief Meteorologist Allen Strum: Flesh-eating bacteria claims inaccurate | WEAR

June 30, 2016

An Atlanta meteorologist caused a scare after posting inaccuracies about Gulf Coast beaches and swimming conditions.

Glenn Burns with WSB-TV in Atlanta put up several posts Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook, warning people about toxic levels of bacteria at Gulf Coast beaches from Louisiana to Florida. He even referenced the bacteria as ‘flesh-eating’ in one post. The problem is, the information is inaccurate.

via Chief Meteorologist Allen Strum: Flesh-eating bacteria claims inaccurate | WEAR.

Kennon: Serious options for a new bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 30, 2016

ORANGE BEACH — One way or another, Mayor Tony Kennon says, there’s a new bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in the not-so-distance future.

“By the middle of July we’re going to hear back from the bridge company as to whether they are going to partner with the City of Orange Beach including building another bridge right next to the current toll bridge,” Kennon said during a state of the city presentation on June 21.

“Two lanes north, two lanes south with a reduction in the toll to $2 and $1. That’s the proposal.”

via Kennon: Serious options for a new bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

$2.5M settlement announced after shipping company dumps 20,000 g – FOX10 News | WALA

June 30, 2016

After a nearly four-year-long conspiracy to illegally dump oil waste into the Gulf, the Norwegian shipping company, DSD Shipping, was sentenced to pay a total corporate penalty of $2.5 million.

The company was ordered to pay $500,000 of the penalty to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Foundation to fund marine research and enhance coastal habitats in the Gulf of Mexico and Mobile Bay.

via $2.5M settlement announced after shipping company dumps 20,000 g – FOX10 News | WALA.

State Auditor Challenging Gulf State Park Lodge Funding

June 30, 2016

State Auditor Jim Zeigler has asked to become part of a lawsuit questioning the funding of the construction project that is already well underway.

Part of the beach in Gulf State Park is being transformed into what will be a 350 room lodge and educational center. All funded with money collected by the state from the 2010 BP oil spill.

via State Auditor Challenging Gulf State Park Lodge Funding.

Are beaches on the Florida Panhandle closed? Atlanta report causes panic; water advisories in place | AL.com

June 30, 2016

An erroneous report from an Atlanta television station set off waves of panic among Gulf Coast vacation goers Wednesday.

The Atlanta report from WSB-TV meteorologist Glenn Burns claimed the National Weather Service had closed beaches along the Panhandle due to a “flesh-eating bacteria” known as Vibrio vulnificus. The station later retracted the report – the National Weather Services doesn’t close beaches  and there’s no presence of flesh-eating bacteria – and Burns apologized via social media for the confusion.

via Are beaches on the Florida Panhandle closed? Atlanta report causes panic; water advisories in place | AL.com.

TV report about bacteria in local waters was false, local officials say – News – Northwest Florida Daily News – Fort Walton Beach, FL

June 30, 2016

A television newscaster out of Atlanta inspired a frenzy Wednesday afternoon after reporting that the National Weather Service was warning folks to stay out Panhandle waters due to the presence of “really toxic levels of a fecal bacteria,” which he then explained was “flesh-eating bacteria.”

The National Weather Service doesn’t issue swim advisories. And local health officials clarified that both descriptions were false.“

What the newscaster is saying is incorrect,” said Dr. Karen Chapman, director of the Florida Department of Health for Okaloosa County.“

Enterococci fecal bacteria is not the same thing as vibrio vulnificus flesh-eating bacteria.

via TV report about bacteria in local waters was false, local officials say – News – Northwest Florida Daily News – Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Gulf Shores beachgoers get up close and personal with shark | WPMI

June 29, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — A family from Vicksburg Mississippi got up close and personal with a shark on the beach in Gulf Shores, and there’s video to prove it.

The video shows what appears to be a shark swimming dangerously close to a group of people playing and floating near the shore. The video was taken from high above a condo in Gulf Shores this past weekend.

via Gulf Shores beachgoers get up close and personal with shark | WPMI.

Perdido residents look at proposed national seashore changes

June 29, 2016

Dozens of Perdido Key residents reviewed proposed improvements to Gulf Islands National Seashore in their area during an open house hosted by the National Park Service Tuesday.

The park service hopes to use settlement money from the 2010 BP oil spill to improve parking, boardwalks and wheelchair accessibility in the national park area, which encompasses most of the eastern half of the barrier island.

via Perdido residents look at proposed national seashore changes.

Bentley says Gulf State Park renovations on schedule – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 29, 2016

Major developments at Gulf State Park that range from a beach environmental center to a 350-room lodge for family reunions are under construction and on schedule to open within two years, Gov. Robert Bentley announced today.

Creating miles of trails for biking and hiking and restoring sugary white sand dunes that would cover the equivalent of 50 football fields will be completed even earlier, he said.

via Bentley says Gulf State Park renovations on schedule – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Alcohol and Inexperience: A Deadly Combination For Boaters – FOX10 News | WALA

June 29, 2016

It’s been a tragic two weeks in Baldwin County waters.  Last Thursday a boat hit the jetties at Perdido pass. four people were injured. Investigators say alcohol was likely involved.

Two days before that, a boat operator making an abrupt turn on Fish River threw three people into the water. Two swam to safety, but the other died. Inexperience is being blamed for that accident.

Also, back on Saturday June 18th, two people were killed and three others injured when their boat smashed into a pier in Oyster Bay. Investigators say once again, alcohol was likely involved.

“It is just as dangerous to drink and boat as it is to drink and drive.”

via Alcohol and Inexperience: A Deadly Combination For Boaters – FOX10 News | WALA.

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