Orange Beach was sharply divided two years ago by a referendum asking for a property tax increase to support an independent school system.
Two years before that, in 2012 , a City Council race got ugly over accusations of ”character assassination” involving fliers linking a council candidate to a DUI.
And in city elections in 2008 and 2004, big-money spending was the norm as candidates jockeyed for position.
Such controversies won’t erupt this summer as the Aug. 23 municipal election draws near. No challengers have come forward to run for Orange Beach’s council seats or the mayoral job.
via Where are the challengers? Booming beach cities see few political races next month | AL.com.
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL (WALA) - It’s a little gem tucked away in Perdido, Alabama in North Baldwin County. If you make a trip to the area you must plan to make a stop at Perdido Vineyards! Not only will you be welcomed with open arms, but you’ll be welcomed with wine glasses! Here’s more:
In the late 1800’s, German and Italian immigrants, mostly, established vineyards and wineries in Alabama and world-class wines were produced in Alabama, up until Prohibition. The largest commercial operations was at Fruithurst , Alabama, with 8 wineries, thousands of acres of vineyards and orchards, resort hotels and gourmet restaurant. Prohibition wiped it out. In Baldwin County, the German community around Elberta-Lillian area had vineyards and 3 wineries.
via Studio10 Live in North Baldwin: Perdido Vineyards – FOX10 News | WALA.
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FAIRHOPE,Ala. — The Weeks Bay Foundation’s fourth annual Pelican Paddle Canoe and Kayak Race will be held on July 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the Tonsmeire Weeks Bay Resource Center. It is sure to be a great day on the water.
There are several competitive categories, including a Stand Up Paddle board Division and a Junior Division.
If you are not interested in competing, there will also be a relaxing Eco-Tour around the marsh edge of Weeks Bay.
via Weeks bay pelican paddle | WPMI.
GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Five members of the Police Honor Guard will travel to Baton Rouge to attend funerals for the three officers killed in the line of duty over the weekend. Some of those members just returned from Dallas, where they attended officer funerals there.
Cpl. Chad Lambert, along with four other members of the Gulf Shores Police Honor Guard, will be on the road once again come Friday morning.
via Local honor guard members traveling to Baton Rouge for fallen officer’s funeral | WPMI.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) - A special program held in Baldwin County Thursday dealt with a frightening issue: young girls at risk for human trafficking.
The program at Foley High School was put on by a national non-profit group called Eye Heart World https://eyeheartworld.org/pages/the-cause to alert girls 12 to 18 about human trafficking.
Crystal Yarbrough, a project director for Eye Heart World https://www.facebook.com/EyeHeartWorld/, said, “The average age of entry into forced prostitution is 12 to 14.”
via Program warns of danger of human trafficking – FOX10 News | WALA.
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Another trip west. “Any loss of a police officer is tragic,” says Cliff Roberts with Orange Beach Police, “and we’re going to attend the funerals and show our respect.”
Just back from funerals in Dallas, officers from agencies across Baldwin County are heading to Louisiana.
via Baldwin County Honors Fallen Officers, Appreciates Local Support.
Upcoming Baldwin County municipal elections include a newcomer with some name recognition in the Fairhope mayor’s race, a slate of unopposed incumbents in Orange Beach and little competition in Gulf Shores.
City and town clerks cautioned that the rosters aren’t completely finalized: Candidates who waited until shortly before the Tuesday afternoon deadline to declare their candidacies may still await a verification of their statements of economic interest by the state Ethics Commission. An updated guide to municipal races in Mobile and Baldwin Counties will be published by AL.com in coming days.
via Challengers abound on the Eastern Shore, as Gulf Shores-Orange Beach incumbents get a pass | AL.com.
While grocery stores might be taxing shoppers too much in Alabama, the city of Daphne doesn’t plan to break any new ground when it comes to cutting it back on food taxes.
City officials said this week they will not pursue a cut to the city’s portion of the sales tax on grocery sales, which has been proposed twice in the past four years by mayoral candidate Tim Swanson.
via Why Daphne doesn’t plan on becoming the first Alabama city to eliminate sales taxes on groceries | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Luna’s Eat and Drink and BuzzCatz Coffee and Sweets had ribbon cuttings with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber on July 21 at the Cosmo’s Courtyard. These are the latest offerings from husband and wife team Brian and Jodi Harsany who also own Cosmo’s, Cobalt and Maggie’s Bottle and Tail.
via Luna’s Eat and Drink and BuzzCatz openings – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
More than just a slogan plastered on state highway signs, the phrase “Alabama the Beautiful” embodies a past and present State of Alabama that takes great pride in sharing its natural gifts with those who come to visit. From its coastal connection to its highest mountain top, Alabama contains some of the most scenic acreage in the country, and it is enriched with a history that long predates European contact. While a drive down one of the state’s scenic byways provides a glimpse into the state’s natural beauty, true access comes at any of Alabama’s twenty eight state parks, which provide for public use of many of this state’s most precious sites.
via Alabama state parks are a valuable asset – The Crimson White.
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Dr. Bob Shipp stood in amazement last weekend at the 83rd annual Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo (ADSFR) as he watched the frenetic activity on Dauphin Island.
Shipp, Professor Emeritus at the University of South Alabama’s Marine Sciences Department, never would have imagined the resilience of the Alabama Gulf Coast, its ecosystem and related recreational activities when he was sitting at Dauphin Island Sea Lab six years ago.
via Oil Spill Memories Fade at ADSFR, Dauphin Island | Outdoor Alabama.
FOLEY— Foley High School will honor 11 former athletes during its annual Hall of Fame ceremony to be held Friday, Aug. 26 before the Foley Lions’ game vs. the Fairhope Pirates at Ivan Jones Stadium in Foley.
A reception hosted by the FHS Alumni Association will be held in the Foley Elementary School gym/auditorium on Oak Street next to Ivan Jones Stadium’s west end zone beginning at 5:15 before the ball game. All friends, family, classmates and well-wishers are invited to congratulate the inductees at this time.
via Foley High School to honor former athletes in Hall of Fame ceremony – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Recent events in Baton Rouge Sunday sparked the latest action of police departments all across the country finding new, innovative ways to support each other.
In Baldwin County, departments will meet Wednesday to discuss implementing two-man patrols.
via Baldwin Co. departments meet to discuss 2-man patrols | WPMI.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – For the first time in her 19 years as Orange Beach City Clerk Cathy Constantino there will be no election to manage.
The clock to qualify to run ran out July 19 at 5 p.m. and the only qualifiers were the six incumbents, Mayor Tony Kennon and the five seating council members Jeff Silvers in Place 4, Joni Blalock in Place 5, Jeff Boyd in Place 2, Jerry Johnson in Place 3 and Annette Mitchell in Place 1.
via We won! 11 municipal seats in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores uncontested – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES – There was police recruiting video to review and some officers to praise for the arrest of a murder suspect.
But Mayor Robert Craft somewhat used those worthy presentations to get around to the main reason he wanted Chief Ed Delmore front and center at the July 11 Gulf Shores council meeting.
via Gulf Shores mayor surprises police chief with tribute – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – Two men from out of town were arrested by Gulf Shores Police in the early hours of Sunday morning in connection with an armed robbery on the beach.
Bobby Lee Leshore II, 24, of Florence and Richard Aaron Perry, 18, of Tuscaloosa, were both arrested in the incident. On July 19 both were booked into the Baldwin County Correctional Facility in Bay Minette, both under $25,000 bonds.
via Pair arrested in Gulf Shores armed robbery on the beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – Now all that’s needed is a little understanding.
As in a Memorandum of Understanding. And the understanding needs to come in a hurry. As in before Aug. 1.
But from the sounds of the discussion in the Orange Beach Council Chambers on Tuesday night an understanding might be hard to come by at all, much less before Aug. 1.
via Orange Beach mayor: I want school agreement written in blood – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
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.
Previously the last day to register was April 15, but the deadline has been extended to fill out the 18-student class.Eligible children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 2 2016.
via Orange Beach Pre-K enrollment still available – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Police chiefs from around Baldwin County had a meeting with Baldwin County Sheriff, Hoss Mack Wednesday, July 20, 2016. It was a specially called meeting to address recent violence against police. While there have been no reports of anyone acting out towards police here, law enforcement leaders are urging their officers to be cautious.
via Baldwin County Sheriff and Police Chiefs discuss officer safety – FOX10 News | WALA.
When UTC Aerospace in Foley announced they were expanding and adding almost three hundred jobs, it was called a precursor of things to come.
“Given our proximity to the final assembly line and given the fact that we got aerospace assets in other parts of our community, really the whole community is a player,” says Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance Director Lee Lawson.
via Aerospace Industries Coming to Baldwin County.
ROBERTSDALE, AL- State emergency management officials shipped post-storm supplies to Baldwin County at the start of the hurricane season.
Pallets of MRE’s, bottled water, sand bags and tarps are sitting in the warehouse at county EMA headquarters in Robertsdale. The county commission says they’re ready to buy additional supplies if needed now that we’re approaching the “heart” of hurricane season.
via Post Hurricane Supplies Stockpiled In Baldwin County.
Scientists with the Dauphin Islan Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network are trying to figure out what caused the death of a large female manatee nicknamed “Ellie.”
A group of people fishing in Mobile Bay near the ship channel adjacent to the mouth of Dog River discovered “Ellie” over the weekend.
via What Killed “Ellie” the Manatee? Dauphin Island Sea Lab Trying to Figure That Out.
A few weeks after dozens of dead bull sharks were found tangled in a gill net near Dauphin Island Parkway, scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab are learning a lot from them.
Shark expert Dr. Marcus Drymon and his team collected 57 discarded carcasses and say the sharks were only a few weeks old because the umbilical cord attachment was still visible on their stomachs.
via UPDATE: Dead Bull Sharks Provide Answers for Dauphin Island Scientists.
Darlene Franklin was cutting Tony Broomfield’s hair when a pick-up truck plowed through the north wall of her salon.
A News 5 viewer captured these images of the freak accident. Most of the truck is “inside” the building.
via Pick-Up Truck Slams Into Foley Business.
For a few hours on the evening of the Fourth of July, Jason Rogers was in and out of American Legion Hall in Fairhope, grabbing beers out of the Yeti ice chest in the bed of his pickup truck – until he came out one last time to find the Yeti gone.
Furious, Jason fired back by making a video of himself, telling the story – “where the vets hang out, on Independence Day,” he says, incredulous – and offering a reward: Anyone who finds the cooler would receive $500 cash and a brand-new Yeti.
via The heartbreaking reason this Alabama dad wants his stolen Yeti cooler back | AL.com.
We all know that the Alabama Gulf Coast is home to some absolutely gorgeous beaches. And today, plenty of people in New York City are finding out the same thing.
The Alabama Tourism Department traveled to the Big Apple to show off Alabama’s beauty to a new audience. They set up an exhibit on Herald Square that allows passers-by to enjoy the state’s sandy view and relax a bit. (And yes, that’s sand from the Alabama coast.)
via You can now relax on an Alabama beach — in New York City | AL.com.
The Mobile County Health Department has issued a warning for the east end of Dauphin Island, saying that swimmers could be at increased risk of illness.
According to the advisory, issued Wednesday, samples showed elevated levels of enterococcus bacteria in the area. High counts of that organism indicate the possibility “that other disease causing germs could be present in the water” as well, according to the Health Department. Enterococcus lives in the intestines of humans and other mammals; levels in recreational waters can rise due to sewage overflows and runoff driven by rainstorms.
via Swim advisory issued for east end of Dauphin Island | AL.com.
Rouses Markets will offer free lunches and drink to law enforcement Friday following the fatal shootings of police officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas.
The company will give a free lunch plate and drink to officers who vist any of the 44 locations on the Gulf Coast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The company has five supermarkets in coastal Alabama – Mobile, Gulf Shores, Theodore, Saraland and Spanish Fort.
via Rouses Markets offering law enforcement free lunches Friday | AL.com.
Ellie the manatee, a regular visitor to Alabama waters since at least 2006, was found dead Saturday, floating near the ship channel in Mobile Bay.
In 2009, Ellie became the first manatee ever captured in Alabama waters when a crew from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and Sea World Orlando encircled her in a huge net and hauled her onto the deck of a specially made manatee catching boat.
via Ellie the manatee found dead at 39 years old, first manatee captured in Alabama | AL.com.