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Homeowner wants helipad shut down | WEAR

August 25, 2016

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WEAR) — An Escambia County commissioner plans to ask the board to stop allowing helicopters to land at the only publicly owned helipad in the county due to safety concerns of the people living around it.

The helipad’s location on the roof of the Escambia County Fire Station 19 is 130 feet away from Doug Wager’s home on Lafitte Reef. Wager thinks if the National EMS Pilots Association requires a certain distance between people and aircraft that should also apply to his home.

via Homeowner wants helipad shut down | WEAR.

Health insurance costs will rise for City of Daphne employees | The Courier

August 25, 2016

Higher health insurance costs will soon hit the City of Daphne’s employees, as the city council voted last week to increase the amount of employee participation in the city’s insurance coverage.

Council members said they didn’t really want to have to increase costs on the city’s employees, but that their hands were tied by an unexpected large rate increase.

via Health insurance costs will rise for City of Daphne employees | The Courier.

Gulf Coast BP Money From State’s Billion Dollar Settlement Hinges on the Lottery

August 25, 2016

When the BP Settlement bill was brought up in the state senate on Wednesday, one senator compared the debate to the Civil War.

Senator Rodger Smitherman, a Democrat from Birmingham, said “what you have here is a civil war. North vs. South. Then you have all the  border states/counties in the middle,” Smitherman said. “so we’re going to be sitting back and watching.”

via Gulf Coast BP Money From State’s Billion Dollar Settlement Hinges on the Lottery.

Scambuster: IRS Scam Still Very Much Alive

August 25, 2016

It’s making the rounds again—in fact, it never really goes away! The IRS scam is still reaching people here along the gulf coast. One man in Fairhope recently got the call.

“I was getting pretty scared actually,” says John Rudolf.

John Rudolph had just been called by the IRS for the very first time. However he didn’t realize it wasn’t really the IRS. It was a scammer trying to get money. They left this message on his cell phone.

via Scambuster: IRS Scam Still Very Much Alive.

Tropical wave moves closer to U.S.; could it become Hermine? | AL.com

August 25, 2016

Gaston became a hurricane overnight in the central Atlantic while another potential storm was moving closer to the U.S. on Thursday.

That tropical wave, called Invest 99L, continued to be closely watched on Thursday morning because of its potential path. The system could affect Florida and possibly the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

via Tropical wave moves closer to U.S.; could it become Hermine? | AL.com.

2nd annual Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament | WPMI

August 24, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) — If you love to fish and love to give back, an upcoming fishing tournament will land you in the winners circle!

The Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament is August 26 and 27 at the Orange Beach Marina. The annual inshore/offshore fishing tournament benefits the Pediatric Cancer Clinic at Children’s of Alabama.

via 2nd annual Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament | WPMI.

Allie’s story | WEAR

August 24, 2016

BAY MINETTE, Ala. (WEAR) — Nestled in between U.S. Route 31 and State Route 59 is the city of Bay Minette, Alabama. Its population is roughly 8,000 and it is also the seat of Baldwin County. However, lately it is better known for its “dirty police” following a Facebook post.

via Allie’s story | WEAR.

Where will it go? Tropical wave’s path fuels speculation, anxiety | AL.com

August 24, 2016

The Atlantic is about to have its third hurricane of 2016, but it’s a tropical wave that was getting most of the attention on Wednesday morning.

Tropical Storm Gaston was far out in the Atlantic, and no threat to land even as it continued to gain strength.

It’s another disturbance, called Invest 99L for now, that is generating a lot of talk among weather watchers.

via Where will it go? Tropical wave’s path fuels speculation, anxiety | AL.com.

From bookseller to Fairhope mayor: Karin Wilson ‘blown away’ by her political win | AL.com

August 24, 2016

When Karin Wilson wakes up Wednesday morning, she’ll be the unlikely mayor-elect of one of the fastest growing cities in Alabama.

The independent bookstore owner defeated four-term incumbent Mayor Tim Kant Tuesday to claim the city’s top political prize. She garnered 3,525 votes or 53.4 percent to defeat Kant, who received 3,071 votes for 46.6 percent.

via From bookseller to Fairhope mayor: Karin Wilson ‘blown away’ by her political win | AL.com.

Mobile area election updates: Wilson wins in Fairhope | AL.com

August 24, 2016

Tuesday’s municipal elections applied to 14 municipalities in Baldwin County and 10 in Mobile County.

The most closely-watched raced included Fairhope, where longtime mayor Tim Kant faced a challenge from businesswoman Karin Wilson and every council seat had at least two contenders; Daphne, where there were four candidates for mayor and  challenges for six of seven council seats; and Prichard, where incumbent mayor Troy Ephriam faced four opponents and all five council seats were disputed.

via Mobile area election updates: Wilson wins in Fairhope | AL.com.

Foley legend Ken ‘Snake’ Stabler honored during gametime festivities | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

August 22, 2016

FOLEY, Alabama — A pair of ceremonies were held during Friday night’s season-opening contest on Lester Smith Field at Ivan Jones Stadium in Foley to honor Foley native Kenny Stabler.

A 1964 graduate of Foley High School, Stabler was named first team All-State in Class 3A in 1963, was named to the Orlando Sentinel’s All Southern Team in 1963 and participated in the 1964 Alabama High School All-Star game.

via Foley legend Ken ‘Snake’ Stabler honored during gametime festivities | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Is Alabama’s ‘Mayberry on the Bay’ too popular for its own good? | AL.com

August 22, 2016

Is Fairhope too popular for its own good?

Alabama’s “Mayberry on the Bay”- as some call it – is often recognized nationally for its small-town charm, flower-lined streets, “artist colony” reputation and fabulous sunsets. It recently made the top spot of Southern Living’s “South’s Best Small Towns” list.

But Fairhope’s unique charm and quality of life is being threatened by rapid growth. Like the kudzu that creeps up from the town’s wooded gullies, new subdivisions and other developments are closing in on the city, bringing traffic, congestion and fear that the town is in danger of choking on its own popularity.

via Is Alabama’s ‘Mayberry on the Bay’ too popular for its own good? | AL.com.

Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA

August 21, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Trip Advisor is putting one of our very own cities in the national spotlight. The travel giant is naming Orange Beach as the second best travel destination on the rise for 2016

Orange beach is already a popular travel destination. As we’ve reported, it has had record high tourism numbers in the last few years, and now this announcement is expected to put it even more on the national map.

via Orange Beach named 2nd best “travel destination on the rise” for – FOX10 News | WALA.

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