Cross Walk America: Tennessee man passes through Baldwin on coast-to-coast trek – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 09, 2016

LOXLEY, Alabama — A Tennessee man passed through Baldwin County on Friday on his quest to carry a cross from coast to coast.

Mitchell Manning is about 2 ½ months into his journey, which began in Jacksonville, Florida, with the goal of walking to San Diego.

via Cross Walk America: Tennessee man passes through Baldwin on coast-to-coast trek – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

New Lillian Restaurant Serving History Too

January 09, 2016

The dinner bell is finally ringing at Pondera Plantation in Lillian.

“One guy said, 18 years? and I said, well I got it finished though didn’t I?”

Using timbers he pulled from Perdido Bay and doing most of the work himself, it is packed with thousands of items owner Tim Lett has collected over the years. “There are 26 civil war newspapers in the whole building. A lot of history here.”

via New Lillian Restaurant Serving History Too.

Florida Georgia Line cruising back to The Wharf in May | AL.com

January 09, 2016

Florida Georgia Line, the chart-topping and often polarizing pop country duo, will return to The Amphitheater at The Wharf in Orange Beach this spring.

The venue has made its first concert announcement for 2016, a May 13 country show headlined by the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. The event also will feature special guests Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three and Kane Brown.

via Florida Georgia Line cruising back to The Wharf in May | AL.com.

Manatees could lose endangered status in new proposal | AL.com

January 09, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday it is proposing to reclassify the West Indian Manatee as threatened rather than endangered under the Endangered Species Act, but some are questioning whether the move is too soon.

Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Regional Director Michael Oetker announced the proposal at a press conference in Miami.

via Manatees could lose endangered status in new proposal | AL.com.

They’re Back!

January 08, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Our retired friends from up north are back in South Baldwin County for the winter!

The second wave of snowbirds arrived last weekend. Thousands are settling in Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for the winter.

via They’re Back!.

Tony Kennon wants Sea, Sand, Stars to be a true public benefit – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 07, 2016

ORANGE BEACH — Back in the day — well, not too far back — condominium developers would seek permission to build bigger, taller and more of their complexes than Orange Beach zoning regulations would perhaps allow.

In negotiations to extend these privileges, the City of Orange Beach would ask for concessions from the builders in the form of access to the beach for city vehicles or improvements to some town amenity like the Backcountry Trail.

They were regularly referred to as “public benefits.”

via Tony Kennon wants Sea, Sand, Stars to be a true public benefit – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Melissa’s Portal View

January 07, 2016

Today I am writing you guys from one of my favorite places called Vila.

It is a small island in the Pacific Ocean. One of the coolest things about forming relationships with the staff on the ship is being told about the local spots.

So if you ever go on a cruise, I highly recommend asking your entertainment staff where they would go.

Before I tell you more about how wonderful Vila is, I will explain the concept of ship world vs. the real world. If you are not on a ship this idea might confuse you, but once you have shifted worlds it makes a lot of sense.

via Melissa’s Portal View.

Alabama State Waters Extended to 9 Miles

January 07, 2016

The Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, includes a provision to extend Alabama’s state waters from 3 miles to 9 miles. The bill includes additional provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in abbreviated nine and 10-day seasons for private sector recreational anglers the last two years. The red snapper provisions in the bill were authored by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

via Alabama State Waters Extended to 9 Miles.

Lotto fever hits the Gulf Coast – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

January 07, 2016

(WEAR) – Lotto fever has infected people living along the Gulf Coast.

The Powerball drawing on Wednesday is worth $500 million.

The large amount of money has people in Florida and Alabama rushing to get tickets.

If someone gets all six numbers right, a one lump sum payout is $306 million.

The Flora-Bama Liquor and Lotto store was one of the hottest spots on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday.

via Lotto fever hits the Gulf Coast – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Baldwin County schools to ditch $24 million Apple computer plan? | AL.com

January 07, 2016

The Baldwin County Public Schools employed a $24 million strategy during the past four years to put pricey Apple laptops and iPads purchased into the hands of each one of their students.

Heralded as the “Digital Renaissance,” the plan required the district to take out a $9 million bank loan, charge parents a $67 annual computer insurance fee, and ask parents for an extra $100 to replace the computers if they broke or went missing.

via Baldwin County schools to ditch $24 million Apple computer plan? | AL.com.

‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ to feature Fairhope fifth-grader Sunday night | AL.com

January 07, 2016

Kevin “K2″ Nelson’s hilariously failing attempt to karate-chop a stick could win him a $100,000 grand prize on ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

The 11-year-old Fairhope Intermediate School student and his family traveled to Los Angeles in mid-December to tape the show that will air Sunday night at 6 p.m.

via ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ to feature Fairhope fifth-grader Sunday night | AL.com.

493-lot RV resort will add to beach lodging options – LagniappeLagniappe

January 07, 2016

The development of a large recreational vehicle resort near Gulf State Park in Orange Beach will continue to expand a piece of the beach tourism industry aiming to serve snowbirds in the winter and touring families in the summer months.

Pandion Ridge LLC is developing a master-planned, high-density maritime RV resort community on Canal Road, three-tenths of a mile west of the Foley Beach Express in Orange Beach and adjacent to the west entrance of The Wharf. The Pandion Ridge RV Resort is in development on 221 acres and includes plans for clubhouse buildings, swimming pools, pile-supported walkways, electric and sewer infrastructure, and paved RV parking pads.

via 493-lot RV resort will add to beach lodging options – LagniappeLagniappe.

Read it in Friday’s Baldwin Times: Jeff Silvers questions use of BP money on governor’s beach mansion – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 06, 2016

FORT MORGAN, AL – Gov. Robert Bentley’s use of “leftover” BP grant money to renovate a dilapidated beachfront governor’s mansion has drawn its share of criticism. Orange Beach Councilman Jeff Silvers is one of those who think they money could have been better spent.

via Read it in Friday’s Baldwin Times: Jeff Silvers questions use of BP money on governor’s beach mansion – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Alabama state waters for red snapper extends from 3 to 9 miles – FOX10 News | WALA

January 06, 2016

The Congressional Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, includes a provision to extend Alabama’s state waters from three to nine miles. The bill includes additional provisions that attempt to address the ongoing Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery mismanagement that has resulted in abbreviated nine and 10-day seasons for private sector recreational anglers the last two years. The red snapper provisions in the bill were authored by Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

via Alabama state waters for red snapper extends from 3 to 9 miles – FOX10 News | WALA.

Concerns raised about proposal to develop island in Mobile Bay – FOX10 News | WALA

January 06, 2016

What would you think of an island roughly two square miles being placed just south of the Causeway in Mobile Bay — made up of dredged material? According to the Mobile Bay Sierra Club it’s a real possibility that the Army Corps of Engineers has been looking into for nearly five years and recently secured $2.5 million from BP money to help fund it.

via Concerns raised about proposal to develop island in Mobile Bay – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Fairhope continues to fight beach erosion – FOX10 News | WALA

January 06, 2016

After a major beach replenishment effort in 2014, the city of Fairhope continues to fight erosion problems at one of their public beaches.  The beach near the Pier Street boat ramp is losing about 10 percent of its sand each year.

For the second year in a row, tons of sand have been lost at the public beach south of Pier Street.  It’s an ongoing battle with Mother Nature and one that the city of Fairhope hopes to eventually win.

via Fairhope continues to fight beach erosion – FOX10 News | WALA.

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