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June 15, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Orange Beach Public Library was awarded a $8,750 Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant by the Alabama Public Library Service.
This Collection Development Grant allowed the Library to replace the library’s outdated VHS movies with the equivalents in DVD format. More than 635 DVDs were purchased for replacement.
The project responds to the Library’s five-year plan by continuing to expand and maintain collections that respond to our community’s needs. The new replacement DVDs have been placed in a prominent display at the Library’s entrance so that patrons may peruse the new selections.
June 13, 2014 - Loxley, AL - Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Lee gave the following presentation during a news conference on June 12. His remarks were lengthy and the introduction is presented here with a link to his full text.
Dr. Alan Lee:
Good afternoon. I’m Alan Lee, superintendent of Baldwin County Schools. Recently, Mr. Ira Harvey issued a report related to an Orange Beach School System, separate from the Baldwin County Public School System.
We committed to review Mr. Harvey’s report. We have meticulously done so and today, we want to share with you our findings.
Let me be clear that our purpose of evaluating the report is so that the citizens of Orange Beach have the facts to make the best decision possible, if in fact a separate school system is pursued.
You can read the full report here.
June 12, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the Gulf Shores Police Department will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event at McDonalds at 2000 Gulf Shores Parkway. There will be no Power Point presentation, no agenda – just coffee and conversation.
This will be your opportunity to meet Gulf Shores Police in a relaxed setting. Anyone can attend the event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members of the department will be on hand to answer questions and concerns from community members.
Any questions you can contact Cpl. Josh Coleman at 251-968-3557.
June 12, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - At approximately 3:21pm, the Orange Beach Fire Rescue responded to a call for a swimmer in distress off of the Alabama Point East Beach access, just east of the Perdido Pass jetties. Lifeguards from the City of Orange Beach Surf Rescue and Firefighters from stations 1, 2, and 5 arrived to discover that the swimmer had submerged.
Firefighters and Surf Rescue immediately deployed two jet skis and lifeguards to start a line search for the missing swimmer. Oasis Helicopter Tours provided aerial support in the search by taking an Orange Beach Fire Department Firefighter up to assist rescuers in the water.
Thirty-two minutes into the rescue, the victim was found on the sandbar approximately 50 yards from the shore. The investigation determined that the victim was swimming with friends when he was observed further out from the rest of the group. The group then determined that the victim was struggling and called Orange Beach Surf Rescue.
June 11, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL - The City of Gulf Shores is seeking input from citizens as it decides whether to issue a five-year permit to continue the Hangout Music Festival through 2020. There is one year, 2015, left on the current five-year permit. The City Council will discuss renewing the permit at its June 16 work session.
Citizens can fill out a survey online about the Hangout. To take the survey, visit Hangout Survey.
by David Rainer, www.OutdoorAlabama.com
June 10, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Have any idea how far away a bull shark can pick up a blood trail?
Believe it or not, it’s one mile. That’s right, 5,280 feet.
And that is one of the reasons there has been a change in the way anglers in Alabama can fish for sharks.
After tweaking the language in the regulation to ensure safe fishing practices would not be hindered, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division recently enacted a regulation to prohibit chumming or bloodbaiting for sharks in certain areas.
The regulation reads:
“It shall be unlawful within three hundred feet of the shoreline, or on a public pier, or on a private pier where an unsafe condition is created, on or in waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Marine Resources Division as provided by Rule 220-2-.42, to fish for or target sharks or any species by those methods commonly known as ‘chumming’ or ‘bloodbaiting.’
“For purposes of this regulation, ‘chumming’ shall be defined as the throwing of bait or fish parts into the water to attract fish.
“For purposes of this regulation, ‘bloodbaiting’ shall be defined as the use of blood, chemical or synthetic attractants, fish parts, chicken parts or other animal parts to attract fish or sharks.
“It shall be unlawful, on or adjacent to the waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Marine Resources Division as provided by Rule 220-2-.42, for any person to surf fish for sharks, bow fish for sharks, or fish for or target sharks by any other means from any pier or beach in such a manner that presents an unsafe condition to any beach goers, sun bathers, swimmers, or any other person.”
June 10, 2014 - Foley, AL (FA) - Delight dad and the entire family Father's Day Weekend at the 10th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Foley Sports Complex, located at 18507 US Hwy. 98 W.
Festival grounds open Friday, June 13 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, June 14 at 6 a.m. with activities the whole family can enjoy and admission is free!
June 9, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The My America team traveled down to the Flora-Bama – a famous beach bar located right along the Florida-Alabama border. There they found a contest you'll only see in America – the Interstate Mullet Toss.
This morning on Fox and Friends, Elisabeth Hasselbeck brought us a look at this extraordinary event.
June 9, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The City of Gulf Shores has been awarded the 2014 Outstanding Planning Award for a Project or Implementation Tool by the Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) for their work to develop Waterway Village along the Intracoastal Waterway.(Pictured: From left are Todd McDonald, member of the AL APA Awards Committee, Andy Bauer, Gulf Shores Planning and Zoning Director, Tom Magee, Chairman of the AL APA Awards Committee.)
The award was presented to Planning and Zoning Director, Andy Bauer, at the Chapter’s 2014 Awards Ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Bauer says he believes Waterway Village is a model for other coastal cities with regards to smart growth, neighborhood revitalization and preservation of historic working waterfronts.
June 7, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Bill’s by the Beach (BBTB) is proud to announce it is now serving up its fresh, flavorful menu with fabulous Gulf views to residents and visitors in the Gulf Shores area. After a successful soft opening on May 15 during the Hangout Festival, BBTB officially opened for business on May 22.
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for BBTB on June 10 at 9 a.m. BBTB is Gulf Shores’ newest restaurant, located directly across from the public beach on West Beach and featuring fabulous Gulf views.
Marshall Tucker Band to kick off 2014 Flora-Bama Shootout ~ Thunder on the Gulf /ThunderRun Super Boats
June 6, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Gulf Coast Powerboat Association (GCPA) is proud to announce that classic Southern Rockers, The Marshall Tucker Band, will be in concert on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm. The concert will be held at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf. Tickets are $20 for General Admission and $45 for Premier Seating. Platinum VIP Ticket Holders will get in FREE! All tickets are available at www.ThunderOnTheGulf.com.
Kathy Melson, Event Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Powerboat Association said, “This year we are putting on two fantastic events in two fantastic cities in one weekend!” Billed as the 'Flora-Bama Shootout’, the 11th Annual Thunder on the Gulf Powerboat Races will be held on Friday, August 22nd, in beautiful Orange Beach, AL and the Inaugural ThunderRun Super Boat Grand Prix event starts on Saturday August 23rd and races take place on Sunday, August 24th in historic downtown Pensacola, FL.
The weekend festivities kick off on Thursday August 21st, with a Welcome Party at the Flora-Bama Yacht Club from 4-6pm. The GCPA is thrilled to announce that classic southern rockers, The Marshall Tucker Band, will be in concert later that evening at The Wharf’s Orange Beach Event Center.
June 6, 2014 - Montgomery, AL - Alabama residents who have participated in the state’s alligator hunting seasons in the past will find several changes for the 2014 season.
First, for the first eight years the season has been existence, people could apply for an alligator tag as many times as they wanted as long as the application fee was paid each time.
June 5, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – If you are looking for some afternoon fun this summer then look no further than Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores. The Summer of Funseries will feature different events to include regional artists, local organizations, and musicians each Tuesday through Friday. A monthly schedule of events at Tacky Jacks online.
June 4, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - June 7 is the date for the next Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Art Market conducted in partnership with the City of Gulf Shores.
The event continues to grow as dozens of local and regional artists display their original works of art, which includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastels, mixed media, pottery, jewelry, textile and carved wood. The Art Market features hands-on art activities for children as well as live musical entertainment and concessions. (Pictured: Artist Rick Hurst.)
June 2, 2014 - Dauphin Island, AL - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has begun to review data received from recreational anglers reporting red snapper landings as part of a new mandatory state reporting program. Although the nine-day federal season will not open until June 1, properly licensed Alabama anglers have begun to submit red snapper landings reports for fish caught from Florida’s state waters that opened May 24. Through Thursday, May 29, the landings database contains 68 trip records representing 268 anglers and 459 red snapper harvested. Anglers in possession of both Alabama and Florida licenses can keep red snapper caught in Florida waters and meeting Florida’s size and bag limits as long as the vessel stays in state waters and returns directly to the dock. ADCNR staff has validated trips with red snapper and collected lengths and weights.