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Perdido Key Wine & Art FestivalMarch 31, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF)- The sixth annual Perdido Key Wine & Art Festival will be at VillagioTownCenter (13700 Perdido Key Drive) on April 2-5.

The festival has been extended from its original two-day length to a four-day experience. Throughout the event, guests will have the chance to taste a variety of wines from different regions, including the U.S., Europe and South America.

“We will feature a different region daily so guests will have an opportunity to sample two dozen wines during course of the festival,” event coordinator Lori Raisch said. “On Easter Sunday visitors can explore on their own and experience all that the Perdido Key area has to offer, including our beautiful beaches and delicious dining options at local restaurants.”

Read more: Perdido Key Wine & Arts Festival

Coastal Alabama ChamberMarch 18, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) & Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber has launched a five-year Business Action Plan designed to focus on assisting existing businesses with growth and profit sustainability.The plan, named "Advantage Coastal Alabama", will also enhance the Chamber's ability to work on recruitment of new businesses, education and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and the environment.

Leonard A. Kaiser, President of Kaiser Real Estate Sales, has accepted the role of Campaign General Chairman for Advantage Coastal Alabama.

"We've had our challenges over the 40 years I've been doing business here," said Kaiser. "From hurricanes to the BP oil spill, our community has always responded by working together and each time we've come back even stronger than before. Now is the time to move forward with a united focus addressing key issues of economic growth and year-round profitability of our existing businesses, new business development, transportation, education and workforce development."

Read more: Chamber Launches 5-Year Strategic Plan for Business Development

March 6, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) has partnered for 17 years with Wildlife Forever to conduct the State Fish Art Contest. The contest requires student artists to depict a state fish. Prizes are awarded in four categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12, with students in grades 4-12 writing a one-page essay about the fish, its natural habitat and the importance of that habitat in addition to the artwork.

Artists can choose to depict either of Alabama’s state fish – ­the largemouth bass or the fighting tarpon. Participants can also choose to draw state fish from other states, which are listed on the Wildlife Forever website. Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2015, and mailed to Wildlife Forever, 2700 Freeway Blvd., No. 1000, Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430.

Read more: Youth State Fish Art Contest Enters 17th Year

The Refuge Golf Course at Gulf State ParkMarch 3, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The Refgue Golf Cousse at the Gulf State Park is one of coastal Alabama’s most popular attractions. Surrounded by undeveloped parkland, the 18-hole championship course is family-friendly and provides a natural setting for golfers of all ages and skill levels.

Situated in the middle of a wildlife refuge,the course is surrounded by natural coastal woodlands and wildlife. 

There are a wide variety of trees along the course that include southern pines, live oaks, magnolias, Japanese maples, pecan trees and hickory trees. In addition to the trees flowering shrubs, such as azaleas, provide beautiful colors during the spring. There are also herds of deer, wild hogs, small bobcats, fox squirrels and some huge alligators here at the state park golf course. In the heat of the summer there is an influx of alligators, especially around the ponds. 

Read more: Playing a Round in a Wildlife Sanctuary - The Refgue Golf Course at Gulf State Park

2015 Orange Beach Seafood Festival at the WharfFebruary 28, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The 23rd Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show was held at the Wharf for the first time. Based on the number of folks attending the event and the number of food and craft booths it was a huge success. 

 The photos were shot from the Beach Express Bridge and the top of the Orange Beach Event Center Building.

Read more: First Orange Beach Seafood Festival at the Wharf a Huge Success