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By Davis Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
December 23, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - While many of us have been busy searching for the perfect Christmas gifts these past few weeks, one group at Dauphin Island has been on an unusual quest for a totally different prize – fish fillets.
Nope, there’s no big Christmas fish fry planned. The search for fish fillets is part of an intensive training regimen for the Alabama Marine Resources Division’s new canine program to sniff out violators of state and federal fishing regulations.
Marine Resources (MRD) Chief Enforcement Officer Major Scott Bannon said when MRD’s Enforcement Officers, even with their limited resources, made seven cases against people for hiding fish in one week, he knew there had to be a better way to detect violators.
December 22, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The Marlin that makes wishes come true granted a Wounded Warrior the gift of mobility for the holidays. When Tacky Jacks set out to raise money to give away an Action Track Chair to a Veteran in need they had no idea that they would meet their goal so fast. The donations that were received at each of the three Tacky Jacks locations and online were matched dollar for dollar by the restaurant chain allowing them to meet their goal in just three short months.
Staff Sargent Jason Picaro, a retired Marine, was presented the chair at a ceremony at Tacky Jacks in Orange Beach on December 18. Jason joined the Marines at 17 and was deployed once in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. It wasn’t until he came home on leave to visit his fiancé that he was hit by a suspected drunk driver leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Jason was honored by Senior Vice Commandant Donald “Scooter” Fredrickson of the Marine Corps League, Commandant Mike Graham, Staff Sargent James Lopes, and several Marines of Aviation Maintenance Squadron 1 that are stationed at Pensacola NAS.
December 15, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - Having spread holiday cheer amongst family and friends for over 50 years, this year the iconic roadhouse overflows in tidings of joy with more food and fun than ever! Along with all the great music and fine oyster bar fare at its historic site, the Flora-Bama now offers two more fine eateries for the holidays across the road. Along with the 5-star, flip-flop, open air dining with Chef Chris Sherrill at the Yacht Club, next to its marina, now stands the Ole River Bar & Grill, an enclosed sports-bar venue with 40 HD TV’s, 16 craft/draft beers, music Fri/Sat, and great food by Chef Chris Kelly. Both will be open, at NO COVER, for fantastic New Year's Eve culinary extravaganzas with music, the Alabama vs. Michigan State and Clemson vs. Oklahoma playoff games, party favors and complimentary champagne at midnight to bring in the New Year!
December 15, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today drew attention to a new report that outlines serious flaws with the federal government’s data collection efforts, especially as it relates to Red Snapper in the Gulf of Mexico.