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Flora bama Live MusicAugust 19, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - In anticipation of the 31st Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters’ Festival, two hit songwriters, Bobby Tomberlin and Bill LaBounty will be performing at the world famous Flora-Bama on August 28th.  The upstairs main room, or “listening room” as it is referred to by songwriter performance fans will be the location for this exclusive event.

Grammy, CMA and ACM nominee Bobby Tomberlin began his career in the music business at the early age of 11 as a disc jockey at WLVN in his hometown of Luverne, Alabama. During this time, he interviewed legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, and Keith Whitley. Mel Tillis gave Bobby his first publishing contract, and he is currently a staff writer for CURB Records Publishing in Nashville, Tennessee. 

August 15, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Below are the agendas for both the Committee of the Whole and the Regular Council Meeting coming up Tuesday, August 18, 2015.


Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

August 14, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Judging by the number of record fish caught in the past year and a half, it appears Alabama’s saltwater fishing is doing just fine.

Ten records were established in 2014, and five more have been established in 2015 with several months left to fish.

One of the most impressive fish that made the record book was a snowy grouper caught by Tyler Kennedy of Mobile in 2014. That fish weighed 68 pounds, 9 ounces. The world record is 70 pounds, 7 ounces.

Another record set in 2014 was a king mackerel caught by Jeremy Goldman during last year’s Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo. That fish was a dollop of fish slime away from 70 pounds. The official weight was 69 pounds, 15.84 ounces.

The cubera snapper caught by Brett Rutledge of Mobile was another impressive 2014 catch at 84 pounds, 9 ounces. Also on the big fish list was a jack crevalle caught by Joseph Condry Pope IV of Alabaster, Ala., that weighed 40 pounds, 2 ounces.

Others on the 2014 record listed included a 5.0-pound Darwin’s slimehead (aka big roughy) caught by Lance Smith of Lithia Springs, Ga.; a scorpionfish caught by Ike Farmer of Salem, Ala., that weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces; a sharksucker caught by Dylan Andrew Bauman of Spanish Fort, Ala., at 5 pounds, 13.2 ounces; a great northern tilefish caught by Dick Paul of Pensacola, Fla., at 35 pounds, 5.6 ounces; a tomtate caught by Lauren Ogle of Muncie, Ind., at 1 pound, 4.6 ounces; and a whopper of a big eye tuna caught by Bobby Abernathy of Merryville, La., at 236 pounds.

Logo CoastalAugust 13, 2015 - Montreal, Canada - The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber was selected as 2015 Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).  The award was presented last night at the ACCE Annual Convention in Montreal.   Chamber Chairman Vince Lucido, President Ed Rodriguez, and Membership Director Vicki Stillings were in attendance representing the Chamber at the ACCE Awards Ceremony at Montreal's Palais des Congres.

Chamber of the Year is a prestigious international award and is the only award recognizing the dual role Chambers have in leading businesses and communities. Chambers honored with this designation have not only demonstrated organizational strength, but also have made an impact on key community priorities such as education, transportation, business development, and quality of life.

Bridges to Success in FoleyAugust 11, 2015 - Foley, AL (FA) - Foley High School's "Camp Lion Pride" and Foley Middle School's "Mane Event" are half day orientations supported by South Baldwin Chamber Foundation's ACEd Program as a part of Bridges to Success. This important program helps elementary students transition to middle school, and middle school students transition to high school. The orientations help to take the guess work out of the first day of school by giving new students an idea of expectations and partnering new students with Link Leaders and Peer Helpers who are upperclassmen trained to assist their peers. South Baldwin Chamber Foundation assists with providing counselors, T-shirts, snacks and supplies for the event.

Alabama Festival of FlavorAugust 11, 2015 - Foley, AL (FA) - October is just around the corner and there is so much to do all around the great state of Alabama, but you probably haven’t heard about one of the best kept secrets. The Alabama Festival of Flavor in downtown Foley, Alabama is by far one of the best festivals our state has to offer. The event will kick off at Noon on Saturday October 3 and be open until around 8pm.

From Alabama grown food to local breweries, this is an event you definitely want to mark on your calendar as a “do-not-miss”.

August 10, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Flora-Bama, the iconic roadhouse and honky-tonk brings its 3rd annual edition of "Bulls on the Beach", Friday and Saturday, September 11th-12th.  This rip-snorting, spine tingling sensation features 2,000 pounds of bull trying to buck off a professional cowboy in just under a seemingly eternal eight seconds!  Each rider has to ante up for this "Invitation Only" event with the winnings going to who best masters these bucking beasts!

The whole family is invited with gates opening at 6pm:  Friday & Saturday with admission $25 ($40 both nights) for adults over 18; $15 ($20 both nights) for 7-17; and free to kids under 7. Members receive free $5 drink ticket with purchase both nights.  All military and first responders to receive a $5 free drink Friday, in memory of 9/11.

A portion of the ticket sales to benefit the Jennifer Claire Moore Foundation providing training and consulting services for schools, youth organization, and non-profit corporations to help youth successfully navigate the pressures of today's issues, and excel into adulthood. The motto of their Peer Helper program is "be the good, show the way, lend a hand!"


  1. Regular Council Meeting 07/21/15    
  2. Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes 07/21/15    
IV. Unfinished Business  
V. New Business  
  1. Discuss Police Support Services. (TK)    
  2. Discuss reappointing member to Gulf Shores Orange Beach Tourism Board for full term. (KG)    
  3. Discuss Property Acquisition on Illinois Street to mitigate street and private property flooding.  (KA)    
  4. Re-appoint members to the Construction Board of Adjustments. (LS)    
VI. Adjourn  


July 30, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Sandstock, the Flora-Bama's tribute to the old hippie celebration, Woodstock... Wear your favorite hippie attire next Saturday, August 8th, as the Flora-Bama goes back in time in a tribute to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the "3-day festival of Love and Music" that would come to define the hippie generation. 

Festivities begin at noon with all your favorite artists dressing up while performing renditions of their favorite songs made famous by Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and other greats from that fabulous era!

Featured artists to include Jack Robertson, Lea Anne Creswell, Rick Whaley, Cathy Pace, the Rhythm Intervention, Ultraviolet, Hotel Oscar, Federal Expression and the rest of your favorites.

The first 100 folks dressed up will receive complimentary "Love Beads" and Flora-Bama Brownies while they last. Souvenir Tie-Dye shirts will also be available in the Gift Shop with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the local Community Drug and Alcohol Council.

Publisher's note: You'll see some sights... It's a great event for people watching! 

Boating Safety ClassJuly 27, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The “About Boating Safely” classroom course will be provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-10 at the Orange Beach Community Center on August 8, 2015 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Upon completion of this 8-hour boat safety course you will receive a boating safety education certificate that satisfies Alabama’s requirements for a boating license. The course provides instruction in types of boats, boating law, boat safety equipment, boat handling, and navigation. The course is open to ages 12 and above at a cost of $35.00 per student or $45.00 for two family members sharing a book. The cost includes a textbook, instructional materials, and lunch. Registration is required. This is the last Coast Guard Auxiliary class scheduled for this year. To register for the course contact John Griggs at (251) 955-1443.

Photo: Instructor John Griggs points to a navigation aid in the Mobile Bay mock up during a Boating Safety Course taught by Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-10 in the Orange Beach Community Center.