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Flora-Bama Yacht Club Fundraiser for YouthSeptember 24, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) – Flora-Bama Yacht Club is pleased to partner with Youth-Reach Gulf Coast in making a difference in the lives of young men. As part of an annual golf tournament held at Craft Farms Golf Resort, the Flora-Bama Yacht Club will be hosting a dinner with special guest speaker, Willie Robertson.

Willie Robertson is an American TV personality, businessman, outdoorsman, hunter and author. He is best known for his appearances on the reality TV series Duck Dynasty on A&E, and is the current CEO of the company Duck Commander. Youth-Reach Gulf Coast and Flora-Bama Yacht Club are excited to welcome Willie to the Yacht Club on Thursday, October 22nd.

Youth-Reach Gulf Coast operates a full service, Christ-centered residential program for troubled, at risk delinquent young men between the ages of 18 and 21. It takes place on an 81-acre campus in rural Summerdale, Alabama. The program is designed to remold values, redirect lives, and lead the young men who come to us to a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. Youth-Reach is a non-profit organization with 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.

September 9, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) -Paar Media Group Ad Agency Award Paar Media Group has been selected for the 2015 Best of Orange Beach Award in the Advertising Agency category by the Orange Beach Award Program.

Each year, the Orange Beach Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Orange Beach area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Orange Beach Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Orange Beach Award Program and data provided by third parties.

Special unveiling takes place Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m.

September 8, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – The newest addition to The Oyster Trail is a statue entitled “Waters, Ways & Wildlife” by Orange Beach artist Nick Cantrell. The oyster, which portrays the route of Alabama’s Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway amid a beautifully depicted coastal scene, will be unveiled Thursday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Orange Beach Welcome Center (23685 Perdido Beach Blvd.).

The Oyster Trail is a fun and educational public art treasure hunt throughout coastal Alabama. It is a project of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program with partners including the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

by Outdoor Alabama

September 8, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Do you enjoy taking photos of Alabama’s scenic beauty and wildlife? If so, Outdoor Alabama magazine wants to see your photos. Entries for the 2016 Outdoor Alabama Photo Contest are now being accepted online

The contest is open to adults and youth ages 6 and up. A total of 10 photos per person may be entered in the following categories: Alabama State Parks, Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians, Other Native Wildlife, Scenic/Pictorial, Nature-Based Activities, and Plants and Fungi.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 31, 2015. For more information call 800-262-3151 or email Kim Nix atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To see complete rules and view winners of previous contests, visit

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit

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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.


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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.