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Beverly Jo Scott Fishing in AlabamaJune 22, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - When Beverly Jo Scott wants to unwind from her whirlwind European life and relax, refuel and have fun, her thoughts turn to home. “My family’s here, my roots – I’m born and raised here,” she said. “Nobody’s telling me ‘wow, what an accent.’ It’s primordial for me. My roots are here. My branches are in Europe but my feet are firmly planted in the Gulf Coast.”

 

And for her that home is sometimes visiting with relatives. And it’s always fishing Alabama waters like she did growing up in Mobile, Washington and Baldwin counties.

 

“I was born in Mobile and raised in Baldwin County and moved to Belgium,” she said. “I play in Belgium and all over Europe. I’ve toured Europe many times. I’ve been over there 30 years.”

 

But what she really considers home is when she has guitar in hand and a mic in front of her onstage at the Flora-Bama.

Pick -up the Pass at the Point - A GoodPeople Clean The Beach Event

June 20thSaturday
Time: 8:40am – 4:20pm
Location: Alabama Point

Carrying on the momentum from ‘The Floppers Ball’- 1,900+ lbs of canned food & $800+ in monetary donations was collected for the Bay Area Food Bank. (The single largest single donation to date for the food bank) The Floppers Ball attendees helped feed an estimated 5,700+ meals to needy Gulf Coastians.

Drive, Float, Stroke, Boat, or Swim over and Pick-Up The Pass at The Point. Any time between 8:40am to 4:20pm – Participants are encouraged to ‘Leave no trace’ – Trash bags will be supplied by Alabama P.A.L.S

To sweeten the kitty, Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be provided.

Benefiting: Share the Beach www.alabamaseaturtles.com/

This event is to bring education and awareness to the Share the Beach – Alabama Seaturtle program. www.alabamaseaturtles.com

“No matter the size of the donation (all are appreciated), the funds are used to continue the work of finding and protecting the sea turtle nests and ensuring that the hatchlings have a chance to get to the water.  We use screen wire to protect the nest from predators, wood stakes to tape off the nest area and material to place a tarp around the nest when hatching is imminent.
Education is critical for us to spread the word to residents and visitors that they have a stake in helping us reach our goal.  Public outreach is necessary.”
- Sandi Caudill Adopt-A-Nest Coordinator

Event Link -  Facebook Page

 

Bushwhacked at the Flora-BamaJune 17, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL - (PKF) - Local author Chris Warner, a resident of Perdido Key, Florida, has revised the popular book, “Bushwhacked at the Flora-Bama” to include a 32-page addendum chronicling what has happened at the iconic, gulf coast watering hole during its past three years of new ownership.

 

The addendum contains interviews with the Flora-Bama’s new principal, John McInnis, chief operating officer, Cam Price, long-time owner Pat McClellan, original owners Bubba and Connie Tampary, longtime bartender Phil Harter, entertainers Rhonda Hart and Jack Robertson as well as updating fans on the revered institution’s many facility improvements and new events.

 

The new book contains the original book, plus the 32-page addendum, and a new, related picture spread.

 

“The Flora-Bama is so much to so many people.  More than just a bar, the fabled vacation destination and haunt has united revelers from far and wide for more than three generations.  It’s an unstoppable force of good times, great music and great people!” Warner said.  

Tacky JacksJune 15, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Jeff Wheelock is no stranger to the art of carving. As a fourth generation woodcrafter, born from German and Native American master woodcraftsman he has carved his name into history along the Gulf Coast and the world. His pieces span throughout over 56 countries. Jeff will be demonstrating his skills in live chainsaw art and carving at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores on Wednesday, June 17 from 11am-12pm. The event is part of the Art al Fresco summer lunch and learn series at the waterfront venue. The live demonstration is open to all ages and there is no charge for this special event.

Jeff Wheelock will make a second appearance this summer on July 15, 2015 at Tacky Jacks Gulf Shores.

For more information on the Summer of Fun at Tacky Jacks to include Art al Fresco or any of the other weekly activities visit www.tackyjacks.com. To find out more about the artist Jeff Wheelock visit www.wheelockgallery.com.

27.2lb snapper 5 5 07June 11, 2015 - WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), today announced full committee passage of the Fiscal Year 2016 CJS appropriations bill, which contains critical provisions affecting fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.  Following today’s action by the Committee, the bill will go to the full Senate for consideration.

“The red snapper fishery is vital to fishermen and businesses across Alabama, and it is clear that the federal government’s continued mismanagement of the fisheries must be addressed,” said Senator Shelby.  “That is why I included several provisions in this year’s CJS bill that I believe will help respond to the serious challenges facing anyone who wants to fish for red snapper in the Gulf.”

Flora BAma fishing rodeoJune 10, 2015 - Perdido Key, FL (PKF) - Flora-Bama’s 2nd Annual Fishing Rodeo was scheduled for this weekend, June 11th-14th. After closely monitoring the weather forecast, the team has come together to make a decision to post-pone the rodeo until June 25-28th. This decision is based on the safety of our anglers, which is our number one priority and concern. With the forecast predicting seas between 5ft and 8ft on Friday and 5ft and 7ft on Saturday, 0 to 20 miles offshore per NOAA marine forecast, we do not feel it is responsible to send our anglers out into the waters to compete in a tournament. More forecast information can be found at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/zone/gulf/mobmz.htm.

All tournament rules will remain the same and everything will still be based out of Flora-Bama Yacht Club, across the street from Flora-Bama behind our Liquor Store. If you have purchased a rodeo ticket or any competitive division tickets, all of those tickets are still good for the rodeo.

Orange Beach Full Moon PaddleJune 8, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The City of Orange Beach - Relay for Life Team is gearing up for their 2nd Full Moon Paddle, to be held Sunday, June 28.  The first event, earlier in June was a tremendous success and the City’s Relay Team is planning to continue holding these events throughout the summer and early fall.

 

The event is being held at the Wind & Water Learning Center, located at 26267 Canal Road, behind the Orange Beach Public Library.  Prior to participants leaving to experience the night time paddle, Cayman Grill will be serving dinner at 6:15 pm.  Thereafter everyone will don their headlights and PFD’s and take to their kayaks or canoes to paddle in the moonlight.

By DAVID RAINER, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

June 6, 2015 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Chris Sherrill of Orange Beach, Ala., has a new mantra for anglers on the Alabama Gulf Coast – “Wait, don’t throw that back.”

Sherrill, the head chef and co-owner of Flora-Bama Yacht Club, which is across the road from the famous watering hole, is on a quest to get anglers who catch a wide variety of saltwater fish to keep several species that were once considered inedible.

Some of the species that Sherrill and his sous chef, Haikel Harris, have developed new methods of preparing include stingray, gafftopsail catfish and ladyfish.

What prompted Sherrill to try to make these “bycatch” species palatable was his experience with lionfish, an invasive species with venomous spines but delicious, flaky flesh.

Lionfish have infected many areas of the Gulf Coast, including Alabama. They are voracious eaters and compete with native fish species for forage. Because lionfish seldom are caught on hook and line, the colorful fish is harvested by divers.

There has been a push by everyone in the marine sciences to try to limit the lionfish population, and Sherrill was enlisted to promote the preparation of lionfish for the table.

That effort has been so successful it has somewhat backfired for Sherrill in terms of prices and availability.

“About 18 months ago, lionfish was an unknown threat,” Sherrill said. “There was a small group of people who knew it was a problem, that there was an invasion, but did not realize the magnitude. In December 2013, we formed the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition to tackle the problem, where concerned citizens, divers and chefs got together and said we were going to hit this head on. We said we were going to spearhead a project, no pun intended, to tackle the lionfish problem. As we got into it, people thought poison and venom were the same things. We were able to educate the public that there are venomous spines but no poison in the flesh. We proved that lionfish is an edible species. In fact, it’s one of my favorites.”

Hugh Branyon Backcountry TrailMay 29, 2015 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Alabama State Parks will host several guided hikes in celebration of National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6. National Trails Day was created by the American Hiking Society to promote the importance of hiking trails in the U.S. The hikes will be led by park naturalists and volunteers and will take place at various state parks throughout the state. The hikes are free and no reservations are necessary. Park entrance fees are required where applicable.
 
Alabama State Parks is currently facing a funding crisis that threatens to close more than half its parks. Participation in events like National Trails Day is critical to keep all 22 of Alabama’s state parks open. About 90 percent of the annual funding to operate state parks comes from user fees such as lodging, gate entries, camping and meeting space rentals.
 
Trails have always been a component of Alabama’s state parks. In addition to highlighting the state parks trail system, events like National Trails Day attract more visitors which, in turn, help the parks remain open.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab May 29, 2015 - Dauphin Island, AL (DIA) - Marine scientists on the Alabama Gulf Coast who work with marine mammals were beaming last week as the ribbon was cut on the new Marine Mammal Center at Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

In the past, when stranded marine mammals were studied and necropsied, it was done under tents that were pitched to keep the scientists out of the blazing sun but offered little relief from the heat and insects attracted to the decomposing animals.

Ditch the tent: They’re moving on up to the inside. The new facility will give those scientists state-of-the-art technology to study species like the West Indian manatee and the bottlenose dolphin, an animal that has suffered a significant increase in mortality in the past five years.

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