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Public comment open on coastal waters management plan |

February 04, 2019
A 45-day public comment period has opened on a four-year conservation and management plan for Alabama’s coastal water environments. The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program has released a draft update of its Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for 2019-2023. It is the product, in part, of an August 2018 workshop that involved "178 community leaders and key stakeholders."
Source: Public comment open on coastal waters management plan |

Fort Morgan sign marks end of Alabama Scenic River Trail

February 03, 2019
Fort Morgan, Ala. (WKRG) -- Monday marks a big day for a group dedicated to highlighting recreation along Alabama's waterways.  Tomorrow at 1:30 at Fort Morgan members of the Alabama Scenic River Trail organization and others will dedicate this 600-pound sign.  The sign marks the end of the original 650-mile section of the River Trail.
Source: Fort Morgan sign marks end of Alabama Scenic River Trail

Mobile Bay Ferry – Today’s Conditions

January 14, 2019

Monday 1/14 – We are open and running one Ferry today. We are able not able to accommodate trailers or RVs today due to low tide.

Posted by Mobile Bay Ferry on Monday, January 14, 2019


Mobile Bay Ferry – Sunday’s Schedule

January 13, 2019

Sunday- It's a gorgeous day to ride the ferry! We are open and running one ferry. The boat departs Dauphin Island at…

Posted by Mobile Bay Ferry on Sunday, January 13, 2019


Volunteers unravel mystery of ancient site in Fort Morgan |

January 13, 2019
Hidden in plain sight. That’s how archeologists describe the prehistoric canal that links Oyster Bay and Little Lagoon built thousands of years ago by Native Americans. The 8 foot deep, 30 feet wide, half mile long canal was hand-dug by those early people only after they cleared the Earth of its thick forest - all without the use of modern tools. Early carbon dating results put their Herculean effort some 1,400 years ago.
Source: Volunteers unravel mystery of ancient site in Fort Morgan |

Fort Morgan Cleanup Day

January 12, 2019

Recent flooding along the #mobilebay watershed had have left TONS of debris along our #beaches.Come out to…

Posted by Joe Emerson on Friday, January 11, 2019


Yellow & Purple Flags flying on the beaches today

January 06, 2019

We are flying yellow and purple flags in Orange Beach today – Sunday, January 6th. Purple flags continue to fly due to…

Posted by Orange Beach Surf Rescue on Sunday, January 6, 2019

Tacky Jacks Tacky Sweater Contest

Tacky Sweater Beach Getaway Giveaway

December 30, 2018

December 30, 2018 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - Baby, it's cold outside! Who wouldn't like to trade in their white snow for white sand? Beach lovers have a chance to eat, drink and be TACKY this winter! Tacky Jacks is giving away a Gulf Shores and Orange Beach getaway to one creative crafter. Art enthusiasts of all ages are invited to make a tacky sweater using duct tape. “The idea came from years of teaching Ductigami classes at Tacky Jacks in Gulf Shores,” Tara McMeans said. “The restaurant is unique because it has colorful duct tape from floor to ceiling, each with a message that our guests leave behind. We have always wanted to incorporate a tacky sweater theme into our winter program. So, we bounced the idea around with our team and guess what? It stuck!”

Source: Tacky Sweater Beach Getaway Giveaway


Mobile Bay Ferry – Closed Due to Wind

December 27, 2018

We currently are not running due to high winds and rough Seas. Please check back for updates throughout the day.

Posted by Mobile Bay Ferry on Thursday, December 27, 2018


Civil War blockade runner uncovered in Fort Morgan surf |

November 27, 2018

The wreck of the Ivanhoe, a Confederate blockade runner, has been uncovered in the surf along Fort Morgan.

The Ivanhoe dates to the Civil War. It was an iron hulled paddlewheel steamer built in Scotland in May of 1864. The ship was sunk on its maiden voyage just seven weeks later as it attempted to steam into Mobile Bay, past the Union naval blockade set up between Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island. At the time, the Confederates still controlled both forts. The Union ships patrolled the mouth of the bay just outside of the reach of the cannons in the forts.

Source: Civil War blockade runner uncovered in Fort Morgan surf |


Governor Ivey Announces $48.7 Million for Restoration and Conservation Projects in Alabama

November 19, 2018
November 19, 2018 - Montgomery, AL - (OBA®) - Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved more than $48 million for eight new projects, which focus on the restoration and conservation of Alabama’s natural resources. “Alabama’s Gulf Coast is of great ecological importance to our state, and it is imperative we protect and restore those natural resources harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Governor Ivey said. “Today’s announcement gets us one step closer to success. We are improving our water quality in the Bon Secour River and Mobile Bay, bolstering our fish populations with the expansion of artificial reefs, and ensuring resiliency along our coastline. Thank you to our local, state, and federal partners for developing this impressive slate of projects.”
Source: Governor Ivey Announces $48.7 Million for Restoration and Conservation Projects in Alabama

US National Weather Service Mobile Alabama – 5pm Hurricane Michael Update

October 09, 2018


Posted by US National Weather Service Mobile Alabama on Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Tacky Jacks, Beach’N Buggys team up to help vets

October 05, 2018
Having access to the beach for handicapped vacationers can be a game changer for many potential travelers. “We have so many people we service and people are changing their vacation plans,” Beach’N Buggys co-owner Marie Palmer said. “They’ve been able to see the beach but they’ve never been able to get onto the beach and it’s absolutely amazing.”
Source: Tacky Jacks, Beach'N Buggys team up to help vets

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