Scuba group proposes underwater playground off Alabama coast for younger, less experienced divers | AL.com

July 30, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – The Alabama Gulf Coast Reef and Restoration Foundation is looking to improve upon and add to some existing reef structures off the Alabama coast to create “Poseidon’s Playground,” a group of scuba reefs shallow enough for young or beginning divers and interesting enough to draw attention to the area.

via Scuba group proposes underwater playground off Alabama coast for younger, less experienced divers | AL.com.

Phish returns to Alabama this weekend; here’s what fans can expect at the shows, one of which already sold out | AL.com

July 30, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – It might seem corny to call Phish “en fuego” in the middle of their 2014 tour, but they arrive in Alabama absolutely torching the latest leg of their run promoting their 12th studio album. Recorded in Nashville (and a little in Muscle Shoals!) late last year, “Fuego” marks arguably the strongest studio work in years from the Vermont-based foursome who remain the kings of the jam band circuit.

via Phish returns to Alabama this weekend; here’s what fans can expect at the shows, one of which already sold out | AL.com.

Tall ships to reenact Battle of Mobile Bay on Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 30, 2014

FORT MORGAN, AL — Fort Morgan will commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay this weekend Aug. 1-3 with a reenactment of the Siege of Fort Morgan that is sure to blow visitors out of the water. The event begins on Friday night with artillery firing to signal the beginning of the Siege, and will continue on Saturday with the reenactment of the largest naval battle of the Civil War, which will culminate in the Grand Bombardment that evening.

via Tall ships to reenact Battle of Mobile Bay on Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Florida officials frustrated with release of Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds

July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration isn’t moving fast enough to release hundreds of millions of dollars slated to help the Gulf Coast recover from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Florida officials said Thursday. Congress passed the bipartisan RESTORE Act in 2012, creating a way to distribute billions in civil fines levied against BP and other companies involved in the spill, which befouled coastal beaches, ravaged marine ecosystems and damaged the tourist trade.

via Florida officials frustrated with release of Deepwater Horizon oil spill funds.

Exclusive: Driver of BRATS bus speaks with Fox10 | FOX10 News – Mobile

July 30, 2014

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) – “All of a sudden your mind kind of flashes and you’re thinking, ‘Am I going to live through this, too?’ And by then it was all over.” Those were the thoughts running through BRATS bus driver, Raymond Mayo’s head a split second before an SUV slammed into him. The crash killed the driver of the SUV, 35-year-old Shawn Wiggins and injuried all 12 people on the bus.


via Exclusive: Driver of BRATS bus speaks with Fox10 | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Assistance on the way for spring flood survivors | AL.com

July 29, 2014

BALDWIN COUNTY, Alabama — Assistance is still forthcoming for survivors of the spring’s floods, according to Bill Stephens, vice president and treasurer of the local office of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters. The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is a national forum where agencies share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle — preparation, response and recovery — to help disaster survivors and their communities.

via Assistance on the way for spring flood survivors | AL.com.

Daphne Beautification team updates Top 10 projects – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 29, 2014

DAPHNE, Ala. — The Daphne Beautification Committee and Public Works Department’s July meeting was very exciting as they worked down, and added to, their “Top 10” project list. Daphne’s Community Development Director, Adrienne Jones, discussed an excerpt from the city’s “A Comprehensive Plan 2000-2020” report.

via Daphne Beautification team updates Top 10 projects – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

1 dead, 12 injured in causeway traffic accident | FOX10 News – Mobile

July 29, 2014

One person was killed and 12 others were hurt when a Chevy S10 Blazer collided with a Baldwin County Rural Area Transportation System BRATS passenger van on the causeway in the eastbound lane. Officials said the person driving the SUV was killed in the accident. Eleven on the bus and the driver were injured.“They vary. I saw one who had a leg injury and one who had difficulty breathing. None that I saw to be life threatening,” the Spanish Fort Police Chief said.


via 1 dead, 12 injured in causeway traffic accident | FOX10 News – Mobile.

Graham Creek Preserve Future Discussed – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories

July 29, 2014

FOLEY, Ala. (WPMI) As the City of Foley continues to push into the profitable world of sports tourism, some residents are pushing back. Especially when it comes to hosting events at the Graham Creek Natural Preserve. On Monday, July 28th, city leaders hosted a public meeting regarding the park and the residents’ concerns about using it for sporting events.

via Graham Creek Preserve Future Discussed – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.

Drowning Victim to be Laid to Rest Monday

July 28, 2014

GULF SHORES, Ala. - The teenage swimmer who drowned at a Gulf Shores beach last week will be laid to rest Monday morning. Chaston Brown’s funeral is set for 11:00 Monday morning at Still Water Baptist Church in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. The family has done some fundraising to help pay for his funeral, but they are still in need of funding.

via Drowning Victim to be Laid to Rest Monday.

Orange Beach Buzzz – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Business

July 28, 2014

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — The buzzz is quieter this week as the City of Orange Beach remembers the contributions of Councilman Al Bradley.  This man gave of his service and talents unselfishly for you, me others and future generations of Orange Beach. His leadership was from a position of knowledge and understanding, and only emotional when trying to explain the magnitude of a complex situation in simple sound bites. He gave freely to all with no strings attached. He took nothing.

via Orange Beach Buzzz – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Business.

National Seashore to launch teen sea turtle program

July 28, 2014

Area students and their teachers will be given the unique opportunity this year to conduct sea turtle research and monitoring at the Gulf Islands National Seashore, thanks to new in-service program called Turtle T.H.I.S. The acronym stands for “Teens Helping the Seashore” and is being made possible through an $18,000 Park Stewards grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

via National Seashore to launch teen sea turtle program.

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