GULF SHORES, Alabama - Gulf State Park was devastated when Hurricane Ivan made landfall in Gulf Shores ten years ago. Campgrounds were submerged, roads flooded, forests were damaged and cabins were destroyed. But the storm’s biggest impact was at the fishing pier and at the state park lodge. Both structures were leveled.
via Gulf State Park: 10 Years After Hurricane Ivan
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – When you look back at the destruction left in Hurricane Ivan’s wake, it’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years. But if you ask Liberty Linen Warehouse Manager James Eldred, he still vividly recalls the damage left behind.
via Orange Beach remembers Hurricane Ivan a decade later | FOX10 News
As of 3:45 p.m., 5,231 Baldwin EMC customers were without power in 25 different areas, ranging from Weeks Bay to Gulf Shores to Orange Beach, according to the electric cooperative’s spokeswoman Karen Moore.
via Thousands left without power in south Baldwin County after strong thunderstorms roll through | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL — Saturday Gulf State Park is going to the dogs. Hosted by Gulf State Park in conjunction with the American Kennel Club’s Responsible Dog Owner Days, this celebration will feature a full day of fun on Saturday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.. Pups and pup parents are all invited to come down.
via Gulf State Park raising money for dog park, pet adoptions Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The city council and Mayor Tim Kant will discuss the city’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year Monday at a special meeting at 3 p.m. in the Delchamps Room at City Hall. The budget proposed by Kant includes more than $61 million in total revenue with $56 million in expenses and a $5 million surplus
via Fairhope to discuss budget on Monday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Another, much larger waterspout formed this morning about 11:30 a.m. in the Santa Rosa Sound near Navarre, on the heels of last night’s waterspout along Pensacola Beach.
via Severe weather rolling in; waterspouts spotted.
GULF SHORES, Alabama – With a specially equipped patrol car, the city’s police department is trying out new license-plate reading technology this month. Through an agreement with California-based Vigilant Solutions, the police department started a free 30-day trial of the company’s Automated License Plate Recognition product on Aug. 26.
via More cameras on streets in Gulf Shores as police try out new license-plate reading technology | AL.com.
Hurricane Ivan was a high category 3 at landfall with winds between 120 and 130 mph. It made landfall around 1 am on Thursday, September 16, 2004 along the Fort Morgan Peninsula, near Gulf Shores. Ivan was the strongest Hurricane from Baldwin to Santa Rosa Counties in more than 100 years.
via Hurricane Ivan’s Impact on the Gulf Coast
This is a beach trip like none other, “Got my “If it fits, it ships” box?” It started 20 years ago. ”Brings back memories of us walking out on the beach as a family.” Tammy and Steve Hall, along with their three children, vacationed in Gulf Shores and decided to take part of it home with them.
via Beach Sand Returned after 20 Years
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama– Katherine Webb and AJ McCarron tied the knot early in July, but pictures of the wedding have not been revealed until now, when the couple chose to release them via entertainment show Extra.
via Katherine Webb and AJ McCarron’s wedding pictures have been revealed | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. The Wharf Uncorked Wine & Culinary Event, a tantalizing three-day event, will combine delicious food, wines and live entertainment with a pinch of Southern flair and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality.
via Get ready to get ‘Uncorked’ at The Wharf – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Gulf Coast Buzz.
LOXLEY, Ala. — Just over a year ago, Terry Ray Pollard, then a resident of Texas, set out on a mission to take that calling literally, carrying a cross through all 50 states. In April of 2013, Pollard, an ordained minister, had a street ministry in Fort Worth when a personal crisis forced him to turn to God for direction.
via Texas man walks through Baldwin on mission to carry cross in all 50 states – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
SILVERHILL, Ala. — The Town of Silverhill will celebrate its 31st Heritage Day Festival on Saturday, Sept. 20 celebrating the town’s cultural heritage with arts and crafts, family entertainment and historic talks centered on honoring our past and present mayors.
via Silverhill celebrates roots at Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 20 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — Rains held off and there was a good turnout on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the PZK Civic Center in Robertsdale for the Cool Wheels, Hot Wings and Pretty Things fundraiser for Under His Wings. The event featured a car and motorcycle show hosted by the Gear Jammers and Mardi Gras MG British car clubs, along with a hot wing eating contest and arts and crafts festival.
via Cool Wheels, Hot Wings and Pretty Things benefit for Under His Wings boasts good turnout – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FOLEY, Ala. — September is a busy month at the Foley Public Library with activities of interest for the entire family. The fun begins Thursday with the first installment of the Foley Public Library’s Fall Film Series.
via Foley Library celebrates banned books – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – An abandoned and dilapidated Fairhope home may soon be destroyed to the delight of neighbors. It’s what’s commonly referred to in real estate as a “zombie home” where there’s a discrepancy between the mortgage holder and the owner of record as to who owns the property. The property is on South Ingleside Street about a block from Thomas Hospital. It’s surrounded by weeds and half of a dead tree has fallen across the roof.
via Fairhope eyesore may soon come down | FOX10 News
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) New taxes are never popular but the City of Spanish Fort says it’s for a good reason: population growth and the demands of that population on the city’s basic services. The lunch hour is a busy time at Cheryl’s Cafe. Business is good but every dollar counts.
via Possible New Taxes in Spanish Fort – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.
GULF SHORES, AL – The Gulf Shores City Council work session previously scheduled for Sept. 15 has been canceled.
via Gulf Shores council work session for Sept. 15 canceled – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
September 15, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – The Gulf Shores Police Department is currently testing License Plate Recognition technology. On Tuesday, Aug/ 26 a License Plate Recognition reader was attached to a GSPD police car to conduct a thirty day demonstration. Vigilant Solutions met with Chief Delmore during the Alabama Association of Police Chiefs conference recently and explained how the system works.
via Gulf Shores Police testing new tag recognition technology.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Solving traffic problems in Orange Beach has always been a priority for city officials. And it’s not just highways. Pedestrian safety is a big concern as well. Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said the city is looking at accelerating a sidewalk projectin areas along busy Canal Road and on some of the side streets like William Silvers Parkway and Lauder Lane.
via Orange Beach embarks on quality of life initiatives | FOX10 News
Halliburton Corporation said it has reached a $1.1 billion (£0.7bn) settlement for claims related to its role in BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company, said to be North America’s major oil services provider, was contracted by BP to cement the Mocando oil well in the event of a disaster.
via Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy – Halliburton agrees $1.1bn Gulf oil spill settlement.
So far, 29 condominium units have presold in the planned 80-unit Phoenix Gulf Shores on West Beach Boulevard in Gulf Shores, according to Tillis Brett of Brett Robinson Real Estate Development Co., the project developer. Site work is already underway on the 22-story tower where three-bedroom units start at $495,000. Brett Robinson paid $3.9 million for almost 2 acres with 200 front feet on the Gulf. Tucker Shaver of REMAX Paradise represented the sellers.
via 227-lot Firethorne subdivision planned in Fairhope; 3 acres added to Lott Middle School campus | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – The Coastal Business Chamber of Alabama unveiled its new website design and Spectrum Resorts was the host at the monthly First Friday Forum at LuLu’s in Homeport Marina. Capt. Mark Robinson captured these images.
via Coastal Business Chamber of Alabama’s First Friday Forum – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Center for Biological Diversity’s Florida office singled out the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friday for not keeping track of how new watercraft permits for thousands of boat docks, piers and boat ramps are affecting the water mammals. The group has previously sued the federal government over endangered species but declined to say whether it would do so this time.
via Stepped Up Manatee Protection Demanded – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.
BAY MINETTE, AL — A man accused in the fatal hit-and-run of a spring breaker in March is asking a Baldwin County judge to remove GPS and alcohol monitors while he is out on bail. A hearing on a motion to have the monitors removed will be Sept. 18.
via Man accused in hit-and-run death wants judge to remove monitors – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
September 12, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – Gulf Shores Police Department needs help identifying a burglary suspect. The image at right was recovered from a burglary that occurred at Hooters in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 11. We would like to point out a couple of identifiers to help identify the suspect. He has longer blonde hair, a large ring on his right hand and was wearing flip flops.
via Hooters burglary suspect sought by Gulf Shores police.
GULF SHORES, Alabama – Lucy “LuLu” Buffett, owner of LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, recently announced her plan to open a second LuLu’s location in Destin in a low-key way, via Facebook. She posted: “Uh, did I forget to mention…” along with a photo of a sign at the new spot. “Keep calm and eat gumbo,” the sign reads. “Destin 2015.”
via ‘Crazy Sista’ Lucy Buffett to open second LuLu’s restaurant in Destin in 2015 | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, Alabama - A year-long dispute between two Gulf Shores neighbors has turned ugly. Shawn Grow admits his language was a little salty when he cursed his neighbor after her dog defalcated in his yard. Grow says he used the f-word three times and directed it at 67-year old neighbor Kathy Matter.
via Gulf Shores Man Fights Harassment Conviction After Cursing Neigh