Vibrio vulnificus is a bacteria in the same family as cholera and parahaemolyticus (which causes digestive distress), according to Environmental Toxicologist John Guarisco with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Vibrio vulnificus is normally found in seawater because it requires salt to live. Guarisco said the family of bacteria has been around since before the human species inhabited the coastal areas.
PENSACOLA BEACH - Tourism officials in Florida are scrambling to keep the flesh eating bacteria scare from ruining the rest of the summer season. 32 people have been hospitalized from Vibrio Vulnificus in the Sunshine State this year. Ten have died.
via Will Flesh Eating Bacteria Impact Beach Tourism?.
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Vibrio vulnificus is the Latin genus and species of a flesh-eating bacteria. If you’ve been to the beach, you’ve likely been exposed to it. The problem comes with beachgoers who have open cuts or sores or compromised immune systems, and the effects can be deadly. Mark Langham had a run-in with flesh-eating bacteria, and 10 years later, he’s still feeling the effects.
via Local man recounts battle with flesh-eating bacteria – WSMV Channel 4.
BAY MINETTE, Ala. — Priscilla Myers still has feelings for her slain son’s best friend and the man who held the gun that killed him, Chris Washington, but she can’t yet begin to forgive him. “It’s just been terrible,” Priscilla Myers said. “I have feelings for Chris, but I still believe he meant to kill him.”
Organizers with the Hangout Music Fest have announced that limited early bird tickets for the 2015 festival will go on sale Wednesday. Three-day tickets for the festival, set for May 15-17 on the public beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., will be sold for $189, down from the planned regular price of $249.
Boom goes the cannon! Bang go the dollars! With thousands of visitors expected at Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines for the three-day 150th Battle of Mobile Bay commemoration this weekend, local leaders hope for an economic surge that also delivers an eye-opening education.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — From pens and paper, erasers and glue, to backpacks and even uniform clothing, Catholic Social Services is working with other local organizations to ensure that students have what they need to head back to school this month.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The Fairhope Museum of History will host “Tea for Two” on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with museum director Donnie Barrett. Each Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m., the Museum hosts a ‘tea’ where guests enjoy a cup of delicious Baldwin County tea, cookies and a lecture on an interesting aspect of Fairhope history.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — An episode of “Dog and Beth: On The Hunt,” part of which was filmed in Robertsdale and the surrounding area, is set to air this Saturday on the CMT network. The episode was filmed in March after veteran bondsman Gage Huffstatler of Fast Feet Bail Bonds reached out to Duane “Dog” Chapman, his wife Beth and their crew which also includes son Leland and grandson Dakota.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. — An 18-wheel fuel tanker overturned on an interstate entrance ramp late Wednesday night, resulting in an inferno which closed the elevated section of highway.
GULF SHORES, AL (WLOX) – Money is once again flowing into coastal Alabama. New construction can be seen everywhere you look. To say that Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have made a comeback would be a huge understatement. Just look at the numbers. In 2013, the two cities raked in $349 million in lodging revenue, and $683 million in retail sales. That is an increase of more than 30 percent since 2010, the year of the spill. If there’s one reason for the turnaround, it’s this, according to tourism bureau President Herb Malone.
GULF SHORES, AL – Leonard A. Kaiser, CEO of Kaiser Real Estate Sales, Inc. is pleased toannounce Mike Steward has accepted the position of President and COO for the company. Mike was formerly the CEO and Co-founder of Steward Real Estate.
FORT MORGAN, Alabama — As the Battle of Mobile Bay re-enactment begins Friday night in and around historic Fort Morgan, there are some questions that need answers. Living History Interpreter John Gurner at the fort sorted through what’s fact and what’s fiction.
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Multiple sources tell News Five the EEOC complaint was filed by Dean McGowan, an investigator with the DA’s office. Dixon is his boss. News Five has learned Dixon and McGowan had an on-going relationship while McGowan was married and we’re told it was common knowledge in the halls of county government in Bay Minette.
via Baldwin DA Named in Harassment Complaint.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – With the economy on an upswing, more new home developments are going into Baldwin County. One of the hot spots for this is the Spanish Fort area. One development in what’s known as the golden triangle area has the potential for thousands of homes.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. WPMI It’s tranquil now. The grass is neatly trimmed, tourists and history buffs strolling along its walls and passageways. But 150 years ago, Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island discovered itself on the other side of a historic event.On the other side of the bay, Fort Morgan was about to fall under siege by Union troops. The Battle of Mobile Bay would literally be fought between them. Soldiers would have to lay down their daily duties, and pick up arms. Even the fort’s blacksmith would answer the call.
July 30, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Friday the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store will mark its 50th year. The “Official” Anniversary Celebration is set to begin Friday, Aug. 1, with a “Blast-to-the-Past” Party featuring ’60s prices and music. From 11 a.m.– 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, enjoy 50-cent drafts, burgers and fries for only $1.50, $1 tall boy Schlitz, along with $1 “War Eagle” and “Crimson Tide” specialty drinks, and select T-shirts in the gift shop for $10.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. – No one was hurt as firefighters from six area volunteer fire departments battled a house fire for nearly two hours on Wednesday. Robertsdale Fire Chief Michael Lucas said he received the call at around 12:47 p.m. at the home located east of the Baldwin Beach Express off of County Road 48 South in Robertsdale’s fire jurisdiction.
Montgomery, Ala – Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie P. Magee reminds shoppers that beginning this Friday, August 1, through Sunday, August 3, many necessary school items will be exempt from the state’s four percent sales tax. If the shoppers’ cities and counties are participating this year, local sales taxes will also be exempt on the designated items.
MOBILE, Alabama – The 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Mobile Bay postage stamp was dedicated during a ceremony at the History Museum of Mobile Wednesday morning. There was standing room only as the ceremony, led by Postmaster of Mobile Reginald Capers, began with the posting of the colors by the U.S. Coast Guard ATC Mobile Color Guard.
BAY MINETTE, Alabama — A sentencing hearing is set for Thursday for a man who was convicted in May of manslaughter in a 2012 Orange Beach shooting. Jon Washington, 43, was found guilty in the death of his friend, Kenneth Myers, 49.
There’s nothing like a shark sighting to create a little excitement and/or panic for swimmers in the Gulf of Mexico. Two hammerhead sharks were reported along the Florida Panhandle Tuesday, with one occurring next to the Navarre Beach fishing pier and one near Destin’s East Pass. Each got wildly different reactions from the people who were around to witness them.
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Bay Wood Products is getting into the garden mulch business. The Robertsdale manufacturer of wood products said it will also make wood chips that can be used for energy production, prompting an expansion if its facility in Baldwin County.
As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5th, News 5 has been exploring some of the more interesting aspects of what could be one of the most significant battles of the Civil War.
On a chopper ride over South Baldwin County it’s easy to see damage and debris caused by April’s super flood that still clutter waterways. That was three months ago and roof’s, refrigerators, piers, everything washed into rivers and bays, is still there.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WALA) – If you’re in the market for a new home, there’s no shortage in Baldwin County. Many are move-in ready and there are plenty of lots ready to build to spec. It’s a trend the county hasn’t seen since the recession hit several years ago.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) It has been three months since historic floods devastated our area, now there’s still some recovery work left to do. ”It was horrendous, I never want to go through anything like that again,” said Gulf Shores resident Lauree Robinson.
Local government officials in the Houston area are being flooded by emails from BP employees as a part of a “strange and unprecedented” campaign to get them to drop a lawsuit filed against companies involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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