ORANGE BEACH, AL — Back in about 2001 Margaret Long says her efforts to save the old Orange Beach Hotel on Canal Road were successful. This time around not even the town historian’s efforts can save the 1923 structure. Long said the city first bought the property in 2001 for $1.2 million to make Waterfront Park. Long said she and others lobbied to keep the old hotel and were successful.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — This year when the Camp-Rap-A-Hope kids fished with the Orange Beach Fishing Association (OBFA) not one fish could be kept for their annual family day-fish fry. But according to Tom Steber, manager of Zeke’s Marina, the OBFA, Zeke’s, and Wolf Bay Lodge will donate 350 pounds of swai fish so the fish fry will go on.
GULF SHORES — South Baldwin Community Theater in Gulf Shores, is proud to present their first Young Artist Series production of the 2014-2015 season with “Rapunzel.” Rene Schwartzbuckle is cuckoo for a turnip-type vegetable called rapunzel.
GULF SHORES, AL – On Monday, Sept. 29 at 3:25 p.m., the Gulf Shores Police Department responded to the 800 block of Waterway West Boulevard regarding a traffic collision involving two vehicles.
Bird banding sessions have been held at Fort Morgan State Historic Site for the past 30 years in the spring and fall to give people a chance to see the birds up close and personal and possibly even hold one to let it go. This year’s fall event held Oct. 4-12 will be the last one with the recent passing of the event’s founder Bob Sargent.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama — To help celebrate October which is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, The Haven will be showcasing man’s best friend at two adoption events during the month. The Haven will be at Pet Supermarket in Daphne from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4. The Haven will also be at the usual second Saturday of the month location of PetSmart in the Eastern Shore Shopping Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11.
SPANISH FORT, Alabama — Goodwill Easter Seals announced its new 26,420 square foot facility in Spanish Fort in the Eastern Shore Center across from Publix Super Market. The new facility, located at 10718 Eastern Shore Blvd., will house a donation center, retail store and community center.
DAPHNE, Alabama – “Let’s Paint the Town Pink for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Those were the words made by Meredith McCampbell, administrative assistant to Daphne Fire Chief James White, to Dorothy Morrison, president of the Daphne Beautification Committee earlier this month.
FAIRHOPE, Alabama – Although it may be said that some people are nervous or even dread visiting the dentist, this statement does not hold true with Northcutt Dental Practice when it holds its seasonal community outreach, Dentistry with a Heart Program.
Santa Rosa Island Authority staff wants to ban spear guns and spear poles at a popular snorkeling reef in the Gulf of Mexico at Park East as a safety precaution. ”It’s for families to go out and snorkel and enjoy the site,” W. A. “Buck” Lee, Island Authority executive director said of the reef that is highly publicized to tourists.
Seeing a raccoon can be pretty rare, unless you are Brian Trivett. “The wife seen one and I’ve seen one.” He says lately it’s pretty common in his neighborhood. “Basically I didn’t realize they were so big. The wife told me she’s seen a couple of them and the woman on the corner right opposite where I live has now got a a trap out trying to catch em.”
via Two Rabid Raccoons Found in Foley.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Zaxby’s is jump starting the month of October with all treats and no tricks. The restaurant chain is bringing back, “Repeat Days” Customer Appreciation Day in Baldwin County. Four Zaxby’s locations in Baldwin County will provide customers who make purchases on Wednesday, October 1st with a color coded receipt good for the same order free of charge once between October 6th through the 19th.
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) – Baldwin County sheriff’s deputies said a welfare concern investigation found a 4-year-old child with meth in its system, and put four adults behind bars. Authorities said they were called to 15737 Highway 98 Lot E for the tip, which said there was a possible meth lab at the location. They said the residents, Eric and Amanda Wells, granted consent fo rthe search. Officials said they found a recently active meth lab.
Ships at the Port of Pensacola mean big business for the area. Just last weekend, more than 200 crew members spent the weekend in town while their ship was docked for maintenance. Each day a ship is docked, it’s charged $6.24 a foot. The City of Pensacola says ships are usually between 500 and 599 feet.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) It may seem like it’s over because we haven’t had any major storms, but hurricane season is still in effect through November 30. If you’ve lived along the Gulf Coast long enough and follow these storms you’ll remember late season hurricanes like Opal and Sandy.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – According to the September newsletter from the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach, the old two-story building that housed a hotel before Canal Road was built will have to come down because of structural issues. ”Plans are being made for a new gallery facility which will honor the history of the old building, but feature a new, highly functional and beautiful art space,” Desiree Blackwell, director of the center wrote in the newsletter.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – There was a lot of tire flipping, dummy dragging and hose hoisting going on at Fire Station One in Orange Beach on Monday. That’s because the 18 firefighters from all over the state are right in the middle of a five-week course that will allow them to shed their “volunteer” status and take their job to another level.
via OBFD hosts volunteer to career fire fighter training.
ELBERTA, Alabama — When Doug Stewart is working, a 9mm handgun is in a holster at his waist. But Stewart, 59, isn’t a law enforcement officer or a security guard. The former Army sergeant spends about five hours a day at the restaurant he owns serving folks coffee, grits, omelets and his cook’s specialty — pecan french toast.
Nature has reclaimed a two mile stretch of beach property that once was home to the Gulf State Park Hotel and Convention Center. Ten years after Hurricane Ivan destroyed it there are still signs of what once was.
via New State Park Lodge Update.
September 29, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL — The membership of the Gulf Shores Garden Club presented a monetary donation to the Weeks Bay Reserve in support of the Weeks Bay Arboretum. The arboretum is a living museum that functions as a teaching classroom for students and the public.
FOLEY, Ala. — Hobby Lobby is set to open in the Forware City in two weeks. Officials from the national retail chain of craft and home décor stores have announced the Foley location will open its doors at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 13.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The City of Fairhope is the spot for several fun fall events in October, including the Coastal BirdFest Expo, 32nd Annual Grand Festival of Art, Fairhope FETE fashion week, Polo at the Point, downtown trick or treating, and the Rileigh & Raylee Angel Ride and Concert.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest kicks off Oct. 1 with an orientation and welcome reception at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center,followed by three days of bird tours around Mobile Bay and Baldwin County.
In preparation for launching a Pensacola Bay ferry service in May 2017, Gulf Islands National Seashore is inviting park users and the public to an open house to review its proposed plans for land-based services at Fort Pickens. The informal open house is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Naval Live Oak Seashore headquarters in Gulf Breeze at 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway.
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – The state of Mississippi has announced a weekends-only fall red snapper season. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Executive Director Jamie Miller says in a news release that state waters will open to red snapper fishing every weekend in October and the first weekend in November.
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) The second of two public hearings on the proposed I-10 bridge was held Monday night at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Causeway. The meeting started with several elected officials and project manager talking about the proposed bridge. Resident were also allowed to give their input on every aspect of the project.
I might be new to the Alabama Gulf Coast, but I’ve already discovered a few things in my first full year living here; like how each season brings a different visitor: Summer is the traditional high season, when tourists flock to our sugar-white sand beaches to soak up the sun. Winter is snowbird season, and the spring break crowd hits town in March. Fall is arguably the best season here—if not for almost zero humidity and close-to-perfect temperature, then for the food.
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — On Oct. 7 Dean Mosher will kick off the 2014–2015 season of the Tuesday Book Review & Lecture series of the Fairhope Public Library with a review of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama — The rain held off just long enough for The Wharf’s inaugural Uncorked, a wine and food tasting event along Main Street on Saturday night. A few hundred people came out for the culinary event including Katrina and Leon Frazier of Mobile, Ala. Katrina was enjoying a glass of red wine around 7 p.m.
FOLEY, Ala. — Baldwin County residents looking to enjoy Gospel and contemporary Christian music, fun and food should head to the Forward City Saturday for Gulf Coast Gospel Jubilee. The event is set for 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Foley Sports Complex, located at 998 W Section Ave, Foley.