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July 12, 2014 - Mobile, AL — The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, Kenyen R. Brown, and NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Tracy A. Dunn announce that David Braley was sentenced yesterday in two related cases.
First, Braley was sentenced to serve 30 months imprisonment for violations of the Lacey Act, Title 16, United States Code, Section 3372 and 3373. This charge was based on illegal sales of Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish including Red Snapper with a market value of $10,660.50.
Braley was ordered to pay $3,731.18 in restitution to the owner of the vessel he used to illegally catch and sell the fish and $319.82 to the National Marine Fisheries Service.
July 10, 2014 – Orange Beach, AL (OBA) – Brand new Sharky’s Family Adventure Park, a family leisure and entertainment destination, located at The Wharf, celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber on June 25.
Chamber members, local business owners, and adventure tourists spent the afternoon eating, drinking, and traversing through the sky. The Southern Grind, a staple restaurant within the Wharf, catered the event. A local country and Americana musician, Destiny Brown, performed. Attendees tested out the Sky Trail®, Sky Rail and Sky Tykes™ ropes courses, many for the first time.
July 9, 2014 - Pensacola, Fla. - It’s been nearly two years since the Navy’s Blue Angels performed over Pensacola Beach, Florida, and locals and visitors anxiously await their return next weekend, July 11 and 12. This Blue Angels’ beach homecoming will be even more spectacular than usual as it will open with a pre-show fly-over of World War II airplanes that will honor and INCLUDE veterans of World War II.
Julian MacQueen, founder and CEO of Innisfree Hotels, together with Pensacola attorney Roy Kinsey and the Santa Rosa Island Authority, have organized a tribute to World War II veterans. MacQueen and Kinsey, both experienced pilots, will join other aviation enthusiasts and their vintage airplanes, which are set to arrive in Pensacola on Thursday, July 10, for the weekend Air Show.
July 8, 2014 - Fort Morgan, AL (FMA) - “Damn the torpedoes!” Legend has it that Rear Admiral David Farragut uttered the often-quoted phrase shortly after dawn on Aug. 5, 1864 as he led his fleet of 18 Union warships through the mouth of Mobile Bay and into the largest naval battle of the Civil War. Mobile Bay and Fort Morgan will come alive Aug. 1-3 much like they did that fateful day and the days following for a festival to commemorate the brave fighting men on both sides of the battle.
Sponsored by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, the three-day event will feature the largest Civil War re-enactment held on Southern soil, a nighttime pyrotechnical bombardment of Fort Morgan, more than a dozen tall-ship sailing vessels, along with authentic Civil War era food and entertainment.
July 6, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach on July 12 will present Photography Class: Seeing Beyond the Obvious.
Participants are urged to arrive by 6:45 a.m. to catch the early light and the class is from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $75 and there must be a minimum of four people with a maximum size of 10.
A $35 nonrefundable deposit will hold a spot with the balance due on the day of the seminar. All skill levels are welcome and all are encouraged to bring a lunch and a drink. Bring a point-and-shoot camera and a laptop if you have one available.
July 5, 2014 - Mongtomery, AL - Hunters wishing to register for Alabama’s ninth regulated alligator hunts have until 8 a.m. July 8, 2014, to do so. Registration must be completed online at www.outdooralabama.com. Only Alabama residents and Alabama lifetime license holders ages 16 years or older may apply for tags. Alabama lifetime license holders may apply for an Alligator Possession Tag even if they have moved out of the state.
A total of 240 Alligator Possession Tags in three zones will be issued for the hunts by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The administrative fee to apply for an Alligator Possession Tag is $22 ($20 administrative fee plus a $2 transaction fee per person, per zone) and individuals may only register one time per zone.
July 4, 2014 - Montgomery, AL - Break out that fishing tackle again and fuel up the boat; it’s time to go red snapper fishing. Alabama anglers who love to catch the tasty reef fish recently received a reprieve from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr.
Gov. Bentley, Commissioner Guy and Alabama Marine Resources Division Director Chris Blankenship finalized plans recently to open red snapper fishing in state waters on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July, just in time for two of the largest fishing tournaments in the state and nation. Anglers will also be able to catch gray triggerfish, another species with the season currently closed in federal waters.(Pictured: . Conservation Commissioner N. Gunter Guy Jr. (left) and Conservation Advisory Board member Joey Dobbs show off a nice snapper caught on the Lady Ann out of Dauphin Island.)
July 3, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The City of Gulf Shores would like to make all residents and visitors aware of the exiting traffic plan that will be activated immediately following the Fourth of July fireworks show.
The following traffic plan is being implemented to help direct the flow of exiting traffic more efficiently by routing traffic onto major roadways where traffic signals are coordinated to give priority over secondary streets.
July 2, 2014, Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beeach AL (OBA) – Prepare your palette and eye for art as The Art of Alabama Food exhibit makes its way to the Alabama Gulf Coast from July 2 to Aug. 9 at The Compleat Studio at The Wharf. Featuring 36 professional food shots from the “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” brochure and as part of the Alabama Tourism Department’s (ATD) “Alabama Food” campaign, the exhibit celebrates chefs and restaurants that represent the state’s trademark twist on Southern cuisine.
July 1, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - This timeless roadhouse and honky-tonk continues into its 50th year with more Good Times, Great Music and Fine Food for the whole family this Fourth of July, while the Flora-Bama continues to gear up for its “Official Anniversary Aug. 1.”
It was in 1964 when Theodore Tampary had the foresight to establish the iconic watering hole, locating it directly on the state line after Florida, in a monumental land swap, deeded two miles of its pristine white sandy shores to Alabama in exchange for the construction of the Perdido Pass Bridge.
June 30, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - At approximately 12:30 Monday morning Engine 2, Engine 1, Engine 5, Marine 5 and Rescue 11 responded to a reported boat fire at Bear Point Marina.
Upon arrival, crews found a 35' vessel fully involved and a 48' vessel with heavy fire showing. Both boats were live-aboard vessels. Crews contained the fire to the two original vessels with some radiant heat damage to a third which was in the next slip.
After the fire was extinguished crews placed absorbent boom to contain any potential fuel leakage. All units cleared the scene at 4:30 a.m.
There were no injuries. The cause of the fire in under investigation.
June 29, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — The Blue Marlin Grand Championship is proud to announce an exclusive live television with Mobile, AL based Local 15 TV (NBC) of the Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal inked between Tournament Director Scott Burt and Robert Totsch, Sinclair Market Manager and Local 15 TV General Manager, will bring nearly two hours of live coverage from The Wharf in Orange Beach on Saturday, July 12. Local 15 TV (NBC) will broadcast the weigh-ins live from 6:30PM until 8:00PM followed by a twenty minute live wrap up show from 10:10PM until 10:30PM.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to broadcast our weigh-ins on live television,” said Burt. “Last year had a historic night when we weighed in two new state record blue marlin. With our live coverage this year, we feel we are again making tournament history here on the Gulf Coast. There is so much anticipation and so much on the line for the teams fishing this event. We could not ask for a better media partner than Local 15 TV. They see what this tournament means to our sport, to the city of Orange Beach and to our entire region.”
June 28, 2014 - Gulf Shores (GSA) and Orange Beach (OBA) AL - Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) invites local eateries to take part in Alabama Restaurant Week, an Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) initiative that celebrates Alabama restaurants and is part of the department’s Alabama Food campaign. This year’s event takes place from Aug. 15-24, and the deadline to sign up is July 15.
June 26, 2014- Orange Beach, AL (OBA) & Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 4:31 a.m. Gulf Shores Police Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Gulf Shores Parkway in response to a call of a possible sexual assault. The victim, a 14 year old girl, was unconscious when the officers arrived. Shortly thereafter the victim was transported for medical treatment and Gulf Shores Police detectives began investigating.
Upon regaining consciousness the victim said that she was in a vehicle with two adult men she had just met that night. While riding around south Baldwin County, which included the cities of Orange Beach, Foley, and Gulf Shores, the male subjects provided the 14 year old alcohol. Information provided to investigators indicates the 14 year old became intoxicated and during the early hours of Wednesday, June 25, 2014 and she was raped.
June 26, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Governor Robert Bentley along with The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Marine Resources Division announced Thursday that Alabama State waters will open for the harvest of red snapper and gray triggerfish on all Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July.
“The state red snapper season will be open during three of the biggest weekends for fishing: The Fourth of July weekend, the Roy Martin Dauphin Island Young Anglers Tournament and the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Red snapper fishing is popular along the Alabama Gulf Coast, and the extra fishing days are good for the Gulf Coast economy. I welcome fishermen to take advantage of the additional opportunities for red snapper fishing in our waters.”
The bag limit will be two red snapper per person per day and two gray triggerfish per person per day. The minimum size for red snapper will be 16” total length and the minimum size for gray triggerfish will be 14” fork length. Federal waters remain closed to red snapper and gray triggerfish harvest.
Fishermen are required to report red snapper harvest to the Marine Resources Division. Only one report is required per vessel trip, and fishermen can provide details via a smartphone app available under “Outdoor Alabama” in the iTunes or Google Play app stores; online at outdooralabama.com; by telephone at 1-844-REDSNAP (1-844-733-7627), or by paper forms available at select coastal public boat launches. Additional information can be found at www.outdooralabama.com/fishing/saltwater/redsnappercheck.