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June 24, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Featured in a variety of publications, this waterfront mansion on FortMorgan road in Gulf Shores, AL has all of the luxuries you expect from a five-star resort.
Complete with white sandy beach, 450’ pier with boat house, boat lift and float on Jet Ski dock, screened pool and spa, ornate trim and details throughout as well as a state-of-the-art whole house system which allows control of everything from the coffee maker to the window coverings.
This one-of-a-kind property will sell Absolute, regardless of price, on-site Thursday, June 26. Excellent owner financing is available. The National Auction Group, Inc. of Gadsden will conduct the auction.
June 23, 2014, Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Tuesday, June 24, Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) contractors will begin shifting traffic to the bypass bridge at Little Lagoon Pass.
Beginning at 9 a.m., all westbound traffic on Highway 182 will be routed to the bypass bridge and all eastbound traffic will be routed to the bypass bridge beginning at 3 p.m.
June 22, 2014 – Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) – First Lady Dianne Bentley on Monday will complete her bucket list initiative by zip lining at Gulf State Park.
Mrs. Bentley is promoting Alabama State Parks during the Department of Tourism's Year of Alabama Parks.
In March, she unveiled “Mrs. Bentley’s Bucket List,” which lists activities and sights to see at nine of Alabama's 22 state parks. During the visit to Gulf State Park, Mrs. Bentley will go zip lining at the Gulf Adventure Center.
She will be on the course at about 10 a.m. and meet with the media afterwards.
June 21, 2014 - Dauphin Island, AL - Lynn Lowell of Gulf Shores High School, traveled to Dauphin Island, Ala. to attend the “Fins, Fish and Fisheries” teacher workshop at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL).
This program was part of the Discovery Hall Programs, the education and outreach department at DISL. The workshop was an educational weeklong program, from June 8-12. During that time the teachers immersed themselves into the seafood industry and barrier island culture, and designed ideas for classroom discussions for the upcoming school year.(Pictured: Teachers dissect a shark at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.)
June 19, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - The City of Gulf Shores will celebrate the Fourth of July with a stunning fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 4. In addition to the annual fireworks show, carnival-like activities will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Gulf Shores Public Beach.
“Beginning at 6 p.m., we will have stilt walkers, face painters, balloon artists, a live DJ, snow cones and more rolling right into the fireworks at 9 p.m.,” said Programs and Events Manager, Brigette Reynolds. “We are excited about continuing our rich Fourth of July tradition and invite all locals and visitors to celebrate with us at the Gulf Shores Public Beach.”
According to organizers, the fireworks will be shot off of a barge stationed due south of the West 2nd Street beach access point, leaving the main public beach area as an ideal location for spectators.
“The main public beach area will provide spectators with an incredible, front row seat,” said Reynolds. “We can’t thank Delta Marine enough for their help in securing the barge for us to put on this wonderful show.”
In addition to the fireworks, Sunny 105.7 FM will be broadcasting a patriotic musical element that will coincide with the show.
For more information about the City of Gulf Shores’ Fourth of July fireworks, contact the Special Events Division at 251-968-1172.
June 18, 2014 — Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated bands Goo Goo Dolls and Daughtry will hit the road in June for an extensive summer amphitheatre and arena tour.
The sixth stop on the tour that began June 12 in Connecticut will be The Amphitheater at The Wharf. Before coming to Orange Beach the tour will be in St. Augustine, Fla., Thursday and Tampa on Friday. (Pictured: Bassist Robby Takac, left, and vocalist-guitar player John Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls.)
According to officials at The Wharf tickets are still available for the show and can be purchased by visiting Amphitheater Ticket office
Also on the bill, performing an acoustic set, are Plain White T’s. The tour crisscrosses North America through the end of the summer.
“We are excited to finally be teaming up with Daughtry,” says Goos vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik. “Not only are we big fans of Chris, but we think this is going to be a huge party for the fans of both our bands. The combination of the two will make for an awesome summer night of great American rock music.”
June 18, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Tuesday, June 17 at approximately 6 a.m., Gulf Shores Police Department Communications Center received and in turn broadcast a “be on the lookout” (BOLO) for a reported stolen vehicle from Satsuma.
The BOLO described the stolen vehicle as a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado with two canines inside a kennel in the truck bed and some firearms inside. The BOLO also provided a description of the suspect and his clothing.
A short time later at approximately 7:20 a.m., GSPD Communications received a call from the victim of the stolen Chevrolet explaining that he just received a call by an unknown person who located both of his canines after finding the contact information on the dog collars. GSPD officers were dispatched to the 400 block of East Beach Boulevard to follow up on the recovered canines.
June 17, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - Pottery, drama, acrylic painting and pastels, opera, storytelling, mosaics, dance and more music - these are just some of the many things students who attend the Gulf Coast Arts Alliance Summer Fine Arts Camp will have the opportunity to experience.
The camp, which is a partnership between the GCAA and the First Presbyterian Church of Gulf Shores, will take place at the church, during the week of July 7-11, from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The goal of this camp is to give young people a unique glimpse into the world of fine arts, by participating in both hands-on classes and viewing several professional performances. (Pictured: Nationally renowned storyteller Pat Nease.)
June 16, 2014 — Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) — The Gulf Shores Police Department is taking you on a 2nd virtual ride-along. The Gulf Shores Police Department will host its second Tweet from the Beat in conjunction with the Global Police Tweet-a-thon. The event is set for Friday, June 27 from midnight to noon.
The Global Police Tweet-a-thon helps raise global awareness of the communication that can exist between law enforcement and the community. Throughout the evening, GSPD will share what they see and do through texts and photos tweeted from the beat. People following @GulfShoresPD will be able to ask questions and interact with our officers.
June 15, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The Orange Beach Public Library was awarded a $8,750 Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant by the Alabama Public Library Service.
This Collection Development Grant allowed the Library to replace the library’s outdated VHS movies with the equivalents in DVD format. More than 635 DVDs were purchased for replacement.
The project responds to the Library’s five-year plan by continuing to expand and maintain collections that respond to our community’s needs. The new replacement DVDs have been placed in a prominent display at the Library’s entrance so that patrons may peruse the new selections.
June 13, 2014 - Loxley, AL - Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Lee gave the following presentation during a news conference on June 12. His remarks were lengthy and the introduction is presented here with a link to his full text.
Dr. Alan Lee:
Good afternoon. I’m Alan Lee, superintendent of Baldwin County Schools. Recently, Mr. Ira Harvey issued a report related to an Orange Beach School System, separate from the Baldwin County Public School System.
We committed to review Mr. Harvey’s report. We have meticulously done so and today, we want to share with you our findings.
Let me be clear that our purpose of evaluating the report is so that the citizens of Orange Beach have the facts to make the best decision possible, if in fact a separate school system is pursued.
You can read the full report here.
June 12, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL (GSA) - On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the Gulf Shores Police Department will host a “Coffee with a Cop” event at McDonalds at 2000 Gulf Shores Parkway. There will be no Power Point presentation, no agenda – just coffee and conversation.
This will be your opportunity to meet Gulf Shores Police in a relaxed setting. Anyone can attend the event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members of the department will be on hand to answer questions and concerns from community members.
Any questions you can contact Cpl. Josh Coleman at 251-968-3557.
June 12, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - At approximately 3:21pm, the Orange Beach Fire Rescue responded to a call for a swimmer in distress off of the Alabama Point East Beach access, just east of the Perdido Pass jetties. Lifeguards from the City of Orange Beach Surf Rescue and Firefighters from stations 1, 2, and 5 arrived to discover that the swimmer had submerged.
Firefighters and Surf Rescue immediately deployed two jet skis and lifeguards to start a line search for the missing swimmer. Oasis Helicopter Tours provided aerial support in the search by taking an Orange Beach Fire Department Firefighter up to assist rescuers in the water.
Thirty-two minutes into the rescue, the victim was found on the sandbar approximately 50 yards from the shore. The investigation determined that the victim was swimming with friends when he was observed further out from the rest of the group. The group then determined that the victim was struggling and called Orange Beach Surf Rescue.
June 11, 2014 - Gulf Shores, AL - The City of Gulf Shores is seeking input from citizens as it decides whether to issue a five-year permit to continue the Hangout Music Festival through 2020. There is one year, 2015, left on the current five-year permit. The City Council will discuss renewing the permit at its June 16 work session.
Citizens can fill out a survey online about the Hangout. To take the survey, visit Hangout Survey.
by David Rainer, www.OutdoorAlabama.com
June 10, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - Have any idea how far away a bull shark can pick up a blood trail?
Believe it or not, it’s one mile. That’s right, 5,280 feet.
And that is one of the reasons there has been a change in the way anglers in Alabama can fish for sharks.
After tweaking the language in the regulation to ensure safe fishing practices would not be hindered, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Division recently enacted a regulation to prohibit chumming or bloodbaiting for sharks in certain areas.
The regulation reads:
“It shall be unlawful within three hundred feet of the shoreline, or on a public pier, or on a private pier where an unsafe condition is created, on or in waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Marine Resources Division as provided by Rule 220-2-.42, to fish for or target sharks or any species by those methods commonly known as ‘chumming’ or ‘bloodbaiting.’
“For purposes of this regulation, ‘chumming’ shall be defined as the throwing of bait or fish parts into the water to attract fish.
“For purposes of this regulation, ‘bloodbaiting’ shall be defined as the use of blood, chemical or synthetic attractants, fish parts, chicken parts or other animal parts to attract fish or sharks.
“It shall be unlawful, on or adjacent to the waters of Alabama under the jurisdiction of the Marine Resources Division as provided by Rule 220-2-.42, for any person to surf fish for sharks, bow fish for sharks, or fish for or target sharks by any other means from any pier or beach in such a manner that presents an unsafe condition to any beach goers, sun bathers, swimmers, or any other person.”