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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.
June 26, 2014- Perdido Key, FL (PKF) — I have some very exciting news for the Perdido Key area. The Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) has been approved to run a seasonal bus route in Perdido Key, for the months of July, August and September.
It is critical that we all support this project, because if it shows success with riders this summer, it will be approved for Summer 2015 as well. We have worked very hard to help make this happen and it is going to be very instrumental for our visitors, our locals and our businesses. We need your help to spread the word. Here are the basic details of the program.
June 25, 2014 - Pensacola Beach, Fla.- The Blues Angels will once again fly over Pensacola Beach at the 2014 Pensacola Beach Air Show, which brings a close to the annual Red, White & Blues week.
The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s world-renowned flight demonstration team, will take to the skies over Pensacola Beach this July 12 as the highlight act of the spectacular Pensacola Beach Air Show.
“The Blues,” as their fans around the world know them, are once again set to perform their exhilarating, low-level, high-speed stunts and maneuvers over the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The show, one of the highlights of Pensacola’s tourist season, takes place high above the sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach.
June 25, 2014 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) - The final competition of the 1st Annual Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout will take place this Monday, June 30th on the main stage at the Flora-Bama. The Finals will showcase the 10 winning artist from the previous 5 weeks of competition. One winner will take home the prize package and the shootout champion title. The prize package includes: $2000 Cash, Network Quality DVD/CD Production from Cotton-Barnes Productions includes on location live performance multi-camera high definition shoot with direct audio feed shot at the Flora-Bama, a one song contract with Crazytown Productions LLC, a new guitar from Blue Angel Music, free CD Art work or a custom logo from Barton Industries, an hour-long spotlight on 30a Songwriter Radio, two Song EP with 3 Frogz Studios, free website design by Shadow Media Group, and a professional photo shoot with Michelle Stancil with the Southern Rambler.
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.