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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.
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.