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Alabama beach businesses work to recover visitor dollars lost to COVID-19

May 8, 2020
APR's Guy Busby

An Alabama Public Radio news feature, which is part of APR effort to address the "news desert" along the state's Gulf coast. APR recruited and trained veteran print journalists in Mobile and Baldwin counties to join our news team to do radio stories from along the Gulf coast.

Baldwin County braces for "spring break now, Coronavirus later"

Mar 19, 2020

An APR News Feature

EDITOR'S NOTE-- Governor Kay Ivey is ordering all Alabama beaches closed at 5 pm. today. This follows action by The City of Gulf Shores to close its beaches at 7 am tomorrow (Friday) until April 6th. Pat D

StoryCorps

In this StoryCorps interview, Mark Ryan asks his friend Jeremy Wolff about his decision to leave his corporate job to pursue his passion for music festivals – a decision that has led to Jeremy’s freedom. The two friends also discuss how Jeremy’s newfound freedom has pushed him towards his dream and his true purpose for being on this planet...

Edited by Kierra Wright

Dangerous Beach Conditions on AL Coast

Apr 6, 2017
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John David Mercer / AP / Press-Register

Dangerous surf conditions are causing lots of problems on the Alabama coast during spring break season.

Red flags are flying to warn people about hazardous rip currents that can quickly and easily pull swimmers out to sea. But in Gulf Shores, Ala., lifeguards have still had to rescue at least five people since Saturday. Beach safety director Scott Smothers tells WALA-TV one man had to be resuscitated but is now doing OK.

Lifeguard Jordan Russell says he had to help a 6-year-old boy and the boy's sister after both got pulled away from the beach on Tuesday.