Dauphin Island

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have announced an earlier start for the upcoming oyster harvest that they hope will be even better than last season. 

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources approved a Monday start to the season after surveys to check whether Hurricane Sally damaged Mobile Bay reefs came up clear.

 

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Researchers in Alabama say six dolphins found dead in a marsh likely became stranded as Hurricane Sally swept through the area this month. 

 

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Organizers are scaling back plans for a major fishing tournament on the Alabama coast so it can be held despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo has grown to include music events and a “liars contest” during 86 years in operation. The three-day event draws thousands. But this year's tournament will just involve fishing when it begins July 17 at Dauphin Island.

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DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — A major bridge on the Alabama coast is closed after being hit by a runaway barge.

Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier posts on his Facebook page that the incident at the Dauphin Island bridge happened Friday morning. Collier says a barge hit the north end of the roughly 3-mile-long bridge. He says state transportation officials shut down the span for an inspection, and it's unclear when it will reopen.

The bridge links southern Mobile County with Dauphin Island, which is home to about 1,300 people. 

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Coastal Alabama is drying out and cleaning up after a near miss from what was briefly Hurricane Barry.

The storm system moved farther west than forecasters expected, making landfall on Louisiana's central coast Saturday morning. But the storm still dumped a tremendous amount of rain on Alabama's coast. The towns of Fairhope and Daphne reported as much as 7 inches of rainfall over the weekend.

The Baldwin County Health Department says those heavy rains on the Eastern Short of Mobile Bay caused up to $200,000 of sewage to overflow into local creeks feeding into the bay.

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — The National Weather Service says hurricane-force winds left a trail of damage on the Alabama coast.

An assessment from forecasters says winds blowing from 70 mph to 80 mph (113 kph to 129 kph) ripped metal roofing off buildings and knocked over pine trees on Dauphin Island on Sunday morning.

Hurricanes have winds of at least 74 mph, so the storm's winds were the rough equivalent of a category 1 storm.

$315M for Gulf Coast Restoration Projects

Mar 12, 2018
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Julie Dermanksy

A massive grant from the RESTORE Act and the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council will help fund a variety of projects in southwest Alabama.

Fifty projects will be given funding for infrastructure, environmental restoration and economic development thanks to that $315 million grant. The biggest payouts include $56 million for road expansion projects in Baldwin County, $28 million for a new facility at the Port of Mobile, $27 million for projects affecting Aloe Bay on Dauphin Island and $21 million to redevelop the docks in Bayou La Batre.

The Alabama Oyster Social has raised $35,000 for a shellfish lab in Auburn.

 

The Opelika-Auburn News reports the donation was given to the Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory in Dauphin Island during a recent event. The social brought out more than 600 attendees as many made their way through the line at a 32-foot bar, which included around five thousand raw oysters.

Chef David Bancroft says the response was the greatest "by far."

A "people's parade" is being planned on Dauphin Island for the upcoming Carnival season.

Though the Island Mystics Mardi Gras organization will no longer parade on Dauphin Island, town leaders say the good times will continue to roll during the upcoming Carnival season.

The Dauphin Island Town Council recently voted to sponsor and organize a parade to replace the Island Mystics parade on Feb. 4.

Council member Gene Fox says it will be "a people's parade" similar to the Joe Cain Day parade in Mobile.

Dauphin Island Gears Up for Labor Day Holiday

Sep 2, 2016

Dauphin Island will hold several events to celebrate the holiday weekend.

There will be family-friendly movies played on the beach tonight and throughout the weekend to give people a chance to get out and enjoy the last holiday of the summer.

Jeff Collier is the Mayor of Dauphin Island. He says there will be other events taking place as well throughout the weekend.

Police in Mobile say they will strictly enforce the city's open-container alcohol ordinance in the downtown entertainment district.

That means consuming alcoholic beverages outside of entertainment venues in downtown Mobile is about to get harder for tourist and local residents.

Mobile police say the outside consumption of alcoholic beverages will still be permitted but will come with conditions.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked the enforcement of new state laws banning abortion clinics near schools and outlawing a commonly used second trimester abortion procedure.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order yesterday delaying enforcement of the laws that were set to take effect Aug. 1. Thompson scheduled an Oct. 4 hearing on a request from abortion providers to permanently block the laws.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is not responding to the state auditor's order to testify before him.

Bentley issued the statement today, a day after State Auditor Jim Zeigler ordered Bentley to appear before him to answer questions about the use of state funds and his relationship with a former staffer.

Bentley says the appropriate legal process was through the Alabama Ethics Commission where Zeigler has already filed a complaint.  The governor said he is cooperating fully with the commission.

Alabama is getting ready to observe the fifth anniversary of the 2011 tornado outbreak. And, for the past two months, weather researchers from across the country have converged on Alabama to study tornadoes.

It’s all part of VORTEX-SE, a massive federally-funded research project digging into the nuances of how severe weather behaves in the South. Meteorologists suspect there are differences in how tornadoes form and possibly how they behave compared to other parts of the country.

Birds Bringing Tourists to Dauphin Island

Apr 13, 2016

The spring bird migration season is bringing flocks of tourists and nature lovers to the coastal area, according to officials on Alabama’s Dauphin Island. APR Student reporter Giancarlo Mazza has more...

Experts claim the migration season typically peaks around the third weekend of April.

The island welcomes around 400 species of birds and is one of the top four birding areas in the U.S.

The birds stopping on Dauphin Island this time of year are generally arriving from the Gulf of Mexico.

The first Airbus produced by the company’s U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile is set to take the skies for the first time next week.

The Alabama-built A321 plane will take off from the Mobile Airport at 9:15 Monday morning barring any weather or other pre-flight test factors. The future JetBlue Airbus’s test flight is a normal step in aircraft production and takes place before the company gets the plane. 

Following the flight, the aircraft will go through a few more weeks of final delivery preparations.

A new study at the University of Alabama is looking to study parents of children who have cancer.

The research is being conducted by the College of Human Environmental Sciences to see how parents of a child with cancer react while the child is going through treatment.

Dr. Sherwood Burns-Nader is heading up the study. She feels this survey can help future parents cope better with the process.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley recently announced that he is suing the federal government over refugees settling in his state.

Governor Bentley argues the U.S. government hasn’t provided Alabama enough information about the refugees to be placed in the state. Bentley says he’s filing the lawsuit out of concern for the safety of Alabama’s residents.

Kristi Graunke is a senior supervising attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center. She says the federal government takes their vetting process seriously.

Federal prosecutors say Alabama’s probate judges should continue issuing same sex marriage licenses, despite the actions of the state’s chief justice. APR’s Pat Duggins spoke to one group that thinks Roy Moore should be kicked out of office, again.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a complaint against Roy Moore with the state’s Judicial Ethics Panel. This comes after Moore suggested that probate judges defy the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same sex marriage.

U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have suspended the search for a 30-year-old man in the waters near Dauphin Island.

Officials with Coast Guard say the search ended late last night.  Daniel Sewell had been missing from Fort Gaines since Wednesday afternoon.

Friends have said Sewell told them he planned to go swimming.

The search covered more than 480 square miles during 22 hours of continuous searching.

World War II veterans will have the chance to reunite tomorrow.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley put the Yellowhammer State in the national spotlight today. The Governor ordered the removal of the four confederate flags from the Capitol Grounds.

Bentley knows the Confederate flag is a part of the state’s history. But, he says it is offensive to people in Alabama and the symbol is often associated with hate…

Two dead, five missing after storm hits boat race

Apr 26, 2015

Two bodies have been recovered and five other sailors are missing after a powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay.

Authorities say most, but not all those missing were participating in the Dauphin Island Regatta, which included over 100 sailboats and nearly 200 participants. Crews are still searching for the five missing sailors.

President Barack Obama will be in Birmingham this afternoon to talk about the economy.

The President will be speaking at Lawson State Community College on consumer protection issues and the contrast between his vision for the American middle class and Republican efforts to undermine that vision.

According to a White House press release, Congressional Republicans are continuing to roll back progress toward a safer financial system and stronger economy, encouraging the types of abuses that led to the 2008 financial crisis.