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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Public schools are reopening in an Alabama beach town for the first time since Hurricane Sally hit there nearly two weeks ago. 

Gulf Shores city schools resumed classes Monday, two days ahead of schools in surrounding Baldwin County.

 

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest beach towns are delaying the reopening of their beaches because the cleanup from Hurricane Sally is taking longer than expected. 

Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach say the beaches won't reopen until Oct. 2 rather than this Saturday as originally planned.

Gulf Coast prepares for Hurricane Sally, 1 month after Laura

Sep 14, 2020

As Hurricane Sally looms over the Gulf Coast, Alabama coastal communities prepare themselves for the brunt of the storm along with the projected outcomes in mind. The system is expected to mainly target Louisiana and Mississippi.

However, the winds and rainfall can still have damaging effects on Alabama’s coast with dozens of inches of rain, high winds, and possible three foot storm surge without the storm stalling, intensifying, and/or drifting our way.

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama conservation officials say a more than $2 million renovation of the fishing pier at Gulf State Park should be finished in July. 

A statement from the agency said decking, handrails and lights are being replaced as part of the work on the pier, which extends more than 1500 feet into the Gulf of Mexico. A new system to dispose of fish-cleaning waste and an observation deck also are being added. And the concessions area and restrooms are being improved.

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — An annual beachfront musical festival held in Alabama has been postponed until next year amid restrictions on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Organizers for the Hangout Fest said Wednesday the festival has moved to May 2021.

This year’s lineup was set to feature various artists, include Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion and Lana Del Rey.

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's conservation agency says it's raising flounder for the first time to supplement a decline in the natural population of the fish in coastal waters.

A news release says Marine Resources Division experts are tending to thousands of larval flounder at a state center in Gulf Shores. They hope to get between 1,000 and 5,000 fish from the hatchery in the first year with a goal of releasing about 60,000 fish annually in a few years.

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Organizers of the Hangout Music Fest say they're working to address complaints about noise in nearby neighborhoods and behavior such as trespassing, public urination, illegal parking and litter.

Festival founder Shaul Zislin says there’s a team of people focused on maintaining the festival’s positive aspects while mitigating unwanted “side effects.”

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.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — City leaders in Alabama beach towns are vowing to crack down on drunken and disorderly beach-goers.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have long sought to bill themselves as family friendly spring break destinations, Al.com reported.

In Orange Beach, Mayor Tony Kinnon warns that people who visit his town for spring break must behave or "you're going to jail."

Double-nickel — the 55-mph speed limit— is still common on highways across the South.

Now, Alabama is adding a new limit: A quarter and a penny.

Al.com reports, Alabama 135 now has a 26-mph (42 kph) speed limit through Gulf State Park.  

It's on a stretch of highway in south Alabama. The speed limit there used to be 35-mph (56 kph).

The idea is that drivers will take note of the speed limit since it is an unusual one, Gulf Shores Police Chief Edward Delmore said.

Shark Fishing at Gulf State Park

Jun 18, 2018
Gulf State pier
Alabama State Parks

A new pilot program will allow shark fishing two days this month at Gulf State Park.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources says the shark fishing events will take place at the park's saltwater fishing pier tomorrow and June 26. Registration is required and fishing is limited to 10 anglers.

Parks Director Greg Lein said the trial program is being implemented after feedback from people who fish at the pier. Lein says many anglers have expressed concern that they can't catch other species because of the abundance of sharks around the pier.

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Gulf Shores Hires Superintendent

Feb 6, 2018

The city of Gulf Shores has hired its first school superintendent as part of the process of establishing an independent school district.

Former Pike Road schools superintendent Suzanne Freeman was hired as the interim superintendent for 180 days while officials search for a permanent replacement. Gulf Shores city school board president Kevin Corcoran says the hire was made to “remove a legal argument on whether a superintendent needs to be in place to move ahead with negotiations”.

Representatives from Baldwin County Schools and the newly-formed Gulf Shores school system are heading back to the negotiating table this afternoon.

Talks surrounding the Gulf Shores split from Baldwin County Schools started last week in contentious fashion, with Baldwin County superintendent Eddie Tyler threatening to call off negotiations altogether if Gulf Shores didn’t put a superintendent in place. Gulf Shores representatives argue they have a qualified team handling the transition and want to have a plan in place before hiring a superintendent.

AL Police Dog Creates Viral Workout Video

Nov 23, 2017

An Alabama police dog shown on video doing push-ups with two officers has become a big hit on the internet, as well as a public safety reminder.

Al.com reports Nitro is a 2-year-old Dutch shepherd who joined the Gulf Shores Police Department's canine unit in February. In a video Gulf Shores police recently posted to social media, the dog raises up and down alongside the officers' push-ups as the song "Eye of the Tiger" plays in the background.

Sky-High Home Insurance Rates in Gulf Shores

Oct 23, 2017
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Kinfay Moroti / AP

A new study shows Gulf Shores has some of the highest home insurance rates in the country.

The industry website Insurance.com reports Gulf Shores has the fourth highest insurance rate in the U.S. Homeowners living in the coastal community are reportedly paying over five hundred percent more than the national average. Towns along the coast typically have higher rates, due to an increased risk of natural disasters and flooding.

Zoning Issues Loom in Gulf Shores School Split

Oct 16, 2017

It’s been one week since the City of Gulf Shores voted to create its own city school system. Now the question is: What comes next?

Plans for the new independent school system are set to be finalized next spring and will go into effect the following fall. The first order of business will be to appoint a school board. Applications for the five-member board are now available as of today. Plans are for that board to be introduced at the Gulf Shores City Council meeting November 27.

Shrimp Fest Kicks Off Today in Gulf Shores

Oct 12, 2017

The National Shrimp Festival gets underway in Gulf Shores today, despite the effects of Hurricane Nate last weekend.

This year marks the 46th annual iteration of the festival. Attendance is projected to be around 250,000 people in what the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber says is Gulf Shores’ largest event in terms of both attendance and economic impact.

The festival features everything from arts and crafts to sports. Attendees can also hear live music from 4:00 to 11:00 each evening. But the biggest highlight will be the food.

Gulf Shores to Create New School District

Oct 10, 2017

The City of Gulf Shores has approved the formation of its own city-wide school system.

Last night, the Gulf Shores City Council voted unanimously in favor of the measure. Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft told those at the meeting that they did not come to the decision lightly, and “our kids deserve the best we can give them”.

Nate Weakens While Moving Across Alabama

Oct 8, 2017

Nate quickly weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in Biloxi, Mississippi and tracking north into central Alabama, but parts of south Alabama are dealing with power outages and some flooding.

Nate Prompts Evacuation Order in Gulf Shores

Oct 7, 2017

The latest forecasts estimate Hurricane Nate will make landfall on Alabama's gulf coast as a Category 2 storm, and some residents in Gulf Shores are being urged to evacuate.

The city of Gulf Shores is getting more serious about the potential of forming a separate citywide school system.

Last night, Gulf Shores City Council members approved conducting a feasibility study for the project. That comes after a citizens group presented city leaders with a petition supporting the formation of a city school system. The group also provided $12,000 to help fund a study on whether the town should leave the Baldwin County school system.

Toll Reduction on Baldwin Beach Express

Jun 29, 2017

Gulf Coast visitors and Orange Beach residents are getting some welcome news from the Baldwin Beach Express toll bridge.

American Roads Incorporated, the company that operates the toll bridge and expressway, have announced a reduction in tolls from now until Labor Day. Rates will now be $2.75 for non-Baldwin County residents driving one way with a two-axle vehicle. The cost for each additional axle will be an extra dollar. Orange Beach residents will see even more substantial savings. Tolls for a one-way trip are dropping to $1 if paid electronically and $1.25 in cash.

Alabama Tourism Represents in New York City

Jun 16, 2017
Mardi Gras float
AL Tourism Dept

Alabama tourism is strutting its stuff in the Big Apple this week.

The state’s Tourism Commission is setting up a series of events and displays to promote Alabama in New York City. Today, the state will officially unveil an eight story tall billboard of Little River Canyon. The display will be located about half a block from Madison Square Garden.

Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell says the point is to get people talking about the state.

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.

Fewer Spring Break Arrests This Year

Mar 24, 2017

Police in Alabama's two largest beach towns say they've made more than 450 spring break-related arrests so far this year, and that's a big improvement from last year.

Police in both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores are implementing some new tough policies this year to keep young vacationers under control. They say the change has resulted in far fewer problems.

Orange Beach police tell WALA-TV they made 287 arrests so far this spring, which is significantly fewer than last year when more than 750 were arrested.

Authorities in Gulf Shores, Alabama, are trying to determine why an SUV driven by a 72-year-old man accelerated and hit members of a high school band at the start of a Mardi Gras parade.

Tuesday morning's accident injured 12 students. At a news conference, city spokesman Grant Brown said three were in critical but stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon. Police Chief Ed Delmore said investigators have obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. They hope to get electronic data from the 2008 Ford Expedition. Investigators also were looking at video of the accident.

Gulf Shores Votes to Keep Alcohol Ban

Nov 29, 2016

The public beaches in Gulf Shores, Alabama will be alcohol-free once again next year for Spring Break.

The Gulf Shores City Council voted unanimously last night to reinstate a ban on alcohol on the city’s beaches from March 4 through April 16 of next year. The ban applies to everyone, and no alcohol will be allowed to be possessed or consumed on the beaches during that time period.

Gulf Shores To Vote on Reinstating Alcohol Ban

Nov 28, 2016

The town of Gulf Shores is looking at continuing its ban of alcohol on its beaches during spring break season for next year.

Some worry that the ban will affect local businesses and restaurants that are dependent on alcohol sales. Mayor Robert Craft explains that the decision to vote on the ban will also affect the city by decreasing the tax revenue during that time period. However, he says the city's decision is backed by confidence from broad community support to remain a family-friendly vacation area.

 Alabama's attempt to rebuild its beachfront state park using oil spill money is again embroiled in controversy. 

Businessman Tom Schlinkert says officials are shutting down his zip line adventure ride at Gulf State Park in Gulf  Shores and refusing him $40,000 in compensation as construction continues on a new coastal hotel. That project is being funded in part with BP money, even though a hurricane destroyed the old lodge years before the oil spill.

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