2 Baldwin County cities turn down federal money

Two Baldwin County beach communities have turned down federal awards because they required local governments to put up city money or add costs for new city programs.

City officials in Gulf Shores scuttled plans last month for a new fire station and a community storm shelter despite securing a $2.8 million pledge from the federal government.

And Orange Beach officials decided last week to give the state $750,000 in federal money the city received to buy waterfront property.

The two communities have aggressively pursued the grants in recent years, winning money used to buy sea oats, senior citizen shuttles – even an island.

2 Baldwin County cities turn down federal money