The skies over the Tanger Outlets in Foley glowed Thursday night as seven hot air balloons were fully inflated and on display in the mall parking lot during a balloon glow to officially kick off the 11th Annual Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival.
Several hundred people turned out to see the show and enjoy the games, giveaways, moon bounce and more. There will be additional glows Friday and Saturday evening at the main festival grounds at the Foley Sports Park.
Headed to the beach? Stop on the way and catch a roll. Lambert’s Cafe is the “Home of Throwed Rolls” located in Foley, just before you get to the beach in Mobile. The waiters might play a few tricks on you – pretending to squirt you with ketchup and mustard or dump macaroni in your lap – but it’s all fun and games and food at Lambert’s.
Foley police continue to investigate Tuesday’s hit-and-run incident that left a pedestrian in critical condition.
Police have recovered a piece of a motorcyclist’s helmet and began circulating a photo Thursday with hopes that the public could help identify the driver they believe hit the 66-year-old man. The piece of helmet has camouflage colors and what appears to be half of a drawing of an AK-47 rifle.
Authorities are investigating the origins of a runaway utility spool that struck and damaged three vehicles on the Foley Beach Express Saturday.
Foley Police Capt. David White said the spool, which was rolling out-of-control amid 50 mph or more winds during a strong storm, struck three occupied vehicles stopped at the expressway’s intersection at County Road 20. No one was injured.
Troy Frady, a charter fishing boat captain with Distraction Family Fishing Charters in Orange Beach, filmed a 12-foot tall utility spool blown by 50-mph winds slam into cars at an intersection in Foley, Saturday afternoon.
“I thought the thing was going to hit me,” said Frady. Frady was parked at a light at the intersection of Foley Beach Expressway and County Road 20 when he noticed the spool starting to move. He pulled out his cell phone and recorded 42 seconds of the spool traveling at more than 30-mph at the line of cars he was parked in.
Meyer Vacation Rentals will host job fairs on Friday, May 1 between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 2 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Both job fairs will take place at the Meyer Services building located at 509 East Section Avenue, Foley, Alabama in the Foley Industrial Park. Job seekers will have opportunities to apply for immediate positions that include housekeepers, quality assurance inspectors, maintenance techs and warehouse staff. Seasonal, part time and full time positions are available.
The grand-opening drum beat of change continues to spread in Foley as Moe’s Original Bar B Que opened Saturday, following Shoe Station last month, and Academy Sports + Outdoors is a few weeks off.
The openings are part of a trend that began to heat up last year all along State Highway 59. Foosackly’s opened in April followed by Whataburger in June, Popeye’s in late summer, and Hobby Lobby and Big Lots in October.
Well before Foley opens its 16-field sports complex in early 2016, the city will have already hosted numerous events, ranging from lacrosse and soccer tournaments to professional lawnmower racing and cornhole competitions.
After being hired in March of 2014 as Foley first-ever executive director of sports, Don Staley said the most common question he would hear at athletic conventions was “Where’s Foley?”
He said his first year was about “branding a new destination,” anchored by the city’s planned $27 million Sports Tourism Complex, featuring 15 state-of-the-art athletic fields, a 1,000-seat championship field and a 104,000-square-foot events center.
Volume home builder D.R. Horton paid $2.02 million for 101 lots in Crimson Ridge subdivision off Baldwin County 8 in Gulf Shores, according to Nathan Cox of Bellator Real Estate & Development, The seller was the Gulf Coast Opportunities Fund, and Cox is a general partner in the investment fund.
Shoe Station has leased the Bed Bath & Beyond space in the Eastern Shore Centre on Ala. 181 in Spanish Fort, and will relocate from its current store in adjacent Eastern Shore Plaza, according to Mark Kraft, general manager of the lifestyle center. Shoe Station plans to lease a total of 23,130-square-feet of store space, and move there this fall after renovations are complete, he said. Bed Bath & Beyond will be relocating to a smaller space later this month at ..in Daphne. The current 12,000-square-foot Shoe Station store will remain open until the new space is renovated..
A Pensacola, Fla. investor paid $510,000 for a two-story, 5,862-square-foot building at 1715 N. McKenzie St., in Foley, according to court records. The seller was Sacred Heart Hospital of Pensacola, and was represented by Hunter McClure of REMAX Paradise in Orange Beach. The buyer plans to use the building for medical offices.
Colonial Realty Limited Partnership plans to sell its interest in the Publix Shopping Center on Gulf Shores Parkway in Gulf Shores to Publix Super Market, according to city records. The city of Gulf Shores will continue to pay Colonial $210,000 annually until a total of $2.1 million is received by Colonial for securing Publix as a tenant for the center, according to city records.
City officials negotiated the revenue sharing deal with Colonial in 2008 in an effort to bring Publix to the center. The agreement allowed the project developers, Colonial Properties Trust, to recoup up to $210,000 of sales tax revenue generated by the grocery store for as long as 11 years
If we’re not going to fund the schools surely we won’t fund a new prison. If the prisons are overcrowded they can do what the school system is doing until they learn to live within their means and budget better: Pack them in tighter or get portables.
When I was younger, I did just fine without a fancy new prison building.
Are they giving our tax money to the Baldwin County Prison Coalition yet? Are they going to start an Incarcerate Baldwin Now group?
Why can’t the parents with kids using the prisons pay for them? I don’t even have kids in prison any more.
If the population is growing, tax those people moving in to pay for this new prison.
Maybe the cities should break away from the county and form their own jail/education system.
And stop blaming this on Dr. Lee. He was never even in jail in Baldwin County yet. This is clearly Obama’s fault for letting all those alien children in and giving them free health care just so they’d vote for his plans to turn this country into a godless, socialist state..
We are taxed enough already!
In an effort to increase efficiency and decrease operational costs, the cities of Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office are looking into the feasibility of constructing a joint minimum security facility in south Baldwin.
The city of Foley will now recognize and include same-sex spouses in city’s self-funded group health insurance plan.
Passed by a unanimous vote of the Foley City Council during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, the move allows city employees who are in same-sex relationships to join the plan the city has self-funded since 2003
Every weekday, Orange Beach mom Jeanna Bulman or her husband, Chris, drive 30 minutes from their home, passing two elementary schools and crossing a toll bridge to take their oldest son to an Alabama pre-k class in north Foley.
Governor Dr. Bentley plans to pay for more free daycare so parents can continue working. Eventually he’ll get unemployment low enough to start getting paid himself.
It is unknown if the pre-k class is forced to meet in a portable learning trailer or not.