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Red flags go back up in Orange Beach with 15 water rescues; Gulf Shores remains at yellow with no incidents | AL.com

After flying for about six hours, yellow flags were replaced by red ones in Orange Beach Wednesday afternoon after rip currents forced more than a dozen water rescues.

“We started off the day with yellow flags because the National Weather Service had issued a moderate rip current forecast, but at 2 o’clock, roughly, we went back to red,” said Melvin Shepard, Orange Beach Fire-Rescue’s beach safety director. “The lifeguards at Cotton Bayou Tower 2 had 13 rescues today due to rip currents.”

via Red flags go back up in Orange Beach with 15 water rescues; Gulf Shores remains at yellow with no incidents | AL.com.

City of Clanton ends contract with firm allegedly running ‘debtor’s prison’ | AL.com

Correction Services had a contract with Clanton for the past six years that allowed the firm to collect a $10 set-up fee and a $40 monthly fee from every debtor the Clanton Municipal Court steered to the firm, according to the lawsuit the SPLC filed against the city in March.

The SPLC sent out letters on Wednesday to nearly 100 municipalities that use JCS, warning that the contracts are illegal and the tactics used by the firms can amount to extortion.

  1. Bay Minette
  2. Elberta
  3. Fairhope
  4. Gulf Shores
  5. Loxley
  6. Orange Beach
  7. Robertsdale
  8. Silverhill
  9. Summerdale

via City of Clanton ends contract with firm allegedly running ‘debtor’s prison’ | AL.com.

Gulf Shores man charged with burglarizing GooRoo’s Grill | AL.com

Monday afternoon officers with the Gulf Shores Police Department arrested a man caught on camera burglarizing a restaurant on Gulf Shores Parkway, according to police.

Around 7:40 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a reported burglary at GooRoo’s Grill at 1209 Gulf Shores Pkwy, said GSPD Cpl. Josh Coleman.

via Gulf Shores man charged with burglarizing GooRoo’s Grill | AL.com.

Rough surf leads to over 20 rescues on Alabama Gulf Coast | AL.com

Although 500 miles away in the Gulf, a massive thunderstorm system that became Tropical Storm Bill kept Alabama lifeguards and first-responders scrambling for days with more than 20 water rescues.

Even Tuesday, when Bill made landfall about noon near Corpus Christi, Texas, its wind-driven waves were still pounding beaches all along the north Gulf of Mexico.

Late last week, as the 2015 hurricane season’s second named storm flared up, red flags began flying in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach signaling high swimming hazards. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, warned of rip current risks.

via Rough surf leads to over 20 rescues on Alabama Gulf Coast | AL.com.

Crews wrap up Little Lagoon Pass excavation – FOX10 News | WALA

Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores is a popular fishing spot among the locals.

But, it may become even more popular soon.

A recent dredging project is bringing more saltwater into the lagoon, which will hopefully bring more fish in, too.

via Crews wrap up Little Lagoon Pass excavation – FOX10 News | WALA.

Treehouse cabins, water taxis, new HQ: Ideas abound for $135 million Gulf State Park project | AL.com

Inspired by 2,500 survey responses, Gulf State Park – Alabama’s most popular state park – is showing off ideas for a Restoration Project that could bring new features and upgrades worth $135 million.

The latest showing came last week in Gulf Shores at the second of three open-house events. The final open house is set for July 23, likely at the park.

Ideas run a wide gamut, from new treehouse cabin and houseboat rentals to a new park gateway and new adventure center.

via Treehouse cabins, water taxis, new HQ: Ideas abound for $135 million Gulf State Park project | AL.com.

Lucy Buffett Creates a New ‘Destin’ation With Opening of Second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, FL – Press Release – Digital Journal

Lucy Buffett creates a new ‘Destin’ation with opening of  second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, Florida

“I am absolutely thrilled to be opening LuLu’s in Destin, Florida. The positive reception we have received from the local community has been awesome. I can’t wait to share our special gumbo love and authentic Gulf Coast cuisine with the thousands of friends that journey to the Florida Panhandle every year.

via Lucy Buffett Creates a New ‘Destin’ation With Opening of Second LuLu’s Restaurant in Destin, FL – Press Release – Digital Journal.

Gulf Shores swears in two new officers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

Two new officers were sworn in for the Gulf Shores Police Department at the June 1 council meeting.

The department also recently added other staff for beach enforcement and detention.

Police Officer, Benjamin Hancock

Police Officer, Travis J. Hoguet

via Gulf Shores swears in two new officers – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Here, there and everywhere: south Baldwin cameras are watching you | AL.com

Gulf Shores and Foley are setting up more surveillance cameras to ward off vandalism and crime.

Gulf Shores is installing 25 new cameras this summer at the parking lot of Gulf Place, the main public beach, while Foley has added about 75 cameras in city buildings and parks.

via Here, there and everywhere: south Baldwin cameras are watching you | AL.com.

2014 report about sharks on Alabama’s Gulf Coast being shared a year later on social media | WHNT.com

You may have seen a WHNT News 19 report about sharks on Alabama’s Gulf Coast pop up in your Facebook news feed yesterday or today.

We love it when you share our news stories on social media, but that one is actually from last year.  It was dated June 8, 2014.  Many people shared it on Facebook, and several of us saw it in our news feeds as well.  The old report caused some concern and confusion, so the 2014 story now links here, to this update.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism officials even contacted WHNT News 19 about the story, saying they were hearing concerns. They stress the beaches are open, and they want you to keep your plans to visit Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

via 2014 report about sharks on Alabama’s Gulf Coast being shared a year later on social media | WHNT.com.

Aliens & UFO Sightings: UFO Spotted in Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Northern Cities Have Most Reports of UFOs : Entertainment : Latin Post

A UFO was spotted last Thursday evening by an observer in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The observer claimed to have seen a ball of light but heard no sound, Alabama Media Group reported.

The observer also said the object zoomed around the sky, changing elevation and speed and following the sighting, a military jet appeared, the report details.

While playing volleyball, he saw periodic flashes of silent heat lightning in the sky. After those flashes, he saw a ball of light come out of a cloud.

The top nine Alabama cities for reporting UFOs are as follows:

1. Huntsville – 60

2. Birmingham – 50

3. Madison – 38

4. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach area – 36

5. Mobile/Dauphin Island – 29

6. Montgomery – 25

7. Phenix City – 15

8. Hoover – 13

9. Cullman – 10

via Aliens & UFO Sightings: UFO Spotted in Gulf Shores, Alabama’s Northern Cities Have Most Reports of UFOs : Entertainment : Latin Post.

ALDOT begins Little Lagoon Pass dredging | AL.com

The Alabama Department of Transportation began dredging Little Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores on Tuesday.

Under a 1992 court order, the state highway department is required to keep the pass dredged to a depth of three feet to allow the free flow of saltwater into Little Lagoon, a 2,480-acre, ecologically vital coastal lake.

Because of the shallow depth, the pass is considered to be non-navigable.

via ALDOT begins Little Lagoon Pass dredging | AL.com.

Gulf Shores looks to increase its beach camera coverage – FOX10 News | WALA

The official start of summer is still a few weeks away, but already the beaches are starting to fill up in Gulf Shores.

A big part of keeping people safe is being able to have eyes on the area to monitor the beach area. Because the cameras currently eying beach goers are about six years old, the city said it’s time for an upgrade.

“We like to be the flagship of technology for the State of Alabama. So keeping current and changing with the times. Technology changes every day and if you don’t stay one step ahead of it, you’re two steps behind,” Mike Hawley, information technology officer for the city, said.

In order to stay ahead, the city is looking to take down the 13 cameras around the public beach and replace them with 25 new high definition cameras at the cost of $49,420.20.

via Gulf Shores looks to increase its beach camera coverage – FOX10 News | WALA.

Vestavia Hills cyclist dies after car crash in Gulf State Park, wife remains hospitalized | AL.com

A Vestavia Hills man, struck by a car with his wife while they rode bicycles in Gulf State Park Wednesday, has died of his injuries. On Thursday morning, his wife remained in intensive care, Florida hospital officials said.

John Richard Vos, 73, died after a Baptist LifeFlight crew transported him to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. His wife, Augusta Forbes Vos, 50, suffered serious injuries in the crash. She underwent surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola and is expected to recover, said Cpl. Josh Coleman of the Gulf Shores Police Department.

Around 9 a.m. Wednesday, police found the Voses unconscious on the southbound side of Baldwin County Road 2, about 1 mile north of East Beach Boulevard.

via Vestavia Hills cyclist dies after car crash in Gulf State Park, wife remains hospitalized | AL.com.

5 years after oil spill, BP credited for Gulf Coast tourism boom | AL.com

Fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region.

Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was vilified during heated town hall meetings for killing a way of life is now being praised by some along the coast for spending more than $230 million to help lure visitors back to an area that some feared would die because of the spill.

via 5 years after oil spill, BP credited for Gulf Coast tourism boom | AL.com.