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Politics in paradise: Alabama governor mansion in disrepair – WTOP

With boarded-up windows, peeling paint and a rooftop tarp that flaps in the ocean breeze, the beachfront retreat at the end of Gulf Way Drive is a $1 million eyesore in paradise.

Odd as it may seem, this pricey dump is Alabama’s coastal governor’s mansion. And it has been falling apart for nearly two decades because of government inaction.

The state has been unwilling to repair the house since it was damaged by a hurricane 18 years ago. Officials also have refused to return the land to the developer who donated the property for a gubernatorial retreat in 1962.

via Politics in paradise: Alabama governor mansion in disrepair – WTOP.

2 Missouri fugitives arrested in Gulf Shores; 1 accused of trying to shoot an officer | AL.com

Gulf Shores police apprehended a Missouri man and his girlfriend in Gulf State Park Wednesday, according to investigators. Both were wanted on various charges.

The man, identified as 31-year-old Carl Clayton Roettgen, was wanted after authorities said he pulled a gun on a Marshall, Missouri, police officer and pulled the trigger. The gun did not go off.

via 2 Missouri fugitives arrested in Gulf Shores; 1 accused of trying to shoot an officer | AL.com.

Memorial Day beach bookings outpacing prior years on Alabama coast, rental companies say | AL.com

Building on four years of record tourism growth, Baldwin County’s coast continues to be Alabama’s star attraction rolling into the Memorial Day weekend.

According to some of the area’s largest property management companies, spring break outpaced 2014 and last weekend’s Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores filled condos and beach houses to near capacity.

As of Wednesday, holiday weekend bookings were trending past last year’s numbers and were hovering over record levels for at least one company.

via Memorial Day beach bookings outpacing prior years on Alabama coast, rental companies say | AL.com.

113 people arrested at Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores | AL.com

Over the four-day Hangout Music Festival, local law enforcement agencies made 113 individual arrests with 126 criminal charges, according to statistics compiled by Gulf Shores police.

The majority of the arrests involved unlawful possession of a controlled substance with 39 people booked, followed by public intoxication at 32.

via 113 people arrested at Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

A wrap up of Hangout Festival 2015 – FOX10 News | WALA

As the final day of Hangout Festival wraps up, people from all over the country soak up that last bit of sun and music before they head out of town.

via A wrap up of Hangout Festival 2015 – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Shores detective on why court order wasn’t sought in getting Justin Lott’s BAC: ‘I made a mistake’ | AL.com

A Gulf Shores police detective said the night 30-year-old Justin Lott was arrested for causing a fatal hit-and-run crash last year that he made a mistake in not pursuing a court order for a blood alcohol test.

Detective Mark Russell, during testimony Friday before a jury into the manslaughter case against Lott, said he was unable to reach an official with the Baldwin County District Attorney’s office on March 21, 2014, in an effort to get a court order approved.

via Gulf Shores detective on why court order wasn’t sought in getting Justin Lott’s BAC: ‘I made a mistake’ | AL.com.

2015 Hangout Music Fest day 1: Live updates from Gulf Shores | AL.com

Overcast skies parted to show glimpses of blue on Friday as gates opened on the 2015 Hangout Music Festival. The day’s forecast included a chance of rain, but also top performances by the Foo Fighters, Jack Ü, Paramore and Galactic with Macy Gray.

Check in here for ongoing live updates about the day’s action.

via 2015 Hangout Music Fest day 1: Live updates from Gulf Shores | AL.com.

New high-tech signals on highway 59 to greet Hangout Fest, summer traffic in Gulf Shores | AL.com

Just in time for over 30,000 Hangout festivalgoers to hit the beach in Gulf Shores, the city’s new high-tech traffic signals are online along Alabama 59.

The adaptive signalization system has car-detecting radar installed at all intersections on the state highway from Baldwin County 8 to the Beach Boulevard, covering over five miles. Each signal is linked to a mainframe computer with fiber optic lines and the new interconnected system takes away the need for manually set timing plans.

via New high-tech signals on highway 59 to greet Hangout Fest, summer traffic in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Hangout festivalgoers thinking about parking overnight in neighborhoods need to think again | AL.com

Tow truck companies may see an uptick in business over the Hangout Music Festival weekend as Gulf Shores tackles concerns about overnight parking in neighborhoods.

Dozens of signs have been placed in residential areas just north of the Gulf-front festival site to drive home the message that parking is not an option in some areas and overnight parking is a no-no in other spots.

“We had a problem with people sleeping in their cars last year,” Gulf Shores spokesman Grant Brown said. “We are trying to avoid that this year.”

via Hangout festivalgoers thinking about parking overnight in neighborhoods need to think again | AL.com.

USA adding Gulf Coast campus in partnership with city of Gulf Shores | AL.com

The University of South Alabama now has three locations thanks to a partnership between the university and the city of Gulf Shores.

The facility is located at 19470 Oak Road West, the site of the city’s cultural center.

The three-year deal with the city of Gulf Shores offered “nice terms,” senior vice-president of academic affairs David Johnson told AL.com at the facility’s ribbon-cutting on Tuesday.

He said the satellite campus will focus on hospitality and tourism management with a big emphasis on continuing education.

via USA adding Gulf Coast campus in partnership with city of Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Chaotic crash scene graphically detailed during jury trial into 2014 Spring Break tragedy in Gulf Shores | AL.com

Three sorority sisters walking back to their condominium during the last night of their Spring Break trip to Gulf Shores last year had their lives tragically altered when one of the girls was struck and killed by a “dark mass” traveling at 45 mph.

That was the description given to jurors Tuesday by one of the girls who was walking along West Beach Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. March 21.

via Chaotic crash scene graphically detailed during jury trial into 2014 Spring Break tragedy in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Chaotic crash scene graphically detailed during jury trial into 2014 Spring Break tragedy in Gulf Shores | AL.com

Three sorority sisters walking back to their condominium during the last night of their Spring Break trip to Gulf Shores last year had their lives tragically altered when one of the girls was struck and killed by a “dark mass” traveling at 45 mph.

That was the description of the truck driven by a Montgomery man that was given to jurors Tuesday by one of the girls who was walking along West Beach Boulevard around 1:30 a.m. March 21.

via Chaotic crash scene graphically detailed during jury trial into 2014 Spring Break tragedy in Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Hangout Fest beach access, road closures begin in Gulf Shores; see traffic map, schedule | AL.com

Gulf Shores city officials said the public beach access at Gulf Place and W. 2nd Street was closed at 10 a.m. Monday, as organizers begin setting up the grounds for this weekend’s Hangout Music Festival.

The city will gradually block off more streets and beach accesses throughout the week leading up to the three-day event, and Thursday’s Kick-off Party.

via Hangout Fest beach access, road closures begin in Gulf Shores; see traffic map, schedule | AL.com.

Red snapper debate: Gulf Coast anglers at odds over new rules | gulflive.com

New rules for catching the tasty fish are giving hope to commercial charter boat captains from Florida to Texas that the 2015 season will be one of their best in years, yet those same regulations have recreational anglers crying foul about what they see as government overreach.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently announced a 44-day federal fishing season that will begin June 1 for charter boats to catch red snapper in the Gulf. That’s far longer than the nine-day season last year.

via Red snapper debate: Gulf Coast anglers at odds over new rules | gulflive.com.

Trial starts May 11 for man accused in hit-and-run death of spring breaker – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

The trial of a Montgomery man charged in the hit-and-run death of a spring breaker in March of 2014 is scheduled to start on May 11, the Baldwin District Attorney’s office announced on May 7.

On March 21, 2014, Kasey Nicole Waychoff, a college student from Oklahoma State University was struck and killed while walking back to her beach house in Gulf Shores with sorority sisters.  Waychoff and friends were walking in a designated pedestrian/bicycle area, reports said.

via Trial starts May 11 for man accused in hit-and-run death of spring breaker – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.