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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.

Orange Beach has new police chief – FOX10 News | WALA

Orange Beach has a new police chief.

Joe Fierro, who was most recently with the FBI, was named chief Tuesday night, June 16.

via Orange Beach has new police chief – FOX10 News | WALA.

16 more beach rescues made in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores on Tuesday | AL.com

After rescuing more than 20 individuals from rough surf and rip currents between Friday and Monday, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach lifeguards handled 16 more calls on Tuesday.

via 16 more beach rescues made in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores on Tuesday | AL.com.

Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA

A tropical disturbance heading toward the coast of Texas is having an impact on beaches in Alabama, causing a high risk of rip currents.

Between 15 and 20 rescues were made over the weekend according to beach safety officials. One beachgoer who frequents Orange Beach said he was concerned about the number of kids venturing out into the water on Monday.

“It scares me to sit back here and watch some of these children that are not being very closely because I know how quickly it can happen,” Steve Ponder, a vacationer from Munford, AL, said.

via Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA.

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.

Old Shell Road Magnet School to become loft apartments | AL.com

Local investors paid $560,000 for 2.5 acres on Ala. 59 across from Tanger Outlet Center in Foley

A bank-owned, 2,125-square-foot former dental office at 25088 E. State St., in Elberta, sold to investors for $113,000

Sarrell Regional Dental Center has leased 2,300 square feet of space at 805 N. McKenzie St., in Foley

The Mobile Film Office is looking to book a condo or house in Orange Beach for actor Nicholas Cage, who will be filming action scenes in the Gulf during the last two weeks of June. Cage will star in the movie “USS Indianapolis — Men of Courage” which begins filming June 19 and features the battleship USS Alabama in Mobile.The film tells the story of the Indianapolis that was sunk by Japanese torpedos in World War II. About 900 crewmen were adrift in shark-infested waters for more than 3 days before the U.S.Navy realized the ship had sunk. Cage has filmed several films on the Gulf Coast

via Old Shell Road Magnet School to become loft apartments | AL.com.

Toby Keith’s Bar And Grill Closes In Orange Beach

One of the Wharf’s most popular businesses is no longer open and could be in serious legal and financial trouble.

The front doors to Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill are padlocked.

via Toby Keith’s Bar And Grill Closes In Orange Beach.

The Wharf welcomes new tenants to Orange Beach | AL.com

A four-bedroom, 4 ½-bath condominium unit at The Yacht Club on Terry Cove in Orange Beach has sold for $1.12 million, according to Tim Herrington of Herrington Realty, who represented the seller. James Calvert of REMAX Gulf Shores The Pro Team worked for the buyers.The 3,200-square-foot furnished unit also included two boat slips.

The House of Jerky has opened at The Wharf on the Intracoastal Waterway in Orange Beach, according to Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties, who represented the landlord. The new store features a variety of jerky made of beef, alligator,turkey, fish, bacon and other specialty products. The national chain is based in Indiana.

Two condo units on the Gulf Coast will be auctioned next month by Coastal Auction Co. A two-bedroom, two-bath unit in the Back Bay condo complex at 4610 White Ave., in Orange Beach will be offered for sale June 27 at 10 a.m. as part of an estate sale. The 1,080-square-foot unit on Terry Cove unit has been renovated and has new stainless steel appliances. Owners can lease a boat slip in the complex’s 43-slip marina. On June 6, a two-bedroom, two-bath unit in The Landing will be offered for sale at a live auction at 10 a.m. at the condo unit at 1904 West Beach Blvd., in Gulf Shores, according to Coastal.

The Wharf off Canal Road also leased 4,600-square-feet of office space to Keller Williams Realty, according to Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties. Tom Galloney of Keller Williams represented the real estate agency.

More tenants at The Wharf include Zeal Boutique, a women’s clothing, shoes and accessories store,  AlaGulf Realty, The Hot Spot Music & Grub and Shades which has expanded its existing store location, according to Jeff Barnes.

via The Wharf welcomes new tenants to Orange Beach | AL.com.

Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com

Riding the wave of renewed investment on the Alabama Gulf Coast, Brett/Robinson Real Estate and Development Co. is planning its 21st condo project.

The Orange Beach-based company already has work underway on the 22-floor Phoenix Gulf Shores on West Beach Boulevard and now has plans to build a 21-floor Phoenix Orange Beach on a roughly 2.75-acre lot it purchased for $5.5 million.

via Brett/Robinson plans new 21-floor condo in Orange Beach at former site of proposed Junonia tower | AL.com.

Boater rescues six stranded on Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

Photos from aboard the boat “Heck Yea!” tell the tale of the end of a bad boating trip for a group from Birmingham and Fairhope.

One of those doing the rescuing was Kyle Sculley. He spoke with FOX10 News while prepping the “Heck Yea!” for future outings. He said Saturday was his first rescue.

After the six people on board went into the water, they were able to keep a cell phone handy and call for help. They were in the water for about 25 to 30 minutes before the “Heck Yea!” arrived.

via Boater rescues six stranded on Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

Formally floppy: Widespread Panic fans put their best foot forward at Flopper’s Ball | AL.com

Thousands of fans of the jam band Widespread Panic turned out Friday night in Orange Beach for the band’s performance at the Amphitheater at The Wharf, a show some Orange Beach city officials said earlier they wish had never been booked.

Many of those fans came determined to put their best foot forward in response to comments about mayhem and “floppiness” from Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers, referencing previous Panic shows in Orange Beach. Hundreds came dressed in some variation of their Mardi Gras ball attire, and attendees donated thousands of cans of food to the Bay Area Food Bank.

via Formally floppy: Widespread Panic fans put their best foot forward at Flopper’s Ball | AL.com.

Island-based church services for boaters on horizon in Orange Beach | AL.com

Boaters who take to the waters of Orange Beach every summer will likely have an opportunity to keep their faith afloat this year thanks to a proposal to begin island-based church services on Sundays.

The Islands of Perdido Foundation, a nonprofit group that helps manage and preserve Robinson Island and other smaller islands north of Perdido Pass, is spearheading the effort.

via Island-based church services for boaters on horizon in Orange Beach | AL.com.

2-year-old boy, of Vestavia Hills, dies after pool tragedy in Orange Beach | AL.com

A 2-year-old boy from Vestavia Hills died in a Florida hospital Thursday night, only a short time after he was pulled unconscious from a swimming pool in Orange Beach, according to police.

Just after 4 p.m., officers responded to a reported drowning on the 27000 block of Safe Harbor Drive. Upon arrival they found people trying to give CPR to an unresponsive 2-year-old boy, said Officer Richard Springsteen.

via 2-year-old boy, of Vestavia Hills, dies after pool tragedy in Orange Beach | AL.com.

Six people taken from water after boat sinks off of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

A rental boat sank in the Gulf of Mexico just off shore of Orange Beach on the afternoon of May 23. All six people aboard were rescued.Orange Beach Fire and Rescue responded to the call just after noon. The boat was about five miles south of Perdido Pass.“At 12:09 OBFD was dispatched to a vessel in distress 5 miles south of Alabama Point in the Gulf of Mexico,” a post on the department’s Facebook page stated. “Marine 5 (Fire Boat) and Water Rescue Skis 1, 2, & 3 responded from Bird Island.”

via Six people taken from water after boat sinks off of Orange Beach – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.