Come June 20 in Orange Beach there will be another mayor running the show — a show that is.Businessman Mac McAleer, the self-proclaimed mayor of Gumbo Key, will once again host thousands of water-loving people for the second annual floating concert next to Bird Island, north of the Perdido Pass bridge.While the City Council still has to approved a special event permit for the Gumbo Key barge concert at its June 2 meeting, everyone praised the first event during Tuesday’s work session. That support appeared to be based on McAleer’s cooperation with the city to ensure the event is family friendly and respectful of the surrounding environment.
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May 21st, 2015 — Orange Beach
May 20th, 2015 — Orange Beach
The takeover of Orange Beach’s islands by boaters will commence once again this weekend for Memorial Day and to keep activities safe and orderly the city will deploy a few other watercraft.
“We’re going to have three officers on the islands,” said Mayor Tony Kennon, referring to Bird Island and Robinson Island, north of Perdido Pass. “We’ll have two boats and a jet ski with officers. We’re going to have paramedics out there and we’re going to have dedicated ingress, egress access point for emergencies.”
The iconic Ron Jon Surf Shop coasted into Alabama last Friday, opening in Orange Beach in the Amber Isle development that will soon add a sports bar and two hotels.
Ross Dress For Less has leased 22,500 square feet of space in Foley Square off Ala. 59 and Pride Drive in Foley, adjacent to the center’s anchor store, Academy Sports Outdoors, according to Josh Burmeister and Buff Teague of JLL, who represented the landlord. Ross Dress For Less sells brand-name clothing, shoes, accessories and housewares at discount prices. Construction on the store space will begin in August. Academy Sports opened its new 62,000-square-foot store last week.
The MR/DD Board paid $80,000 for a lot on U.S. 90 in Robertsdale, and plan to build an office there, according to Joe Steen Real Estate & Development. The board provides services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
ProHealth, which provides home health services, has leased 1,300-square-foot office at 105 Lottie Lane in Fairhope, and will open next month,according to Joe Steen Real Estate & Development.
Stirling Properties has been hired as the new leasing and sales agency for Spanish Fort Town Center off Interstate 10 and U.S. 98 in Spanish Fort, according to Stirling’s Angela McArthur and Jeff Barnes, who will handle leasing at the center. The 447,748-square-foot mixed use development on 230 acres is anchored by Bass Pro Shops, JC Penney and Kohl’s. The first step in revamping the center will be the opening of a new community park on 3.5 acres near JC Penney, according to McArthur. The park will open in June and feature a splash pad, children’s park and an outdoor exercise area.
Ron Jon Surf Shop will open later this month and will be the first business to open in Amber Isle at 22753 Perdido Beach Blvd., in Orange Beach, according to store officials. The 7,300-square-foot store will eventually be joined by the Wing Shack, Hotel Indigo and White Sands Resort hotel.
A local builder paid $80,000 for 4.3 bank-owned acres on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach adjacent to Gulf State Park, according to Pratt Thomas of Merrill P.Thomas Co., who represented the bank. The property is across the street from the Gulf and has 1.5 acres of wetlands, he said. The developers owed more than $1 million on the land when they gave it back to the bank several years ago. At one time a condo project, Romar Villas, was planned for the property.The buyer, Jeff Patterson, is looking to build a road over that acreage, according to Thomas. Perry Mason of Avast Realty worked for the buyer.
May 17th, 2015 — Orange Beach
If you’re visiting Orange Beach this weekend, the Orange Beach Fire Department said dangerous rip currents and the poisonous jellyfish, the Portuguese Man O’ War, mean beach-goers should stay out of the water.
According to its Facebook Page, the rip currents and the Man O’ Wars started showing up Friday and conditions today have not changed.
May 15th, 2015 — Orange Beach
A group of volunteers looking for evidence of sea turtle nests made on Alabama’s beaches found a 10-pound package of drugs instead this week in Orange Beach.
Lt. Cliff Roberts of the Orange Beach Police Department said the volunteers contacted OBPD Tuesday morning after locating the suspicious package in the surf.
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.
Canal Road gridlock stirs up Orange Beach as work continues; swift response eases pain, officials say | AL.com
May 6th, 2015 — Orange Beach
No pain, no gain.
That exercise motto can easily apply to an ongoing construction project on Canal Road in Orange Beach. Work meant to help alleviate traffic problems in the long run stirred up some short-term aggravation last week.
The project to add a second turn lane for northbound traffic on Alabama 161 and the widening of Canal Road for a westbound merging lane had tempers flaring on Thursday as paving work limited traffic to one lane.
Comments on the city’s Facebook page revealed that the trouble began during the morning school hours
May 6th, 2015 — Orange Beach
Having a fun day at the beach is usually the first and last thing on many people’s minds when they travel down to Orange Beach. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, they discussed authorizing Birmingham-based Sain Associates to conduct a study assessing pedestrian safety issues.
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One of the first projects that would be looked at after the study’s completed is adding a crosswalk between the Cotton Bayou Beach Access and the boat ramp across the street. City officials said that area sees a lot of foot traffic during the peak seasons.
April 29th, 2015 — Orange Beach
Cheeseburgers in our own little paradise, flying mullet, Prancing Elites and floppiness. Just another busy weekend on the Gulf Coast. The spies were dispatched and have filed their reports and apparently a whole lot of cray cray has been going on all over the place. So go ahead and read all about it, it will make you feel better about yourself and your own mental illness and/or substance abuse.
April 25th, 2015 — Orange Beach
Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon released this statement Thursday evening in reference to an upcoming Widespread Panic concert at the Wharf Amphitheater on Memorial Day weekend.
“While I appreciate that there are good and decent people that cause no trouble at Widespread Panic concerts, the facts about the negative impact of Widespread Panic concerts in the City of Orange Beach speak for themselves
April 23rd, 2015 — Orange Beach
Thousands of people will be in South Baldwin County this weekend for the Flora-Bama’s annual Interstate Mullet Toss.The mullet toss is named the Gulf Coast’s greatest beach party. It’s centered on throwing a dead mullet, which is a fish, over the Alabama-Florida state line to see who can throw it the farthest.“Oh I’d do it. Why not?” said a woman visiting from Atlanta. “In Oklahoma we have noodling so we go after those catfish in the rivers and ponds, so we figure we might have some Oklahoma noodlers down here trying to go throw mullets,” said Scott Lewis visiting Orange Beach from Oklahoma.
April 23rd, 2015 — Orange Beach
Parrot Heads are descending to Orange Beach this weekend to see their favorite singer take the stage at The Wharf.
At 8 p.m., Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will take the stage, but the entertainment can begin long before then.
A parking lot behind The Amphitheater has been designated for tailgating, which opens at 10 a.m. It’s a move that The Wharf doesn’t normally do, but Director of Operations Jim Bibby told FOX10 News that it’s an integral part of the Jimmy Buffett experience.
Widespread Panic fans fired up over Orange Beach’s negative view of concert; officials explain stance | AL.com
April 23rd, 2015 — Orange Beach
The news of a Widespread Panic concert in Orange Beach is firing up city officials and fans alike.
The Georgia-based jam band’s fans, known as Spreadheads, took to social media by the thousands Wednesday after an AL.com article reported city leaders’ displeasure with the May 22 booking of the band at The Amphitheater at The Wharf.
“We don’t promote that style of living and floppiness that’s happened, that they will bring,” declared Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Silvers, recalling the band’s last Orange Beach concert in 2010.
‘Buy groceries early’: Event-filled weekend sure to clog beach highways in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores | AL.com
The calendar may say it’s still spring but it’s going to feel like summertime at the beach this weekend, especially for those on the road.
From Friday night’s sold-out Jimmy Buffett concert at the Wharf’s Amphitheater to Mullet Toss to a car show to nearly a half a dozen sports tournaments in Gulf Shores, the traffic warning signs are there.
“Buy groceries early, that’s all I can say,” Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon warned during Tuesday night’s council meeting. “It’s going to be a very busy weekend.”