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GOMESA revenue sharing program could be tapped for I-10 Bridge project (video) | AL.com

A revenue sharing program for four Gulf of Mexico states could be used by Alabama to pay for a chunk of the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Bridge and Bayway expansion project, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said Tuesday.

Byrne, speaking before 170 people attending a Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel, said he believes money coming into Alabama from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) can be applied for hurricane route construction and that the I-10 Bridge project would qualify.

via GOMESA revenue sharing program could be tapped for I-10 Bridge project (video) | AL.com.

Tourists, locals enjoy beaches for Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

The summer tourist season has started at the beaches, and if you haven’t noticed by the amount of traffic in the Bay area, hundreds of people are in town for Memorial Day Weekend.

With a bright shining sun, clear skies, and hot sand, many people spent Saturday on the beach. People came from all over the country to enjoy the three day weekend. With tourists, comes traffic.

Traffic was backed up for miles on I10 eastbound and Highway 59. For a portion of the day, Bankhead tunnel was closed forcing local traffic and travelers to use the Wallace Tunnel.

via Tourists, locals enjoy beaches for Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin has 10 of Alabama’s 30 fastest-growing cities; Mobile shrinks again | AL.com

Elberta’s 1.9 percent growth rate between the middle of 2013 and the middle of last year placed it among Alabama’s 30 fastest-growing municipalities but only No. 10 in its own county.

Such is the nature of Baldwin County’s phenomenal growth, which is swelling populations in every city and town, as well as the unincorporated areas. The county also is home to nine of the 30 fastest-growing municipalities since the 2010 census.

via Baldwin has 10 of Alabama’s 30 fastest-growing cities; Mobile shrinks again | AL.com.

Tractor trailer engulfed in flames on I-10 eastbound in Baldwin County | AL.com

State troopers are responding to a tractor trailer fire on I-10 eastbound at mile marker 51 in Baldwin County.Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Jamie Maloy said the trailer is fully engulfed in flames and was hauling cardboard and foam, but nothing hazardous.

via Tractor trailer engulfed in flames on I-10 eastbound in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Coastal states launch new bid for offshore drilling dollars – Fuel Fix

Senators from Texas, Alaska and other coastal states have launched a fresh campaign to siphon off more of the revenue that flows to the federal government from offshore drilling.

Four Gulf Coast states already collect some of the royalty revenue that companies pay the federal government for oil and gas extracted offshore, but they want more. And for political leaders in Atlantic states that anticipate offshore oil exploration in the 2020s as well as those in Alaska, where exploratory drilling is expected this summer, the issue is critically important.

The Cassidy bill would lift that $500 million revenue-sharing cap for Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, with about $700 million annually from 2018 to 2025 and $1 billion annually from 2026 to 2055 expected to flow to the states.

via Coastal states launch new bid for offshore drilling dollars – Fuel Fix.

Tourism leaders launch first regional website – LagniappeLagniappe

The Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) and the Coastal Alabama Regional Tourism Council (RTC) today launched a new website completely dedicated to bringing tourism to the area.

Today, tourism industry leaders throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties came together to witness the official launch of VisitCoastalAlabama.org, a new website focused on providing locals and visitors a one-stop-shop of information on tourism opportunities available in the region.

VisitCoastalAlabama.org will combine the assets of several regional groups and work to enhance both tourism opportunities and visitors’ experiences along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

via Tourism leaders launch first regional website – LagniappeLagniappe.

Fire planned for wildlife refuge – FOX10 News | WALA

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is preparing a prescribed burn Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8.

Assistant Refuge Manager Brittany Petersen says the burn is needed to remove hazardous levels of fuel and improve wildlife habitat. The burn area is just west of Oyster Bay and south of the Intracoastal Waterway.

via Fire planned for wildlife refuge – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama in 2040: Check out population forecasts for all 67 counties | AL.com

Imagine an Alabama where Madison and Mobile counties have swapped places in population rank, where surging Baldwin is the fourth-largest county in the state and where stagnant Montgomery County has fallen from No. 4 to No. 6.

Those are the latest population projections by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research. The model, updated last month, forecasts population changes in five-year increments through 2040.

via Alabama in 2040: Check out population forecasts for all 67 counties | AL.com.

Feds focus on forestry deal in day 2 of trial for Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and husband | AL.com

Landowner Neil McMillan needed to clear some timber from his Baldwin County property and John Hastie, his second cousin, was just the man to do it, McMillan testified Wednesday in federal court.

John Hastie, the husband of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie, hammered out a deal with him in December 2014, McMillan said. John Hastie’s employer would buy the wood and McMillan would tell the forestry firm to cut a $5,232 check to John and Kim’s daughter, Jordan Hastie, according to McMillan.

via Feds focus on forestry deal in day 2 of trial for Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and husband | AL.com.

When oil from BP’s broken well seemed set to kill the Gulf

The BP oil spill erupted five years ago this month. In a multipart series, longtime AL.com writer Ben Raines reflects on the disaster as he experienced it, and tells how critical coastal habitat can be saved and preserved.

via When oil from BP’s broken well seemed set to kill the Gulf | AL.com.

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life – a testament to the resilience of nature.

But there’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture – nor is it as clear.

Federal data and numerous scientific studies show lingering problems. Splotches of oil still dot the seafloor and wads of tarry petroleum-smelling material hide in pockets in the marshes of Barataria Bay. Dolphin deaths have more than tripled. Nests of endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles suddenly plummeted after the spill. Some fish have developed skin lesions along with oil in internal organs. Deep sea coral are hurting.

via Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred – KWWL – Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings.

Federal lawsuit over Gulf State Park project moved to Alabama

A federal lawsuit filed last year in a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. was relocated this week to the Southern District of Alabama, where a planned $85 million expansion to Gulf State Park in Orange Beach originally planted the seed for the litigation.

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture were tasked with approving early restoration projects funded by BP.

Of the $1 billion BP initially pledged, Alabama received $100 million. That included the $85 million allocated for park project, of which more than $50 million was already set aside for improvements to a lodge on the property.

via Federal lawsuit over Gulf State Park project moved to Alabama – LagniappeLagniappe.

Alabama lawmakers join push to make pistol permits valid in other conceal-carry states

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, and four representatives have signed on to legislation to make it easier for pistol permit holders to carry their weapons to other states.

Currently, permits to carry concealed guns are valid only in states that have negotiated reciprocal agreements. That leaves gun owners at potential risk of breaking the law even in some states that issue pistol permits. South Carolina, for instance, has not reciprocal agreement with Alabama.

via Alabama lawmakers join push to make pistol permits valid in other conceal-carry states | AL.com.

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One In Eight Alabamians Have Pistol Permits

Locally, both Mobile and Baldwin Counties are above average.  14.82% of Mobile County adults have a conceal carry permit.  In Baldwin County it’s 13.56% of adults.

via One In Eight Alabamians Have Pistol Permits.

Perdido Beach looks to establish zoning ordinance

Entering its second year of incorporation, Baldwin County’s youngest municipality is on the cusp of establishing guidelines that would help define the town

A 112-page proposed land-use and zoning ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission in September would regulate everything from signage to manufactured homes.

Perdido Beach looks to establish zoning ordinance