Santa’s mailbox set up in Heritage Park
Foley, Ala. – (OBA) – Children wanting to send a letter to Santa Claus have a special mailbox in Foley’s Heritage Park that provides a direct line to the North Pole. The box is now taking letters near the Foley Christmas Tree in the park. If a child includes an envelope with a return address, Santa will often respond.
Baldwin County Home Sellers Face Longer Sale Times
Traditional homes in Baldwin County Nudge up while Resort properties see a slight decrease. Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – Home sellers in Baldwin County, Alabama, are now seeing a longer wait time to secure a contract with buyers. The latest statistics from Baldwin REALTORS® indicate an increase in the average days on market for listings, which have climbed from 43 days in November 2022 to 62 days in November 2023.
Orange Beach Honors Top Teachers of the Year
Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – Orange Beach City Schools named two outstanding teachers, Ms. Kristen Rayborn and Ms. Rhonda Prater, who were honored as the 2023–2024 Teachers of the Year. This surprise announcement was made during a school tour by Board Members, Central Office Staff, and Superintendent Randy Wilkes on December 6, 2023.
Christmas events planned this week in Foley
Foley, Ala. – (OBA) – While rain delayed events last weekend, Santa Claus is coming to Foley on Friday to help start the holiday season. Mayor Ralph Hellmich said two days of celebration are planned in downtown Foley this weekend. “On Friday, we have our Christmas in the...
Work begins on Foley Public Works campus
Foley, Ala. – (OBA) – Work is underway on Foley’s $17-million Public Works Department campus that will expand city services to meet growing needs for the next 30 or more years. The new facility will include modern technology with more meeting and training facilities, Mayor Ralph Hellmich...
Gulf Shores Rallies for High School Dolphins
Local Businesses Host Watch Parties for State Championship. Gulf Shores, Ala. – (OBA) – The Gulf Shores community is buzzing with excitement as the Gulf Shores High School Dolphins gear up for their State Championship game tonight against the Ramsay Rams. In a show of support, nine local businesses are hosting watch parties, turning this football game into a community-wide celebration. The game can be viewed on Alabama Public Television beginning at 7pm or to make it a more festive event, visit one of the local watch parties listed below.
Local Artists Showcase at Wilson Boulevard Studio Sale for Unique Christmas Gift Ideas
Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – Residents in the area of Hudson Marina are gearing up for a mini pub crawl/art walk on Friday, Dec. 8, with the focal point being a Studio Sale at the home of water color artist Nick Cantrell and his clay sculptor wife, Maya.
Orange Beach Updates RV Zoning Rules Regarding Occupancy
Changes continue to allow residents to keep RVs at their house, but not live in them. Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – Orange Beach added language to the city’s zoning ordinance to make living in a recreational vehicle in a neighborhood zoned single-family residential. “Occupied RVs are...
Orange Beach Planning Commission to Review Key Projects
Orange Beach to Discuss Land Use and Development Plans. Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – The next meeting of the Orange Beach Planning Commission is scheduled for Monday, December 11th, in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The First Baptist Church of Bay Minette owns undeveloped property in...
How To Watch, Listen Or Attend The Gulf Shores Football Game
Gulf Shores, Ala. – (OBA) – Want to know how you can watch or view the Gulf Shores Championship football game on Thursday? It is not hard and we can provide you with several options. For the first time in school history, the Gulf Shores High School Dolphins...
Orange Beach to Discuss Wide Range of City Projects
Orange Beach Council to decide on $436K Arts Center bid. Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – A new pavilion may be coming to the campus of the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach on Canal Road. During the regular Dec. 5 meeting, the council will consider awarding a...
Territorial Dispute Leaves Bald Eagle Injured in Park
Orange Beach Wildlife Center Rescues an Injured Eagle in Gulf State Park. Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – A bald eagle was rescued at the Alabama Gulf State Park following a territorial dispute. The incident, which occurred on Thursday, was first reported by park visitors. Park maintenance employees were the first to respond to the scene where they found the eagle with an injured eye and a slight beak injury.
New Year's fun unfolds on the Alabama Gulf Coast
Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – Local outlets are reporting heavier than normal interest in New Year's Eve events and Polar Bear Dips on January 1st. Here are a few of the popular year-ending gatherings. Family-friendly and rollicking fun is available to ring in the New Year on...
Holiday cheer spreads across the Gulf Coast
Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – As we enter into our first full week of December, the Gulf Coast is still spreading loads of good cheer. We have more Holiday music specials, parades, a pub crawl for kids in need, a sleighless Santa in the sky, Whoville in the park, Holly Days on Main and a chance to adopt a furry friend to bring home for the Holiday’s plus go on a Sea Turtle adventure.
Foley City Council to discuss the proposed rezoning in Wolf Creek Village
Foley, Ala. – (OBA) – During its meeting on Dec. 4, the Foley City Council will discuss the purchase of eight Chevrolet Tahoes and increase the budget for them. There is $450,000 budgeted for the vehicles but an additional $19,000 is needed to complete the purchase. The council...
Traffic continues to declines at the Beach Express after the rate hike
Beach Express bridge toll increase leads to less traffic. Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – Traffic through the toll booths continues to trend downward in the two months after the Baldwin County Bridge Company raised the price for cash and debit card customers to $5 on Aug. 30.
Gulf Shores Plans $8.2M Multi-Sport Facility at Sportsplex
Council to Discuss New Sports Center and Property Transfer. Gulf Shores, Ala. – (OBA) – During a joint work/regular session on Dec. 1, the Gulf Shores City Council will consider three agenda items on a proposed $8.2 multi-sport facility at the city’s Sportsplex. First up is a...
LuLu's Lighted Boat Parade Is December 9th
Gulf Shores, Ala. – (OBA) – Many tourists and new residents in Gulf Shores ask "when and where is the Christmas Parade?" Along the Gulf Coast we do our parade a bit different. Of course, they have to involve water and be accompanied by good food and drinks. Best of all, they are hosted by a legend in the community. It is time for the LuLu's Lighted Boat Parade!
Lanford family exemplifies public service in Orange Beach
Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – With a 31-year veteran of the Orange Beach Fire Department, four-year police officer now in the marine division and a four-year seasonal lifeguard, the Lanford family is well represented in public service to the city. Papa Kevin is currently the training officers...
Wet weekend woes are no match for Gulf Coast fun
Feeling rained out? The forecast still calls for fun. Orange Beach, Ala. – (OBA) – Don’t let this weekend’s wet weather along the Gulf Coast spoil your holiday merriment. While things like Foley’s Let It Snow event and the Foley Christmas parade have been canceled for today, they’re being rescheduled for next weekend and promise to be a wonderful time for all.
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