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24 05, 2017

Do you Share the Beach?

By |May 24th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How much do you know about the Share the Beach program? While thousands of families converge on our beautiful beaches each year for their summer vacation, so do thousands of sea turtles.

Starting in May, female sea turtles make their way hundreds of miles to our shores to lay eggs, which hatch between July and October. Once they hatch, the young sea turtles must make their way to the Gulf of Mexico. That’s when they need our help.

Hatchlings are vulnerable. First, […]

17 05, 2017

Meet a Member of the Orange Beach Patrol

By |May 17th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

If you’re out and about on the beach, you may run into someone who shares the rules of the beach. Don’t be alarmed. There’s a good chance you are meeting a member of the city’s beach patrol.

Lisa Graham of Orange Beach has been involved with the Leave Only Footprints beach patrol program since its inception in July 2015.

She had patrolled the beach for 15 years as a Share The Beach sea turtle volunteer, and in that capacity she witnessed local beaches at […]

10 05, 2017

Have you run into a beach ambassador in Orange Beach?

By |May 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Two years ago, Alabama beaches celebrated a record number of tourists, but those beaches were also overrun with abandoned umbrellas, beach chairs, tents and water toys. Officials looked for how to improve what some guests called the “deplorable” conditions of the beach. In Orange Beach, the beach ambassador initiative was born.

Starting with a four-person staff, there are now nine beach ambassadors who walk the beach during daytime hours, seven days a week. Mike Kimmerling, who runs the beach ambassadors program […]

26 04, 2017

Why use a beach vendor for chairs/umbrellas

By |April 26th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

When you get to the Alabama coast, you want to get out to the beach as quickly as possible. We understand that. One of the things you can do to make your trip smoother and more enjoyable is to leave the beach chairs and umbrellas at home. They just take up a lot of room in your vehicle.

When you get to the beach, use a service such as Ike’s or Perdido Beach Services. You can rent chairs, umbrellas, and even kayaks and […]

19 04, 2017

The legend of the sand dollar

By |April 19th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Have you ever found a whole sand dollar on the beach? Lots of folks look for them, but it’s a treasure when you find one still intact.

Sand dollars are actually burrowing sea urchins. When they wash up on the beach and are bleached by the sun, they look like a large silver coin, hence the moniker.

A legend about these creatures says they represent the story of Christ:

On the top of the shell is a symbol that looks like a star, a […]

12 04, 2017

Be responsible when you see marine life in the wild

By |April 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Visitors to the Alabama coast love to watch dolphins and other marine life in the wild. It is truly an amazing, breathtaking sight to experience.

Often, dolphins can be admired from the beach. But when we venture out on a boat, we humans can be too much for them. When we approach wild dolphins too closely, move too fast or make too much noise, we risk disturbing their natural behaviors such as migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding and sheltering.

No one wants […]

5 04, 2017

Rip currents: be smart

By |April 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Do you know how to swim safely on our Alabama beaches? Following the beach flag warning system is one way. But knowing how to escape a rip current can also be lifesaving.

Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves, and most often form at low spots or breaks in sandbars. They can also form near piers and jetties. You may not be able to see a rip current, but there are signs of one, such as a break in […]

29 03, 2017

Know the warning signs: Just what do those beach flags mean?

By |March 29th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

You see those colored flags flying at the beach, but do you know why they are there? Educate yourself about the beach warning flag system to safely enjoy our beaches.

In general, think of the flags like traffic lights. Red means stop. Green means go. Yellow means proceed with caution. But even if the green flag is flapping in the breeze, always be careful and swim where there is a lifeguard on duty.

Just because there is no flag, that does not […]

22 03, 2017

Protect the environment (and yourself) with these responsible boating tips

By |March 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Ready to get that boat in the water for the season? We hear you! It’s that time of year. Whether your boat is a small sailboat, skiff, pontoon or large fishing vessel, use responsible practices while out on the water.

There are simple tips that are just common courtesy. Don’t toss trash overboard, for example. Or watch your wake when boating near the shore, as it can wash away early sea life that grows there.

But there are other aspects to responsible […]

15 03, 2017

Learn cool ways to preserve beach treasures

By |March 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Are you a beachcomber? Are you always on the lookout for a unique shell, sand dollar or piece of driftwood?

There is some cool stuff along our beaches, no doubt about it. But just how do you protect and preserve those little treasures you pick up on your morning walk?

Glad you asked!

The first step is to keep them clean. Soak a sand dollar in fresh water and change the water frequently until it stays clear. Then soak the sand dollar in […]