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17 01, 2018

Enjoy the revelry of an environmentally friendly Mardi Gras

By | 2018-01-17T16:44:40+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

It’s Carnival season on the Alabama coast, bringing a partying atmosphere to our already festive location. Parades will roll in on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 in Orange Beach, and again on Mardi Gras Day (Feb. 13) in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. We love welcoming visitors to enjoy the revelry, but we ask that you use environmentally friendly practices while here. Let’s deal first with the beads, many of which end up in the streets or in trash [...]

10 01, 2018

Tips for winter visitors to help keep our beach clean

By | 2018-01-10T15:45:55+00:00 January 10th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Spending your winter on our beautiful Alabama beaches? We’d like to ask you to keep those beaches clean and help preserve them for future generations. How can you do that? Glad you asked. First, just follow our Leave Only Footprints rules. Basically, the regulations prohibit leaving anything on the beach overnight. That gear you tote down to the shoreline - things like chairs or umbrellas - needs to be removed each night. If items are left on the sand, crews [...]

27 12, 2017

Four tips to be an eco-friendly angler

By | 2017-12-27T22:48:39+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Winter is an excellent time to hit the waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast. With mild temperatures and great fishing, boaters can enjoy the gulf and our bays year-round. But there are steps you should take to protect those waterways while you’re out. First, report any leaking-fuel incidents you see while out boating. Anyone witnessing an oil spill, chemical release or maritime security incident should call the National Reporting Center hotline at 800-424-8802. Watch out for the spread of aquatic [...]

20 12, 2017

Winter tips for the beach

By | 2017-12-20T15:18:11+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Headed to the beach during the winter? We highly recommend it. After all, temperatures average 55 to 60  degrees even in January and February, making it a great time to enjoy our beautiful coast. Many people would rather relax in an area with sand than shovel snow in the cold weather. Here, our golf courses are good to go all year long. Greens stay green, and short sleeves are often the wardrobe of the day. The beach, as well as [...]

13 12, 2017

Plan an environmentally friendly Christmas

By | 2017-12-13T21:46:01+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

One way to protect the coast is to implement environmentally friendly practices all year long, including over the Christmas holidays. Some ways to go green this Christmas include using LED lights, which emit 80 percent less energy than traditional Christmas lights and last 10 times longer according to Today’s Homeowner. Limit your use of lights by turning them off when you go to bed at night. Another tip from Today’s Homeowner is to go old-fashioned when it comes to choosing [...]

6 12, 2017

Come to the beach for Lighted Boat Parade, Santa Drop and more

By | 2017-12-06T16:11:42+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

If you’re planning a beach getaway this month, there are plenty of holiday activities to keep you busy. Take the kids Dec. 9 to see Santa drop from an airplane onto the beautiful beaches at the Flora-Bama. The event includes delicious treats, pictures with the jolly old elf and family-friendly activities. Also on Dec. 9 is a special visit from Billy Claus (Santa’s younger brother) and the LuLuBelles at LuLu’s in Gulf Shores. Another festive Dec. 9 event is the [...]

22 11, 2017

Six things to know about sea oats

By | 2017-12-20T04:33:14+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How much do you know about those sea oats you see growing on the dunes of the Alabama coast? We’re sharing six facts below to help you brush up your knowledge. 1 – Sea oats are a widespread grass that is drought resistant and immune to fungus infections. That makes them a hardy species for the tough coastal environment, even using the sand that collects around it to stimulate the plant’s growth. 2 – The scientific name for sea oats [...]

15 11, 2017

Protecting wildlife on the Alabama coast

By | 2017-11-15T14:34:36+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Sea turtle nesting season may be coming to a close, but there are plenty of other wild creatures on the Alabama coast that need our protection. The most basic thing you can do to help is be sure to remove trash and gear from the beach. Birds can mistake wrappers or plastic containers for food. While we’re talking about those seagulls, herons and other birds on the beach, please don’t feed them. It’s dangerous for them and for other visitors. [...]

8 11, 2017

Alabama coast spared the wrath of an eventful hurricane season

By | 2017-12-20T04:33:14+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

We’re coming to the end of an eventful hurricane season. Fortunately, the Alabama coast has been spared this year, but the same can’t be said of our neighbors in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas. The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season rivaled any on record. The season included more than 13 named storms, five of which were major hurricanes that were Category 3 or stronger. Of course, you know the worst of those: Harvey that flooded the Texas coast; Irma that destroyed [...]

1 11, 2017

Recycling efforts come to the Alabama Coastal Cleanup

By | 2017-11-01T19:46:08+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

We want to give a big shout-out to the thousands of volunteers who converged at check-in sites across South Alabama on Sept. 16 for the 30th year of the Alabama Coastal Cleanup. It’s an incredible effort by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, municipalities, business sponsors and volunteers to keep our coastal areas and waterways clean. Organizers partnered with TerraCycle and Thompson Engineering to include recycling in this year’s cleanup. Volunteers received two bags - one for trash, [...]