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6 07, 2019

Beyond the Beach: Gulf Shores Recycling Program

By |2019-06-26T00:42:49+00:00July 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

One of the best ways you can protect the Gulf of Mexico? Reusing and recycling. In 2016, the City of Gulf Shores http://www.gulfshoresal.gov decided to completely revamp their recycling program to make it easier for both residents and visitors to do their part. Recycle at the beach During your day at a Gulf Shores public beach, you’ll notice blue and gray bins along the sand. The blue bin is for recyclable materials and the gray bin is for landfill items. [...]

2 07, 2019

Be kind to the beach: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle!

By |2019-06-26T00:18:06+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

You’re on the beach. The sun is high in the sky. You just finished the last sip of your cold, canned beverage of choice. What’s your next move? Well, we all know that if you’re one of the cool kids, you’ll recycle that bad boy in one of the recycling bins located along that sugar white sand. Here are just a few reasons why: Recycling conserves finite resources. When you recycle and use materials more than once, you conserve valuable [...]

28 06, 2019

Plan a trip to the beach for Alabama Coastal Cleanup

By |2019-06-26T00:18:34+00:00June 28th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Trying to decide when to plan your next trip to the beach? Plan your visit to the Alabama Gulf Coast during the Alabama Coastal Cleanup and join a 32-year tradition of giving back at the beach! Always the 3rd Saturday in September, this year’s gathering of helping hands is September 21, 2019, from 8 a.m. to noon. About the event The Alabama Coastal Cleanup, held on International Coastal Cleanup Day, is an incredible opportunity to come together and care for [...]

25 06, 2019

Protecting our sand dunes in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

By |2019-06-25T23:45:37+00:00June 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

June is here! And it’s a great time to talk about a big question you might have: “What is with all the signs telling me to stay off those beautiful sand dunes?” Why is it a good time to talk about sand dunes? While June brings plenty of sunshine and breathtaking days at the beach, it also brings the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs June 1 through November 30. One reason it’s important to refrain from damaging [...]

31 05, 2019

Learning about the environment with kid-friendly activities

By |2019-05-17T09:40:09+00:00May 31st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

With warm temperatures and longer days, springtime is the right time to head to the beach! Take your umbrellas, beach chairs, snacks, and drinks — but be sure to Leave Only Footprints when you leave for the day. Family days at the beach can be full of sandcastles, games, and dips in the Gulf. You can make the memories of a lifetime along the white-sand beaches. Children and adults alike love to frolic along the pristine shores and watch the [...]

24 05, 2019

Don’t overheat at the beach

By |2019-05-17T09:26:13+00:00May 24th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The last Friday in May is National Heat Awareness Day. For those of you who don’t know, it gets hot — very hot — in the South. Particularly in coastal Alabama, where the heat and humidity work together to create a double whammy. If you aren’t used to dealing with this weather, it can be a potentially critical issue. Heat exhaustion and dehydration can cause fatalities. A few ways to prepare for this mix of sun, heat, wind, and water include [...]

21 05, 2019

Recycling and the economy

By |2019-05-17T09:15:12+00:00May 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

It just makes sense to recycle. Or does it? While the planet is in a precarious position of being overused and overwhelmed, more people are waking up to the need to preserve our natural resources. Clearly, we must reduce our use and acceptance of single-use products as a whole, and certainly, we can decrease our dependence on plastic. But did you know that recycling makes dollars and sense? In comparison to making a product out of new vs. recycled materials, [...]

17 05, 2019

Nesting sea turtles need a clean beach

By |2019-05-17T02:23:33+00:00May 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

May marks the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on the Alabama Gulf Coast, and although we have seen an increasing number of sea turtles being born and returning to nest over recent years, we have also seen the unthinkable. You may remember the female sea turtle who was found in the surf with her neck attached to a beach chair. Or you may have heard the horrifying news of a group of tourists caught on camera looting sea turtle [...]

25 04, 2019

Orange Beach Shoreline Cleanup Program – Beyond the Beach

By |2019-04-25T16:51:13+00:00April 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

As we approach the busy seasons along the Gulf Coast, our shores can get even more overloaded with debris and trash. Some of this is due to carelessness of individuals; other debris may be coming back ashore after a storm. Our beaches are a gift and something we should strive to clean. The City of Orange Beach is doing what it can to address marine debris and waterborne trash. This pilot program, launched in 2014, is the Waterways and Shoreline [...]

17 04, 2019

Good to Know: Local Resources for Stranded Marine Animals

By |2019-04-17T15:54:03+00:00April 17th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

When taking a trip to the beach this year, it’s important to remember you are visiting the home of many wonderful animals. Enjoy their presence, but be respectful when encountering them. Regardless of which animal you encounter, we encourage you to remain a safe distance of about 50 yards. Remember that you are guests in their home, so keep the viewing at a minimum in order to reduce the stress on the animals. Please do not attempt to feed or [...]