28 05, 2020

It’s never too soon to learn to protect the environment 

By |2020-05-18T20:31:46+00:00May 28th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

They say children are like sponges: They absorb everything. Have you set a good example for your kids and grandkids at the beach? Let’s teach our children to “Leave Only Footprints!”   We take care of our environment so future generations will also be able to enjoy the outdoors. But we also need to make sure the future generations know how to take care of our planet. It’s never too early to instill good habits and respect for our beautiful white-sand beaches.   How can you be a good role model?  Talk about the wildlife that [...]

25 05, 2020

Beach safety: Understanding the flags on the beach 

By |2020-05-18T20:26:00+00:00May 25th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Green, yellow, red, purple, double red. Those are the flag colors you see flying along the Gulf of Mexico beaches in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. The flags are there for your safety, but do you know what they mean?    Weather and wildlife conditions - locally and offshore - can cause dangerous situations at our beaches. It may be easy to recognize high surf and dangerous waves, but rip currents may not always be visible on top of the water. Conditions can change quickly, so always exercise caution, even on calm days.   Let’s take a look at our flags, one [...]

22 05, 2020

Play it safe while enjoying our coastal waters 

By |2020-05-18T20:19:16+00:00May 22nd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

The coastal cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are rich with back bays and waterways. Naturally, one of the best ways to explore them is by boat!   It’s easy to find a variety of cruises and personal watercraft rentals at most marinas. If you are a boat owner and want to bring your own, remember to check all the Alabama requirements ahead of time. You can find information on equipment, licenses, rules and regulations on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency website.  One of the favorite [...]

18 05, 2020

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  

By |2020-05-18T20:07:47+00:00May 18th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

May brings one of our favorite seasons of the year: sea turtle nesting season! Each year, the endangered loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley and green sea turtles arrive on our beautiful white-sand beaches to dig nests and lay eggs.   The amazing part is what happens after the eggs are laid and the mama turtle returns to the Gulf of Mexico. That’s when hundreds of volunteers step in to help ensure the baby turtles find their way to the water. Alabama’s Share The Beach program enlists volunteers to patrol the beach and record each nest. The nests are marked and [...]

22 04, 2020

What do flags on the beach mean? 

By |2020-04-01T17:54:20+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Before entering the water, it’s important to note what color flag is flying near the shore. The flags are there to alert us to the condition of the water. They inform us regarding whether it’s safe to swim, including warnings of marine pests. The United States Lifesaving Association and the International Lifesaving Federation developed a flag warning system to inform swimmers of water hazards. Below is the definition of each so you will know the meaning on your next beach trip.   Yellow Flag Meaning: Medium hazard  Moderate surf and/or currents [...]

15 04, 2020

Sea turtle nesting season is May through October  

By |2020-04-01T17:28:26+00:00April 15th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Each year sea turtles return to our beaches to nest. After returning to the coast where they were born, the female sea turtles make their way onto the beach and dig a hole to lay their eggs. The two types of sea turtles that nest on the Alabama coast are the loggerhead, which can grow to 200 pounds and an average length of three feet, and the Kemp’s ridley that can grow to two feet and weigh 100 pounds. In 2019, a rare green sea turtle also nested in Orange Beach!    Since the establishment of the Leave Only Footprints program, both of their numbers continue [...]

6 04, 2020

Teaching kids to Leave Only Footprints 

By |2020-04-01T16:42:56+00:00April 6th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals, as well as more than 1 million seabirds, die each year from ocean pollution, including ingestion of or entanglement in marine debris. Let’s teach our children by example how to stop being litterbugs and to Leave Only Footprints everywhere they go.   The Leave Only Footprints program exists to raise awareness and participation in green initiatives and Leave No Trace behaviors among visitors and residents of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.   Our resources are precious. So to take this initiative a step further, we ask that you teach [...]

3 04, 2020

Wearing a life jacket can save your life

By |2020-04-01T16:34:46+00:00April 3rd, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Just like a safety belt can’t save you unless you buckle up, the same goes for a life vest: If you are not wearing it, it can’t save your life. The U.S. Coast Guard’s 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics Report indicates that, where the cause of death could be determined, 77 percent of fatal boating accident victims drowned. And of those whose life jacket use could be determined, 84 percent were not wearing one. According to the Coast Guard, almost half [...]

25 03, 2020

Best Photo Locations in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

By |2020-02-27T18:23:11+00:00March 25th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

Interested in an Instagram-friendly location across the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama? You’ll find a wealth of such! The Hangout (at the end of Hwy. 59) is one of the ideal spots. Pose in front of the bigger-than-life shaka sign or in a huge Adirondack chair or the Hangout bus. Find your favorite Pez on the Hangout DJ booth or head to the ever-amazing wish wall. But of course, best of all is the emerald green Gulf [...]

18 03, 2020

History of the Leave Only Footprints Initiative

By |2020-02-27T18:18:44+00:00March 18th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” The quote originated from Chief Seattle, a Native American who came from the Duwamish Tribe in the state of Washington. This mindset has been adopted by locals and lovers of the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area who established the Leave Only Footprints program. Leave Only Footprints exists to raise awareness and participation in Leave No Trace behaviors and other green initiatives. The collaborative effort began in 2007, coordinating city, state, business and individual [...]