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Boating condos in Orange Beach AL using aerial image map

Orange Beach, Alabama is one of the top boating destinations on the Gulf Coast. From serene bayous to the deep blue Gulf of Mexico, this popular beach town offers plenty of water activities for all ages including sportsfishing, scuba diving, sailing, dolphin tours, and parasailing. During warm weather, you will find many boaters anchored along Robinson & Bird Islands. Both islands are popular hangout spots located just north of Perdido Pass with sandy beaches and shallow clear waters. The back bays are great for sightseeing and you're likely to spot dolphins as you cruise around Terry Cove and Perdido Pass. After spending the day on the water head over to your favorite waterfront restaurant and pick up your to-go order dockside or dine and watch the

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Alabama Beaches reopen

NEW UPDATE - MAY 12, 2020

Governor Ivey has announced an amended "Safer-At-Home" order during Friday's COVID19 press conference. The statewide health order will allow restaurants to reopen dining areas with limited table seating and follow all social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Close-contact service providers such as commercial gyms, fitness centers, barbershops, hair/nail salons are permitted to reopen subject to social distancing and sanitation rules. Other notable changes include removing the social gathering limit of 10 or less. You are still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household. The amended order will go into effect on Monday, May 11, 2020 and expire Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00PM. 

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2020 Gulf Coast events

Aside from beautiful beaches, the Gulf Coast offers a great selection of annual events and festivals throughout the year. There's something for all ages including beachside concerts, fishing rodeos, boat shows, wine tastings, and plenty of festivals! The following is an up-to-date list of 2020 events taking place along the Gulf Coast from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Panama City Beach, FL. Mark your calendars and let's have fun in the sun, sand, and surf!

*Some events have been canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

2020 Events in Coastal Alabama & Pensacola, FL

Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show
When: February 29, 2020
Where: The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL 

1st Annual Fort Morgan Oyster Festival
When: February 29, 2020
Where: Sassy Bass

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Gulf Shores traffic flow

The City of Gulf Shores recently won a $14.4 million grant through the Department of Transportation's BUILD program. This is great news for the city as it continuously works on long-term solutions associated with the growing number of residents and vacation traffic. The Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program offers discretionary grant funding to transportation projects with significant local or regional impacts and focuses on improving infrastructure condition, addressing public health and safety, promoting regional connectivity, or facilitating economic growth.

Funding from the BUILD grant will go towards the following projects in Gulf Shores, AL:

• Addition of a third southbound lane on Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores

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Shrimp festival gulf shores
2019 Annual National Shrimp Festival - Gulf Shores, AL

The Annual National Shrimp Festival has arrived! Celebrating 48 years of entertaining both locals and out-of-towners, this popular beachside event features four days of live music, delicious food and is host to hundreds of talented artists and vendors showcasing unique crafts and merchandise! The Shrimp Fest is one of the busiest weekends for the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area attracting nearly 300,000 visitors each year! Most of the parking around the festival site is first-serve, first-come with many spaces rented out by private businesses and residential homes. We recommend arriving early (gates open at 10am) for a better chance of finding a parking spot or you can take one of the shuttle stops

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                 Say No to Zillow

For over 10 years, Zillow.com has reigned as the top website for home listings, rentals, mortgage rates, and other real estate data. Google "(any city name) homes for sale" and 99% of the time Zillow will take the #1 spot in the search results. Dominating the online real estate marketplace, it is no wonder homebuyers, sellers, and realtors turn to Zillow for their property research. Although the sheer amount of information found on Zillow is quite impressive, the mega site is often criticized due to its constant misrepresentation of properties such as advertising homes for sale that have already been sold or displaying inaccurate home values calculated by Zillow's popular "Zestimates" tool.

Misleading Data
Zillow and Trulia (also

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Cottages at Romeo Beach
Cottages at Romeo Beach - Gulf Shores, AL

Over the last five years, we've seen a number of new residential communities popping up in both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Aside from Brett Robinson developments, the Alabama Coast hasn't experienced much increase in new condo construction but rather a boom in new cottage communities particularly in the West Beach and East Beach areas of Gulf Shores. These small communities consist of 10 or more free-standing raised homes and offer shared amenities such as outdoor swimming pools and BBQ areas. Similar to a condo HOA, owners pay monthly dues that typically cover water, sewer, waste removal, cable TV, internet service, pool maintenance, and landscaping. 

We've compiled a list of new cottage communities in

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Key Harbour Condo Fire
Photo: Escambia County Fire Rescue

A large multi-structural fire has destroyed a number of residences at Key Harbour condominium in Perdido Key, FL. The condominium complex consists of eight buildings situated along Ole River about 200 yards east of Flora-Bama Yacht Club. Several buildings were engulfed with flames in the early morning hours and rapidly spread to other structures including the east end of Pescador Landing located next door. Several employees of Flora-Bama and Waffle House are credited with helping dozens of residents escape the fire which grew quickly due to strong winds.

More than 70 emergency responders and fire units from Perdido Key, Pensacola, US Navy, and Baldwin County fled to the scene to extinguish the fire along Perdido

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Rookery III Fort Morgan
The Rookery III in Fort Morgan, AL

Do you know Gulf Shores, Alabama receives over 6 million visitors every year? Over the last several decades, the city's beachfront has grown tremendously with numerous residential developments, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. Take a left or right at the "T" intersection and you'll have hundreds of vacation rentals to select from along East Beach or West Beach. Although many people love the excitement of a lively town, there are some who miss the original character of Gulf Shores, circa 1950. Fortunately these nostalgic memories can be reminisced along the Fort Morgan Peninsula down Highway 180. Here the stretch of land narrows and becomes flanked by the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay, and Little Lagoon. As

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hangout-fest-gulf-shores

The Alabama Coast is host to many popular events with some of the biggest being the Hangout Music Festival, Flora-Bama's Mullet Toss, Fairhope Arts & Crafts Festival, and Loxley's Strawberry Festival. As the busy season nears, weekends will be jam-packed with exciting entertainment and live music at great venues like The Wharf, OWA, Flora-Bama, and The Hangout. You will never get bored with plenty of fun things to do for any age whether it's an offshore fishing charter, a relaxing day at the beach, or just a nice evening out at your favorite restaurant. The following is a simplified list of all annual events taking place this year in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley, Fairhope, and more! Mark your calendars!

March

45th Annual Festival of Art
When:

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