Surrounding Area

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The architecture world was shaken last year when renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid passed away in Miami, Florida. Hadid, born in Iraq in 1950, is known all over the world for her work. She won the prestigious Stirling Prize in 2010 an 2011, was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize in 2004, and was also the first woman to be awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal in 2015. Some of her notable designs include those for the aquatic center used in the 2012 London Olympics and the Guangzhou Opera House in China. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for the contributions she made to the world of architecture.

Hadid is leaving her mark on Miami with the construction of the One Thousand Museum,

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 Just down the road from The Track Family Recreation Center, about a quarter of a mile north of the beach, Waterville USA offers some of the best water attractions on the Gulf Coast! Waterville USA is both a waterpark and an amusement park spread out over 20 acres near the Gulf State Park. The park originally opened in 1986 and, since then, it has become one of the most popular destinations in all of Baldwin County, Alabama.

The waterpark portion of Waterville USA features over seventeen water attractions, including pools, a lazy river, waterslides, and a wave pool, just to name a few. The Dune Racer, one of the most popular waterslides, features several different tubes so the whole family can race down these 55-foot tall slides. Little kids

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Aerial view of the Alabama Gulf Coast near the Florida state line at Ono IslandThe Gulf Coast is known for its famously sunny, warm weathers that keeps visitors coming here all year long. In particular, this area is very popular with snowbirds looking for the perfect place for secondary winter home or just a long vacation on the beach over Christmas. The coldest month of the year around here is in January, with an average low of 43F and an average high of 61F. The closest you'll get to snow down here are those fluffy white-sand beaches everyone talks about.

Coastal Alabama, like most of the southeastern United States, does get the occasional hurricane and, if not hurricanes, thunderstorms in the summer months. In fact, 66% of the precipitation in the Gulf Shores area occurs during thunderstorms. The rainiest months are July and

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Aerial picture of the Cantonment plant

At about 7:30 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2017, residents of Cantonment, Florida and some people as far away as Santa Rosa County heard a large explosion, followed shortly by a shower of slimy black soot. The nearby International Paper plant on Muskogee Road had exploded, emitting a concoction of water, wood fibers, and pulping liquor into the air and which later fell on people's houses, cars, and yards. Emergency responders arrived at the plant shortly after, quickly ascertaining the safety of all employees and workers before turning to the site of the explosion. At the plant, only one building sustained structural damage on multiple stories while the rest of the area was deemed safe.  Fortunately, no one was around and no was was injured.

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Harper Lee has long been recognized as one of the most influential and important authors of the 20th century, with her first and only novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, being one of the most widely read books in the world. With her passing at the age of 89 earlier this year, the residents of her hometown in Monroeville, Alabama have debated about the best way to memorialize her life and her contributions to the American literary canon. Monroeville and its inhabitants have long been recognized as the inspiration behind the fictional town of Maycomb, where the events of To Kill a Mockingbird take place; however, the only local attraction pertaining to the novel is the old Monroeville County Courthouse, where the book's famous trial scene was filmed for the 1962

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