Surrounding Area

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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 its increasing number of residents and vacationers. 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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Little Lagoon Gulf Shores

Sugar white sands and rolling surf come to mind when you think of Gulf Shores, AL. The town’s iconic beaches are a popular destination for vacationers but another attraction seemingly less talked about is Little Lagoon. Sitting just opposite of the Gulf of Mexico, this brackish lake spans 10 miles long and 1/2 mile wide running parallel between the Gulf and Bon Secour Bay. Little Lagoon is a great place for many outdoor recreational activities including boating, fishing, kayaking, and wildlife sight-seeing.

In West Beach, numerous developments sit along Little Lagoon ranging from low-density condominiums to luxurious high-rises. A majority of these complexes were built in the 1980s and consist of two- or three-story wooden-framed buildings. These

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gulf-coast-festivals

Spring is here and it's time to enjoy warmer temperatures and the outdoors in beautiful Baldwin County!  We have been eagerly waiting for the days of long-lasting sunshine, colorful camellias and azaleas, and fun-filled activities with friends and family.  Over the next several months, a number of exciting events and festivals are in store for the area with many not costing you a dime to attend.  Check out our list of popular events taking place in Baldwin County and start making plans with your favorite people!  Whether it's a fish-throwing competition, a never-ending beach party with world famous musicians, or a downtown festival celebrating local artwork and culture - there is something for everyone, no matter the age, to enjoy!

MARCH EVENTS

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orange-beach-boating

As temperatures start to warm up here on the Gulf Coast, we can't help but notice the increase in southbound traffic on Hwy 59 and the Foley Beach Express in route to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Although the endless miles of sugar-white beaches draw in the majority of visitors, a large number of vacationers travel down to the area with their boats in tow to fish or sightsee.  The Alabama coast is covered in a variety of water bodies and with numerous places to launch from it's easy to explore the local waterways and take in the beautiful scenic views.  Orange Beach is famously known as a boater's haven encompassing 20 miles of back bays, bayous, and inlets meandering throughout the city all flowing out to the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, Orange

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mcguires-5k-run-pensacola
(Photo Credit - McGuire's Irish Pub)

The streets of Downtown Pensacola will be taken over by a green-hued crowd of 10,000+ this Saturday for McGuire's 41st Annual St. Patrick Day 5K Run.  Touted as one of the most anticipated events of the year, the downtown district will be booming with thousands of revelers dressed to impress with many sporting eye-catching outfits from Irish-themed wear to the kookiest of ensembles.  The 3.1 mile course is a prediction run meaning participants guess their running times beforehand and at the end of the race those with the closest finish times are declared the winners.  Prizes will also be handed out to the fastest female and male runners and the fastest teams.  The local event is kind of a big deal as it is the

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gulf-place-phase-2 
Moving right along schedule, the city of Gulf Shores is implementing the second phase of the Gulf Place Revitalization Project.  This massive effort will transform the city's most popular beach hangout, known as Gulf Place, into a pedestrian- and bike-friendly environment with aesthetic and facility enhancements along with improved traffic flow from West Beach to East Beach.  Originally called the 'T' by locals, Gulf Place is set in the heart of Gulf Shores at the Hwy 59 & Beach Blvd intersection and features a number of restaurants, retail shops, and the city's largest public beach.  The area serves as a lively entertainment venue and hosts several large events such as the National Shrimp Festival, NCAA Volleyball Tournament, and Hangout Music

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gulf-state-park

Locals driving along Beach Boulevard may have noticed the Gulf State Park buzzing with construction activity. Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, has just announced the Gulf State Park Lodge is on track to open in the fall of 2018. The original lodge was severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, and to the dismay of locals and tourists, has fallen in a state of disrepair for over a decade. Using funds from the Deepwater Horizon BP settlement, the new complex will offer a gulf-front hotel, conference room, interpretative center, and a learning campus.

The Lodge is home to the renown Gulf State Park which preserves over 6,000 acres of longleaf pine and palmetto forests, freshwater lakes, wetlands, and miles of beaches. Drawing in hundreds of thousands of

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The 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival is almost upon us! This four day festival is one of the Gulf Coast's biggest events attracting over 250,000 visitors each year, not to mention bringing in tremendous revenue for the area. The event is free to all visitors and will take place October 12-15 in the heart of Gulf Shores, known as Gulf Place, at the Beach Blvd & Hwy 59 intersection. Over 200 artist booths will be set up along the boardwalk showcasing an array of unique artwork and crafts. One of the event's main attractions is the Gulf Coast seafood, most notably shrimp, prepared into mouthwatering dishes. Take advantage of the free samples of seafood served up by festival sponsors and don't forget to treat yourself to a fest favorite, Cajun

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Over the past few years, CondoInvestment has witnessed a tremendous amount of growth and has become one of the leading real estate websites in Coastal Alabama. We have a number of projects planned this year, but one of the most exciting is that we are expanding our website to include three coastal areas:  Mobile, AL and Destin and Panama City, FL. We'll be providing more listings for homes and condos along with plenty of area info for those who are interested in Mobile, AL real estate.

Mobile is one of the oldest cities in Alabama and has played an important role in the state's history. French colonists founded Mobile in 1702 and it became the capital of Basse-Louisiane (this was the name given to the southern half of La Louisiane, which extended from

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Winter's over and spring is well underway in beautiful Coastal Alabama. If you're in the Orange Beach area, or planning to visit this year, you may be wondering what there is to do around town besides lounge by the pool in your Orange Beach condo or dig your toes into the fluffy sands by the Gulf of Mexico. Orange Beach offers a variety of family-friendly activities to do all over town. From hiking and dolphin watching to parasailing and concerts, there's always something to do in Orange Beach.

Just west of Orange Beach is Gulf State Park, which offers a number of things for visitors of all ages to do.

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