Gulf Shores: June 2006

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Gulf Shores : Golf courses

Our variety of signature golf courses is second to none. Creatively designed and strategically placed by some of the greatest names in golf course design, including Arnold Palmer, Larry Nelson, Bruce Devlin, Jerry Pate, Earl Stone and Robert Von Hagge.
The area offers everything from scenic coast lines to wetland preserves, to rolling hills, to links-style golf and three courses cut right out of an Alabama forest preserve.
Our courses are challenging and picturesque, but conveniently close to all of our participating accommodations who offer very affordable "Stay-N-Play" Golf Packages

With ten signature golf courses and 32 miles of sugar-white sand beaches, Alabama's Gulf Coast is a golf vacation destination. Whether it's a golf-get-away with your buddies, a romantic weekend for two or a week with the family,
© 2005 Gulf Shores Golf Association
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Gulf Shores : Gulf Shores Plantation

Location. Facing the Gulf of Mexico in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Gulf Shores Plantation is close to all that the area offers. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, about five miles away, are the only large seaside resort areas in Alabama and are frequented more by local populations and those wishing to avoid the bustle of the Florida resorts. Several championship golf courses are within proximity and charter fishing is available. The climate is mild most of the year, with highs averaging in the 80's during summer and 60's in the winter. Shopping, dining, nightlife and amusement parks are all within five miles of the property.
Hotel Features. The resort has indoor and outdoor pools, jetted tubs and a sauna. Fitness equipment is located on site and there is an arcade/game room. There are barbeque grills and laundry facilities on site. Basketball, tennis, shuffleboard and golf are all available within the resort area. Complimentary wireless Internet access is offered. Guestrooms. The fully equipped units offer complete kitchens that include a range, refrigerator, microwave oven and other small appliances. Other amenities include cable television with premium channels and VCRs. Expert Tip. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge consists of 7,000 acres of protected wildlife habitat and is located about four miles from the Gu;jsid=eK7c-LFM2sva
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The City Council of the City of Gulf Shores, Alabama, met in special session on Thursday, December 8, 2005. Mayor Duke called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.

Upon roll call, the following officials answered "present:" Councilman Doughty, Councilman Harris, Councilman Craft, Councilman Jones, and Mayor Duke. Councilman Garris was absent. The Mayor declared a quorum present.

The Mayor stated that due notice of the time, place and purpose of this meeting had been given to all members of the City Council and that each member had signed the acceptance of service of said notice, waiving all irregularities, if any, in said notice. The notice and acceptance of service and waiver signed by each member was ordered inserted in the minutes of this meeting at the end thereof.

Mayor Duke advised that the purpose of the meeting was to consider a Resolution imposing a 120-day moratorium on extended stay and multi-family projects in the BG (general business) and CD (commercial) Zoning Districts.

Councilman Craft reported on the public work session and stakeholder meetings that had been held this week in this regard and that the moratorium is needed to allow the City to adopt the appropriate zoning regulations for these Districts.

Councilman Doughty stated that the new zoning regulations could possibly be adopted at the Council Meeting of February 27, but no later than the Council Meeting of March 27.

Councilman Harris stated that he felt it was in the interest of the vast majority of the City to put a moratorium in place.

Councilman Jones expressed appreciation for the work done during the past few days however would not support a moratorium.

The Mayor also expressed appreciation for the work done and was in complete agreement that a moratorium should be in effect, however he would not support a moratorium at this time. The Mayor stated that he felt sufficient notice should be given prior to the enacting of a moratorium, and he felt that the action today was specifically targeting a project that everyone was aware was going to be submitting plans this week.

Councilman Harris, Craft, and Doughty all stated that they were supporting the moratorium for the good of the community as a whole. They denied any knowledge of a forthcoming project. All felt that a notice of a moratorium prior to the actual implementation of such would lead to incomplete plans being submitted.

Whereupon, Councilman Craft moved for the adoption of the following Resolution:
11:59 AM

Gulf Shores : Woman killed in Gulf Shores collision

Dorothy Berger, 50, was killed Wednesday morning when the Jeep Cherokee she was driving collided with a dump truck on Alabama 59, authorities said.
Berger, a Gulf Shores resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, Baldwin County Coroner Huey Mack Sr. said.
The dump truck's driver, 43-year-old Grand Bay resident John Hebert, was taken to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley for treatment, according to Though the intersection is equipped with left-turn signals, the arrows are not always a part of the lights' rotation. Motorists wanting to make a left from Alabama 59 onto Baldwin County 6, which is also known as Oak Road West, are instructed by signs to yield on green.
Berger, according to Baldwin County Probate Court records, owned a home in the Martyn Woods at Bon Secour subdivision, which is off Baldwin County 6 and about 2½ miles west of the crash site.

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gulf shores: 23 charged in Internet child-sex sting on Alabama coast

GULF SHORES, Ala. - Police began rounding up 23 men in Alabama and three other states who have been charged in an undercover Internet probe targeting child-sex predators.Gulf Shores Police Chief Arthur Bourne said a Baldwin County grand jury indicted each suspect on a single count of soliciting a child for sexual purposes by computer.One was arrested at his job in Tuscaloosa Tuesday night while others arrested live in Baldwin, Mobile, Elmore, Chilton and Wilcox counties. Three others live in the Florida Panhandle, Louisiana and Georgia.Under Alabama law, the charge is a Class B felony, which carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years.The indictments allege the men used computers to set up sexual contacts with teens, ages 13 to 14. But Bourne said those teens turned out be undercover police officers in a sting operation."We would go into a chat room, like an Alabama chat room, and within four or five minutes they would send us an instant message and contact us," Gulf Shores police lead investigator Tommy Green said Wednesday.About 150 people contacted the undercover officers in the last two months.Baldwin County District Attorney Judy Newcomb said some of the suspects sent nude photos of themselves or other pornographic material to the person they thought was a teen.The indictments stated that suspects attempted to solicit sex from people who they thought were "13-year-old Maggie," "14-year-old Jessica" and "14-year-old Mark."

by Associated Press
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gulf shores: Late-summer alligator season looking good for state hunters

Alabama's Conservation Advisory Board will hold its final scheduled meeting of the year Saturday in Gulf Shores, a fitting place since just up the road a short jaunt is where the state's first alligator season will be held if a proposal to have one is approved. Conservation Department officials formally presented the plan in February. It would entail a seven-day season in late summer with a draw-system for permits, a minimum length requirement on gators and a quota necessitating check-in of all gators killed by hunters. Hunts would be in the Mobile Delta, which has more gators than anywhere in the state. Officials could expand the area to other locales, but right now their sights are set on starting small in the Delta. If the advisory board approves the season, and indications are that it will, and all the ducks are in the rows with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, then we'll join Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Lousiana with seasons. Quite a good move, I believe, since the population here and the Southeast obviously can support the taking of a number of these critters. Mississippi jumped into the gator fray last year with resounding results. Georgia's seasons have been quite successful. Even with limited numbers of permits available, each state had thousands of applications. Why? Because it's pretty dadgum cool to try something new and then be able to tell your pals you either killed a gator and it's at the taxidermist, or you missed and a gator almost ate your flatbottom boat. I doubt many guys will be hitting the Delta in sleek bass boats at night. - Other advisory board topics expected to be discussed include the proposed 2006-07 hunting regulations and the possibility of moving dove season up a week in the North Zone. Hunters for years have asked for some kind of shift from the traditional Sept. 15 opener to about Sept. 8 (or thereabouts). Birds are here then, they're gone then, they were here years ago, and on and on. Discussion was held at the March meeting and a vote could be taken Saturday. The bottom line on doves is they're migratory, just like waterfowl. It doesn't matter what you plant or how much wheat you spread out for them. They're fickle critters dependent on the weather.

by Huntsville Times
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Gulf shores: Gulf Shores' Ybarra signs with Millsaps

Gulf Shores point guard Kristi Ybarra has signed an academic scholarship and will play basketball for Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.She will join a Lady Majors team that went 8-17 last year under sixth-year coach Robin Williams."I really like the way they play," said Ybarra. "They're very good fundamentally, and that's really what I was looking for. The only thing they lacked was a point guard, so that was a big plus." Ybarra averaged 17.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game this past year in leading Gulf Shores to a 10-16 record. Last year, she was instrumental in the Dolphins' school-record 20-win season that landed them in the Southwest Regional tournament for the first time as a Class 4A school.Ybarra plans to major in international studies and minor in either Spanish or French. She some day hopes to coach college basketball.-- Derek BeltSOFTBALL -- SATSUMA 4, FOLEY 2: Melissa Chastang and Courtney Finley each had three hits for the Gators (21-17). Angela Cassady was the winning pitcher, striking out six.--PLEASANT HOME 1, ANDALUSIA 0: Jessica Johns scored the winning run in the first inning as Pleasant Home topped Andalusia 1-0. Katie Wiggins earned the win, allowing only one hit with no walks and eight strike outs. Andalusia (31-18) hosts the area tournament beginning Thursday.--EXCEL 13, SWEET WATER 3: Justine Hamer (12-4) and Courtney Addison combined on a four-hitter for Excel. Hamer was 3-for-4 with 3 runs, a 2-run triple and an RBI double; Alyson Fitzhugh was 3-for-3 with 2 runs and 2 RBIs, and Emily Lloyd added a 2-run double. Excel (22-7) plays in the 2A sectional at 9 a.m. Saturday in Flomaton.
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Alabama gulf coast - RV Update: Places, products, clubs, & activities you can enjoy in your RV - Gulf State Park Campground

Those visiting Gulf Shores, Alabama, should consider staying at one of 468 sites at Gulf State Park Campground. All campsites provide water and electricity, with over half providing sewer hookups. Each has a standing grill and picnic table. The park accommodates 40-foot rigs and slideouts. Some sites are on Middle Lake, while others are wooded. Most offer shade. A naturalist conducts programs year-round. At the activity building, campers find aerobics, crafts, and weekly church services, plus a camp store and laundromat. Eleven shower houses are scattered throughout the campground. The park's hotel has a lounge. Its restaurant serves three meals a day, has seasonal luaus with hula girls on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a seafood buffet Saturday evenings. Other park facilities include an 825-foot dock extending into the Gulf, freshwater lake fishing, 18-hole golf course, boat launch, hiking trails, and picnic areas. Pets are allowed on leash. Rates range from $14 to $25, depending on the site. For information, call (251) 948-6353.