Santa's Workshop will be open at Merry Market from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, December 14. Tickets are $6 per child before December 13th and $12 at the door. Visit the Coastal Christmas website at www.alabamacoastalchristmas.com to register for Santa's workshop.
28th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LIGHTED BOAT PARADE IS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14
Get ready for the 28th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, THIS Saturday, December 14, starting at 5:30 pm. Click here for details.
BALDWIN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY BY WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE.
Congratulations to the Baldwin County Public Schools on their recognition by Digital Promise, an independent non-profit organization that promotes breakthrough learning technologies. The "Digital Renaissance" project was key in this recognition. Read the entire article by clicking here.
THANKS TO FISHER'S AT ORANGE BEACH MARINA
FOR SPONSORING OUR NOVEMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
Be sure to click on the above photo for other great pictures of this and other Coastal Alabama Business Chamber events.
LOOK WHO HAS ISLAND SPIRIT FOR DECEMBER!
CONGRATULATIONS TO LYNETTE KEITH FROM BRETT-ROBINSON VACATION RENTALS
We're proud of our December recipient of the Island Spirit Award. Click here to read the full news release.
The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber held its final Cash Mob of 2013 atGulf Shores Family Pharmacy. Cash Mobs are "spontaneous" outbursts of folks showing up to spend their dollars at locally-owned family businesses. The purpose is to increase awareness about the importance of shopping locally. Coming in January, we'll be announcing information on how to apply to be selected for a cash mob in 2014.
YOUR INPUT AND PUBLIC COMMENT ARE NEEDED FOR PROPOSED EARLY RESTORATION GULF PROJECTS
Gulf Coast (Dec. 6, 2013) ---The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) released a draft plan that proposes $627 million in early restoration projects across the Gulf states. The Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Early Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (draft) is available for public review and comment through Feb. 4.
This marks the third and largest phase of early restoration to date. Included in the draft are 44 proposed projects. Some aim to restore barrier islands, dunes, marshes, shorelines, and oyster beds. Others, such as boat ramps and park enhancements, seek to address the lost recreational use of natural resources.
The draft also proposes a programmatic plan for continuing to pursue early restoration. The draft, available at www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov, includes the programmatic plan and the complete list of proposed projects, with locations and descriptions.
Of the $627 million, ecological projects comprise about $397 million, which is approximately 63 percent of the total. Lost recreational use projects make up the remaining $230 million. Both approaches meet criteria under the Oil Pollution Act and other applicable laws and guidelines.
The draft's release opens a 60-day public comment period that runs through Feb. 4. The comment period will include 10 public meetings held across the Gulf states. All meetings will begin with an interactive open house during which Trustee staff will be available to discuss project details. The open house will be followed by a formal presentation and opportunity to provide comments to Trustee representatives. The meeting closest to our area will be held on December 16 at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel with an open house at 6:00 pm and with the public meeting beginning at 6:30 pm. Meeting times and dates for other areas are located on the website listed above.