Ft. Morgan Oil Leak Update 06/07/10

Wow sorry so late to day guys!!!  It is a beautiful HOT day.  I will let the video speak for itself, but I did want to add something we didn’t talk about in the video.  Ft. Morgan Beach video update 06/07/10 from Sunset Properties I was on the beach for 1/2 an hour and did not smell anything but the salty breeze.  I have had NO reports of smells, fumes, whatever you want to call it at all, today.  We have had vacationers in and out of the office all day and everyone is having a great time and has a great tan, ( I, being of the pasty white color shade, am very jealous).  Keep praying with us, and please if at possible wait and see with us we would love to have you come and visit our beautiful beach.

People still swimming in the water 06/07/10

Ft. Morgan Oil Leak Update 06/06/10

Good morning everyone!  I got an early start this morning dropping of the turtle patrol for their daily drive searching for sea turtle nests.  I believe we have three so far, and we are all so excited about those three!!!  It has been a few days since I have been on the beach myself, we have been swamped in the office with phone calls form our guests who are concerned about their upcoming vacations.  It is all we can do to keep up with the calls, and requests.  

I am so glad I stopped and took the time to walk down to the water.  It is going to be a hot but beautiful day today and it did my heart good to actually see in person that their was still no oil on the beach instead of relying on the reports of everyone else.  The video I took is below.  We hope to see you all soon.  As always if you have any questions or concerns please give us a call, we are happy to help!!!

update from Katie of Sunset Properties on Ft. Morgan Beach in the Dunes Community

Ft. Morgan Oil leak Update, 06/05/10

Good Saturday afternoon everyone!  It has been raining off and on all day today!  It is Sunny between the showers though.  I know people have been coming and going from the beach all day and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. 

Karen made a video this morning out on the beach in between showers so you have an idea of conditions here. Sunset Properties Ft. Morgan Oil Leak Update 06/05/10  Our waters are closed until further notice for swimming but you can enjoy the beach, pools, and all of the attractions in Gulf Shores and Ft. Morgan.  Keep praying with us friends, so far our impact is very little and is cleaned up very quickly.  It is amazing really!!!  According to the head of the clean up crew we are having an extremely minimal impact in comparison to those to the east of us.  Thank you fo keeping up with us and we hope to see you soon!

Ft. Morgan Oil Leak Update 06/04/10

Good evening everyone.  It was a really hot beautiful day at the beach.  People have been swimming playing and having a great time all day.  Our beaches are still beautiful and everyone is still enjoying them.

As of 5 Pm today the Health Department has issued a health advisory about swimming in the water.  The water is closed currently for swimmers as of now.   But, it is important to understand that our beaches are still OPEN. People are laying out in the sun, strolling the beach looking for sea shells, building sand sculptures, and playing volleyball, etc.   Check out some of the sand sculptures we found!

Our hope is that our beaches will remain as beautiful as ever and our friends can continue to come down and enjoy the beaches they have made so many memories on along with the new visitors.  The beaches are still OPEN. If you decide to come down and give us a try and your vacation experience is affected by the oil, we will refund any unused part of your stay and not charge a cancellation fee. The guests that are here now are actually extending their reservations because we have such a beautiful area.  And, we are making new reservations for people who actually want to come see what all the fuss is about. 

As always if you have any questions or concerns please send us an email or give us a call a we are happy to help!!!  We hope to see you soon.

NO OIL ON FT. MORGAN BEACHES 06/3/10

Hey everyone. It is almost 7 on Thursday, June 3rd. I just got back from the beach in the dunes Community on Ft. Morgan. this Beach is about 2 miles from the end of the island by sand and a mile on the street. I got a report that we had tar balls on the beach. I wanted you to see what these are. However when i got down there, I couldn’t find any. The reports I got said they were from the size of a dime to the size of a Hershey Bar. I did take a couple of videos of lots of people on the beach and in the water, and of the army of workers that came to clean up these tar balls. From what we understand the majority of them were on the end of the island. We saw NO OIL!!!!! I will post first thing in the morning, about 7.

Vacationers Having Fun on Ft. Morgan Beaches, No Oil.

Ft. Morgan Beach, No Oil, Workers cleaning tar balls, vacationers in the water

Ft. Morgan Oil Leak update 06/03/10

Good afternoon everyone!  It has been a stormy day in Ft. Morgan so much so that it has been unsafe for me to be on the beach taking photos today.  It seems like it is clearing a bit so I will try to get some photos up from the beach in a bit.  For now I wanted to post some fishing pictures from one of our friends who lives out here in Ft. Morgan, Shane.  He was determined to go fishing for the start of snapper season. These photos were taken the 1st day of snapper season which I believe was the 1st.  Don’t loose heart all of you fishermen and women we are still making some great catches of oil free fish.

Right now off of our cost we have at least 60 vessels skimming the oil that is found.  It is still so far out that we can’t see these boats.  We are thrilled and impressed with the response of the Coast Guard and our local fishermen that have been put to work in this effort to protect our beaches!

Thanks for checking in with us I will get the answers to your comments asap!!!!

  • As of this morning, no oil has reached the beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Ft. Morgan. The extent of that impact is unknown and this is only a forecast. Like the weather forecast, it is subject to change. See the current NOAA map and forecast here and check back frequently for changing conditions.
  • No health advisories or closings have been issued for our beaches or the waters off Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan at this point.
  • The City of Gulf Shores has contractors working to lay protective berm across Little Lagoon Pass, preparing in advance of any oil to preserve the waters and habitats of Little Lagoon.
  • Perdido Pass is open. At this time, there is no announcement from state officials regarding closing the pass to recreational or commercial boat traffic. Ono Island has closed its canals and harbor. Ono Island is privately owned and the decision was made by their private neighborhood association, not any government agency.
  • NOAA has extended the limit of the closed fishing area to the line where federal waters meet Alabama state waters. To view a map of the closed area, go to https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.
  • All appropriate protective measures, including oil-absorbing booms, are being placed along beaches, bays, inlets, and sensitive areas in an effort to keep oil from reaching Alabama’s shoreline. National, state and local response teams are deployed at sites along the coast to deal with local effects.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and post information pertinent to our local area here as it become available.
  • For detailed information about the entire incident, visit the NOAA (https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/) or Deepwater Horizon (www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com) response sites.

Ft. Morgan Oil Leak update June 2, 2010

Hey everyone!  Sorry for the break in posting yesterday.  We had some rough storms yesterday and it made my Internet connection non existent at home.  I want to be sure an post with a video or three today.  We were having fun with the video  camera on the beach today!!!Sterling getting in the Gulf with flare!  Brian and Amy Tompkins at the beach in Ft. Morgan   Update Ft. Morgan Beaches 060210    The news is progressively getting worse according to the national news, but as I mentioned take all of that with a grain of salt.  We have been completely blessed here at Ft. Morgan, still no impact from the oil.  Thanks for praying with us an please keep it up!!!!  We are in a completely different current pattern than Dauphin Island so we do not always see the same things they see.  Today our beaches are beautiful and lots of people are having a blast out in the Gulf.  We hope to see you soon.   

To date, no oil has reached the beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan. According to NOAA’s projections, there is a possibility of oil near shore of Pensacola.  The extent of that impact is unknown and this is only a forecast. Like the weather forecast, it is subject to change. See the current NOAA map and forecast here and check back frequently for changing conditions.

  • No health advisories or closings have been issued for our beaches or the waters off Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan at this point.
  • The City of Gulf Shores has contractors working to lay protective berm across Little Lagoon Pass, preparing in advance of any oil to preserve the waters and habitats of Little Lagoon.
  • NOAA has extended the limit of the closed fishing area to the line where federal waters meet Alabama state waters. However, fishing is open in state waters and to the southeast of us. Red Snapper season opened yesterday and boats are still departing from Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. To view a map of the closed area, go to https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov//.
  • All appropriate protective measures, including oil-absorbing booms, are being placed along beaches, bays, inlets, and sensitive areas in an effort to keep oil from reaching Alabama’s shoreline. National, state and local response teams are deployed at sites along the coast to deal with local effects.

Ft. Morgan Oil spill update, 05/31/10

Another very hot beautiful day at the beach.  Everyone is enjoying the cool water with their families, even the dolphin!!!  We’ve got some great pictures and I’ll add a video very soon.

To date, no oil has reached the beaches of Ft. Morgan.  Although there has been a report of a suspected underwater plume near the well, the Unified Command at the site has not verified that the plume is actually oil. In any case, it is far off shore and southwest of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. Local emergency management officials do not consider it an issue for our area at this time.

The Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Department of Environmental Management have stated that there is no foreseeable need to close beaches and, short of a drastic change, they have no plans to do so.

Although NOAA has revised the area of closed commercial fishing in a limited area of the gulf between the Mississippi River and Pensacola Bay, there is a large area of the gulf still open. Red Snapper season begins tomorrow and charter boats are leaving Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan every day to fish areas up to 25 miles out and in our inshore waters. To view a map of the closed area, go to https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.

Ft. Morgan Oil spill upidate 05/30/10

  • To date, no oil has reached the beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and according to NOAA, none is expected for at least the next 72 hours. At its closest point, the slick is still approximately 50-60 miles from the western end of our island. See the current NOAA map and forecast here.
  • Although there has been a report of a suspected underwater plume near the well, the Unified Command at the site has not verified that the plume is actually oil. In any case, it is far off shore and southwest of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach & Ft. Morgan. Local emergency management officials do not consider it an issue .
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health and Alabama Department of Environmental Management have stated that there is no foreseeable need to close beaches and, short of a drastic change, they have no plans to do so.
  • An erroneous e-mail was circulated stating that Governor Bob Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail was false. A press release from the Governor’s office verifying that the beaches ARE open was issued Monday, May 17th. Click here to read the release.
  • Although NOAA has closed commercial fishing in a limited area of the gulf between the Mississippi River and Pensacola Bay, there is a large area of the gulf still open. Charter boats are leaving Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan every day to fish areas up to 25-30 miles out and in our inshore waters. To view a map of the closed area, go to https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/.
  • All appropriate protective measures, including oil-absorbing booms, are being placed along beaches, bays, inlets, and sensitive areas in an effort to keep oil from reaching Alabama’s shoreline. National, state and local response teams are deployed at sites along the coast to deal with local effects.
  • We will continue to monitor the situation and post information pertinent to our local area here as it become available.
  • For detailed information about the entire incident, visit the NOAA (https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/) or Deepwater Horizon (www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com) response sites.