Ft. Morgan Oil Spill update 05/29/10

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your Memorial Day!  We have had a wonderful but very, very busy day!  It is beautifully sunny and everyone is enjoying the lovely clear water again today.  Today we are having a wedding  on our beach!!! We wanted to wish Melanie and Audie all of the best in the life they are starting together today.  Congratulations Guys!!!!

  • 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 and Ft. Morgan. Local emergency management officials do not consider it an issue for our area.
  • 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

Ft. Morgan Oil spill Update 05/28/10

Good afternoon everyone! I actually made it down to the beach myself today. The only thing that would make it better is a little bit more breeze. The water is crystal clear again and the sand is still sugar white. I unfortunately had on my work clothes, or I would have been in the water. I got to stick my feet in though. It is forecasted to stay this beautiful through the weekend so everyone will be enjoying the beach and coming back with great tans. Check out the video and I will post the update from the Convention and Visitors Bureau when they have it posted. See you soon!!!
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Ft. Morgan Oil Spill Update 05/27/10

Hey Everybody!  I wanted to let you know the president is right, ” the beaches are fine!”  You need to come down for your visit.  As I mentioned yesterday we are completely full but starting Tuesday we have openings again and we would love for you come take a vacation with us this summer.  we are gearing up for the crowd that start checking in this afternoon.  I will be sure to post a video of everyone enjoying the beach this weekend.  I do have a video that Gwen took yesterday morning .  It is just a gorgeous day today!!!  Can’t wait to see everyone. Ft. Morgan Beach 0527
  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.

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 has been circulated stating that Governor Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail is 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 they become available.
  • Ft. Morgan Oil Spill Update 05/26/10

    Hey Everyone!  It’s kind of rainy now but we are expecting an amazing weekend here at Ft. Morgan. We are completely booked at Sunset Properties and still have folks calling wanting to come in. This will be the official start to the Summer and we can’t wait. See you all soon!

    •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 40-50 miles from the western end of our island. See the current NOAA map and forecast here.

    •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 they become available.

    Ft. Morgan Oil Spill update, 05/23/10

    Hello Everyone,

    It is another really hot steamy day on the Ft. Morgan shore.  We have been keeping an eye on our beautiful beach and it is still as amazing as ever.  We are watching the plan that our state government has put in action come to life before our eyes.  The National Guard has been busy the last week installing special netting that can trap and solidify anything just in case it comes our way.  This special netting is being placed at the edge of the bay where all of our delicate nurseries for both sea life and birds is located.  We will be posting a video a bit later of just what things look like here today!!! Hope to see you all soon.            

    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 40-50 miles from the western end of our island. See the current NOAA map and forecast here.

    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 has been circulated stating that Governor Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail is 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 they become available.

    Ft. Morgan Oil Spill Update 05/22/10

    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 40-50 miles from the western end of our island. See the current NOAA map and forecast here.

    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 has been circulated stating that Governor Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail is 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 they 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 Spill Update 05/22/10

    I spent some time at the beach today with my super fun nephews, they are 2 and 4!  We had a great time in the sun and probably got a little too much sun.   Splashing and romping, enjoying every second of our time watching the helicoptors and planes fly over, seeing the beach through their little eyes.  Hope you all can make it down to the coast, and have a great time making memories with the ones you love, this summer.  

    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 40-50 miles from the western end of our island. See the current NOAA map and forecast here.

    The incident team at the spill performed a controlled burn earlier this week, and with winds blowing from the south, odor from the burn was reported in Orange Beach and Fort Morgan Wednesday afternoon and evening. However, the winds have changed direction and the odor should be a temporary and hopefully isolated incident.

    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 has been circulated stating that Governor Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail is 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 they become available.

    Ft. Morgan Oil Spill Update 05/21/10

    It is another beautiful day at the beach!!! We wish you were here.  We have great reports for the weekend.  Come fill your lungs with some fresh salt air and work on your tan while you rest on our sugar white beaches.  Below I have posted the most recent update from the visitors bureau and some photos Tara took today, the water is amazing today. It is so clear you just want to jump in.  See you soon!!!

    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 40-50 miles from the western end of our island. See the current NOAA map and forecast here. 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 has been circulated stating that Governor Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail is 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 at gulfshores.com and orangebeach.com as they become available. (Click the yellow link at the top of the page.)

    Ft. Morgan Oil Spill Update 05/20/10

    We are continuing to have calls about the status of the beach here locally.  I can tell you what it is like today and what we expect through the next 72 hours.  As of right now it is warm in the mid to high 80’s during the days and 60’s at night.  There is hardly a cloud in the sky but we have had a few overnight showers here and there.  The beach is as beautiful as it has always been, and we expect it to stay that way for the next 72 hours.  Beyond that we really do not have a forecast.  The winds seem to moving everything a little closer but we still have no definitive information that it will be hitting our beach at all, and as the currents and winds change daily everything changes with the shape of the spill.  Right now there are orange protective booms just off of our beach and actually covering basically the entire coastline of Alabama.  I will continue to post photos, videos, and blogs daily to keep everyone informed.  We are looking forward to a full house Memorial Day Weekend.  The information from our local convention and visitors bureau is below.  Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, we are happy to help!!!            

    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. See the current NOAA map and forecast here.

  • There have been no reports of odor along the beaches of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach or Fort Morgan. At its closest point, the slick is approximately 50-60 miles away from the western tip of our island.
  • 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 has been circulated stating that Governor Riley had ordered the beaches closed. That e-mail is 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/.
  • A few dozen tarballs were found washed up on the beach last week in areas between Lagoon Pass in Gulf Shores west to Fort Morgan. This was an isolated incident and contracted crews immediately cleaned the affected areas. According to NOAA, tarballs DO NOT pose a health risk to the average person. However, beachgoers are advised not to pick them up and asked to report any sightings by calling 866-448-5816. To read NOAA’s information about tarballs, click here.
  • 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 at gulfshores.com and orangebeach.com as they become available. (Click the yellow link at the top of the page.)
  • For detailed information about the entire incident, visit the NOAA (https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/) or Deepwater Horizon (www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com) response sites.