LA Adventures: A Guide To Lower Alabama

A walk on the beach, glass blowing, animal adventures an shrimping intrepid journalist, Jordan Rayne, was intent on discovering all that south Alabama had to offer.   I believe Rayne accomplished this feat in just a few days!  The trip started with a promise to keep everything about Lower Alabama a secret,  the recent article highlighting Rayne’s trip appeared in the American Airlines in flight magazine American Way.  This beautiful article highlights hidden treasures and local hot spots.  One of the hidden treasures highlighted is Sunset Properties!

We certainly loved the article as it mentioned so many of our favorite places and things to do.  We were completely surprised that we were mentioned in this article and humbled by the recommendation.  Take a look at Rayne’s adventure for yourself.

We hope to share our secret with you soon!

41st Annual National Shrimp Festival

There are so many awesome things to love about fall in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. The days are still warm but not hot. The evenings are just right for a light jacket when you take that walk on the beach. The summer crowds are gone, and you can cruise right in to your favorite restaurant for fresh, local seafood.
Speaking of seafood, October also means it is time for the 41st Annual National Shrimp Festival. The shrimp festival starts Thursday, October 11th and will continue on until Monday the 14th.  For four glorious days, the fun will be at the main public beach in Gulf Shores with mouth-watering shrimp and other seafood treats as well as traditional festival favorites, fine art, crafts, live music on two stages, children’s activities and so much more.

There is also a 5 k you can participate in!  The history of the Annual National Shrimp Festival Run dates back to 1977. Having its start as a 5 mile race that started and ended at Bayou Village in Gulf Shores, AL. Over the years the race has made many transitions, even taking a temporary leave of absence in 2010.

The race is an officially sanctioned event of the Annual National Shrimp Festival, produced by the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce. Working with a strong group of dedicated volunteers, the 2012 Annual National Shrimp Festival 10K Run is planning the best event to date!

All net proceeds of the Run will be donated to Coastal Baldwin Education Enrichment, benefiting the local Gulf Shores & Orange Beach public schools. 

There is so much to do and see!  Be sure to book your condo soon.  See ya there!

Hurricane Isaac Aug. 29 10 am

We had a few updates from the beach.  All properties seem to fine a t first glance.  Our maintenance guys were able to get through the high water to take a look at things.  The power is back on for now at the end of the island and Becky will be in touch with you if you are coming in today.  Isaac has stalled a bit so we still have highwater on the road for a little longer.  Be sure to check out our Facebook fan page for current updates at  https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sunset-Properties/5872428286

Thanks to Becky, Jim, Mark & Kathy for all of your above and beyond work during the storm!

Hurricane Isaac Aug. 28, 4 PM

Hi Everyone,

This is your update for Tuesday Afternoon.  At this time all of our staff are in their personal homes or with family.  We are seeing bands of heavy rain and wind come by every 3 to 4 hours north of the beach.  Below is a message from the beach!

Isaac is still predicted to hit near New Orleans as a Catagory 1 after 8 PM this evening. Be sure to visit Face book for Videos and updates!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunset-Properties/5872428286

We still plan to be back in full swing in the office by Thursday morning!  See ya soon guys!

Hurricane Isaac update Aug.27 1P.M.

Hi everyone!  This is the first of our updates for Hurricane Issac.  For those of you who are owners.  We have picked up, locked up and boarded up as needed.  We will be finishing these processes and sending our staff home to take care of their personal property tomorrow.  Below is the most current update from the city.  There are a few road closures pending at this time.

Gulf Shores, Ala – August 27, 2012 – City of Gulf Shores officials have announced no anticipated road closures or access restrictions to the island throughout the day today. 
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27 the City anticipates closures at Highway 59 and Zoo Road and Highway 135 and Highway 182 at Beach Boulevard. Residents and others with proper credentials will still be given access to these areas until further notice. 
City officials do not anticipate any interruption in utilities; however, the potential still remains for disruption as conditions can deteriorate rapidly.

    Sunset Properties Beach Update Aug. 27

Best Beaches In The U.S.A.

Recently an owner sent an email to us with a report on the cleanest beaches in the United States.  We are so thankful that Gulf Shores is considered one of the cleanest places to visit!  Take a look below!

Editor’s note: On the list of 5-star beaches, Maryland’s beach was originally incorrectly listed here. It is Ocean City.

Bacterial contamination from stormwater runoff and sewage helped make 2011 one of the worst years in more than two decades for health-related closings and warnings at U.S. beaches, a major environmental group says.

The Natural Resources Defense Council’s annual assessment, released Wednesday, analyzes government data from more than 3,000 testing locations nationwide. It found that water quality at America’s beaches remained largely stable last year, with 8 % of water samples violating public health standards, the same as the previous year.

 But there were 23,481 closing and advisory days in 2011, the third-highest level since NRDC began compiling their reports in 1990. That represented a 3% drop from 2010, which marked the second-highest number of closings and advisories since the group started its surveys. (The worst year, according to the NRDC, was 2006 with 25,643 closing or warning days.)

The Great Lakes region had the highest violation rate of beachwater standards – 11% of samples in 2011 – while the Mid-Atlantic’s Delmarva region had the lowest, with 4%. Individual states with the highest violation rates of reported samples were Louisiana (29%), Ohio (22%), and Illinois (12 %). States with the lowest rates of contamination last year – just 1% – were Delaware and New Hampshire.

For the first time this year, the NRDC has mapped more than 6,000 beaches nationwide, providing monitoring, closing and advisory information for more than half of them.

The searchable map includes a dozen beaches that earned the group’s five-star rating for violating health standards less than 5% of the time and for following such best practices as testing more than once a week and posting advisories online as well as at the beach. They include:

  • California’s Newport, Huntington State and Bolsa Chica
  • Alabama’s Gulf Shores Public Beach and Gulf State Park Pavilion
  • Delaware’s Dewey Beach
  • Maryland’s Ocean City Beach
  • Minnesota’s Park Point Franklin Park and Lafayette Community Club Beach>
  • New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach State Park and Wallis Sands
  • Texas’ South Padre Island

On the flip side, 15 “repeat offenders” stood out for persistent contamination problems over the past five years. They include portions of:

  • California’s Avalon and Doheny State Beach
  • Illinois’ Winnetka Elder Park Beach, North Point Marina and North Beach
  • Louisiana’s Constance, Gulf Breeze, Little Florida, Long and Rutherford
  • New Jersey’s Beachwood Beach West
  • New York’s Woodlawn and Ontario
  • Ohio’s Euclid State Park and Villa Angela State Park
  • Wisconsin’s South Shore Beach

Beachwater pollution nationwide causes a range of waterborne illnesses in swimmers including stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, ear, nose and throat problems, dysentery, hepatitis, respiratory ailments, neurological disorders and other health problems. For senior citizens, small children and people with weak immune systems, the results can be fatal.

According to the NRDC, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed updates to federal water quality standards – due to be finalized this fall – “miss a critical opportunity to better protect beachgoers from the dangers of swimming in polluted waters,” and would put 1 in 28 swimmers at risk of getting a gastrointestinal illness.

Lightening Glass! Not what you expect!

We’ve all seen the movie set in this area where the main characters fall in love when struck by lightening as children.  The movie shows this beautiful swirling glass sculpture created by the mixture of lightening and sand.  In the real world these little lightening creations are called fulgurites. Fulgurites (from the Latin fulgur meaning thunderbolt) are natural hollow glass tubes formed in quartzose sand, silica, or soil by lightningstrikes.  We were actually brought a few of these interesting pieces of glass by a friend of the company and they are not what I expected.   They are formed when lightning with a temperature of at least 1,800 °C (3,270 °F) instantaneously melts silica on a conductive surface and fuses grains together; the fulgurite tube is the cooled product. This process occurs over a period of around one second, and leaves evidence of the lightning path and its dispersion over the surface.  Fulgurites can also be produced when a high voltage electrical distribution network breaks and the lines fall onto a conductive surface with sand beneath. They are sometimes referred to as petrified lightning. The glass formed is called lechatelierite which may also be formed by meteorite impact and volcanic explosions. Fulgurites can have deep penetrations, sometimes occurring as far as 15 metres (49 ft) below the surface that was struck.  

SEC BEACH FEST – Family Fun, Football, Concerts in Gulf Shores!

August 23rd- 26th is the SEC Beach Fest.  The Beach Fest starts with a Golf  Scramble and Welcome Party on th 23rd!    Then on the 24th join your favorites SEC Football Coaches, past and present and cheer on your team this fall.   Nick Saban, Gene Chizik, and Les Miles entertain the crowd as they talk about the upcoming season and MORE!  Legendary Coaches, Vince Dooley, Pay Dye, Phil Fulmer, and Gene Stallings will be in the Fan Zone supervising a few drills then they will be participating in a Q & A.   Starting off the morning  of the 25th there is a 5 k and 1 mile fun run followed by a waffle breakfast right on the beach.

The three day event includes sports clinics, with the coaches, a Fan Zone and time with the coaches on the Main Stage!  Great concerts including The B-52’s Friday night.  Then the fun continues Saturday night with Grammy Award winner Dr. John with his trade mark New Orleans style.  Don’t forget to join your fellow alumni for a celebration and fun.  The schools will meet in the following areas.

Tacky Jack’s Orange Beach
Alabama, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Arkansas, Missouri

Tacky Jack’s Gulf Shores
LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, Texas A&M

Lulu’s
Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida, Kentucky, Tenn

SEC BEACH FEST is shaping up to be fun for everyone!  Weather you want to hear from the coaches or you are just here for the food, music and fun.  There is something for all!  Give us a call today to book a room  for this first time event in Gulf  Shores!  Rooms start as low as $485.91.

Don’t Miss The Last Bit Of Fun This Summer!!

If you have waited until the last minute to take your vacation you may have waited till the perfect time!  Check out the fun events coming to the Gulf Shores area below and don’t forget to look for our upcoming August specials!

 

Kelly Clarkson & The Fray w/ special guest Carolina Liar at The Wharf Amphitheater

Aug 6, 2012  7:00 PM

Location

The Amphitheater at The Wharf , 23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

About

Kelly Clarkson Stronger tour 2012 with the Fray and special guest Carolina Liar
Admission: Tickets on sale now. Prices: $21.00 & $88.00

Jason Mraz w/ special guest Christina Perri at The Wharf Amphitheater

Dates & Times

Aug 17, 2012  7:00 PM

Location

The Amphitheater at The Wharf , 23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

About

JASON MRAZ TOUR IS A FOUR LETTER WORD WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHRISTINA PERRI
Admission: Tickets on sale now. All seats reserved: $61.00, $45.50, $27.00

SEC BeachFest

Aug 23, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012

Location

Gulf Shores Public Beach

About

Join your SEC Alumni and fans to kick-off the football season in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. SEC BeachFest will feature celebrity appearances from past and current SEC coaches, players and ESPN commentators, a golf tourney and fashion show and alumni bar parties for all SEC schools. In addition, there will be a 5K Fun Run, an interactive SEC Fan Fare and a pancake breakfast welcoming Texas A and M and Missouri to the Southeast Conference. National Championship winning SEC head coaches Nick Saban of Alabama, Gene Chizik of Auburn and Les Miles of LSU will be in attendance to rally SEC fans one last time before the 2012 season kickoff. Jam out to the Athens-native B-52’s as they take the stage Friday night, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. Grammy award-winning vocalist Dr. John will follow up with a New Orleans style sound on Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. The concerts at Gulf Shores Public Beach are free to everyone with a SEC BeachFest ticket.
Admission: Tickets on sale June 15

Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Drake White

Aug 25, 2012  7:00 PM

Location

The Amphitheater at The Wharf , 23325 Amphitheater Drive, Orange Beach, AL 36561

About

Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guest Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Drake White.
Admission: Tickets on Sale on sale now. All Seats Reserved. $66.50-$52.50-$42.50-$23.00