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

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.

Sea Turtles Have A Banner Year In Fort Morgan

We have always enjoyed Sea Turtles on our beaches.  This year is a booming year for these elusive creatures.  Thus far 71nests have been laid on Ft. Morgan Beaches.  So this has not only been a record breaking year for human visitors but for the Sea Turtle Visitors as well.  From here on out well in to the fall just about any time you come you have an opportunity to see baby Sea Turtles hatching, and making their march to the water.

Be sure to check with the Bon Secour U. S.  Fish and Wildlife Refuge to see when and where the closest nest is to you.  This is a definite don’t miss on your vacation.  So pack some beach chairs,  or towels to sit on,  bug spray and a snack and come see this amazing site with your little ones.  This should be a don’t miss on your beach vacation to do list!

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


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


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


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


Admission: Tickets on sale now. All seats reserved: $61.00, $45.50, $27.00

SEC BeachFest

Aug 23, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012


Gulf Shores Public Beach


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


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


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

Upcoming Gulf Shores Events!!!

July is a great time to be at the beach, and the weather is typically fantastic!  Long sunny days full of adventure, evenings with great breezes and plenty of family time.  If you are looking for a little more excitement while you are here take a look at some of the upcoming events.

Check out the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Calendar of Events for fun things to do during your beach vacation. From music to history, sports to festivals, parades to plays, we’ll give you plenty of things to do all year-round.

Ringo Starr at The Wharf AmphitheaterJul 4, 2012  7:00 PM
The Amphitheater at The Wharf
Gulf Shores Annual Fireworks Extravaganza!Jul 4, 2012  9:00 PM
Gulf State Park Pier
Blue Marlin Grand ChampionshipJul 10, 2012 – Jul 15, 2012
At the Marina
The Wharf
Miranda Lambert w/ special guest Lee Brice and Thomas Rhett at Th…Jul 12, 2012  7:30 PM
The Amphitheater at The Wharf
Blue Angels Air ShowJul 14, 2012
Pensacola Beach, Florida
National Museum of Naval Aviation
79th Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Jul 20, 2012 – Jul 22, 2012
Dukes of September at The Wharf Amphitheater 

Jul 21, 2012  8:00 PM
The Amphitheater at The Wharf

There are great fireworks shows throughout the area,  be sure to make plans in advance to get perfect spot for fireworks.  If you don’t want to head out for fireworks typically people staying in the area put on a spectacular show for everyone till late!  Either way pack you cooler and get your perfect spot settle in and watch the magic as we celebrate our country.  Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Beach Update, Tropical storm Debby!

Hey everyone!  What a beautiful day on the beach in Ft. Morgan!!!!  We were waiting on pins and needles to see if  Tropical Storm Debby was heading our way but it seems we are in the clear.  It looks as though the storm is heading toward the Panama City area.  We have just a hand full of condos open for the week so any one who is having to evacuate give us a call we are running a great special!  The beach has people here and there and the water is calm enough to swim now.  I am sure with the big waves from the weekend there treasures to be found if you don’t mind hunting a little.

Take a look at today’s video! The beach is beautiful.  See you soon.

Sunset Properties’ Becky Is Heading Back To School

Our beloved office manager Becky has started out on a new adventure.  She told me it was always her dream to earn a college degree!  We think Becky is wonderful as is but this is her dream and Sunset Properties owners try to support our dreams as much as possible.  After much searching and discussion with the powers that be, Becky has begun her classes at Columbia Southern University! 

Columbia Southern is one of the nation’s first completely online universities, established to meet the demand for alternatives to the traditional university experience. All degree programs are offered completely online, giving you the flexibility to fit your education around career and family commitments.

 With CSU, Becky can take schedule shifting and time management conflicts out of the equation. Open enrollment and self-paced programs make rearranging her life to attend a class or take a test a thing of the past.  With Becky’s unpredictable schedule and multiple jobs, CSU is a perfect fit for her to advance her career and knowledge. With CSU’s 24-hour access to course assignments, online forums, web lectures, interactive software, and audio and visual examples she is excited about the opportunity to earn her degree.

Becky is spending her evenings and early mornings reading and studying and her coursework and taking test.  In not to terribly long she will have an Associates Degree in Business with an emphasis in Travel Tourism.  So now she will have the knowledge she has earned in real life and the book knowledge she is gaining to make your stay one of you favorite memories.   We are so proud of our Becky!  Be sure to cheer Becky on as she works toward her Dream!!!