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Welcome to the City of Orange Beach's
community newsletter. 

Vol. 2, Issue 24

Stay informed and be safe on our beaches

With the summer vacation season reaching its peak over the next few weeks, Orange Beach Surf Rescue wants to take this opportunity to encourage everyone to be safe when visiting and spending time at the beach.

It’s already been a very busy few weeks for Orange Beach lifeguards. Lifeguards are there for the public’s protection and in order to help with that effort Surf Rescue asks all rental property owners and managers and others in our ever-burgeoning hospitality industry to share information and continually remind visitors about beach safety during their stay here.

Orange Beach Surf Rescue operates as an Advanced United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) agency providing water safety and medical aid. Lifeguards cover almost 8 miles of coastline ranging from Flora-Bama to the Gulf State Park Pavilion. Lifeguards operate from March until September every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Five towers are stationed at public beaches:

  • Tower 1 at Shell Beach
  • Tower 2 at Alabama Point East
  • Tower 3 and Tower 4 at Cotton Bayou
  • Tower 5 at Romar Beach
  • Roving Lifeguards cover the rest of the beach using 4 Honda MUV’s, 2 Beach Trucks, and 1 Jet Ski.

The beach flag system used by Orange Beach Surf Rescue includes:

  • Yellow - Medium Hazard - moderate surf and/or currents. Yellow is Surf Rescue’s base flag because beach-goers should always be cautious while swimming in the Gulf or any open body of water.‬
  • Red - High Hazard - dangerous surf and/or currents. Swimming in the Gulf is highly discouraged when red flags are flying.
  • Purple - Dangerous Marine Life - flown when necessary in conjunction with red or yellow flags.
  • Double Red - Water Closed to Public due to life-threatening conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.

Flag information is shared daily at many different places, including flags flying at the beaches.

  • Beach flag information is readily available each day by calling the Surf/Beach Condition Info Line at 251-981-SURF (7873).
  • Daily flag information is also posted on the Surf Rescue Facebook page at, on the city website homepage at, on the city's Twitter and Instagram pages, and further information about surf rescue is available at
  • Anyone at the beach near a lifeguard shouldn’t hesitate to ask about the conditions. The city also has Orange Beach Coastal Resources "Beach Ambassadors" in their orange shirts patrolling the beach and ready to answer questions. City staff is on the state beaches to help and want to do everything possible to keep all residents, visitors and families out of harm's way.
  • The National Weather Service is also an incredibly useful and accurate source of information. Locally, they are on Facebook at and on Twitter at

Don't be a statistic. Be safe and stay informed!

VIDEO: Know Your Beach Safety Flags 

Latest News
City Council to meet Tuesday, June 18th

The Orange Beach City Council is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June, 18th for a regular meeting followed by the Committee of the Whole meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall. See the agenda for the June 18th council meeting.

Week 55 School Progress 

This week's aerials - Week 55 taken on Thursday, June 13, 2019 - show the construction progress at the site of the future Orange Beach High School and Middle School on Canal Road. The progress made over the last week includes the framing of the gymnasium going up as well as the roof frames on the second story. Follow all of the latest school news on Facebook at Orange Beach High School, Orange Beach Middle School and Orange Beach Mako Athletics.  

Attention contractors and property owners

The Community Development Department is holding a Training Class for Contractors and Property Owners to learn how to apply for permits using the department's new online Permit Portal. The class will be held on Thursday, June 27th at 11 a.m. in the Council Chambers. The class will mostly be geared to contractors (home builders, electricians, plumbers, mechanical/HVAC contractors, gas fitters, roofers, handymen, etc), but if there are property owners who will be acting as owner-builders (meaning they are building their own homes), the class would be helpful for them too.  Find more details on the Online Permit Portal Training on the City Website.

Fourth of July events

From Perdido Pass to the Gulf State Park Pier to The Wharf, Fourth of July celebrations are planned in and around Orange Beach. Please remember that fireworks are prohibited in Orange Beach, except for professionally produced and permitted shows. Fourth of July fireworks are planned on Thursday, July 4th at Perdido Beach Resort and the Gulf State Park pier, and then on Saturday, July 6th, The Wharf will have its fireworks display. Find details on Fourth of July activities on the City Website.

Full Moon Paddle is THIS SUNDAY

The City of Orange Beach - Relay for Life Team is gearing up for its first Full Moon Paddle of the summer THIS SUNDAY, June 16th at the Wind & Water Learning Center. Prior to participants leaving to experience the night-time paddle, area restaurants cater the dinner on the grounds at 6:15 p.m. for everyone to enjoy and area musicians donate their time to entertain.  After enjoying the food, entertainment and meeting new friends everyone heads out onto the water from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For details on the 2019 Full Moon Paddles, visit the City Website.

Summertime fun at the Coastal Arts Center 

The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach has many opportunities to attend art classes this summer. Classes include drawing, mixed media, flameworking glass, watercolor and more. A Teen Art Camp for rising 8th through 12th graders will be held July 15-19. Find more details and registration information on the City Website or call 251-981-2787. Also Kids’ Summer Art Drop-in Days will be held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $5.

Wildlife calendar photo contest end June 20th  

The Orange Beach Wildlife Center is hosting a Calendar Photo Contest.  The contest is open to amateur photographers only, and photographs must be of local and native wildlife. No more than five entries per person will be accepted. All entries must be in .JPEG format. Save and submit photos tagged as “last name - subject of photo - entry number.” Example: “Smith - heron - 1”. All entries are due by June 20, 2019 and should be submitted to Melissa Vinson, Coastal Programs Coordinator, at  


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