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Vol. 5, Issue 51

Christmas Movie Night on the Trail with 'Rudolph' happening tonight with popcorn and hot chocolate!

Join Orange Beach Coastal Resources and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail Foundation tonight for a free Christmas Movie Night on the Trail at 6 p.m. at Al's Parkour Park. 

They will be showing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and serving popcorn and hot chocolate. 

Bring a blanket and a chair and enjoy a family-friendly movie night under the stars. Parking will be at the Orange Beach Sportsplex Trailhead. Shuttles to the Parkour Park will be available upon request. 


Thank you to everyone who turned out Thursday night for the Coastal Arts Center's Light Up the Arts event and the Orange Beach Police Department's Kids' Christmas Party. Merry Christmas! 

Holiday Closings

During the 2022 Christmas holiday in Orange Beach, all non-essential city offices will be closed on Friday, December 23rd and and Monday, December 26th. City offices will also be closed on Monday, January 2, 2023 in observance of New Year’s Day. For both holiday weeks, the residential trash routes will run as normal, with no changes.
Latest News

As we roll into 2023, there are changes happening around town. 

The long-awaited reopening of the Waterfront Park Pier will be happening very soon. Follow the city's Facebook page for the latest information. The pier was destroyed by Hurricane Sally in September 2020 and had to be completely rebuilt. 

Phase 1 of the CoastAL project on Perdido Beach Boulevard is now open and ready for business. Parking is currently limited to Orange Beach residents and restaurant customers. It will be first come, first serve parking until Orange Beach resident passes are issued in April 2023. CoastAL is open daily. 

At the Orange Beach Sportsplex, the Mako Softball field is receiving a complete facelift with artificial turf being installed. That project is expected to be complete next week. 

The facades of the Orange Beach Medical Arts and Community Development buildings on Highway 161/Orange Beach Boulevard are being renovated to have a new coastal look. That work is expected to be complete this winter. 


Congratulations to Orange Beach Fire Department Recruit Class 22-02, and special thanks to Brent Williams for capturing their graduation ceremony today - Friday, December 16th at Island Church. See more photos on the Fire Department's Facebook page


The new CoastAL project, across from Publix, on Perdido Beach Boulevard (State Road 182) continues to make improvements to SR182, requiring lane closures. The following is the location and dates for a lane closure next week:

  • Beginning this Sunday, December 18th, the right turn lane from Highway 161 onto Perdido Beach Boulevard will be closed. Work will begin at 9 p.m. Sunday and the lane will remain closed through the week. It will reopen for the Christmas weekend.
Update on Beach Renourishment Project

The City of Orange Beach, City of Gulf Shores and Gulf State Park's joint beach restoration project has been delayed until Fall 2023 due to unexpected delays in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's environmental review process.

This critical project is designed to rebuild local beaches and the dune protection system, which were significantly damaged in Hurricanes Nate and Sally. Work was originally anticipated to start this winter; however, FEMA authorization required to begin the project has yet to be granted. We are hopeful that we will receive approval to begin procurement of a contractor in the spring, which would allow work to begin after the summer season.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue working with FEMA to obtain all necessary approvals.

For more information about the beach renourishment project please reach out to the following contacts:

City of Orange Beach
Phillip West, City of Orange Beach Coastal Resources Manager

City of Gulf Shores
Mark Acreman, City Engineer

Gulf State Park
Billy Pope, Communications & Marketing Section Chief


School is out for the Christmas holidays. Students return to school on Wednesday, January 4th.

Here's the remaining school calendar: 
  • Friday, Dec. 16 – End of 1st Semester
  • Monday, Dec. 19-Friday, Dec. 30 -- Christmas Holidays  
January 2023
  • Monday, Jan. 2 -- Christmas Holidays continued 
  • Tuesday, Jan. 3 -- Teacher Professional Development (Student Holiday)
  • Wednesday, Jan. 4 -- Students Return
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10 – Report Cards
  • Monday, Jan. 16 -- MLK Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday, Jan. 17 – e-Learning day
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Progress Reports
  • Monday, Feb. 20-Wednesday, Feb. 22 -- Mardi Gras Holidays 
  • Thursday-Friday, Feb. 23-24 - Teacher Professional Development (Student Holiday)
  • Friday, March 10 – End of 3rd Quarter
  • Thursday, March 16 – Report Cards
  • Monday, March 27-Friday, March 31 -- Spring Break (Holiday for teachers/students)
  • Friday, April 7 -- Good Friday Holiday
  • Thursday, April 20 – Progress Reports
  • Friday, April 28 - Weather Day (if needed)
  • Thursday, May 18 – OBHS Graduation, 7 p.m. at Orange Beach Event Center
  • Wednesday, May 24 -- End of 4th Grading Period / Last Day for Students

See the full school calendar on the Orange Beach City Schools website


Congratulations to Kiwanis Terrific Kids ~ PreK-3rd grade

Front row, Jaxon Buie, Wesley Kate Pouncey, Ryker Slay, Mason Rayborn, Welles Self, Kadence Drew, Harper Williams, and Alyssa Prosser. 
Back row, Baylor Clark, Becca Barnett, Pilot Woerner, Kirk Crozier, Cameron Bean, Bryce Cranford, Ruth Retherford, Hadley Tarrant, Baylee Grace Bauer, and Henry Lynn.
Not Pictured: Faith Sanchez.


Congratulations to Kiwanis Terrific Kids ~ 4th-6th grade
Front row, Annalee Thomas, Laekin Davis, Barrett Watson, and Paxton White.
Back row, Callie White, Neal McInnis, Kate Atkins, Marianna Peters, Maggie Walker, and Tehanna Walker.
Not Pictured: Elizabeth Ivie and Kate Davis.

Makos Academics, Arts & Athletics Club

Mako Masquerade Ball and Drawdown set for Feb. 4

MAAAC's Mako Masquerade Ball and Drawdown will be held on Saturday, February 4th at 6 p.m. at the Orange Beach Event Center. The 2023 Masquerade Ball will have entertainment by Fly By Radio and catering by Wolf Bay. Tickets are available online at for $75 per person. A single ticket includes one drawing. A table for 10 is $1,500 and includes 12 drawings and a bottle of champagne. It will be a $7,500 drawdown jackpot!


Follow all of the latest happenings at Orange Beach City Schools on the Orange Beach City Schools Facebook page

Orange Beach City Board of Education 

Upcoming scheduled meetings and/or work sessions:

  • Thursday, January 12, 2023, 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting in Council Chambers
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023, , 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting in Council Chambers
Find more information on the Orange Beach City Schools website at

School Websites

Orange Beach Elementary School:

Orange Beach Middle/High School:


Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 
Registration is now open for Winter/Spring Kids & Youth Tennis Programs!
Follow the link to CourtReserve below to register:

Looking ahead, the Coastal Arts Center’s Acoustic Arts Series returns January 6th with a performance by Four A Change at 6 p.m. titled “Bayside Serenade.” On January 19th at 6 p.m. David Jones, trumpeter, will perform “Jazz Stories.” On February 16th at 6 p.m. the series will feature the Victory Vertical Project, “Pianos That Helped Win the War.” All tickets are $20. Seating is limited. Call 251-981-2787 (ARTS) for ticket information or stop by the art center at 26389 Canal Road.                         
Coming February 2023: 'Disney's The Little Mermaid' at Orange Beach Performing Arts Center

Expect Excellence Community Theatre will present "Disney's The Little Mermaid" on Feb. 2-4, 2023 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 5, 2023 at 2 p.m. at the Orange Beach Performing Art Center.

Tickets are $15 for all ages. For each show, the doors will open one hour prior to the performance time. Purchase tickets for "Disney's The Little Mermaid."

In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, "Disney's The Little Mermaid" is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also provided by MTI -
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