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Vol. 5, Issue 29

3rd Annual MAAAC Gala set for August 13 at Perdido Beach Resort

The Orange Beach Makos Academics, Arts, and Athletics Club will host its 3rd Annual MAAAC Gala in the Grand Ballroom of Perdido Beach Resort on Saturday, August 13th at 6 p.m. 

It will be a fun-filled party to remember as MAAAC kicks off its fundraising for the year in support of Orange Beach schools. Attendees will enjoy the luxury resort atmosphere, exquisite dining, cash bar, music, dancing, and a silent auction. The doors to the Ballroom Foyer will open at 6 p.m. with the silent auction available for all guests to bid on throughout the evening. 

This spectacular night of fun and fundraising will celebrate the new Orange Beach City School Board, Superintendent Randy Wilkes, and school staff while thanking all in the community that have supported the MAAAC over the past year.

The MAAAC is a non-profit organization that represents and funds the interests of children at the Orange Beach Elementary, Middle, and High School. MAAAC’s core mission is to raise funds that directly support and enhance our children’s experiences in academics, arts, and athletics. The Club is deeply committed to providing children with the best education possible with a full focus on our children’s future.

Tickets: Single Admission — $125 | Group Admission* — $1,500 (*Group Admission includes a table reservation with 12 seats.) Purchase tickets at https://www.perdidobeachresort.com/product-details/product/MAAAC-Gala-Admission.

Visit www.perdidobeachresort.com for reservations and additional information. 

For sponsorship information, email j.hogue@obmaaac.org or visit www.obmaaac.org.

Latest News
TRAFFIC HEADS UP: Chris Stapleton with special guests Elle King and Madeline Edwards will be performing at The Wharf Amphitheater tonight - Friday, July 15th. Traffic will be heavy, so plan accordingly, if you're not planning to go. 
Culinary Camp Success

The annual Expect Excellence Culinary Camp wrapped up with a fiesta on Thursday. Kudos to everyone involved. Well done. See photos from throughout the week on the Orange Beach Recreation Center Facebook page.  

Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday weekend underway through Sunday

The City of Orange Beach, other local municipalities and Baldwin County are participating in Alabama’s 17th annual back-to-school Sales Tax Holiday through this Sunday, July 17th at midnight.

It’s a great time to save money and support local businesses in Orange Beach. The tax holiday applies to certain school supplies, computers and clothing. (Students in Orange Beach City Schools as well Baldwin County Public Schools return to school on Wednesday, August 10th, while Gulf Shores City Schools start on August 9th.)

The Alabama Department of Revenue website has a quick reference sheet of exempt and non-exempt items at https://www.revenue.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/2022-Back-to-School-Sales-Tax-Holiday-Fact-Sheet.pdf.

A list of participating counties and cities across the State of Alabama is also available on the revenue department’s website at https://www.revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/alabama-back-to-school-sales-tax-holiday-participating-localities/.


PROGRESS AROUND TOWN
 
Pier pilings are going in for the new Waterfront Park Pier. Demolition of the old Hurricane Sally-damaged pier begin in May. The new pier is expected to be open by early fall, weather permitting. 

Three miles down Canal Road, by The Wharf, the future Fire Station No. 3 had its foundation poured. The four-bay station is expected to be complete by next summer.  

SCHOOL NEWS
 

MAKO ATHLETICS
 
Congratulations to the Mako Football Team! 

Orange Beach High School is your 2022 1A-4A Hustle Up Regional Champions! The Mako Football Team competed in the Hoover 7-on-7 Invitational to earn the trophy on Thursday, July 14, 2022. 

Go Makos!


 
 

Orange Beach City Board of Education 
 

Beginning in August, the Orange Beach School Board will meet regularly on the second Thursday of each month for a 4:30 p.m. work session followed by a 5:30 p.m. regular meeting in the Orange Beach Council Chambers. 

Upcoming scheduled meetings and/or work sessions:
  • Thursday, July 21, 2022, 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 Special Meeting in Council Chambers
  • Thursday, August 11, 2022, 4:30 P.M. Work Session followed by 5:30 P.M. Regular Meeting in Council Chambers
For additional meeting information, go to https://www.orangebeachal.gov/departments/city-schools/meetings.
 

Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

July 26 is deadline to sign up for Orange Beach Citizens’ Public Safety Academy

The Orange Beach Police Department is now seeking participants for the 2022 Citizens’ Public Safety Academy. 

The Academy will be held August 9 to September 13, 2022. Classes are free and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The academy is designed to provide the Orange Beach Community with an overview of the police and fire department’s operations to increase the level of understanding and cooperation between the community and departments. 

A number of topics will be presented to include the following: 

Patrol Operations, Narcotics, Investigations, Police Records, Dispatch, Officer Training Program, Traffic / DUI Enforcement, School Resource Officer Program, Marine Division, Vehicle Extrication Demo, Medical Response Demo, Live Fire Demo and Apparatus Display. 

Classes will be held at: 

  • Orange Beach Police Department, 4480 Orange Beach Blvd., Orange Beach
  • Orange Beach Fire Department, 25853 John Snook Drive, Orange Beach

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a background check will be completed prior to acceptance. 

Applications may be obtained at the Orange Beach Police Department front desk or by contacting Sergeant Joey Brown at 251-923-5805. 

Applications must be turned in by Friday, July 26, 2022.

Kiddie Pool closed Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for repairs

Attention Parents and Grandparents: The kiddie pool at the Orange Beach Aquatics Center will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 18th for repairs and maintenance. 
MORE THAN JUST SAIL CAMP

The City of Orange Beach Wind and Water Learning Center was created to provide coastal access, facilities, water recreation equipment, and coastal education opportunities for locals and guests.

The center was happy to help the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network in their response to a stranded dolphin on Wednesday, July 13th. Marine Biology grad students and researchers like Joe Hansen (in photo) work and study out of Dauphin Island Sea Lab to better understand the marine mammals that call Gulf Coast waters their home.

The WWLC is proud to serve as one of Stranding Network's launch and landing sites.

If you spot a stranded dolphin or whale, call 1-877-WHALE HELP (1-877-942-5343) and 1-866-493-5803 for manatees.


 

Wind and Water Learning Center now a rentable facility

The public can now rent the Wind and Water Learning Center for small gatherings (49 guests max in the Sail Loft and 100 guests max on the grounds).

The center is the perfect spot on Wolf Bay for that birthday party, wedding shower, team building day for the office crew, crawfish boil, and more! If you're looking for a place that has amazing waterfront views and a laid-back feel for your next event, contact the center!

Check out the details on the City Website https://www.orangebeachal.gov/rental-information
Changing Tires and Checking Oil - Life Skills 

Teenagers in the Orange Beach Summer Student Work Program learned some valuable Life Skills this week. Ja Neese, Public Works superintendent of the Orange Beach Sportsplex, showed the student workers how to change a tire and check oil levels in a vehicle. The students, ages 14-15, have been working in various city department since June and they'll finish up in early August. This is the fifth summer for the city program. 

ORANGE BEACH GARDEN CLUB ANNOUNCES COMMERCIAL YARD OF THE MONTH - SEACHASE

Shown accepting the Commercial Yard of the Month sign from Orange Beach Garden Club member Becky Zerby are Al “Mitch“ Mitchell, operations manager, and Sarah De Lazzer, property manager and real estate agent, for AronovRealty at SeaChase Resort, 25240 Perdido Beach Boulevard. Congratulations! 
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