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

Vol. 5, Issue 25

To all of the dads and father figures: 

Happy Father's Day Weekend! 

Disney Musical Showcase will feature favorite songs and characters - June 23-25

Many of your Disney music and character favorites will be brought to the stage by “A Touch of Magic” – Disney Musical Showcase, June 23-25. The performance, presented by the City of Orange Beach Expect Excellence Music Department, will be “a great opportunity for people to come and sing along with these very popular songs that everybody knows,” said Expect Excellence Music Director Caleb Pittman. 

The production will encompass a group of 50 performers selected from the community to take you on a tour of Disney movies from “The Little Mermaid” to “Aladdin” to “Toy Story” and so much more. The selection of the Disney showcase was decided on after seeing the vibrant response from audiences attending "Beauty and the Beast" in early 2021.

“We had people of all ages coming dressed up. And we had little girls coming in, dressed as princesses wanting to get their picture taken with various members of the cast,” Pittman said. “It was really special watching people’s eyes brighten up and get so excited.” 

Pittman said the show will be a combination of many elements. There will, of course, be a choir and numerous solos and duets throughout, but the choreography, lighting, and costumes will complete the magical journey and “the songs are grouped together so it will almost be like following the plot of a movie,” he said.

The program will be a great chance to “hear a lot of your favorite Disney songs all in one place,” he explained. “There will be a lot of characters, music, and lighting to really keep people involved and entertained,” Pittman added. 

In addition to the showcase, there will be a Toys for Tots drop-off point, to help promote the charitable work they do all year.

“Most people know about Toys for Tots during Christmas, but Toys for Tots provides help for families year round. They will go to local fire stations after a house fire and ask how many kids there are in the family and where they are currently located,” he said. He is hopeful that bringing a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots will also be part of the overall experience. Donations are encouraged, but not required to attend the show.

The Disney showcase will be held June 23-25 at the Orange Beach Performing Arts Center which is located on east side of the Orange Beach High School campus at 23908 Canal Road in Orange Beach. The 23rd and 24th performances will be at 7 p.m. and the 25th will be at 2 p.m. All tickets are $15. 

Click on the links below to purchase tickets via OnTheStage: 

Tickets can also be purchased at the PAC box office from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays.

Talent abounds in our community. Come out and show your support next weekend!

See a few clips of rehearsals on the
Performing Arts Center Facebook page. 

(In the photo above: Lauren Gonsolin performs "La Llarona" in "A Touch of Magic - Disney Musical Showcase" presented by the City of Orange Beach Expect Excellence Music Department June 23-25 at the Orange Beach Performing Arts Center.)

Latest News
City Council to meet June 21

The Orange Beach City Council is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21st in the Council Chambers at City Hall, followed by the Committee of the Whole work session. The council meeting will be streamed live on the city's Facebook page at The agendas are available at

Be sure to exercise your right to vote again in the Primary Runoff Election this Tuesday, June 21st. View the sample ballots at Orange Beach residents vote at the Orange Beach Community Center (Voting Precinct 41), 27235 Canal Road.

Please note that Ono Island residents now vote at The Harriett Cockrell Center (Voting Precinct No. 51), 31692 Dolphin Drive. Ono Island is not part of the City of Orange Beach, it is in the unincorporated area of Baldwin County. The creation of the new precinct was approved by the Baldwin County Commission on July 20, 2021.) 

Since 2016, the cities of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores have required visitors to remove all their personal items from the beach one hour after sunset as part of the Leave Only Footprints initiative.

Each year, we have new visitors who are not familiar with the program. It is imperative that we all share the Leave Only Footprint rules with our visitors.

At the end of each beach day, all visitors need to p
ack up their beach chairs, gather the beach toys, and fold and carry out tents or umbrellas. All abandoned items are removed at night for the protection of our beaches, local wildlife, and the many visitors who we want to enjoy our clean coast for generations to come.

We all need to work together to protect and preserve our beaches.

For more information, including rules, regulations and resources, about the Leave Only Footprints initiative, please visit
OBFD accepting applications for Fall 2022 Resident Volunteer Firefighter Program

Orange Beach Fire Rescue will be hosting a Resident Firefighter training program beginning September 2022. This 13-week course provides candidates with the opportunity to obtain their Firefighter I and Firefighter II certifications from the Alabama Fire College and gain valuable experience to enter a rewarding career in the fire service.

Think this might be for you or do you have someone in mind? Applications must be 
submitted no later than June 30, 2022. Find all the details on the City Website at



Orange Beach City Schools will host a Public Meet & Greet from 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 20th at Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach for new Orange Beach High School Principal Michael Lee and Orange Beach Middle School Principal Wes Pouncey.

The Orange Beach City School Board on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 approved the hiring of Lee and Pouncey. The board previously approved retaining Mary Catherine Law as principal of Orange Beach Elementary School.

Pouncey finished up the school year serving as interim principal of Orange Beach Middle/High School. Lee comes from Clay-Chalkville High School, where he has served as principal since 2012. Clay-Chalkville is part of the Jefferson County School System.


Orange Beach City Board of Education 

Upcoming scheduled meetings and/or work sessions: 
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 10:30 A.M. - Special Meeting in Council Chambers 
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022, 10:30 A.M. - Work Session in E&E Conference Room 
For additional meeting information, go to

Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

Congratulations to the Orange Beach's 10U (in photo) and 12U Boys All-Star baseball teams for winning their district tournaments! Good luck to them as they play in the Alabama State Tournament next weekend!

Junior Marksmanship Program returns in July

The annual City of Orange Beach Junior Marksmanship Program will include a Clay Shoot on Saturday, July 9th and a Rifle Shoot on Saturday, July 16th at the city’s shooting range. 

The program, conducted in conjunction with the State of Alabama Department of Conservation, Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division, is open to children ages 8 to 15. Younger and older children may attend pending approval - call 251-980-5946 for more information. 

  • The Clay Shoot will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 9th. Participants will learn an introduction to clay shooting. Firearms safety is stressed throughout the entire event. 
  • The Rifle Shoot will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 16th. Participants will learn an introduction to rifle shooting. Firearms safety is stressed throughout the entire event. 

Each event is first come, first served and limited to 30 participants.  The fee is $10 for each event. Registration forms can be picked up and returned to Orange Beach City Hall and the Orange Beach Recreation Center. 

The shooting range is located at 23111 Russian Road. From the Foley Beach Express take University Lane between Columbia Southern University and Baldwin EMC. Take first left onto Roscoe Road and then first right onto Russian Road. Follow the signs from there.

This event is subject to cancellation due to range availability and weather. 

For more information, contact 251-980-5946. 


Join the Wednesday Book Club at the Orange Beach Public Library. The latest book is "The Girl with the Louding Voice." The next meeting is Wednesday, July 13th from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Visit the Orange Beach Library Facebook page or call 251-981-2923, for more information. The library is at 26267 Canal Road.


Welcome to the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo's new roarin' residents: Daniel, Chadwick and Regina! The city is a co-sponsor of a new Lion Exhibit. Be sure to stop by and visit them. The zoo is located at 20499 Oak Road East in Gulf Shores. Find more information at

Details from the zoo: The lions were received through a partnership with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. The lions, two males and one female, were born at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and will play a critical role in the survival of their species due to their genetic importance.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo was approached by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) to become an active partner in establishing new genetic lines within the North American population of African lions.

As a member of this ZAA Animal Management Plan, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo will be working with accredited zoos across the United States to monitor and control breeding of the African lion population to ensure the future of African lions in North America.

“We are grateful for the partnership and the team at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. They have worked with our teams to ensure a smooth transition and the lions are settling in and happy in their new home,” said Joel Hamilton, Executive Director, Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. “We are extremely excited about the future of these lions and our zoo becoming a leader in lion preservation.”

The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo Lion Exhibit is proudly sponsored by Ted Scarritt, Owner/Operator of Perdido Beach Services and the City of Orange Beach.


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