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

Vol. 3, Issue 36



HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND! 

The City of Orange Beach would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Labor Day weekend. Please follow the state’s health order. Wear a mask and practice social distancing. This is the last big summer weekend so please be careful on the road and waterways. Remember, if you’re planning a trip to the beach, be sure to check the Daily Beach Report at 251-981-SURF (7873) for weather and rip current conditions.


LABOR DAY FIREWORKS 

Off the beach, The Wharf Marina is hosting the historic replica of Columbus’ ship, The Niña, from Friday, September 4th to Tuesday, September 8th. Also at The Wharf, Light Up Labor Day will be held on Sunday, September 6th from 7 to 10 p.m. with fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Find more information at alwharf.com.

Up the Beach Express in Foley, OWA will hold a Labor Day Celebration on Saturday, September 5th with Roman Street playing a free concert on OWA's Island Amphitheatre at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks at 8:45 p.m. Find more information at visitowa.com


CITY OFFICES CLOSED ON MONDAY

In observance of Labor Day holiday, non-essential city offices will be closed Monday, September 7th. Normal business operations will resume on Tuesday, September 8th.

August 31, 2020: BALDWIN TOGETHER - Cooperative Partnerships Working Together Supporting Baldwin County Residents Impacted by COVID-19

BALDWIN TOGETHER is a coordinated countywide framework to assist and support the residents of Baldwin County in recovery from the economic, sociological, and emotional impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.   

Families and individuals impacted by COVID-19 and struggling to recover can seek help by calling Baldwin Together at 251-424-1506 or emailing BaldwinTogether@gmail.com.  Case Managers will connect them with available resources from an office at Prodisee Pantry in Spanish Fort starting on September 1st.

August 27, 2020:  Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extended to October 2, 2020



For COVID-19 updates in Orange Beach, go to www.orangebeachal.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

Latest News

Ground broken for new air traffic control tower facility at Jack Edwards National Airport

It was a historic day on the Alabama Gulf Coast on Friday as the Gulf Shores Airport Authority broke ground on a long-sought air traffic control tower facility at Jack Edwards National Airport.

“We’re finally here,” Airport Manager Scott Fuller said during the ceremony, recalling the 15-year journey that made the control tower a reality.

The new tower was made possible through $6.13 million in grant funding from both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the “CARES ACT” secured by the joint efforts of U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and U.S. Congressman Bradley Byrne.

In Alabama, JKA currently ranks as the second busiest airport in operations (landings and takeoffs), and will rank in the top 40 of 256 Federal Contract Towers nationwide once the tower is in operation.

Read more on the City Website: 
Gulf Shores Airport Authority breaks ground for new air traffic control tower facility at Jack Edwards National Airport

Heads up: Construction fencing at Sportsplex

Due to the renovation and expansion of the baseball and softball field at the Orange Beach Sportsplex (Field 2 and Field 3) for Orange Beach High School, construction fencing will be in place through mid-January.

All batting cages and the sand volleyball courts will remain open. Fields 1, 4 and 5 will remain open as well but must be accessed from the north entrance. Fields 9-12 will remain open but must be accessed from the south entrance.

The baseball field will be upgraded to seat nearly 500 people and the softball field will be upgraded to seat over 400, among other improvements in the creation of these stadiums.

SCHOOL NEWS

2020/2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

With the school system's first holiday being Monday for Labor Day, here's a refresher of the school year calendar. It can also be found on the City Website: Baldwin County Public Schools 2020-21 school calendar

Official 2020-21 Baldwin County School Calendar PDF
 
August
  • Wednesday, Aug. 12 --  First Day of School
September
  • Monday, Sept. 7 -- Labor Day (Holiday for teachers/students)
October
  • Thursday, Oct. 8 -- End of First Quarter (41 days)
  • Friday, Oct. 9-Monday Oct. 12 -- Fall Break (Holiday for teachers/students)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13 -- Teacher Professional Development (Student Holiday)
November
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 -- Veterans’ Day (Holiday for teachers/students)
  • Monday Nov. 23-Friday, Nov. 27 -- Thanksgiving Holiday Week
December
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 -- End of Second Quarter (41 days)
  • Friday, Dec. 18 - Teacher Workday (Student Holiday)
  • Monday, Dec. 21-Thursday, Dec. 31 -- Christmas Holidays  
January 2021
  • Friday, Jan. 1 -- New Year’s Day (Holiday for teachers/students)
  • Monday, Jan. 4 -- Teacher Professional Development (Student Holiday)
  • Tuesday, Jan. 5 -- Students Return
  • Monday, Jan. 18 -- MLK Jr. Holiday
February
  • Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 15-16 -- Mardi Gras Holidays 
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Teacher Professional Development (Student Holiday)
March
  • Friday, March 12 -- End of the Third Quarter (45 days)
April
  • Friday, April 2 -- Good Friday Holiday
  • Monday, April 5-Friday, April 9 -- Spring Break (Holiday for teachers/students)
May
  • Monday, May 17 - High School Graduation Ceremony for Virtual School, Fairhope, Robertsdale and Elberta
  • Tuesday, May 18 - High School Graduation Ceremony for Daphne, Baldwin County and Foley
  • Tuesday, May 25 -- Last Day for Students/End of Fourth Quarter (46 Days)
  • Wednesday, May 26 -- Teacher Workday


ORANGE BEACH MIDDLE / HIGH SCHOOL 

The Orange Beach Middle / High School campus was recognized by the Orange Beach Garden Club, earning the September Yard of the Month award. Well done, Orange Beach Public Works! Thank you for all of your hard work.


ORANGE BEACH HIGH SCHOOL 

Congratulations to Orange Beach High School’s 2020 Student Government Executive Council!
 
President- Evie Rosa Butler
Vice President- Claire Atkins
Secretary- Eliza Jane Vallier
Publicist- Cate Courtney
 

 

ORANGE BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


 

MAKOS ACADEMICS, ARTS & ATHLETICS CLUB

The 2nd Annual MAAAC Fall Fishing Rodeo will be held October 2-4. Find registration details on the MAAAC Facebook page


Find all of the latest school news on Facebook at: 

Council approves new animal control laws
concerning tethering of animals

Adding to the City of Orange Beach’s ​animal control ​ordinance concerning the inhumane treatment of animals, the City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 1 approved additional safeguards to protect animals, especially dogs. 

The measure officially amending Section 10-29 of the city’s Code of Ordinances entitled “Inhumane Treatment of Animals; Confinements and Leashes Generally” add​s restriction regarding animal tethering. 

The additions include: 

  • It shall be unlawful for any person to tether any animal in an inhumane manner.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to leave an animal tethered without its owner or a competent person to care for it.

Find more details on the City Website: Orange Beach council approves new animal control laws concerning tethering of animals

Mystics of Pleasure hurricane relief drive
planned Sept. 8-11

The Mystics of Pleasure will be holding Hurricane Laura relief drive from Tuesday, September 8th to the morning of Friday, September 11th. 

The Lake Charles area is still in need of critical supplies and The Mystics will have trailers out in front of Island Time Daiquiris & Pizza and The Sandshaker at The Wharf accepting donations of water, tarps, canned food and cleaning supplies. Donations will be accepted during daylight hours.


2021 Wildlife Calendar

Orders are now being taken for the Orange Beach Wildlife Center's annual calendar that's full of photos from amateur photographers. Calendars are $20 each and sales help support the Wildlife Center. Order by the end of September to have it delivered by mid/late October. Click here to order 2021 Wildlife Calendar online.
CENSUS 2020  

Whether you’re a full-time resident or even a second homeowner, have you completed your 2020 Census for your property in Orange Beach? If not, take a few minutes and do this today!

For any second condo or homeowner on Alabama’s beaches, you may not know that a Census form submission is required for your vacation property. Submit one completed Census form for your primary residence, and on the second Census form for your beach area property, indicate that no one was living at the property as of April 1. 

Census forms must be completed by September 30, 2020. 
You can complete your Census online at MY2020CENSUS.GOV or take it by phone at 1-844-330-2020. Find more information at census.alabama.gov.
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