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

Vol. 4, Issue 14

The City of Orange Beach wishes everyone a happy, healthy and blessed Easter. 

All non-essential city offices are closed today in observance of Good Friday. Residential trash and recycling routes will not be affected. City offices will reopen for normal business hours on Monday, April 5th.
Latest News
Easter Egg Hunts set for Saturday

An Easter Egg Hunt, presented by Island Church, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 3rd at The Wharf's marina lawn.
Marina Lawn will be speckled with more than 5,000 colorful eggs for youngsters to claim. There will be separate age group areas designated for the hoppy hunt: 0-2, 3-4, 5-7 and 8-10. A special section for children that are sensory sensitive or have special needs requiring guardian assistance will be available as well. A wide variety of kids’ activities will be offered onsite, so mark your calendar now for a day filled with safe, family fun! See a full list of activities on The Wharf website.

 

The Flora-Bama will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 3rd, with activities starting at noon and going to 3 p.m. The whole family is invited for crafts, face painting, and an egg hunt on the beach - all for free. Children can meet the Easter Bunny at 1:30 p.m. after he skydives into Flora-Bama. Find more information on the Flora-Bama website at www.florabama.com/easter-egg-hunt
 

Easter Services: To find Easter services, click here to see a listing of churches in and around Orange Beach. 
City Council to meet April 6

The Orange Beach City Council is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6th in the City Hall Council Chambers, followed by the Committee of the Whole work session. The meeting will be streamed live on the city's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/orangebeach. To view the council agendas, visit https://orangebeach.novusagenda.com/agendapublic

CANAL ROAD UPDATE - PARDON OUR PROGRESS

The ALDOT Canal Road project contractor continues to pave the expanded south side of Canal Road between William Silvers Parkway and Oak Street. Fortunately, the work has not required the extended closure of the right lane with most work handled on the shoulder. Motorists, please remember to slow down in the work zone.  


Once the southerly lane is completed, the entire roadway - between 161 (Doc's) and Williams Silvers Parkway (approx. 2.3 miles) - will be resurfaced, followed by the placement of temporary and permanent striping. The contractor is scheduled to resurface the roadway between April 5th and April 23rd and crews will be working two weekends during that period. This portion of work will require lane closures. 

Baldwin County schools are on spring break the week of April 4th so the public needs to expect that week and the April 10th weekend will most likely have significant traffic delays on Canal Road. Motorists should plan accordingly. 

No construction is scheduled to occur on April 4th (Easter Sunday), or Friday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 25th (Mullet Toss weekend at Flora-Bama, and Bama Coast Cruisin' car show at The Wharf). The contractor will work weekends except for these dates. 

ALDOT and the contractor are working arduously to complete the project prior to May 25th, the last day of school. The construction schedule is tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions and unforeseen issues.

UPDATES

COVID-19 

To find the latest information on COVID-19 from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19

ADPH online portal for individuals to check their eligibility for vaccination and make appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at county health departments: https://www.alcovidvaccine.gov/.

 
Other ADPH Vaccine resources: 
  • Vaccine Clinic Dashboard or COVID-19 Table
  • Eligible Alabamians can now receive a COVID-19 vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program at select CVSSam's Club, and Walmart locations across the state.
  • Winn-Dixie grocery stores in Foley and Fairhope are now offering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. All qualified individuals are encouraged to visit www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine for timely updates including vaccine availability details, participating store locations and to conveniently schedule appointments online, as available. The vaccines are free, with or without health insurance and appointments will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Those with health insurance must provide their health insurance card during their scheduled appointment, and those without insurance will need to present a valid driver’s license or social security card.
  • If you or someone you know needs assistance with filling out your information on our notification form or with using the ADPH website to schedule an appointment, please call the ADPH Vaccine Hotline at 1-855-566-5333.

Find more information, resources and the latest COVID-19 updates on the City Website at https://www.orangebeachal.gov/news/covid-19-updates.

U.S. Congressman Jerry Carl's Field Rep at Orange Beach City Hall on April 6th

U.S. Congressman Jerry Carl’s Field Representative Kelle Flynt will be at Orange Beach City Hall from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday April 6th to assist constituents with any problems they may be experiencing with federal agencies. To make an appointment, call Congressman Carl’s Baldwin County office in Summerdale at 251-677-6630. Flynt is scheduled to be at City Hall on the first Tuesday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., through December. 

SCHOOL NEWS

STATE OF THE SCHOOLS



Orange Beach Middle/High School hosted a State of the Schools on Wednesday, March 31st at the Orange Beach Event Center. Click on the photo above or here to watch the Facebook Live video from the event. Below is a conceptual rendering of future improvements that are planned for the school campus. Watch the video to learn all about future plans and happenings at OBMHS.  



SPRING BREAK

Baldwin County Public Schools are on Spring Break and will return to school on Monday, April 12th.


SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE

Here is the latest Superintendent Update from Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler, which was sent on Thursday, April 1st:

Parents,

Spring Break starts tomorrow and we are supposed to see good weather for our Good Friday! When we return from break, we will have only six weeks left to complete what I think we can all agree has been a very long school year! I would also like to say I think it has been a very successful school year considering all the circumstances and lack of attendance for so many school systems around the country. Thank you for your partnership in getting this done!

I want to provide you with some information which will be important when we return to school after the break.

When we come back from spring break, masks will no longer be required in Baldwin County Public Schools. We will be following Governor Ivy's directives to accept more personal responsibility over government mandates. While we will not be requiring masks, masks will certainly be allowed to be worn by students and employees who choose to do so.
Let me speak for a minute about how effective the masks have been. We have seen no reported outbreaks of flu in our schools this year. We have seen no reported outbreaks of stomach viruses in our schools this year. The behavior of our students has been outstanding as reported from elementary through high school. While inconvenient at times, masks became a part of our daily lives.

While we are discontinuing the mask requirement, we will remain vigilant in our efforts otherwise. We will continue our in-depth sanitization procedures. We will continue to socially distance when possible. We will continue to use and encourage the use of hand sanitizers. Our campuses will remain locked down to outside visitors including parents, except for specific outdoor ceremonies. We will continue to prohibit large events indoors. ...

Read the rest of the Superintendent Update on the Baldwin County Public Schools website.  



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New Orange Beach Public Works facility highlighted in national magazine

The American Public Works Association's monthly APWA Reporter magazine highlights the recent opening of the new Public Works facility in its April 2021 edition. Find the article on the APWA website: Alabama beach city’s Public Works meets growth challenges head on.
Also see the article in the APWA Reporter Digital Edition at https://apwa.partica.online/reporter/april-2021/flipbook/72/.

The Grand Event set for April 29 at Coastal Arts Center 

Friends of the Arts Inc. will hold The Grand Event, a fundraiser for local arts programs and scholarships, on Thursday, April 29 at the Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the theme “Betting on 21.” It will be a night of blackjack, music and dancing with Platinum Premier, delicious food from Cosmos, and an amazing silent auction. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-grand-event-tickets-146497085727, or at the Coastal Arts Center.

Dress is black and white cocktail attire. Covid guidelines will be followed.

For more information, visit www.friendsoftheartsinc.org.

COMMUNITY POTLUCK THIS MONDAY


The monthly Community Potluck will be held this Monday, April 5th at the Orange Beach Community Center with social-distancing protocols in place. Ivan Correa, an instructor from the city’s Continuing Excellence program for adults, will be the guest speaker. Everyone in the community is invited to bring a covered side dish or dessert. If you are unable to bring anything and wish to join the group, there is a $5 charge for the meal. The entrée is furnished by the Community Association. New members are always welcome. Dues are $13 for a single member and $25 for a family per year. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner starts at 6:30 and a program at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited; just bring a side dish to share for 8 to 10 people.
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