GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH, ALA. – Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (CVB) - along with officials from both coastal communities - is pleased to report that this beach destination was spared any significant impact from Isaac, and the area will be ready to welcome families for one last summer vacation during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
“Today we are experiencing high winds and rough surf but conditions are improving throughout the day, and according to the weather forecast, we will return to normal wind and surf conditions in time for the weekend,” said Herb Malone, president and CEO of the CVB. “A large majority of our businesses opened today, and the other few will open very shortly.”
Official Updates from Both Cities
“As of Wednesday at noon, all major roads and streets in Gulf Shores are open,” said Mayor Robert Craft. “We do not have utility damage, and all city services are ready to go for the holiday weekend.”
Along the same lines, officials from the City of Orange Beach report similar conditions.
“All roads in Orange Beach are open with no utility damage,” said Ken Grimes, city administrator for the City of Orange Beach. “In fact, many of our businesses stayed open throughout the storm.”
Lodging Questions and Deals
Guests with questions about the status of their lodging reservations and access to their units due to road conditions are encouraged to contact their rental management companies or VRBO for these specific details.
Individuals who may have not yet secured lodging for their Labor Day trip to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach should visit the packages and hot deals section of www.gulfshores.com or www.orangebeach.com to learn more about these easy to book accommodation packages. These and other specials are also tweeted at twitter.com/beachspecials.
“We are directing all of our visitor inquiries to the lodging availability page on our website,” Malone said. “It provides a quick glance at accommodations in the area and has been updated since the storm.”
Labor Day Events
“Many of the locals know that fishing after a storm is excellent,” Malone said. “The waters push redfish into our back bays, and the fish in the gulf are very active too. The superb fishing is just one of many reasons for families to enjoy one final summer getaway for the year.”
By the weekend, the area’s signature golf courses will be open.
The Hangout in Gulf Shores plans to host Cajun Labor Day Weekend August 31 through September 3. With free concerts slated for all four days and an authentic Cochon de Lait Pig Roast, this beachside restaurant will be selling barbecue plates for $10. Find more details at www.thehangoutal.com.
Another Gulf Shores-based restaurant, LuLu’s at Homeport Marina, also has a complete weekend line-up of live music featuring BAT, Cool Rayz, Brent Burns and Beth McKee. For more information, visit www.lulubuffett.com.
In Orange Beach, the Alabama Radio Network Pregame Show is set to broadcast live from The Wharf Saturday afternoon from 5 to 7 pm. Other game festivities include a pep-rally and viewing of the Alabama vs. Michigan football game on a big screen located on Main Street. Go to www.alwharf.com to learn more.
Also, Flora Bama will showcase a full line-up of live entertainment on various stages at this legendary beachside establishment. For a complete schedule, visit www.florabama.com.
"This is a just a small sampling of all the Labor Day entertainment set for our family-oriented beach destination," Malone said. "We are very proud to be the SEC destination where families come to play, and what better way to kick off the fall football season than with a beach trip directly on the heels of our successful SEC BeachFest."
To view a complete calendar listing of events or musical acts, visit www.gulfshores.com or www.orangebeach.com.