Dauphin Island, AL
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Mobile Press Register newspaper
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Wednesday May 23, 2001 - Montgomery - Imagine
dragging up the whole lower end of Mobile County - complete with a truckload of
seafood - and hauling it to Montgomery for a fish fry.
Imagine inviting the governor, the lieutenant governor, the entire legislature and just about anybody
else who wants to come, and you'll have some idea of the scope of the annual Seafood Bash put
on by the Bayou LaBatre and Dauphin Island Chambers of Commerce.
In a town where parties are as thick as lobbyists on a legislator, this event stands out
as the best of its kind. In fact, there's no affair to rival it.
More than 700 people showed up for the May 9 bash, and none of them went home hungry. The porportions for
a party of this magnitude are staggering: *125 pounds of boiled shrimp; * 100 pounds of fried shrimp;
* 30 pounds of grilled shrimp; * 12 gallons of fried oysters; * 4 gallons of boiled oysters;
* 4 sacks of oysters on the half shell; * 100 pounds of fried mullet fillets; * 60-pound ling;
* West Indies Salad(15 pounds jumbo lump crabmeat and 15 pounds of peeled and deviened Royal
Red Shrimp); *60 pounds breaded scallops; *30 pounds breaded stuffed jalapeno peppers;
* 100 pounds boiled crawfish.
by David Holloway, Food Editor, Bay Flavor section (excerpt) Press-Register -30-
May 9, 2006 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley said
he supports Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's veto of a proposed offshore natural
gas port over concerns that fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico could be harmed.
Blanco had until Sunday to file any objections to a proposed federal license
for the Main Pass Energy Hub, a liquefied natural gas terminal being sought
by Freeport McMoRan Energy LLC, a subsidiary of New Orleans-based McMoRan Exploration
June 11, 2006 - The berm -- which is to replace one built after
Hurricane Georges in 1998 and flattened by Tropical Storm Isidore in 2002 --
is a big topic of conversation among both absentee owners and the 1,500 full-time
residents of Dauphin Island, which was cut in half by Katrina. FEMA said $44.1
million has been paid to settle 881 flood insurance claims on Dauphin Island
since Katrina, and an additional $16.2 million was paid on 777 claims after
Ivan. Separately, FEMA says the island got $9.4 million to repair roads, sewers
and other public works after the two storms. All this for 1,500 year-round residents
and hundreds more with rental or vacation homes on the island.
Jay Reeves, The Washington Post - Washington, D.C. -30-
Thursday, August 03, 2006 - Mobile County officials appear to
be in line to receive $2.5 million in federal funds, dedicated to buying land
for conservation on Dauphin Island. Now the county just needs to figure out
where to spend it. County Commissioner Mike Dean said the money originally was
to be spent buying undeveloped land on the west end of Dauphin Island and using
it for public access to the beach. Now county officials are considering using
the money to purchase about 20 acres of dunes and undeveloped land west of the
Isle Dauphine Golf Club to use as a bird sanctuary and nature trail. U.S. Sen.
Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, heads the subcommittee that crafted the spending
bill that includes the $2.5 million.
By DAN MURTAUGH and RUSS HENDERSON Staff Reporters, Mobile
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - Dauphin Island - It's place where majestic brown
pelicans swoop throught the sky, searching for dinner or a new place to perch. It's a place where traffic
lights don't clutter the scenery, where you can ride a bike for miles or sample fresh-from-the-Gulf
seafood at a handful of local eateries.
While Hurricane Katrina redistributed much of the west end's sand and property nearly two years
ago, there are still homes, condos and hotel rroms available for rent here.
There's also plenty to do to keep a family busy. There's historic Fort Gaines to explore, sea life to discover at the
Estuarium, home-grown produce to sample at a Saturday darmer's market at Cadillac Square, fish to catch
at Cedar Point or kites to fly a the public beach.
Besides hosting one of the country's top fishing rodeos and the world's lopngest one-day sailboat
race, Dauphin Island remains a mostly quiet strip of sand and tall pines about three miles off the coast of
south Alabama. It's located about 35 miles south of Mobile.
By CASANDRA ANDREWS, Staff Reporter, Living section, Mobile Register -30-
Saturday, September 08, 2007 - Dauphin Island beach project excluded
from coastal funding list. A group of local elected officials gathered on Dauphin
Island on Friday to protest a state plan that funds fishing pier and boat-slip
construction in Baldwin County, yet ignores a Dauphin Island plea for a $3.3
million project that would protect the island's water supply from erosion. "In
my view, there are no communities in Alabama more directly affected by the oil
and gas industry than those in south Mobile County," said Rep. Spencer Collier,
R-Bayou La Batre. "Dauphin Island's beach project should be included, and I'll
do whatever I can to make sure it is." Last week, state conservation officials
announced a draft list of projects they plan to submit for a slice of the $51
million in federal funds that Alabama and its two coastal counties stand to
receive through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program. The program is intended
to compensate states for the effects of offshore oil and gas drilling. Though
natural gas platforms surround Dauphin Island, visible from almost anywhere,
the island's requested funding was absent from the draft list.
By RUSS HENDERSON, Staff Reporter, Mobile Register -30-
Friday, April 25, 2008 - Dauphin Island Regatta Making A Comeback....
Paul Ring is ready to set sail. He's one of dozens of sailors getting his vessel
in ship shape for the regatta. He calls his boat "The pole cat." "Because it's
a cat boat and it has a mast as a pole and I thought it would be a good idea
to call it a pole cat," says Ring. The regatta's going through a bit of a renaissance
this season. Organizers say they're finally seeing the number of boats entering
the race return to pre-Katrina levels. The golden anniversary draws several
out of state boaters. "We have boats coming from Georgia from Tennessee, course
Mississippi and Florida," says Fairhope Yacht Club Commodore Erik Schmidt. Engines
are just used to get us out of the dock. Come tomorrow, sailors will keep one
finger in the air. "The challenge could be no wind or too much wind you never
know what dauphin island is going to bring to you," says Principle Race Officer
Cathy Cromartie. This is a very subtle sport but when the guys get into the
race it's more about the fun than the competition. "We have friendly competition
and then we get down to dauphin island to see who can tell the best stories,"
says Ring. The 17 nautical mile race starts Saturday morning and organizers
hope to welcome several newcomers.
By Chad Petri, WKRG-TV -30-
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - The Sand Island Lighthouse sits about
four miles south of Dauphin Island. It's aging, not gracefully. "If we had another
Katrina I can't see how it would survive," says Alabama Lighthouse Association
board member Jim Hall. Dauphin Island has secured about $650,000 dollars of
FEMA money to stabilize it. The building's a tube fastened by a metal ring at
the top and the base. "The lighthouse at the base the bricks are laid in excess
of about 6 feet thick," says Hall. With GPS and a whole bunch of other modern
hardware there really is no need for a lighthouse but enthusiasts say it's more
of a sentimental feeling to see that on a return trip. "I can assure you when
the fishermen from offshore when they're finally coming in they see the lighthouse
they feel good, they know they're in the right place," says Hall.
By Chad Petri, WKRG-TV -30-
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 -Friends and family turned out Monday
at St. Francis Episcopal Church to pay final respects to Ben M. Buerger, an
iconic Dauphin Island businessman perhaps best known for riding out Hurricane
Frederic in his store. Buerger, 84, a native of Mobile and a longtime resident
of Belle Fontaine, died Friday at an area hospital. He had owned and operated
Ship and Shore Supplies Inc. on Dauphin Island since 1956. The store became
a focal point on the island and sold everything from groceries to plumbing fixtures,
building supplies and boating needs. Buerger rode out 1979's Frederic in his
store even as the hurricane ripped off the roof. In the storm's aftermath, Buerger
worked from temporary quarters to maintain a steady stream of necessities for
the devastated island. In 1958, when the lift span to the old Dauphin Island
Bridge became stuck, Buerger used his boat to ferry stranded tourists and other
people to the mainland for free.
By KIM LANIER, Staff Reporter, Mobile Register -30-
Sunday, June 8, 2008 - The Town of Dauphin Island bought and
was deeded $2 million worth of property on the west end of the island and plans
to open it as a public beach. The Town paid investors $1.75 million for 200
front feet of waterfront that extends east-west from the Gulf to the Mississippi
Sound and leased another 200 front feet. The sellers donated a third parcel
with 1,000 front feet west of the mile-wide breach created by Hurricane Katrina.
Kathy Jumper, Real Estate Editor, Press-Register -30-
Monday, July 21, 2008 - Jarrod Davis of Pascagoula cracked the
final leader board for the first time in a big way, weighing in the second-biggest
bonito and cobia to claim master angler honors at the conclusion of the 76th
Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Sunday. Davis weighed the 14.05-pound bonito
and 44.12-pound cobia right before the scales closed on Friday.
Sunday, August 17, 2008 - Dauphin Island buys 4 waterfront lots.
The town of Dauphin Island paid almost $1.1 million for four waterfront lots
with 180 front feet on Aloe Bay off DeSoto Avenue, according to Linda Henderson
of Dauphin Island Real Estate , who represented the town. Howard Yeager of Alabama
Realty represented the sellers. The land sale averaged $46.48 per square foot,
agents said. The town also bought four adjacent lots with 160 front feet on
Aloe Bay from an Oklahoma-based investor for $972,000, according to Grace Tyson
of Tyson Real Estate. Dauphin Island plans to use the land for a future working
waterfront and/or business district, according to Henderson.
Kathy Jumper, Mobile Register -30-
Monday September 01, 2008 - Dauphin Island Sea Lab closed Tuesday
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. -- The Dauphin Island Sea Lab will be closed Tuesday, a
representative there said. It is unclear when the lab will reopen, but representatives
there decided to close the lab after the Dauphin Island Causeway flooded.
By Jillian Kramer, Staff Reporter -30-
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - Mobile Bay Ferry service to resume
Wednesday Ferry service between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island will resume its
regular schedule Wednesday morning, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Service was interrupted during Hurricane Gustav and as late as midday today
water still covered portions of Fort Morgan Road making the highway impassible
and the eastern launch inaccessible.
Ryan Dezember, Staff Reporter -30-
Tuesday September 02, 2008 - Most Mobile County schools likely
to reopen Wednesday All of Mobile County's public schools, except for Dauphin
Island Elementary, will likely reopen Wednesday, officials announced this morning,
adding that a final decision will be made this afternoon. As of this morning,
Dauphin Island Elementary remained without power, said school system spokeswoman
Nancy Pierce, meaning that school may remain closed.
Rena Havner, Register -30-
September 11, 2008 - Waves associated with Hurricane Ike have
flooded parts of Dauphin Island, leaving some residents on the west end stranded
this morning, officials said. The only road to the barrier island was shut down
due to flooding in south Mobile County, officials said. Mayor Jeff Collier said
the flooding is similar to what the island experienced during Hurricane Gustav
last month, when as much as 3 feet of water covered the west end. Some people
staying in houses on the west end have been told to stay in their elevated houses,
Collier said. The island lost power this morning, he said. Also, Dauphin Island
Elementary School closed today because of the flooding, and it is expected to
reopen tomorrow, school officials said.
Katherine Sayre, Register Staff Reporter -30-
Tuesday, September 20, 2008 - This isn't the first time residents
Steven Sewell and his Dad Gary have had to spend the day cleaning up after a
storm. "It seems every time we try to do some work to make the house look decent
around here another storm comes in and rips it all down again," Said Sewell.
Their home wasn't hit this time but thanks to Hurricane Ike their driveway was
buried under six feet of sand. "Between the two storms this lot just being a
few inches low all this water funnels through here and just tears it up and
it's like in the canal pretty much," Said Gary Sewell. While the storm didn't
damage any homes on Dauphin Island this time, something that wasn't spared was
the berm. "That berm's gone that protected these houses and so forth, so it's
quite devastating for the people that live on the beach,"Said Bob Holycross,
who lives two blocks over from the beach. But it's been a battle for bulldozers
all week as crews continue to clear Bienvielle Drive. Alabama Power tells News
Five they will be back to work on Monday trying to get the lights back on for
people living on the west end of the beach.
WKRG-TV, Diana Lucio Reporter -30-
Thursday, September 22, 2005 , Dauphin Island, AL (AP) -- A geological
survey of Dauphin Island shows that Hurricane Katrina shifted part of the island
landward and cut a mile-wide canal through the island's western tip. Oceanographer
Abby Sallenger of the U-S Geological Survey says the damage to the island was
WWLTV.com New Orleans LA -30-
Monday, December 1, 2008 - A U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew retrieved five boaters
from a chilly Gulf of Mexico Sunday morning after their 21-foot fiberglass pleasure
craft overturned south of Sand Island. Lt. Matthew Mitchess said that the Coast
Guard's Mobile station got a call about the distressed boather at about 9:30am.
A boat and helicopter were dispatched to the location abogut one naustical mile
south of the island, Mitchell said.
The boat found them first, and all five were pulled from the water - 4 to 6-foot
seas - without significant injury, Mitchell said. Their vessel had not sunk
when they were taken ashore, and its owner planned to try to salvage the boat
later, he said. "It was rough," Mitchess said. "It was definitely not conditions
you'd want to be out in at 21-foot boat in." Temperatures in the Gulf were about
57 degrees Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The Weather
Service as posted a small-craft advisory through this afternoon. Staff
Saturday, January 10, 2009 - On Dauphin Island, winter visitors are still arriving.
but some plan shorter stays to save money, said Kelby Linn, vice president of
the local Chamber of Commerce.
"What we are finding is they are slowing down a bit and their visits tend to
be shorter-lived - instead of two to three months, maybe one month. They're
kink of cutting back, but still coming in," said Linn, owner of ACP Real Estate,
Inc., a vacation rental business.
"At this point, with the economy the way it is, we're feeling fairly OK. The
golf course is doing well, which is always a good sign."
Craig Myers, Staff Reporter -30-
Friday, January 23, 2009 - Auburn University researcher plant 50,000 oysters in Heron Bay - Researchers sprinkled tens of
thousands of farm-raised oysters - some with shells barely the size of a quarter - into the waters of Heron Bay on Thursday in hopes of
renewing reefs that have been devastated in recent years.
"It's not going to be a quick fix," said Scott Rikard, natural resources program manager at Auburn University's shellfish laboratory on
Dauphin Island. "I hope what we're doing today is going to give Heron Bay a jump-start, but it's going to take a while."
Alabama's oyster reefs along the Mississippi Sound have been damaged by the predatory oyster drill, a conch that chews holes in oyster
shells and sucks out the growing mollusks inside. Attracted to salty waters, the drills have taken over because of a recent drought
in the South, which limited the amount of freshwater that flows from area rivers into Mobile Bay and the sound.
Drought conditions have been relieved lately, researchers said, bringing an increase of
freshwater to Heron Bay. State marine officials have recently planted shells to provide a
place for young oysters to stick and grow. Boosting the oyster population in the area now
could bring new spawn to the reefs in the spring, researchers said.
Katherine Sayer, Staff Reporter -30-
Saturday, January 24, 2009 - Parade watchers on Dauphin Island turned
one of Mobile County's first Carnival parades of the year into an all-day affair.
It was nearly 2 pm by the time the grand marshal, longtime Major League pitcher Jon Lieber, rolled
past on the back of a black Mercedes convertible. This year's festivities began in Mobile County
with the Dauphin Island parade and the Tillman's Tricksters earlier in the day.
the Dauphin Island parade lastled nearly 90 minutes, stretching from the Sea Lab to the Little
Davied Ferrara, Staff Reporter, Metro/Region section, Mobile Register -30-
Saturday, March 7, 2009 - "Colonies of the Gulf Coast" at Fort Gaines Historical
Site on Dauphin Island today gives visitors an opportunity to explore life as it was lived on
Isle Dauphine in the 1700-1800s.
French and British soldiers will be on hand to demonstrate their military and camping skills. Settlers
will show their expertise at candle-making and open-hearth cooking.
And, said assistant fort manager, Ursula Prince, "Rick Bowman from upstate Alabama will be here
once again to fascinate us with his unique craft of making Indian pottery with authentic clan
and curing it over an open-pit fire." Resident blacksmith Ralph Oalmann and his apprentice, Mark
Lymann, will show their craft in the blacksmith shop.
Sunday, August 23, 2009 - More than 10.5 acres and 1,300 feet on the Gulf of Mexico on Dauphin Island are listed
for sale at $6.75 million, about half what a developer paid almost five years ago, according to Allan Cameron
of Grubb & Ellis/Peebles & Cameron and court records. The bank owns the property where at one time Daphne-based developer Buddy
Breland has planned to build the Royal Dauphine condominiums and a marina on Bayou Heron, according to Cameron and
Realtors. The listingincludes an acre of inland property and about 250 front feet on the bayou.
Kathy Jumjper, Real Estate Editor, Mobile Register