While our area sustained significant damage with major flooding, extensive power outages, structural damage, wide-range beach erosion, fallen trees, and many impassable roads, we are happy to report that cleanup is moving quickly, and power is being restored.
The City of Gulf Shores, City of Orange Beach and Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism have been working closely with Governor Kay Ivey and the State of Alabama to determine when beaches can safely reopen. While our area has seen vast improvement over the last eight days, there is still a lot of work to be done. Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan have announced beaches will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Oct. 2. However, most public beach access points will remain CLOSED until further notice due to safety concerns. These include:
- Gulf Place
- West Gulf Place
- West 5th Street
- West 6th Street
- West 10th Street
- West 12th Street
- West 13th Street
- Little Lagoon Pass Park
- Gulf State Park
- Gulf State Park Pier
- Gulf State Park Pavilion
- Beach access at Perdido Beach Blvd. and State Park Road 2
- Romar Beach
- Cotton Bayou
- Alabama Point (including under Perdido Pass Bridge) and Alabama Point East
These extended closures of public access areas are strictly due to safety concerns. Repairs to boardwalks and other damaged areas will take place as quickly as possible. Reopening of access points and parking lots should begin in mid-October as soon as they are fully repaired and deemed safe.
All bridges accessing the island are open for entry, but the cities still have checkpoints in place:
- Gulf Shores – Hwy. 59 at 12th Ave. as well as on Beach Blvd. at State Hwy. 135 (the traffic light at The Lodge at Gulf State Park) restricting access to the beach neighborhoods of East Beach, West Beach and south of Little Lagoon. Entry will be permitted to residents with valid hurricane re-entry stickers, cleanup/debris removal crews, utility workers, and contractors with appropriate contractor passes through Thursday, Oct. 1.
- Orange Beach – Operating roving checkpoints to ensure non-residents have a legitimate reason to be in town.
Visitors should contact their lodging accommodation provider for specific information related to their stay. All visitors must be prepared to show proof of reservation at any time in the event access to an area is restricted.
- Gulf Shores curfew will expire at 6:00 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2 (10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.).
- Orange Beach has a curfew on waterways from 10:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. until further notice.
- Fort Morgan curfew is from 10:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. until further notice.
We are working to find out the status of all tourism-related businesses in our area – hotels, vacation rental management companies, restaurants, and attractions. Please look around our website to look up the status for individual businesses. Be patient as this will take time to complete and will also be constantly changing.
Baldwin Emergency Management Agency continues to ask people not to get on the roads to sightsee and look at damage. Please keep travel around our destination limited to necessity – going to work, getting supplies, etc. Roadways need to remain clear for city workers, power company workers and emergency responders.