Windemere Condos In Perdido Key, FL

WindemereWindemere Condominiums in Perdido Key, Florida recently underwent a massive renovation. This development has been provided a major facelift to the tune of over $5,000,000, and virtually every inch of Windemere has been upgraded and brought to the highest of building standards. At the same time, because of the addition of hurricane protective materials, such as windows, and doors, reduced insurance costs for owners led to a thirty percent reduction in condo dues as of January 2014. 

New And Improved

As part of Windemere’s renovation, all windows and exterior doors were replaced with “missile-proof” products intended to withstand heavy wind and storms, while the entire stucco exterior was refurbished and…

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Cypress Village Of Orange Beach

On August 8, 2014, Lorraine and I were given a very special personal tour of the new single-family homes being constructed in Cypress Village of Orange Beach, Alabama. As we previewed the floor plans and got a first-hand look at the activity, we learned that Cypress Village is set to be the first Gold Level Fortified residential development in all of Baldwin County, Alabama. This means these new homes will comply with the 2010 Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s highest building standards to withstand high winds, wind-driven rain and hail, and other storm damage. These standards were compiled based on two decades of testing and investigation following major storms. With Gold Level being the top level on…

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Gulf State Park Pavillion

Three of Alabama's beaches were recently awarded the title of "superstar beach" in the Natural Resources Defense Council's 24th annual "Testing the Waters" report.

From a list of hundreds of contenders, the NRDC ranked only thirty-five national beaches as consistently outperforming the others because their 2013 readings did not exceed previous standards by more than two percent between 2009 and 2012. In addition, this year's "superstars" also did not exceed the EPA's new, more stringent water quality thresholds, or "Beach Action Value (BAV)" by more than two percent in 2013.

And now, without further adieu, the awards for the 2014 Superstar Beaches in Alabama go to: 

The Gulf Shores Public Beach in Baldwin County
The Gulf State Park…

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BBQ TRADITION in Orange Beach

Forty-eight years ago, in 1966, an Orange Beach tradition, the annual Orange Beach Fire and Rescue "Cookout on the Coast," was born.

In the early years, pork was slow-cooked over open stone pits, and firemen used shovels to rake the coals and turn the meat in the heat of the summer sun and flames. A bit later, the Department commissioned the largest available custom grill on three axles from Klose BBQ Pits in Houston, Texas. This is the same behemoth you would see belching out fragrant smoke in front of the Community Center on Canal Road today. 

On June 14, 2014, I sat down and talked with Lt. Craig Stephenson, Orange Beach Fire Marshal, about the fundraiser. He spoke with pride about how the event draws people from…

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