Alabama or Mississippi beaches

Old Aug 12th, 2006, 06:41 PM
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Alabama or Mississippi beaches

Traveling from Nashville to Houston and would like to stop for a day on a beautiful and clean beach in Alabama or Mississippi. Does anyone know- post Katrina- is that's possible, and can you suggest a one night stay in the area?

Traveling in 2 weeks.
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Old Aug 12th, 2006, 07:27 PM
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I hope you'll get a response from someone who knows exactly what condition things are in now. I'd like to know as well.

But if Orange Beach in Alabama, which I believe was damaged the year before Katrina, has been rebuilt, I'd highly recommend that area. We spent two nights there in June of 2001 after a four day trip to NOLA. And we loved it!
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Old Aug 13th, 2006, 06:02 AM
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Alabama’s Gulf Coast Named a Top Restored Beach

The beaches in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama have been named one of the Top Restored Beaches in the country for 2006 by the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA).

Following the severe beach erosion caused by Hurricane Ivan, the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and Gulf State Park embarked on an aggressive beach nourishment project designed to restore the beaches and replace the protective sand berm to lessen damage in future storms. Over 18 months, the project excavated more than 7.1 million cubic yards (470,000 dump truck loads) of sand from the Gulf of Mexico and deposited it on the beach.

“This re-nourishment effort will serve to broaden and beautify the beach, but its primary purpose is to shape the beach and protect the inland areas from future storm damage,” said project designer Al Browder of Olsen Associates, Inc., the engineering firm responsible for the project.

“Vacationers will be impressed by the look and feel of our wide, bright white restored beaches,” said Herb Malone, CEO of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are a family beach destination, and one of our primary draws is the white sand of our beaches and our blue-green water.”

Every coastal state in the U.S. has conducted beach replenishment projects. Some of best-known beaches in the country, including Miami Beach, Coney Island, Waikiki and Ocean City, Maryland have undergone restoration.

The ASBPA established its Top Restored Beach Awards to build appreciation for the value of America's restored beaches. An independent panel judges the nominees based on ecological and economic success, the short and long-term performance of the restoration, and the unique challenges overcome during the course of completing the restoration project.

Other 2006 winners are:
* Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
* Captiva Island, Florida
* Pinellas County Beaches, Florida
* Rehoboth and Dewey Beaches, Delaware
* Sea Bright to Manasquan Beach, New Jersey

“This year’s winning beaches again represent the breadth and benefit of beach restoration – as well as the unique nature of each beach project undertaken. These beaches are being brought back to health in ways that reflect the unique character and ecosystem of each one, as well as the unique challenges each one faces both from nature and from man,” said ASBPA President Harry Simmons.

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association was founded in 1926 and represents scientific, technical and political interests along the coast in an effort to shape research and policy concerning shore and beach management and restoration. The group strives to engage a factual debate on coastal issues and economics to foster sound, far-sighted, economical development and preservation of America’s beaches.


Hi-resolution images and video of the Gulf Shores/Orange Beach restoration are available for download at

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