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Before Hangout Festival, Lenny Kravitz hung out in downtown Mobile

Date: 5/23/2016 1:50:00 PM

Kravitz had already posted the photo of the two of them. "Whilst walking around downtown Mobile, AL, I discovered this beautiful lady Charlana and her shop Backflash Antiques. Now off to The Hangout Festival," he wrote. "He was so laid back," said Quiovers

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Heading to the Gulf? Help report manatee sightings

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Date: 5/22/2016 1:15:00 AM

DAUPHIN ISLAND — As warm weather has arrived, so have the northern Gulf’s seasonal endangered visitors — West Indian manatees. Researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Manatee Sighting Network have received close to a dozen sightings of manatees

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Memorial Day weekend activities to kick off summer on Dauphin Island Bloggers

Date: 5/20/2016 1:37:00 PM

Dauphin Island officials have scheduled several activities for Memorial Day weekend, which is the traditional opening of the summer tourist season on the central Gulf Coast. Mayor Jeff Collier said businesses and residents are looking forward to the

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Ken Hare's Natural Alabama: Beach trips can be about more than s - Montgomery Alabama news.


Date: 5/20/2016 10:52:00 AM

The website is: Also, let me note that I purposefully am not mentioning Dauphin Island in this column because I focused on Dauphin Island birding in a recent column. Dauphin Island, with several Birding Trails sites, remains my

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Mobile native on Trump's short list of Supreme Court nominees

Date: 5/18/2016 10:23:00 PM

Donald Trump made an unprecedented move Wednesday -- coming out with a list of potential Supreme Court nominees to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. Among the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's short list, former Attorney General and McGill-Toolen

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Mobile| Dauphin Island | Fairhope| Daphne| is located in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Alabama. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 159.4 square miles, with 117.9 square miles of it being land, and 41.5 square miles, or 26.1% of the total, being water. The elevation above sea level in Mobile ranges from 10 feet on Water Street in downtown to 211 feet at the Mobile Regional Airport.It is the third most populous city in the U.S. state of Alabama, the county seat of Mobile County, and Alabama's only salt water port. Located at the junction of the Mobile River and Mobile Bay on the northern Gulf of Mexico, the city is the only seaport in Alabama. The Port of Mobile has always played a key role in the economic health of the area beginning with the city as a key trading center between the French and Native Americans down to its current role as the 12th-largest port in the United States.As one of the Gulf Coast's cultural centers, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture. Mobile is known for having the oldest organized carnival celebrations in the United States, dating to the 18th century of its early colonial period. It was also host to the first formally organized Carnival mystic society, known elsewhere as a krewe, in the United States, dating back to 1830. Carnival balls in the city may be scheduled as early as November, with the parades beginning after January 5. Carnival celebrations end at midnight on Mardi Gras, signifying Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. In Mobile, locals often use the term Mardi Gras as a shorthand to refer to the entire Carnival season. During the Carnival season the mystic societies build colorful floats and parade throughout downtown with masked society members tossing small gifts, known as throws, to parade spectators.
The city is also home to a variety of museums. Battleship Memorial Park is a military park on the shore of Mobile Bay and features the World War II era battleship USS Alabama, the World War II era submarine USS Drum, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials, and a variety of historical military equipment.

Dauphin Island is a town in Mobile County, Alabama (U.S.), on a barrier island also named Dauphin Island at the Gulf of Mexico. The population was 1,371 at the 2000 census. The town is included in the Mobile metropolitan. The island (originally named "Massacre Island") was renamed for Louis XIV's great-grandson and heir, the Dauphin. The Gulf of Mexico is to the south of the island; the Mississippi Sound and Mobile Bay are to the north. The island's eastern end helps to define the mouth of Mobile Bay. The eastern, wider portion of the island is shaded by thick stands of pine trees, but the narrow, western part of the island features scrub growth and few trees. Dauphin Island is home to Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, The Estuarium public aquarium, the Dauphin Island Airport, boat ramps, a large public pier, historic sites, several restaurants, new condominium developments, and numerous private homes. Beaches attract tourism, and fishing is a popular activity in the waters around the island. The island is connected to the mainland by the Gordon Persons Bridge. Although the island has several bird sanctuaries, the main one is the 164-acre Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Dauphin Island is the first landfall encountered by many birds as they migrate north from South America, and as a consequence many species can be found resting there before continuing their journey.
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