Gulf State Park Alabama http://apr.org en Ala. House Panel Approves Coastal Convention Hotel http://apr.org/post/ala-house-panel-approves-coastal-convention-hotel <P>An Alabama House committee has approved legislation that would allow the construction of a large hotel and conference center on the beach at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores.</P> <P>The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee voted 13-2 for the bill. It would permit a private developer to work with the state in building a hotel with more than 300 rooms and a conference center that would seat more than 1,000 for a meal. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:15:54 +0000 The Associated Press 25787 at http://apr.org Ala. House Panel Approves Coastal Convention Hotel Gulf Convention Hotel: Tourism Boom or Boondoggle? http://apr.org/post/gulf-convention-hotel-tourism-boom-or-boondoggle <P>One of the most pristine areas in Alabama, a sandy white stretch at Gulf State Park, could become the site of a large hotel and conference center.</P> <P>Bills pending in the Legislature would let the state use money from BP's Gulf oil spill fund to build a conference center and let a private developer build an adjoining hotel. The Republican sponsors, Sen. Trip Pittman and Rep. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:17:48 +0000 The Associated Press 25569 at http://apr.org Gulf Convention Hotel: Tourism Boom or Boondoggle? Ala State Pier to Offer Beer Starting Next Year http://apr.org/post/ala-state-pier-offer-beer-starting-next-year <P>Officials are planning something new next year for visitors to Gulf State Park: Beer at the fishing pier.</P> <P>Al.com reports (<A href="http://bit.ly/PEuiW5"><U><FONT color=#0000ff>http://bit.ly/PEuiW5</FONT></U></A> ) that Gulf State Park Superintendent Lisa Laraway told Gulf Shores city officials that the concession area is being upgraded at the pier.</P> <DIV> <P>The improvement includes a plan to begin serving beer, although city officials refused a liquor license that would have allowed the pier to also serve wine and frozen drinks.</P> <P>The upgrades don't end at the pier. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:35:11 +0000 The Associated Press 20437 at http://apr.org Ala State Pier to Offer Beer Starting Next Year