Gulf State Park http://apr.org en Resort for Gulf Shores State Park Okayed http://apr.org/post/resort-gulf-shores-state-park-okayed <P>The Alabama legislature has paved the way for a new resort to be built on 29 acres of state-owned land at Gulf Shores State Park.</P> <P>The bill allows Gov. Robert Bentley flexibility to work with a projects committee to decide the best way to build a major resort that would replace the state-owned lodge that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004.</P> <P>Before the bill was passed Thursday, the governor announced that $85.5 million of BP oil settlement funds will be used on the hotel development and other enhancements at Gulf State Park. Fri, 03 May 2013 12:17:06 +0000 The Associated Press 29674 at http://apr.org Resort for Gulf Shores State Park Okayed Agreement Reached on Ala. Oil Spill Restoration http://apr.org/post/agreement-reached-ala-oil-spill-restoration <P>BP and federal and state officials have reached an agreement on proposed early restoration projects from the BP oil spill that are expected to cost about $94 million.</P> <P>The projects are part of BP's plan to provide up to $1 billion in funding for recovery of natural resources that were impacted in the BP oil spill.</P> <P>BP's Executive Vice President Laura Folse says the money will -provide long-term benefits to the Alabama environment and the people of Alabama. Thu, 02 May 2013 12:28:19 +0000 The Associated Press 29587 at http://apr.org Agreement Reached on Ala. Oil Spill Restoration 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? Gulf State Park Shows Signs of New Life After Fire http://apr.org/post/gulf-state-park-shows-signs-new-life-after-fire <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">Signs of last year's fire that scorched nearly 1,000 acres can still be found at Gulf State Park, but dramatic signs of its recovery are also evident.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 12px;">WKRG-TV reports that what was charred timbers and ashes is now tall grasses, flowers and wildlife after the June 2011 blaze.</span></p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 18:53:01 +0000 The Associated Press 21539 at http://apr.org Gulf State Park Shows Signs of New Life After Fire