Baldwin County AL

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Baldwin County is the largest county in geographic area (1,596 square miles) within the State of Alabama. The County lies between the two large Metropolitan Areas (MSAs) of Mobile MSA, Alabama to the west and Pensacola MSA, Florida.

Area population

1990                 2000                    2010 (projected)

Baldwin County 98,280             140,415               184,375

Retail sales tax

State of Alabama 4% Gulf Shores 3%

Baldwin County 3% Orange Beach 3%

Major employers

Tanger Outlet Center………………………………………………….. 1500

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center……………………. 680

Brett-Robinson……………………………………………………………….. 550

Columbia Southern University…………………………………….. 394

Perdido Beach Resort………………………………………….. 250-300

Walmart # 2748 Gulf Shores……………………………………… 241

Meyer Real Estate………………………………………………………… 235

Riviera Utilities………………………………………………………………. 223

City of Gulf Shores………………………………………………………… 210

City of Orange Beach……………………………………………………. 203

The Beach Club……………………………………………………………… 200

Baldwin EMC…………………………………………………………………… 193

LuLu’s……………………………………………………………………………… 150

Publix of Gulf Shores…………………………………………………….. 110

Publix of Orange Beach………………………………………………….. 90

Tourism in Baldwin county

2009

Total Number of Visitors 4.6 million

Travel-Related Wages 915 million

and Salaries

Travel-Related Expenditures 2.3 billion

Travel-Related Employment 41,000

FM, GS, OB Lodging Revenue 234 million

FM, GS, OB Retail Sales Revenue 537 million

Gulf shores population & income

2008                     2013 (projected)

Population 7,760                 9,391

Households 3,755                 4,665

Median Age 48.37

Median Household Income $45,160

Average Household Income $57,186

Per Capita Income $27,699

Orange beach population & income

2008                     2013 (projected)

Population 6,359                 7,907

Households 3,113                 3,974

Median Age 46.60

Median Household Income $43,217

Average Household Income $58,850

Per Capita Income $28,810

License information

Fishing

Annual licenses for Alabama residents are $12.00 for freshwater; $21.00 for saltwater. Visitors are able to purchase annual or seven-day trip licenses to fish, fee depending on home state. Licenses are available at the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse in Foley and other convenient locations. Call Conservation Marine Resource, 251-968- 7576 for information.

Boat

Boat registration fees are based on boat length. New residents must bring the registration receipt from the previous state. Call 251-943- 5061 for information.

Cars, trucks, & motorcycles

Motor vehicles must be registered by new residents within 30 days, along with trailers and motor homes. Vehicles may be registered at the Satellite Courthouse weekdays 8-4:30; Owner must bring the title and the vehicle for the VIN number. Call the courthouse at 251-943-5061 for information about annual fees, taxes and documentation required. Alabama requires automobile insurance, but has no state vehicle inspection requirement.

Driving

Licenses must be obtained by new residents within 30 days. Those with a current license must pass an eye exam and present their current license, birth certificate and Social Security Card; others must pass a written, road and eye exam. The Alabama Driver’s license fee is $28; $23 for the license and $5 for the transfer fee. Tests are given at the Probate Office of the Foley Satellite Courthouse on Monday through Friday 8-11 and 12:30-3:30. Call 251-943-5061, Ext. 2871.

Marriage licenses

Licenses are issued at the Baldwin County Courthouse in Bay Minette weekdays 8-4:30 p.m. for $40; and$58 for a courthouse ceremony as long as a judge or chief clerk is available. Price includes license, ceremony and one certified copy. Call 251-937-0260.

Register to vote

You may register to vote at the Foley Satellite Courthouse in Foley weekdays 8-4:30. Call the Board of Registrars, 251-943-5061, Ext. 2859, for dates and locations of monthly mobile voter registration provided throughout the county.

County

Baldwin County Call Center………………………………… 943-5061

(Not sure which government office you need? The Call Center will be

glad to answer your questions and direct you to the correct office.)

Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse/

County Commission/Probate Office, Foley…………… 943-5061

Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance…… 947-2445

Probate and Drivers License…………………………………………………………….. 943-5061

Health Department–Environmental……………………….. 947-3618

The Health Department Clinic………………………………. 947-1910

Housing Authority………………………………………………. 943-5370

Department of Human Resources…………………………. 945-2400

Social Security Administration (800-772-1213)…….. 928-2504

Tax Assessors Office/Revenue Commission……………… 943-5061, ext. 2840

Tax Collector…………………………………………………………………….. 943-5061, Ext. 2843

Veterans Affairs………………………………………………………………………………….. 937-0218

Voter Registration……………………………………………………………………………….. 943-5061

County Commission Office………………………………………………………………… 943-5061

Sherrif’s Office…………………………………………………………………………………….. 972-6802

Board of Education……………………………………………………………………………… 937-0306

Hospital/Urgent Care

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center………………… 949-3400

Alabama Gulf Coast Urgent Care Center……………….. 962-1250

American Family Care…………………………………………………………………………. 974-3004

State Agencies

Alabama Bureau of Tourism & Travel……………………………………….. 800-ALABAMA

Dept. of Conservation, Wildlife &

Fresh Water Fisheries………………………………………………………………………. 626-5153

Dept. of Conservation Marine Resources/

Claude Peteet Mariculture Center………………………. 968-7576

Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs……….. 334-242-5100

Dept. of Environmental Management…………………….. 450-3400

Marine Police……………………………………………………………………………………….. 981-2673

Taxpayer Service Center…………………………………………………………………… 344-4737

Veterans Affairs………………………………………………………………………………….. 937-0218

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve……………………….. 928-9792

Newspapers

Baldwin Register………………………………………………………………………………….. 219-5490

The Islander………………………………………………………………………………………….. 968-6414

Mullet Wrapper…………………………………………………… 967-3344

Local Radio Stations

Sunny 105.7 FM…………………………………………………………………………………… 967-1057

WHEP 1310 AM & FM Radio Baldwin 943-7131 getting here and around

Because of their central location along the northern Gulf Coast, getting to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is a breeze. Interstates 65 and 10 both take travelers to Alabama Highway 59, Gulf Shores Parkway. Highway 59 and the Foley Beach Express are direct routes to our beachside community.

Driving Distances

DEPARTING CITY                               TIME (HOURS)                                         MILES

Atlanta                                   6.5                                 349

Baton Rouge 4.5                                 246

Biloxi                                     1.25                               109

Birmingham 5                                  274

Charleston                     12                                 627

Charlotte                     11.5                                595

Chattanooga 8                                  420

Chicago                                   18                                1073

Cincinnati                      12                                 746

Cleveland                                15                                 989

Dallas                                     12                                 720

Grand Rapids 20                                 1048

Houston                                 9                                   514

Huntsville                                7                                  377

Indianapolis 13.5                                755

Little Rock                             12                                  621

Louisville                                 11                                 642

Memphis                                 8                                  487

Minneapolis 22                                1435

Montgomery 3.5                                188

Nashville                                 8.5                                467

New Orleans                           3.5                                 190

St. Louis                                13.5                                767

Mileage and driving times are approximate, and depend upon individual routes taken.

Air Transportation

For those coming by air, Jack Edwards Airport in Gulf Shores and Foley Municipal Airport can accommodate corporate planes and offer rental car services. Nearby the Pensacola and Mobile Regional Airports each offers commercial service through several airlines.

Mobile Regional Airport, 251-633-4510 www.mobairport.com

Pensacola Regional Airport, 850-436-5000 www.flypensacola.com

Jack Edwards Airport—Gulf Shores, 251-968-6380 Foley Municipal Airport, 251-943-5214

ground transportation

There are rental car and taxi services available in the area, in addition the Baldwin Rural Area Transportation System (BRATS), 251-972-6817, offers pre-scheduled transportation.

Water Transportaion

Mobile Bay Ferry, 251-861-3000 www.mobilebayferry.com

The Mobile Bay Ferry offers transportation between Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island for a fee during regularly scheduled daylight hours.

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