South Baldwin Economy Booming

South Baldwin Economy Booming

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

When Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico so did a lot of plans for south Baldwin county.

"I ran for mayor for four years wanting to do something positive and all we did was fight BP which wasn't positive." Three years later, Gulf Shores mayor Robert Craft is glad to put the tough years behind him. "I believe we really have the potential to do this and I'm excited about being part of it."

Temporary offices are going up on the site where Blue Collar Country could be built in Foley. Survey crews have finished preliminary work in Gulf Shores for a makeover of the intracoastal waterway and then there's the governors plan to rebuild the state park convention center and hotel. "It's hard to believe that everything is coming together all at once like that," says Craft.

"There is know reason not to believe that we are going to have a regional if not a national presence here." Rick Miller, along with about a dozen other civic leaders, comprise the Coastal Resiliency Coalition. Blue Collar Country, Waterway Village and the hotel and convention center are just part of the results.

"I think what we're seeing now is the fruits of the last two or three years of a lot of great people working to put this community in a way that is going to have giant impacts in the next ten years," says Miller.

With every project new people are introduced to Alabama's gulf coast. "That begins to rebuild another generation of visitors and potential residents and business owners in our community," says Craft.

Securing the potential for continued growth in this little piece of paradise.

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