Possible Solution for Beach Traffic Woes

Possible Solution for Beach Traffic Woes

Posted: Updated:
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

"There were a lot of people down here and a lot of frustration," state Governor Robert Bentley.

That frustration led Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon to call for help from folks sitting in traffic over the fourth of July holiday.

"I want to choose someone to represent the Governors office who will take care of those complaints."

The governor says he's looking for a special personality to fill the position. Someone who never gets upset and can handle complaints with dignity. He has the perfect candidate in mind and holds up a sign stating "Complaints, Call Tony Kennon" and gives his phone number.

A little tongue in cheek humor to address a serious issue.

"We do need another bridge other than the toll bridge and there is maybe a public-private partnership that we're looking at to do that," says the Governor. 

The public-private partnership the Governor is talking about is the Wolf Bay Bridge project. Something folks in Orange Beach have been talking about for years. Another north-south route on and off the island.

"This is not an Orange Beach, Gulf Shores problem. This is Alabama's problem because this is Alabama's beaches and there are so many people that come here and this is there first impression of who we are," says Kennon.

The governor says the bridge could happen in the next two to three years. "We feel sure that at some point it's going to take place," says Bentley.

"Sounds to me like he is engaged," says Kennon. "Sounds like they know what the issues are and that he's experienced them."

A positive sign for a growing problem.

Mayor Kennon says part of his job is to make sure he gets the attention of the Governor and this time it apparently worked.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Job Fair in Mobile May 1

    Job Fair in Mobile May 1

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:59:14 GMT
    There will be approximately 100 businesses and organizations at the event to discuss job opportunities and receive resumes.
    There will be approximately 100 businesses and organizations at the event to discuss job opportunities and receive resumes.
  • The Manatees Have Returned!

    The Manatees Have Returned!

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-04-24 19:20:20 GMT
    The Dauphin Island Sea Lab'sManatee Sighting Network is asking the public to be on the lookout for manatees.Researchers say several have already been sighted In Dog River, Mobile Bay, Gulf Shores and Destin.Since 2007, the Sighting Network has documented more than 1,500 manatee sightings from the Florida panhandle to the Mississippi coast.They're asking for the public's help to continue their research.The following is some tips on how to safely monitor manatees provided by the Dauphin Island ...
    The Dauphin Island Sea Lab'sManatee Sighting Network is asking the public to be on the lookout for manatees.Researchers say several have already been sighted In Dog River, Mobile Bay, Gulf Shores and Destin.Since 2007, the Sighting Network has documented more than 1,500 manatee sightings from the Florida panhandle to the Mississippi coast.They're asking for the public's help to continue their research.The following is some tips on how to safely monitor manatees provided by the Dauphin Island ...
  • Murder Suspect Found Reading The Bible

    Murder Suspect Found Reading The Bible

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:41:01 GMT
    Prosecutors in Mobile County say a man accused of killing his mother was reading the Bible when officers arrived at the crime scene.
    Prosecutors in Mobile County say a man accused of killing his mother was reading the Bible when officers arrived at the crime scene.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.