Goodbye Karen; Hello Shrimp Festival

Goodbye Karen; Hello Shrimp Festival

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

The water's of the Gulf of Mexico look more like what we're used too...

"To see it yesterday with the waves," says Charlie Pfizenmayer visiting from Ohio, "it looked like the Jersey shore where I grew up."

"I thought it was cool," adds Linda Uldrich from near Nashville. "It felt like you were on the pacific instead of the gulf."

A north wind helped lay down the waves that had caused so much trouble for lifeguards like Scott Smothers. "We did have some issues with people wanting to enter the water. We did have to write some citations because they would not heed our warnings."

Even the seabirds seemed to be celebrating better weather but all the action is not right here along the waters edge. A lot of activity is going on at Gulf Place. The shrimp festival is coming this week and they're getting ready for it now.

"We are very excited about this year,"says this years chairman Matt Mogan. "The weather is perfect, we couldn't ask for anything more."

Work on this year's festival will continue for the next three days leading up to the start of the festival on Thursday.

"We start setting up our vendor tents, our retail tents, concession tents. It takes us three or four days of design and construction to be ready to start accepting the vendors and then the visitors behind that," says Mogan.

The beaches and the gulf are filling up again with folks more interested in feeding the birds and soaking up the sun rather than admiring the size of the waves and running from the rain.

Red flag conditions are expected to fully subside by Tuesday morning when yellow flags will once again fly along all Baldwin county beaches.

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