Who’s at the Top?

It’s not too late to get involved in the Meyer Real Estate “Focus on the Coast” Photo Contest!

Between October 19 and November 13, nearly 900 photos were submitted. Each person sent us their favorite shots of the Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (AL) or Perdido Key (FL) areas, with the hope that his or hers will be chosen as the winner and therefore receive a 3-night stay in a gulf-front condo this coming spring.

Our committee narrowed the list to 20 finalists. It was quite a task, since there were SO MANY wonderful images. But we made ourselves choose just 20 of the best so that you could enjoy the final stretch. Public voting began on Friday, November 20. Have you voted yet?

We can tell you at this moment that there is one clear leader.  We thought that was the case a couple of days ago, yet today it’s a different photo leading the rankings. At this point, with more than a week remaining to vote, anything could happen and any photo could emerge as the winner. That’s why we encourage you to join in the fun!

It’s simple. Just assign a ranking to EACH of the 20 photos. You don’t even need to choose a favorite – you can give more than one photo a rating of 5 (or any other number).

Tell all your friends and family members about the contest so they, too, can enjoy the photographs and share their rankings. Voting will close at noon on Friday, December 4, so don’t wait too long to cast your opinions into the net. And of course, stay tuned to learn who the winner is!

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Sea Turtle Efforts are Year-Round

It’s November – the season is over. Sea turtle season, that is. The designated dates of May 1 through October 31 allow time for laying the eggs through hatching. But the work to help protect them knows no season.

Sea turtles are an endangered species. The Share the Beach program hopes to change that, with your help.

Sea turtles are an endangered species. The Share the Beach program hopes to change that, with your help.

Share the Beach is a program established to help preserve the last of these ancient reptiles. As an endangered species, they are protected by law. But lack of education can result in curious folks disturbing their nests or inadvertently creating other hazards.

Flashlights, flash photos and lighting from houses and condos confuse the hatchlings as they make their way to the water. Trash and personal items left on the beach overnight act as barricades to the baby turtles’ pathway.

Only a few of the 100 hatchlings in each nest will survive to adulthood. The Share the Beach program hopes to increase sea turtle awareness and therefore make the world a safer place for these delicate 1- to 2-ounce babies to mature.

There are ways you can help. A volunteer program offers interested individuals opportunities to talk to school and civic groups, search for nests and assist hatchlings.

You can also take part in the Adopt-A-Nest program. In exchange for your tax-deductible donation, adopting sponsors receive a certificate, information about sea turtles and their nests, and a report at the end of the nesting season.

For more information, visit the Alabama Sea Turtles website, call 251-540-7720, or e-mail adoptanest@yahoo.com.

Match That, Soccer Fans!

Women's SEC Soccer Championships are in Orange Beach, Alabama, November 4 through 8.

Women's SEC Soccer Championships are in Orange Beach, Alabama, November 4 through 8.

It’s finally here! This weekend, you can cheer on your favorite teams in the SEC Women’s Soccer Championship.

Quarterfinals were played Wednesday at the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The momentum is now building toward Friday’s semi-finals and finally the championship game at 2:00 Sunday, November 8.

The big game for local folks is the match between 6th-seeded Auburn and 2nd-seeded LSU Friday at 5:00. The 7:30 excitement continues with 4th-seeded South Carolina aiming to beat top-seeded Florida.

ESPN2 will be on hand for a live broadcast of the finals Sunday at 2:00. Don’t miss your chance to cheer on either of the teams in what will certainly be a thrilling contest, AND at the same time be seen and heard on television. Tell all your friends, too – everyone involved would love to see the stands packed for this on-air event.

Tickets are sold per day rather than per game, costing just $5 for adults, $2 for grades K–12, and free for ages 4 and under. This is a wonderfully affordable package of entertainment, so bring the whole family for a few days of soccer fun! For ticket information, call 251-981-6039.

For this sports-filled weekend – yes, even last-minute plans! – or for future enjoyment of the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores island area, check out the great specials and Hot Deals on accommodations available through Meyer Real Estate.

What’s a Snowbird?

Escape the cold this winter! Unbundle the snowbird in you and say “ahhh” to the warmer winter temperatures of the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast.

Avoid having your car buried in the snow this winter. Join us on the Gulf Shores island, where the only white stuff on the ground is sand!

Avoid having your car buried in the snow this winter. Join us on the Gulf Shores island, where the only white stuff on the ground is sand!

Snowbird immigration is a common phenomenon here in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fort Morgan (AL) and Perdido Key (FL). Join us for a month or more during the winter and you, too, will be an official snowbird!

We are especially excited to welcome our winter visitors this year by offering amazing specials of up to 50% off some of our monthly beach house and condo rentals.

In addition, when you become a Meyer Real Estate snowbird, you gain access to our exclusive Winter Guest Activities. You can choose to participate in golf and mini-golf tournaments, casino trips, history exploration and much more – the events are free or require just a nominal fee.

This is the year to leave your parka and snow scraper in storage and head to the beach. We will love having you here, and you’ll be glad you made the decision to enjoy a mild winter in our beautiful location.

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