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Press Release

Eleven New Cottages and 10,000-Square-Foot Beach Pavilion Opens at Gulf State Park

August 10, 2006

Cabins - #1 Newberry Drive, Gulf Shores, Ala.
Pavilion - 22250 East Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, Ala.

Gulf Shores, Ala.—The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gulf State Park for the grand opening of 11 new cottages and the 10,000-square-foot beach pavilion. The ribbon-cutting event begins August 10, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. along Lake Shelby and then moves to the beach pavilion.

"Adding new cottages and a beach pavilion makes Gulf State Park an ideal beach destination for families," says Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Commissioner Barnett Lawley. "Now families can enjoy an affordable beach getaway that includes spectacular new lodging, white sand beaches, birding and other outdoor adventures in one place – Gulf State Park."

The 11 new lakeside cottages feature three bedrooms and three baths along the shoreline of Lake Shelby. Prices range from $150 to $209 per night. Each cottage also features a screened porch, charcoal grill and picnic table.

In addition to the new upscale cottages, Gulf State Park also offers 15 rustic lakeside cabins ranging from $83 to $150 per night. Cabin and cottage guests also have full access to two new "Tots Lots" play areas for children, fishing piers and fish cleaning stations.

Guests who prefer a forest surrounding can choose from four additional small cabins located in the wooded areas of Gulf State Park. Prices range from $56 to $100 per night. All cottage and cabin prices vary by season, type of cabin or cottage and length of stay.

Beach Pavilion Open for Visitors at Gulf State Park

The 10,000-square-foot beach pavilion is the site of a second ribbon cutting on August 10, 2006. The pavilion includes half open-air spaces and half enclosed to accommodate a snack bar, restrooms with showers and storage. The open-air portion will provide a 180-degree view of the beach, perfect for watching the sunset or hosting formal ceremonies.

"The pavilion will allow families to host reunions, weddings and birthday celebrations," said Herb Malone, President of the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. "This further shows that the beach is back along Alabama's Gulf Coast."

Beach Party Celebrates Grand Opening of the New Facilities

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will host a celebration in honor of the new beach pavilion and cottages on August 10, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at the pavilion. Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy food, fun and music.

"We are looking forward to hosting the community at the new beach pavilion," said Lawley. "This is the first step in making this a true community gathering spot."

Additional Campsites Now Available at Gulf State Park

Last year, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources reopened more than 100 renovated campsites at Gulf State Park. The renovated campsites have larger, newly paved pads with 50-amp electrical service to accommodate larger, late-model RVs. All sites have water and sewage hookups. Rental rates begin at $23 and go up to $30. More than 500 campsites are now available at the park.

Gulf State Park visitors also enjoy many other amenities within the park including an 18-hole championship golf course, nature trails and birding spots. Lake Shelby, a 900-acre lake, is once again open for boating, fishing and swimming.

Also planned at Gulf State Park is a new 350-room hotel and a convention center to accommodate 2,000 people, as well as the rebuilding of the pier destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes the statewide stewardship and enjoyment of Alabama's natural resources to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy them. The department also advises the state government on management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, waterway safety, state lands, state parks and other natural resources. This includes the administration, management and maintenance of 22 state parks, 23 public fishing lakes, three freshwater fish hatcheries, 34 wildlife management areas, two waterfowl refuges, three nature centers, two wildlife sanctuaries, a mariculture center with 35 ponds and 645,000 acres of trust lands. Other departmental functions include maintenance of a State Land Resource Information Center and administration of the Forever Wild land-acquisition program.