Four Alabama Gulf Coast beaches say they’ve reopened after Hurricane Sally – NOLA.com

Beaches along Alabama's Gulf Coast have reopened more than two weeks after Hurricane Sally struck.

Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Dauphin Island and Baldwin County announced that all beaches are reopening after the Sept. 16 storm damaged homes and businesses and sliced the Gulf State Park pier in half. Beaches are open starting at 6 a.m.

The reopening date for popular beach destinations along the Alabama coastline has been pushed afterHurricane Sally"significantly damaged" th

All is not well, however. AL.com reports that "piles of debris are visible on roadways. In Gulf Shores, the West Beach area remains inundated with debris piled up on sidewalks. Tourist attractions remain mostly closed, and only 60% of beach rental units have reopened. Of the 24 hotels in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, only four are open this weekend. ...

"The only access onto the beaches in Baldwin County is through a private rental agency, if they are open for business. City officials are recommending visitors to contact the condominiums manager to make sure they have reopened and that its safe to visit."

"Now is not the best time to come to the beaches of Gulf Shores, said Grant Brown, recreation and cultural affairs director for the city of Gulf Shores," told AL.com.

Public access points in Orange Beach, Gulf State Park and Gulf Shores remain closed until further notice. The affected access points include Gulf Place, Little Lagoon Pass Park and several others.

The closures are due to safety concerns, the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said. The access points should reopen in mid-October, the department said, but a reopening date for Gulf State Park has not been set and all trails remain closed.

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