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Alabama - Masks Required (7/15/20)

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her fourteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Mask Order FAQ's
1. When do I have to wear a mask?
You have to wear a mask when you are in public and in close contact with other people. Specifically, the order says to wear a mask when you are within six feet of a person from another household
in any of the following places: (a) an indoor space open to the public; (b) a vehicle operated by a transportation service; and (c) an outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered.

2. Do young children have to wear a mask? What about people who are exercising? In other words, are there any exceptions to the mask-wearing requirement?
There are five categories of exceptions. The largest category, exceptions for “practical necessity,” covers people or situations where mask use is incompatible with the realities of life—for example,
children six or younger, people with certain medical conditions or disabilities, eating and drinking,
medical and dental procedures, and so on. There are also categories of exceptions for exercise, for communicating with an audience, and for certain essential job functions. An additional category carves out narrow exceptions for protected activities like voting and religious worship—but even then, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged.

3. What kind of face mask is required?
The requirement allows all kinds of masks to be used—whether store-bought, homemade, or improvised from household items like scarves, bandanas, or t-shirts. The key is for the mask to cover your nostrils and mouth. For instructions on how to make your own mask, see the CDC’s
How to Make Cloth Face Coverings

4. I live in a city or county that already has a local mask order. Am I supposed to follow my local order or this new statewide order?
Follow this new statewide order. While this order is in effect, it will replace all local mask rules to provide a uniform, statewide rule.

5. I am a business owner. What does this order mean for my business?
The order requires businesses to take reasonable steps, where practicable, to encourage mask use by employees and customers. One example of a reasonable step might be to post signs encouraging customers and patrons to wear a mask. Although a business is not required to deny
entry to people who are mask-less, they always retain the right to do so—and doing so would certainly be a reasonable step to encourage mask use.

6. How long will the new mask requirement be in effect?
The new mask requirement goes into effect Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. It is currently set to expire on July 31, 2020.

City of Mobile Requires Mask Use in Public (7/1/20)

The city of Mobile has passed an ordinance requiring the use of face coverings in public spaces within the Mobile city limits through the month of July. Please note that when visiting Mobile area stores and attractions face coverings are required. Children aged ten and under are exempt.

Beaches Remain OPEN (6/30/20)

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced the Safer At Home order that was set to expire on Friday has been extended through 5 p.m. on July 31. ALABAMA BEACHES REMAIN OPEN.
Click here to read the quick information overview of the extended order

Click here to read the full document

Dauphin Island Sea Lab Open (6/3/20)

The Dauphin Island Estuarium re-opened on June 2, 2020. Many safety precautions are in place to protect aquarium visitors. Guests over 2 years of age are required to wear face coverings, temperatures are taken at the door, a one direction path has been established to tour the facility and interactive touch exhibits have been closed. In addition timed tickets are being sold to help limit occupancy numbers inside the facility, tickets can be purchased online HERE

Beaches Re-Open April 30 at 5pm (4/28/20)

Dauphin Island beaches will re-open for use on Thursday April 30 at 5pm. Guests are required to observe social distancing guidelines while enjoying the beaches.
Guests are advised to view the full Order of the State Health Officer HERE. To learn more about Alabama's new Safer at Home Order click HERE and click HERE for Answers to questions about Alabama Beaches

Beaches –
- Is the beach open for use? Yes. The new Public Health Order goes into effect April 30th at 5pm and the beaches will be open to enjoy swimming, sunning and fishing while keeping at least a six-foot distance between you and persons from a different household.
- Am I required to maintain six feet of separation from my family members while we are on the beach? No, the six feet rule does not apply to members of the same household. However, please be aware that even members of the same household are not allowed to gather on the beach in groups of 10 or more. If your family group shares a household but has more than 10 members and all family members are on the beach at the same time, you should separate into smaller family groupings with at least six feet of distance between groups. This will allow your group to enjoy themselves at the beach while also allowing local authorities and community members to see that social distancing guidelines are being followed.
- Can I use my beach chair and umbrella on the beach? Yes. Beach chairs, umbrellas, etc are allowed as long chairs are at least six feet away from persons from a different household.

What about Charter fishing? Charter boats are treated like any other business and must avoid gatherings of 10 or more clients and keep clients six feet apart. They must also disinfect frequently used items and surfaces. Contact Charter companies directly for information specific to their policies and availability.

Restaurants – Restaurants are allowed to offer food for take out or delivery while maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons. Guests should contact establishments directly for operating hours and information.

Retail Stores – Retail stores are limited to no more than 50 percent of their normal occupancy. Patrons should maintain six feet distance from one another and follow posted directions and guidelines.

Guests are encouraged to contact our office at 877-861-3992 for assistance. Due to a high volume of calls, if your call is routed to voicemail, please be sure to leave a message with your name, phone number and a brief description of how we may assist you so that we may address your needs as quickly as possible.

Happy Easter (4/11/20)

Many of you had to change your plans to spend Easter with us on the Island this year. To brighten your day we'd like to share a bit of the Island with you. We look forward to having you back on our sandy shores soon!

We can't enjoy Easter Sunrise Service at Fort Gaines this year but you can still enjoy a virtual Dauphin Island Easter Service:
• Dauphin Island Baptist Church will live stream Easter Service, April 12 at 11am
• To visit with Dauphin Island Methodist just click to view most recent service Sunday services are at 8:30am and 5pm.

Looking for new recipes to try? Check out these Island favorites:
Cook Jamaican Jerk Chicken Stew with “Aunt T” at Dinner’s Ready on Dauphin Island and you can also check out her delicious twice baked potatoes
• Plan ahead for your next trip to Skinner’s Seafood and check out their recipes for West Indies Salad, Shrimp Dip and Shrimp Creole

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Island Online Activites to Enjoy Until You Return (4/4/20)

We know how much you miss beautiful Dauphin Island and wish that you were here. We look forward to your return and wanted to share some Island fun with you. Here are some links to Island activities and attractions to explore online while you're entertaining the kids at home -
1. Visit YouTube to watch the Dauphin Island Estuarium Boardwalk Talks
2. Check out the Estuariums Aquarium Live Feed
3. Download a free coloring book from the Estuarium.
4. Take an iTour of Historic Fort Gaines

Alabama Stay at Home Order Issued (4/3/20)

Alabama Gov Ivey issues a state-wide stay at home order effective beginning April 4 at 5pm. The order is in effect through April 30, 2020 and the order does extend the beach closure for our area until that time. click here to view the order

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Boardwalk Realty Office Hours (4/2/20)

For staff and customer safety we have decreased in person office hours from 10am-2pm. Staff working remotely is also monitoring email and voicemail. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions at inforequest@boardwalk-realty.com and toll free at 877-861-3992. If you need to come to our office, please honk and we'll come out to assist you.

Summer Rentals Cancellation Policy Relaxed (03/19/20)

To assist our guests during this difficult time, we have relaxed our summer season cancellation policy and reduced the time frame from 60 days prior to arrival to 30 days. In addition payments previously due 60 days prior to arrival have been shifted to being due 30 days prior to arrival. Please contact our office with any questions 877-861-3992.

Beach Closure Extended through April 30 (03/27/20)

The beach closure order put in place by Alabama's Governor has been extended through April 17, 2020. The order is being enforced and includes the sandy areas south from the homes/condos to the Gulf of Mexico. **Please note the Statewide Stay at Home Order put in place on 4/4/20 extends the beach closure through April 30.

Notice for Guests Arriving 3/19/20 thru 4/5/20 (3/19/20)

The enjoyment, safety and health of our guests is the first priority of Boardwalk Realty and our rental home Property Owners. Due to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey's most recent statewide health order to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, and the closing of Dauphin Island beaches, reservations of arriving guests through April 5 should contact our office to discuss your specific reservation details and options.

Guests arriving after April 5 are encouraged to please hang in there with us as we all practice social distancing to flatten the curve of this outbreak. We join you in looking forward to stabilizing conditions and seeing you once again able to enjoy the beachfront and swim as play as normal. For guests with summer season reservations we have also relaxed the Summer cancellation timeframe from 60 days to 30 days. Please contact our office with any questions toll free 877-861-3992 or by email at inforequest@boardwalk-realty.com.

Alabama Beaches Closed thru April 5th (3/19/20)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday issued a statewide health order to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

Statewide through April 5:

All beaches will be closed effective Thursday at 5 p.m. For clarification, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.

Restaurants Take Out Only (3/18.20)

Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II has issued orders suspending certain public gatherings because of the risk of infection by the novel coronavirus COVID-19. This order is effective today at 5 p.m.
“In order to prevent what is happening in Birmingham, we are issuing these orders,” said Dr. Eichold, in reference to Jefferson County having almost two dozen positive test results. “We have no confirmed cases in Mobile County, so we want to make every effort to protect our residents. We want to work against this very aggressive virus from being established in our county.”
Dr. Eichold says any restaurant, bar, brewery or Priority Category 3 food service establishment shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink for one week. This order shall be revaluated prior to the end of one week for possible modification.

This order further states:
a)Such establishments may continue to offer food for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols including maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons are followed.
b)Such establishments are strongly encouraged to offer online ordering and curbside pick-up of food.

Beaches Open, Public Beach Parking Closed (3/17/20)

Please note that the below notice posted by Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier on his Facebook page this evening refers to the public beach access parking areas only and not the beach itself. Dauphin Island beaches remain OPEN and rental guests and property owners can still enjoy them.

NOTICE: The Dauphin Island town council voted unanimously tonight to close (for 14 days) the public beach access parking areas in an effort to promote public health and safety and comply with recent CDC recommendations. This includes the East End (near Fort Gaines), Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Isle Dauphine Complex (businesses at this location remain open), Public Beach (next to DI School), Four (4) side streets south of Bienville Blvd. including Raphael Semmes, St. Stephens, Sam Houston and Sehoy Streets and West End Beach. We want to acknowledge and thank the DI Park & Beach Board and DI Property Owners' Association for their support in making this possible on such short notice. The beach itself is NOT closed. We recognize this action will create inconveniences for many and for that we apologize in advance. However, the town of Dauphin Island is taking numerous measures to supplement and compliment those being handed down by the CDC and State of Alabama in hopes that our collective actions will bring a quick end to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak. Conditions will be reevaluated prior to April 1 to determine whether the closures should be lifted or remain in place. Thank you for your cooperation.

Coronavirus Guest Notice (3/16/20)

Thank you for your continued love of Dauphin Island, we at Boardwalk Realty appreciate your business and your support of our local community.

As always, the safety of our guests is our top priority and we are taking this new challenge very seriously. Among other new procedures designed to protect our guests, staff and property owners, we have added a hospital grade germicide/disinfectant to the cleaning chemicals already used in the cleaning of your homes. We have educated our cleaning contractors on the new products proper use and the CDC’s recommendations for cleaning. Disinfection of our office’s public spaces is being done several times a day. Cleaning contractors and office staff have also been educated on CDC guidelines for personal protection and prevention procedures and we will continue to evaluate our practices moving forward.

Arriving Guests:

While on vacation please remember to engage in frequent handwashing, support local efforts to exercise social distance and stay informed on Coronavirus developments by visiting CDC.gov and alabamapublichealth.gov.

In an effort to support social distance and limit your close contact with other guests and office staff we are implementing the following changes in the arrival and departure system:
• Arriving Guests will be offered drive up check-in service beginning March 17, 2020. To complete your arrival process and receive your information simply pull into our office parking area and honk your horn. The first available staff member will bring your arrival envelope out to you.
• In some cases, depending on staff availability, your arrival envelope may be left for you in the secure lock box mounted to our office deck. The lock box code is located in your rental confirmation. A sign reading either Honk! or Arrivals will be placed on the lockbox and is visible from the parking lot. Your arrival envelope contains a yellow information sheet. Please read it -it contains important information to assist you during your trip like Wi-Fi info, after hours emergency number, trash service dates and more.

During your stay, if you need assistance or have any questions during office hours please call our office at 1-877-861-3992 or text or email the contacts noted on your arrival envelope. If you have mail deliveries or other items that you would like to pick up from our office, just knock on our door and we will bring your items to you. This will help us keep the number of persons present inside the office at any given time no higher than 10.

Enhanced cleaning/sanitization procedures are more time consuming and we ask guests assist in the following ways:
• Departing guests are encouraged to depart by 9am and arriving guests are encouraged to arrive after 3:30pm. We will begin implementing new arrival and departure times on March 19th to allow more time for sanitization.

Grocery and supply availability, all items you may wish to purchase at area stores cannot be guaranteed to be in stock. The Mobile County area is seeing some of the same shortages you are likely seeing in your home area. If there are items of significance that cannot be substituted with what is available locally, we recommend bringing those items with you. Here are some suggestions for shopping:
- The wonderful ladies at Dauphin Island Hospitality may be able to assist you with grocery orders. Visit them online at dihospitality.com or call 251-861-1052.
- Depending on demand and availability of pick-up time slots you may be able to use WalMart’s Order online in advance from a Mobile area Walmart. Walmart Super Center is located at 5245 Rangeline Service Rd S., Mobile AL 36619 and Walmart neighborhood market is located a bit farther off the interstate at 7320 Theodore Dawes Rd, Theodore, AL 36582
- Closer to the Island and depending on your route (HWY 193 S) Greer’s Old Bay Market is located at 10835 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Theodore AL 36582 or for (HWY 188) visit Greers CashSaver at 13298 Wintzell Ave, Bayou La Batre, AL 36509.
- The are also several Dollar stores you will pass once off the Interstate and Ship & Shore Supply is located here on the Island at 401 Lemoyne Dr, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, phone 251-861-2262.

As this Pandemic affects our nation please know that we will be doing our best to provide you with a relaxing Dauphin Island getaway. As this is an evolving situation, however, we trust you to understand that some circumstances may be out of our control as we too may be affected by temporary supply shortages, possible repair delays due to service provider availability and other issues that may arise. Please be assured that our goal is to continue to provide you with the friendly, professional service you expect.

For Guests with special circumstances or difficulties: We are working with our rental property owners to assist you with your specific travel issues, limitations and questions. Please contact our office at 877-861-3992 with inquiries regarding new reservations, cancellations and requests to move Spring reservations to a later date in the same property. Many of our wonderful rental property owners are reducing the summer cancellation deadline for their specific properties from 60 days to 30 days prior to arrival to allow you more time to hopefully see conditions stabilize or improve rather than feeling pressured to make a potentially premature decision to cancel now. We look forward to assisting you and hope to see you soon!

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