Alabama Gulf Coast Hopes Nate Doesn’t Deter National Shrimp Festival

| October 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm

By Robert DeWitt

Gazing outside his Gulf Shores office Friday, Ed Rodriguez could see little sign that Hurricane Nate was bearing down on the Gulf Coast.

“I’m looking out the window at the bluest of blue skies and it’s hard to believe what’s brewing out there,” said Rodriguez, president of the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber.

The storm, expected to be a Category 1 hurricane when it comes ashore, couldn’t have come at a worse time. It’s due to arrive just as chamber volunteers were scheduled to set up for the 46th Annual National Shrimp Festival and everything is on hold until the storm passes through. The big weekend of food, music and other entertainment kicks off Thursday, Oct. 12, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 15.“Right now, watchful waiting is the name of the game,” Rodriguez said. “Right now, we’re monitoring the storm. We always have to be mindful of the weather. It’s a fact of life here.”

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