Resident Advantages

Hurricane Re-Entry Decals

Hurricane Re-Entry Decals provide residents free parking, in otherwise pay to park spaces. 


Residents receive discounted rates on recreation memberships and facility rentals.

Public Safety

Due to the increased population during peak tourist season, our public safety services have more man power than would typically serve our year-round population. 

Gulf Shores Fire Rescue ISO Class 1 Rating: This is the highest rating from ISO, whose primary goal is to rate fire prevention within a city. Less than 1 percent of communities throughout the United States and only a handful throughout the state of Alabama have achieved this top rating. The City of Gulf Shores is the only #1 rated community south of Montgomery, Alabama.

Environmental Awareness Programs

  • GreenUp Gulf Shores
  • Leave Only Footprints
  • Turtle Tracks
  • Coastal Cleanup
  • Operation: "Dive Against Debris"
  • E-Cycling Day
  • Arbor Day

State of the Art Sports Facilities 

The City, in partnership with the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Sports Commission, hosts numerous sporting events annually. Due to these prestigious events, parks and fields of the collegiate caliber are available for youth sports programs. 

Special Events

The City hosts an array of annual special events, including: 
  • Small Town, Big Beach Entertainment Series
  • Mardi Gras Parade
  • Music at Meyer Park
  • Zydeco & Crawfish Festival
  • Breakfast with the Bunny
  • S'mores on the Shore
  • Fourth of July Fireworks
  • Back to School Beach Bash
  • National Night Out
  • Coastal Cleanup
  • Lighted Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration
  • Baldwin Pops Christmas Concert
  • Breakfast with Santa

Winter Guests

The influx of winter guests who have retired, with expertise in their careers, spend time contributing to the enhancement of life in the community via various volunteer efforts, including fundraising events that support our firefighters.