Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek inside one of the stately waterfront homes in Fort Morgan? Well, you are in luck. The Fort Morgan Share the Beach Patrol is hosting a Fort Morgan House Tour …
Have you ever wanted to sneak a peek inside one of the stately waterfront homes in Fort Morgan? Well, you are in luck. The Fort Morgan Share the Beach Patrol is hosting a Fort Morgan House Tour fundraiser Feb. 4.
The Fort Morgan Home Tour is a self-guided tour of six Fort Morgan homes. Guest will tour three beachside homes, one lagoon front, one bay front and a home within one of Fort Morgan's neighborhoods.
"The home on the flyer, Skywalk, is the last home before you get to the refuge area," said Debbie Harbin, Fort Morgan Share the Beach team leader. "John Anderson the country singer filmed a music video there and a television program did its final episode there. The owners of the home travel the world and have decorated it so beautifully."
Harbin said all the homes offer views that most have never had an opportunity to see.
"We picked February for the tour because the Snowbirds are in town and they are always looking for something fun to do," Harbin said. "A lot of people have never been to Fort Morgan even though they have been to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. It is a way to get our beautiful community out there to the public."
Proceeds from the Fort Morgan Home Tour directly benefit the Fort Morgan Share the Beach team to aid in the purchase of a new utility task vehicle (UTV). The Fort Morgan team covers nine miles of beaches every morning from May 1 through the end of August looking for sea turtle nests. Then, they are out nest sitting until the end of September.
Since 2011, the Fort Morgan Share the Beach team has put over 23,000 baby sea turtles into the water.
The UTV is vital to the team's work. Not only does it help them cover more ground but also carries all the equipment that is needed.
"We have a lot of equipment to carry. We have stakes, predator screen, a nest kit and a lot of other stuff. The UTV makes it a lot easier to do that," Harbin said. "The UTV we have had for the last two years we pray every time we make it off the beach. We had people that wanted to stop and talk and the last part of the season, but the brakes weren't working right so we would tell people to walk alongside us. A new UTV is desperately needed."
The Fort Morgan Share the Beach team has set a fundraising goal of $18,000, which will almost cover the cost of a new UTV. If you would like to help them reach their goal but cannot attend the event, donations can be made by visiting the Alabama Coastal Foundation website. Please make note that the donation is for Fort Morgan Share the Beach.
The Fort Morgan Home Tour is Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets for the Fort Morgan Home Tour can be purchased by visiting Eventbrite.com and searching for the name of the event. Advance purchase tickets are $25. Tickets will be available on the day of the event for $35. The tour begins at Kirksey Kabana, 17332 Michigan Drive, Gulf Shores.