The city of Gulf Shores is urging residents who haven’t already picked up their hurricane decals to do so now. The vehicle window decal is the only way residents will be let back into town after an evacuation. Since putting the word out through social media, the city has seen a steady influx of residents looking for their stickers.
Alice and Chris McCormick moved to Gulf Shores less than a week ago and wasted no time picking up their hurricane decal. While the city has been reaching out to its residents, that’s not how the McCormicks found out about it.
“If you want to find out anything, you go to the nail salon. They will tell you everything,” Alice McCormick said. “They told me that I needed to go get the sticker.”
The McCormicks were just two of many residents who came in on Wednesday, September 06, 2017. The stickers can only be picked up in person at City Hall. Each household gets two decals for free and additional ones can be purchased for $5.00 each. Apply the sticker on the driver’s side, lower windshield and you’re good to go.
“It wasn’t something I was planning on doing. I just grabbed my lease, came in and was in and out in five minutes. Even he didn’t fuss much which is good so, they had minimal questions,” said Eric Goodbar who was there with his young son.
“She’s a big one so she did make me worry I guess,” Gulf Shores resident, Nicole Swann said about Hurricane Irma.
The city is divided into several hurricane districts and the stickers are numbered accordingly. If you live on Fort Morgan, outside of Gulf Shores’ city limits, you must still pick up your re-entry sticker at City Hall in person. For non-residents who work or have business in Gulf Shores and need to get back in after an evacuation, there is a different protocol.
“The answer to them is check with your managers and check with your business owners because there’s not only a resident system, there’s also a business owner and a business placard system. There’s also a utility placard system,” explained Grant Brown with the city of Gulf Shores.
For property owners who live outside the area that can’t pick up their stickers ahead of time, they will be made available at checkpoints coming in. The other good reason to keep the stickers on your car year-round is that it gives you free parking at all the public beaches in the city throughout the year.
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