208 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7 Book your next meeting or conference with us and let the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach sales team handle the rest. GSOBmeetings.com 888-421-8715 #GSOBmeetings has a fishing pier and picnic areas. “We’re also home to the largest charter fishing fleet in the Gulf of Mexico,” Handley revealed. “That’s a major economic driver for us and for many of the people who live here.” He added that Orange Beach, a relatively new municipality, is indeed a fishing mecca, founded by fishermen and incorporated in 1984. Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s the easternmost community on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Florida’s Perdido Key borders it to the east, according to the United States Census Bureau. Also according to census data, Orange Beach has a total area of 15.9 square miles, of which 14.7 square miles is land, and 1.2 square miles (not quite eight percent) is water. It’s a community of many attractions, among them the Orange Beach History Museum, exploring pre-Columbian Amerindian life, fishing history and the community’s early days. Operated by the City of Orange Beach, it’s located in a former one-room schoolhouse.