Business View Civil Municipal - July 2023

209 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 4, ISSUE 7 “It has operated as a museum since 1995,” Handley said, “and it’s been a real attractor for us, especially since it was Orange Beach’s first-ever schoolhouse, dating back to 1910.” To the west, the Wharf is a shopping area with a 10,000-seat amphitheatre. “This is a 350-acre mixed-used development of both commercial and marina space,” said Handley, “the perfect complement to our vacation destination. We’re able to bring in many concerts of all different music types over the summer that draw tourists and residents alike. They get to see some great acts.” Nearby is the Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trail, winding through Gulf State Park from Orange Beach to Gulf Shores, covering nearly 30 miles. Connecting the two cities, it was recently voted America’s number-one recreational trail. Orange Beach is certainly very popular. In ORANGE BEACH, ALABAMA