Mobile Bay’s Top 10 Stories of 2023

According to the analytics, these are the stories Mobile Bay readers couldn't get enough of this year.

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Ponder and Saban lead the team out of the tunnel at the 2021 game against Mercer. // Photos courtesy University of Alabama Athletics

1. “Gran’s Seafood Gumbo,” December 2023
For one local historian, memories of gumbo and his grandmother are forever intertwined. Text by John Sledge

2. “Fairhope Pier Landview,” June 2023
Step back into a 1927 summer on the Fairhope Pier. Text by Amelia Rose Zimlich

3. “Restaurant Review: Coach Brown’s BBQ,” August 2023
Coach Brown’s BBQ is changing the game in West Mobile. Text by Amelia Rose Zimlich

4. Utopia by the Sea: Mobile Bay’s Pilot Town,” June 2023
From the early 1800s until the 1906 hurricane, an idyllic village of bar pilots and their families flourished on Fort Morgan peninsula. Text by John Sledge

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5. “Wonder Kids 2023,” August 2023
You’re on your own, kid! Standouts and superstars, these 12 exceptional Bay-area kids reach for the sky while making our local area proud. Text by Amelia Rose Zimlich

6. “Gulf Shore’s Ancient Canoe Canal,” July 2023
A rediscovered Native American canoe canal sheds light on the history of ancient inhabitants in the local area. Text by Greg Waselkov

7. “A Drive Down Fort Morgan Road,” July 2023
The sandy peninsula in Baldwin County boasts hidden treasures that will surprise even seasoned beach-goers. Text by Amelia Rose Zimlich

8. “The Top of His Game,” October 2023
Fairhope native Ellis Ponder is Alabama Football’s chief operating officer, and Nick Saban’s right-hand man. Text by Becky Hopf

9. “Digging Deep,”  June 2023
The I-10 Mobile River Bridge Project is uncovering historical artifacts around the Bay Area, including the remnants of the Down the Bay neighborhood. Text by Catherine Dorrough

10. “No Place Like Mary’s Place,” July 2023
Mary Sullivan’s desire for a beach house resulted in an annual celebration and a place where she will always be remembered. Text by Amelia Rose Zimlich

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