FORT MORGAN, AL– The Fort Morgan peninsula is a popular beach destination for families wanting to enjoy a “peaceful” vacation. Fewer crowds, less traffic and minimal hassles are a bonus, but those perks come with a price.
While both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores use lifeguards in the spring and summer, Fort Morgan beaches have never been patrolled or guarded.
There are also no warning flags or rip current safety signs at any of the public beach access points.
The Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department is the only emergency response agency on the peninsula, but the department’s resources and authority are limited.
Volunteers try to educate beach visitors about the dangers of rip currents, but aren’t allowed to force people out of the water.