The best summer camps for your kids

15 May 2015 · Bellator Blogger

summer camps for kids

Are you looking for something fun for your kids to do this summer? If so, the Gulf Coast region has you covered. Here’s a look at just a few of the great summer camp options the region has to offer this summer.

Peninsula’s Junior Camps

The Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club is offering its Peninsula’s Summer Camps this year. Each camp session offers a week of golf and tennis instruction as well as daily swimming and water games. All participants also receive lunch at Peninsula Grill each day.

Camp dates are June 1-5, June 15-19 and July 6-10. All sessions run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday and are open to boys and girls ages 6 through 12. The cost to participate for one week is $225, while two weeks is $400 and three weeks is $550. While loaner clubs and racquets are available on a limited basis, participants are asked to bring clubs, racquets, swim wear and a towel each day.

Youth Summer SCUBA Camp

The Down Under Dive Shop will be offering several SCUBA camps this summer. Sessions will take place June 2-4, June 7-9, July 14-16, July 28-30 and August 10-11. Two sessions will be offered on each of these days, with one being from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and the other being from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Each session will also have a snorkel trip take place on the Wednesday that falls during or immediately after the session, with the trip taking place at 8:00 am. Parents are welcome to attend the snorkel trip at a cost of $35 per parent.

The Youth Summer SCUBA camp costs $275 per participant and takes place at the Orange Beach Aquatic Center. All materials and equipment are provided for participants, including a completion certificate, activity book, log book, Seal Team decal and badge, mask, snorkel, fins, tank, BC and regulator. Participants also have the option to purchase a mask, snorkel and fin package at reduced cost from the Down Under Dive Shop.

Kidcam Summer Camp

Kidcam Summer Camp will be offered from June 1 through July 31 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day at Gulf State Park campground. Activities during the camp include beach excursions, hiking, bird watching, water sports, swimming, fishing, golf, tennis, basketball, beach volleyball, bike riding, geocaching, indoor games and arts & crafts.

The cost of participating in the Kidcam Summer Camp is $50 per day or $135 per week. All participants receive a free t-shirt. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 through 13. Before and after care is also available, as are sibling discounts.

Youth Summer Sail Camp

The Wind and Water Learning Session is offering several Youth Summer Sail Camp sessions. These include a Level 1 Beginner Sail Camp for participants aged 7 through 13, a Level 2 Intermediate Sail Camp for participants aged 7 through 14 and a Level 3 Advanced Sail Camp for participants aged 8 through 14. At Level 1, participants learn water safety, steering, knot tying, capsize recovery, tracking & jibing and proper sail trim. At Level 2, they learn upwind sailing as well as boat handling, while Level 3 participants learn to solo a boat.

Camp sizes are kept small, so spaces are filling up quickly. Each camp costs $120 for Orange Beach property owners or $140 for non-owners.

National Flight Academy

The National Flight Academy is offering several camps throughout the summer for various age groups. The 6-day, 5-night sessions focus on science, technology, engineering and math as participants put their problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork skills to task. The cost for the adventure is $1,250 with scholarships available to help defer the cost.

Daphne, AL Golf Tournament to benefit two charitable causes

24 Apr 2015 · Anna Phillips

Last year, the Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial and Children’s & Women’s Hospital Golf Classic raised over $46,000 for two worthy charitable causes. These generous AL Gulf Coast Golf Tournament donations pushed Bellator’s CEO’s Fallen Heroes Memorial project fund above $200,000 in contributions raised thus far – through car shows, donors, a concert and the annual Golf Classic. Furthermore, the money raised allows the Children’s & Women’s Hospital to continue growing, improving and positively impacting families for years to come.

This year, the golf tournament event is scheduled for April 30th from 11:00 am – 5:30 pm at the TimberCreek Golf Course in Daphne, AL and will feature everything from a live band to golf tournament contests to an outdoor bar and more. All participant and sponsorship costs go towards the Fallen Heroes Memorial fund and the Children’s & Women’s Hospital, with all proceeds being divided equally between the two. In addition to supporting a great cause, there will be tons of entertainment throughout the day, and a prize drawing at the end of the day to win a 3-night stay Turquoise Palace in Orange Beach, valued at $1,800, donated by Spectrum Resorts. The prize winner will be drawn from a jar containing all the winners of the contest games throughout the day.

Additionally, FOUR more lucky winners will each receive a stay at a Gulf Coast condo courtesy of Pointe South Vacation Rentals! Two of the recipients will each receive a 3-night stay, and the other two will each receive a two-night stay.

This event began five years ago and was coined by Nathan Cox, CEO of Bellator Real Estate & Development and the mind behind the Fallen Heroes Memorial, and his wife, Kimberly Cox, a member of the Children’s & Women’s Hospital Development council. The purpose of the event was to combine two great charitable causes into one event, bring the community together and raise money for the causes. The Fallen Heroes Memorial was designed to honor those who have passed in the War on Terror since 9/11, with a special feature on the memorial honoring those with Alabama ties. The Children’s & Women’s Hospital provides a wide range of services to both children and women, and the board members are passionate about making a difference in families and children’s futures.

For those wishing to make a donation or learn more about the Golf Tournament contact Cox at

Fallen Heroes Memorial Dedication set for September 11, 2015

10 Apr 2015 · Bellator Blogger

Since 2007, our very own Nathan Cox, CEO of Bellator Real Estate & Development, has been planning the design and implementation of the Fallen Heroes Memorial, to be dedicated at the USS Alabama Battleship Park on September 11, 2015.

After having served in our Marine Corps and facing numerous losses of friends, Cox knew the War on Terror Memorial was the route to take in order to honor those who have lost their lives. He explained, “[It’s] truly something you never forget. That sums up what service is all about, especially serving in a combat zone.” The memorial will be designed to honor all of Memorial Day Cemetery those who sacrificed their lives in the War on Terror, with one section giving recognition for those specifically with strong ties to Alabama.

The memorial will stand eight feet tall and will be surrounded by six relief plates, with the front plate honoring those with connections to Alabama. The remaining five plates will include a man or woman in dress uniform of each branch of the service. Additionally, there will be two slabs representing the two World Trade Towers, with one detailing September 11th and the other about the War on Terror.

While close to $250,000 has already been raised to put towards this memorial project, Cox estimates that it could reach around $500,000. April 30th will be the 5th Annual Fallen Heroes Memorial Children’s and Women’s Hospital Golf Tournament at TimberCreek Golf Club, to further support fundraising efforts. For those wishing to make a donation or learn more about the Golf Tournament contact Cox at


Fort Gaines Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast event on Dauphin Island

2 Feb 2015 · Virtual Results

Fort Gaines Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast

Fort Gaines will be hosting a special family-style event on Saturday, March 7th. Billed as the “25th Annual Colonies of the Gulf Coast”, the event gives visitors the opportunity to explore life on “Isle Dauphine” as it was during the 1700 through 1800s.

Focusing on the lives of French, British and Spanish soldiers, the Colonies of the Gulf Coast event will feature live actors dressed in period uniforms as they go through drills and fire cannons. During the event, visitors will also have the opportunity to watch an authentic Blacksmith live at work. The event will also host a Pirates show for visitors to enjoy.

Even if you can’t visit Fort Gaines during this special event, it’s still well worth taking a trip to explore the site. Established in 1821, the fort played an integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay during the Civil War. Furthermore, many historians consider it to be one of the best-preserved Civil War era masonry forts in the country. In addition to exploring the fort, you can also explore several other historic buildings – five pre-Civil Ear brick buildings, an operational blacksmith shop, operational kitchens and even a tunnel system that leads to the fortified corner bastions. There are also many artifacts and exhibits on display throughout the grounds – one being an anchor from the USS Hartford, which was commanded by Admiral David Farragut. You might recognize his name as the one who coined the famous phrase “Damn the torpedoes – full speed ahead!” The original cannons used during the Battle of Mobile Bay are also on display.

In addition to exploring the rich history of the area, visiting Fort Gaines will also give you ample opportunity to take in the scenic beauty of the Dauphin Island shoreline. While at the fort, you can look out at panoramic views of Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. There are also public beaches, parks, trails and opportunities for wildlife watching, boating and kayaking.

Unfortunately, this historic structure is at risk. With its location just several feet away from the Gulf of Mexico, the fort has sustained significant damage from hurricanes and tropical storms. It is also threatened by erosion, with ongoing losses of neighboring sand dunes and beach reaching up to 10 feet per year. Due to these threats, the fort was placed on the History Under Siege list compiled by the Civil War Preservation Trust. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has also placed the fort on its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. With the fort under such threat of being lost, anyone interested in seeing the fort should be sure to visit it while it’s still possible.

To get to Fort Gaines, take Route 193 South all the way to Dauphin Island. After arriving on the island, turn left at the Water Tower in order to get on to Bienville Boulevard. The fort is located two miles down the road at the easternmost point on the island. Admission to the annual event is $6 per adult and $4 per child.

It’s a seller’s market: Why NOW is a good time to put your house up for sale

10 Nov 2014 · Bellator Blogger

The real estate market is looking like it’s making a comeback after the previous years of economic recession. Now, the market has shifted to become a seller’s market and it’s an ideal time to sell your house and make a profit. A seller’s market signifies that there is high demand for houses but a low supply of houses up for sale. For example, the number of active listings in Daphne, AL dropped by 2.1% from the previous month. There are usually several buyers trying to purchase a specific property, therefore, the price is driven up. In Daphne, the current median listing price is just over $234,000. Ultimately, this means that buyers will have to spend more in order to purchase the home they want and sellers will receive a great price on their home.

Why is it a seller’s market?

  1. Average home prices are on the rise
  2. Housing inventory is at a premium – meaning your house is one of the few available
  3. Mortgage rates are increasing, but they are still at all-time lows
  4. Houses are spending fewer days on the market 

All of these points lead to now being the perfect time to list your home and Bellator Real Estate & Development is prepared to walk you through all the steps in doing so. We currently have over 90 REALTORS® in six office locations throughout Lower Alabama. From Saraland, AL to Orange Beach, AL, our agents have the means of spreading the word about your listing over a vast area and range of buyers. Besides local office presence, Bellator has a large web presence to share listing information, consisting of virtual tours, personal listing websites, and social media accounts.

The first step when thinking about selling your house is to find out what it’s worth. You can get this step out of the way by generating a Comparative Mother and children outside home for rent Market Analysis (CMA) for your property. A CMA will help you determine how your house will sell against competitors. It will provide you with the best and highest price that you should sell your home at, in comparison with other homes that are currently listed in your area and homes that were recently sold. After doing this, you should reach out to an agent to help with analyzing the information and to get a solid estimate of what your home is worth.

Check back with us next week for our next step in our series of “It’s a seller’s market.”

Mobile, Alabama’s economy is on the rise

24 Oct 2014 · Anna Phillips

Bellator Real Estate & Development is eager to serve you in Mobile! Since 2013, Bellator has been available on the second floor in the Regions Bank building in the heart of West Mobile, prepared to help you make Mobile your home. Our Mobile office location is home Mobile Office to broker, Don Jones, and more than 15 experienced agents who can provide you with residential and commercial real estate services.

The city of Mobile has taken off within the last couple of years and is still rapidly reaching new heights. From numerous charity events and runs, fairs and festivals, new restaurants and businesses, and much more, Mobile is constantly expanding. Downtown Mobile has recently hosted multiple charity runs, including the Down Syndrome Society of Mobile County’s Buddy Walk, the Walk to Stop Diabetes, The Color Run, and many others. Mobile City Everything from BayFest Music Festival, the Greater Gulf State Fair, Greek Fest and Mobile’s International Festival can also be found in Mobile each year, and are only a few of the popular fairs and festivals that the city of Mobile has to offer. The city also recently welcomed Airbus and an Alabama Aviation Training Facility into town, along with many other new businesses. ArtWalks, fresh markets with local vendors, diverse cuisine and a historic scene also adds to the unique and thriving culture of Mobile. Its rich history and being the 12th largest port in the United States are two things the city is widely recognized for.

Along with the commercial and economic growth Mobile is experiencing, the Mobile real estate market has been steadily improving since the economic decline. Homes in the area are averaging $190,000 and productivity and income are on the rise, as stated by the Mobile Chamber of Commerce. In the midst of Mobile’s exciting growth, our agents are readily available to help you find the perfect home for you.