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Orange Beach fronting $10k to help pay for Gov. Ivey's inaugural celebration

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The city of Orange Beach is joining Gulf Shores to help pay for Governor Kay Ivey's inaugural celebration at the Lodge at Gulf State Park on Saturday.

Orange Beach officials approved a resolution on Tuesday to send $10,000 of taxpayer money to Gov. Ivey's inaugural committee.

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council declined to comment on camera. However, they explained at their city council meeting why it's important that the city gets involved.

"No other Governor has ever come to the coast before. This is a first. We put the money there to show our support and to help subsidize the event so it could be open to the public," said Kennon.

Orange Beach officials' resolution had no objections from those in attendance at the meeting.

The city of Gulf Shores has also shelled out $10,000 to put on the event's fireworks show.

"Our roads are state. Our waterways are state and federal. Our beaches are federal," Kennon said,

"So there's not much that we don't do that we don't have to have them on board with. A good reputation and good relationship is absolutely critical."

In 2003, an Alabama State Attorney General's opinion gave cities all across the state the green light to expend public funds for inaugural events.

Some Orange Beach residents believe it's a good move, while others aren't sold.

"Where are you going to get that kind of advertising for ten thousand dollars? I just don't think so. I think its a good investment," said Janet Lewellyn.

"Taxpayer money? No, I don't agree with that. Now, if the tourism bureau wants to pay for it, they can knock themselves out," Dave Johnson said.

According to the Alabama Secretary of State, Governor Ivey's campaign fund had a total of $168, 170 as of December 14th.

Tickets to the inaugural celebration are being sold at $25.

You can also get in free by donating 4 children’s books to the Alabama Literacy Alliance.

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