Monday, 24 January 2011

The Impact of BP's Oil Spill on Travel to Florida

Florida's west coast and the Panhandle of Florida have seen anywhere from a 15 to 70 percent decline in this year's summer tourism. However, hotel, motel and entertainment spots along Florida's east coast report no oil on their beaches.
While initially tourists seem to be reluctant to travel to any Florida destination, things are improving. The recent July 4th weekend holiday brought huge numbers to Florida's east coast destinations. Thousands enjoyed the beautiful beaches all along the east coast from South Florida to St. Augustine and Jacksonville.
St. Augustine, Florida is a small town that typically experiences massive crowds for the July 4th festivities. This year was no exception. "As usual, we sat back and watched the hoards of cars exiting St. Augustine after the fireworks display", said Charles Williams, local hostel manager. "The town was full of tourists having a great time".
St. Augustine is located at the northeast corner of the state and is situated in an area where the gulf stream is located about 40 miles off shore, as it turns with the curvature of the land, toward the north. While the news reports state the oil spill may eventually go up the east coast of Florida, it appears this curvature may protect St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach from seeing oil on their beach.
The reality is, this oil spill is an environmental disaster of epic proportions. No one knows where it will end or where the oil will end up. For now, the people, hotel, motel, shop owners, and entrepreneurs of St. Augustine, Florida would like everyone to know, their town and their beaches have no oil.
Author, Dee Smith
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