The spill began almost two months ago, since more than two hundred thousand liters of crude oil were released daily into the Gulf of Mexico. The first signs were ominous, miserable: dead sea turtles washing up on the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama. There must have been something out there. Something bad. Shortly thereafter, the hideous culprit made himself aware that gelatinous ooze leaves had infiltrated coastal wetlands in southern Louisiana. The Mobile Gulf and Mississippi Gulf Coasts are the first trace of oil next week. In recent days, crude balls have begun to flush ashore in the Barrier Islands near Pensacola Florida.
But there is so much more. And that doesn't exactly stay.
Ocean currents bring silt mostly north, saving much of Florida's west coast. For now. But for northwest Florida – called the Emerald Coast & # 39; for its beautiful green waters – a close encounter with raw water is inevitable. No one can say for sure how bad it will be, but it's coming – it's already. And the thousands of summer tourists who usually land on Destin, Fort Walton, Pensacola and Annapolis beaches have already changed plans. After all, Florida is a big state.
Ever since the spill occurred, greater Orlando has seen an increase in hotel and holiday home activity, more than is common in the early summer season. Similar increases have been reported on Florida's east coast, Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral. In an April 6 report by Clark Fouraker of ABC News, Sara Moore of Orlando's All-Star Holiday Homes made the following comment: "I wouldn't say it's off the chart, but we started receiving inquiries. Orlando. This summer is relative to last year. "
So what does that mean? your Vacation in Florida? That could mean a few things, including greasy beaches, but almost certainly lower costs.
The Emerald Coast has yet to see heavy oil on their shores. Depending on the current and the rate of catastrophe uptake, the area can escape relatively intact. Or it could turn into La Brea tar pits in a few weeks. In any case, with millions of tourism dollars hanging in the balance, you are likely to find great deals if you take a risk on the beach. On the other hand, the influx of beach shoppers into the Orlando market only increases the stakes in an already competitive market; You are sure to find great deals on holiday home rentals.
Of course it's the sea turtles and pelicans who really needs a break. Millions are making efforts to clean up, but the tribute to the wild is already apparent. Sea turtles, blondes and many other species already fighting human attack are facing difficult times of disaster. But it could be worse. The 1979 Ixtoc spill emitted far greater amounts of oil into the waters of Mexico. Even then, the Gulf’s resilient ecosystem survived and recovered. And just like the Gulf economy, Florida is also adjusting to the economy, causing the catastrophe to the best of its ability. Lastly, hopefully it’s a survival story, both ecologically and economically.