There were very small amounts of tar balls and oil on the beach here this week. Maybe credit is due the cleanup crews which have been sifting the sand both with large machines and by hand. Could it be that there hasn't been very much oil impact on the beaches here at all?
The sad part of it is that the greatest impact here seems to be economic here in Gulf Shores, Alabama. This is a demonstration of the power of the media to falsely influence behavior in our people. The beach has not been crowded at all - the opposite, nearly baron.
Yesterday the beach flags were changed from red to yellow. I heard reports that the Health Department upgraded the swim advisory. They must have seen the same thing I saw.
We took some great pictures this week but cannot upload other than by cell phone. I plan to post after we get back home to our beloved high speed Internet.
The bottom line is this: if you ever wanted to vacation to the beach, now is your best opportunity. Not only will you find clean safe sand, but you will bring some needed and appreciated cash down here.
PS. Now it's time to go back to KnoxVegas. See ya.
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