As oil comes ashore, Baldwin County b...

As oil comes ashore, Baldwin County beaches start to empty

There are 23 comments on the The Birmingham News story from Jun 11, 2010, titled As oil comes ashore, Baldwin County beaches start to empty. In it, The Birmingham News reports that:

Less than a week after the first globs of oil smudged south Baldwin County's shores, the damage to the local tourism trade is glaring.

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Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#1 Jun 11, 2010
This is a good lesson for all of those who voted for the 1% increase in the Baldwin County Sales Tax. As bad as things are (and were) at the time this increase was enacted, things are much worse not. I argued at the time that this increased sales tax would disproportunately rest on the backs of locals who would have to pay the increase everyday of the year while the tourists would only have to pay it for a weekend, a week or maybe even 2-weeks. Now, it is apparent that the tourists, who are not coming to Baldwin County don't have to pay the increased sales tax at all but all of the locals will be paying it everyday for at least the next 3-years. I hope the voters think twice the next time a referendum is presnted for an increase in any tax before voting "yes".
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#2 Jun 11, 2010
It's time for Baldwin County Government to hold an emergency session right now to determine how they are going to deal with the inevitable loss of revenue because of the oil spill. There needs to be immediate cuts in programs and personnel. Even if BP eventually makes Baldwin County whole for its losses, it may take years to recoup. I don't want to hear that Baldwin County is conducting business as usual and then come to the taxpayers for more money when they should be cutting expenses right now to avoid more problems later.
straighttalker

Montgomery, AL

#3 Jun 11, 2010
Sir or Ma'am, I think the gulf coast has and is going to have bigger problems than a 1% tax increase they or the tourists are or are not going to be paying. I dont live in Baldwin County but I know that if the entire economy and ecosystem where I live were collapsing around me, the last thing I would be worrying about is whether my groceries cost $110 instead of $109.
guest8453

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Jun 11, 2010
very well said, its time people came together to aid and assist the people of the coasts. No bickering about money, that won't do any good.
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#5 Jun 11, 2010
It's nice to hear that someone from Montgomery, Alabama and someone from Saint Louis, Missouri does care about our tax structure. I'm of the same mind-bent. I don't care about how much your taxes are either because I don't have to pay your taxes.
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#6 Jun 12, 2010
"I dont live in Baldwin County but I know that if the entire economy and ecosystem where I live were collapsing around me, the last thing I would be worrying about is whether my groceries cost $110 instead of $109."

You would be correct if we only bought groceries one time and they cost $1 more now then they did last week due to the 1% sales tax increase in Baldwin County. Unfortunately, we buy groceries every week and we buy clothes, get our car repaired, eat out at restaurants, shop for lots of necessities at WalMart and elsewhere and do these things on a continual basis. So it's not just $1 more for a one-time only purchase of $100, it's hundreds of extra dollars every year for the next 3-years at least. And, the stupidity of having to pay this extra tax is to fund a defunct Board of Education that would not and will not control their expenses because they have been spoiled over the years of always getting more money from the taxpayers whenever they asked for it so they have never had any incentive to act responsibly.
Heather Clark

Chattanooga, TN

#7 Jun 13, 2010
Isnt it odd that a Chattanooga judge is asking BP to fund a scholarship program for our kids who live on the gulf? I don't know him, but I appreciate this Judge Moon. See post above. Hello, Judge and thank you. Maybe somebody is listening.
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#8 Jun 13, 2010
Heather Clark wrote:
Isnt it odd that a Chattanooga judge is asking BP to fund a scholarship program for our kids who live on the gulf? I don't know him, but I appreciate this Judge Moon. See post above. Hello, Judge and thank you. Maybe somebody is listening.
Rather than a scholarship for kids, BP should be escrowing money to help the poor fishermen who have lost their livelihood. There are plenty of scholarships, grants and taxpayers' money to educate kids. The rest of the population has to survive also or haven't you noticed?
Robonymous

Louisville, KY

#9 Jun 15, 2010
One group of businesses I have not heard mentioned anywhere is the group that depends upon travel to and from the beaches. Who is going to see that those businesses that don't have tourists stopping overnight enroute gets "made whole"? That's hotels, gas stations, restaurants, even the vendors at rest areas along the way are all losing out.

I wish BP would make available for me, the tourist, a way to tell them where I normally spend money that I won't be spending this year due to their screw up.

Good luck Baldwin County. All us Snow Birds are pulling for you.
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#10 Jun 15, 2010
I live in Foley--right up the road from Gulf Shores and have just returned from the beach. There are hundreds of workers doing all sorts of jobs keeping the beaches clean. There are staging areas all along the beach highway from which they shuttle workers to different locations. These staging areas have tents, toilets, food, etc. for the workers. Everyday, there is more and more equipment being employed to clean the beaches and they work at night as well under flood lights. There are booms everywhere to keep the oil away from the beaches as best that it can be done which so far has been pretty good. If it weren't for the nightly news and the newspapers, I wouldn't even know that there is a reduction in summer vacationers. Lulu's has been so crowded that people are driving into the parking lots and then driving out because there are no parking spaces available. I've talked to lots of people that I meet down at the shore and lots of them are from out-of-State. Some have come down out of curiosity and others are here as they planned for their vacation. There are people in the water and plenty of people on the beaches doing what they normally do there. Even at the worst, the oil has only come up on the beach about 12 feet during high tide. That is a very small portion of such a wide beach so there is no shortage of beach to enjoy. Be careful about watching 'Anderson 360' everynight. He only wants to make things look like the end of the world, constantly tells us that BP and the Government are doing enough and never has shown the thousands of workers, boats, equipment, etc. that are working to mitigate this horrible oil spill. I live here and go down to the beach almost everyday and I am amazed how much work is being down and how many people are involved.

Since: Jun 10

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#11 Jun 15, 2010
are any hotels closing?
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#12 Jun 15, 2010
I haven't heard of any closing and would be surprised if any did because this place is humming with the employees of many companies including EPA personnel that are here and have to stay somewhere. If there is any reduction in tourists, it has been compensated for by people working on the oil spill. The roads seem just as crowded to me now as they have this time of year in the past.
michael howard

Dallas, TX

#13 Jun 16, 2010
there is a trust fund it's called sara it stands for superfuhd amendment and reauthorization act 1986 sara us epa http://www.epa.gov/superfund/sara.htm or www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/sa this found has 8.5 bilion dollars in it where is SARA please send to your local leader's
Houston Tx

Spring, TX

#14 Jun 17, 2010
We vacation in Fort Morgan every year and have done so for the past 10 years. My concern is the potential physical and internal effects it can have after getting into the water? You may not be able to see the oil, but its residue is in the water, it has not been diluted to the point it is not harmful, or is it? If anyone has knowledge about this please advise.
Microbial Bioremedation

Foley, AL

#15 Jun 17, 2010
Hi everyone. I live here in Balwin County (Foley) and have researched Bioremediation.
A twenty-five pound bucket treats oil spills (and other hydrocarbons) 75 to 125 cubic yards of moderately contaminated soil, works in water too. It is rather expensive ($660 per 25 pound bucket) but BP could afford it! Local governments could have it in a warehouse in case the oil gets past the booms during a storm or hurricane. I wanted to email Bill Gates, but he only grants money to large organizations, not individuals. I figured I'd try to raise $660 to buy a bucket of it and present it to the locals. Does this sound like a good idea?
It is approved by the EPA and there are several companies who sell it. Just add water and spread.
Anyway I started a blog if anyone is interested I'll post the link. I'm trying to raise awareness and money selling my photography. One barrel, one demonstration on how it works and I think we would have a great 'plan B,' in case the booms don't work and the oil gets into the marshes around here.
Thanks for reading.
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#16 Jun 17, 2010
I saw a newscast recently where a man had some of what I think you are talking about. He had a pan of water with some oil floating on it and he sprinkled some of this powder (for a better name)on top of it. He said that the organisms live for about 28 days and during that time they eat the oil and break it down into simple components that disappear. The news station said that they would get back to the viewers from time to time and let us see the results of this operation. Unfortunately, I don't remember the TV station that had this experiment on.
Microbial Bioremedation

Foley, AL

#17 Jun 17, 2010
Yep, that is exactly how it works. Here is a youtube video that gives a good overview.
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And just for kicks, here is my blog too.
http://gulfcoastoilspillalabama.blogspot.com/...

I'll try to find this newscast too. Do you remember if it was local?

~April
Give me a Break wrote:
I saw a newscast recently where a man had some of what I think you are talking about. He had a pan of water with some oil floating on it and he sprinkled some of this powder (for a better name)on top of it. He said that the organisms live for about 28 days and during that time they eat the oil and break it down into simple components that disappear. The news station said that they would get back to the viewers from time to time and let us see the results of this operation. Unfortunately, I don't remember the TV station that had this experiment on.
Give me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#18 Jun 17, 2010
I'm pretty sure that it was a local station.
Microbial Bioremedation

Foley, AL

#19 Jun 17, 2010
Thanks, that narrows my search.

According to my research it takes around six weeks. But that is for less dramatic spills. At least it wouldn't take the 'years' they are predicting now.:)

Any advice for such a venture would be appreciated at this point. lol
curious

Des Moines, IA

#20 Jun 18, 2010
Just wondering... how bad is the smell of oil? I have vacation planned July 4th weekend in Orange Beach. My family can handle about everything except a hydrocarbonous odor in the air. I really hate to go further east i.e. Destin, because they might have the same problems. I would rather support my community and county before others, but I don't want to spend $5,000.00 and have my family sick... any comments?

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