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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curious

Des Moines, IA

#21 Jun 18, 2010
more questions for those more knowledgeable than I ...will the smell go away? Once it comes in does it stay in? How far away does the oil have to be to smell it, and is the the oil that smells, or fumes from them burnig it? I am just trying to make the right call for my vacation... I work so hard for my money, and really do need a relaxing vacation. Please advise as to what you would do if it were your family's vacation. I know there are so many people hurting, and I know I am really blessed to even be able to HAVE a vacation.
EER

Saint Louis, MO

#22 Jun 30, 2010
What about Hurricane Alex, has it done any damage to Gulf Shores??
I had a great vacation in GS, just wish we had more time to go to LU LU's.
Give Me a Break

Gulf Shores, AL

#23 Jun 30, 2010
curious wrote:
more questions for those more knowledgeable than I ...will the smell go away? Once it comes in does it stay in? How far away does the oil have to be to smell it, and is the the oil that smells, or fumes from them burnig it? I am just trying to make the right call for my vacation... I work so hard for my money, and really do need a relaxing vacation. Please advise as to what you would do if it were your family's vacation. I know there are so many people hurting, and I know I am really blessed to even be able to HAVE a vacation.
There is no oil smell here and anyone who says that there is is just mistaken. Up until now, there has hardly been any more than small tar balls washing up a few feet on the beach and they hardly give off an odor. What I can't understand about vacationers is that very few of them ever go in the water anyway. They sunbathe on the beach, eat at great restaurants, stay in nice condos or hotels--many with pools, go out to nightclubs and take the kids to several amusement parks. Now, just because we have some water restrictions, people decide that everything else they used to come here to enjoy is gone. It's not gone and it has not changed so get over it and come on down.

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