Biloxi joins other cities in BP claim
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#1 May 1, 2012
#2 May 1, 2012
While I do support taking the money part of me asks what the pt. is. It won't bring back the lost tourism or the damage to our reputation. I won't eat Gulf seafood every again. I tell my friends in other parts of the country to ask before they order seafood @ restaurants & if its from the Gulf, don't eat it.
They say its safe to eat, but I don't eat it.
The damage is done, its kinda like trying to save face after Katrina. We're still I think 20-30k ppl shy of where we were before the hurricane. Not even counting in inflation we still haven't really recovered from either the hurricane or the recession in terms of lost gaming revenue or tourist revenue.
I read that article in the Sun Herald a few months ago criticizing BP's Gulf campaign & read the quotes where local hotel owners, restaurant owners/managers & others who rely on tourism all said we weren't improved & that we're @ best chugging along/breaking even.
This is a hard & harsh place to make a living if you aren't connected. And I think a lot of these seafood fishermen & these factories that process it are gonna go under because one seafood factory owner in Hancock County said his sales were down like 70-80% in one of those news articles.
They may get some BP money & stay afloat for another 2-3 years but the effects of the recession plus the drop off in demand for our seafood will cause layoffs throughout the Gulf States.
And many of these ppl have loans & mortgages out on their boats & equipment, & once the BP money runs out & they can't pay their boat notes or factory mortgage -- they're gonna get repoed -- & then all those ppl will move too.
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