We can now officially kick-off summer at the beach, after Memorial Day weekend. Due to some lucky scheduling, I was able to go and stay at our Gulf Shores property over Memorial Day weekend, along with probably the most people I have ever seen in Gulf Shores (note: I have never been for July 4th). Here are my thoughts, a summer after the worst oil spill to affect Alabama beaches.
Since April 20, 2010, I have not stopped at a BP gas station. I have made hundreds of blog posts, comments, forum posts, calls to Senators, Congressmen, spoke to random people on the street, and believe me my wife has had her fill of my ranting about BP.
But I would like to now publicly give them credit. They are making good on their promises. They have been very fair to me personally. Am I angry at BP for what has happened? Yes. Of course. I hope and pray they have learned a lesson from this and will put their money into safety first, as in the long run their profits should be better from not having to make all these payouts. The worst of this is the still to be determined impact on wildlife. But dolphins, turtles, pelicans… they have survived, they are still down here. I am not trying to minimize the damage, untold numbers must have perished, and that is the sad part of this. But BP could have done much worse.
And, who knows, I may just start stopping at BP gas stations every now and then.
June 24th was reported as the most damaging effects of oil on our beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. So I was a bit surprised to hear from one of my occupants on June 26th that:
The condo was perfect,… as was the week. I will definitely be contacting you again for future accommodations. Once again thanks.
So I asked him about the reported oil impact. Here is his exact reply:
The oil rolled in late Thursday night, but the beaches were clean, as was the water by Friday morning. The crews in Gulf Shores that are working at night are doing a fabulous job.
I have heard similar reports first hand in Orange Beach. Yes, oil may impact your stay. If you are coming for a week or more, it will most likely impact your stay. But the fact is you will have a great time and the crews will make its impact light. There is so much to see and do, don’t let the reports keep you away this summer.
This is an absolutely stunning video. A first hand account of conditions at the gulf, and a great description of what is involved in saving sea turtles.
In the midst of a tragic, monumental, catastrophic oil spill, a loggerhead sea turtle navigates its way to Orange Beach, lays its eggs, and dedicated volunteers care for those eggs through BP clean up crews, oil and even hurricanes to make sure these turtles have a chance. What this video means to me: There is Hope! We will make it through this catastrophe and so will God’s creatures, with our assistance.