Several weeks ago 2010 was shaping up to be the best summer on Alabama’s Gulf Coast in many years, perhaps a decade. Both MyALCondo properties were booked solid through most of May, all of June and July, and even August to October reservations were coming in. Then, April 20th.
4-20 is the Gulf Coast’s 9-11.
Only it has taken several weeks, and it started slowly, but keeps getting worse. When will it end? Will it ever end? Our lives have been turned upside down. Our favorite places are being destroyed, our cherished sea life may never be the same. Cancellations have poured in. This hurts financially, but emotionally it is a much worse hurt. I can understand the cancellations but the pain in the gut from hearing people planning the trip to other beaches that are unaffected is difficult to control or deal with.
Will we get through this? I hope and believe so, but it is hard to see. When a hurricane closes the beach, you know you have to pull up your sleeves and work hard and open back up. But there is nothing we can do with this. Volunteers are asked to report oil or animals. That is all we can do, identify and report. We can’t clean up, we can’t divert the oil, we can’t shut the well, thus we can’t do ANYTHING.
Wait, we must do something. We can ask our Congress to end our addiction to oil. We must begin to support clean energy and conservation. It is the only thing we can do at this time. Please help by calling your representatives.