posted on Jun, 25 2010 @ 03:48 PM
reply to post by HunkaHunka
I have an employee that was in Destin this past week. Very limited spotty oil was apparent, and they did swim, and there was sea life.
Pertinent things that she noticed though, and I have heard similar things for over a month now:
1. The "emerald" quality to the water was gone. It is much darker than normal.
2. The beaches and hotels are not busy, more like the off-season than the tourist season.
3. There is a definite smell in the air and it gets worse the closer to the water that you get. It is a mixture of exhaust (rotten egg, H2S) smell,
and solvent (WD40, light oily).
Things are still "ok" here along the Panhandle, but they are deteriorating fast! Losing the beaches and the sea life is going to be bad enough, but
the economic impact this is already having on Florida is catastrophic! The State recently inacted a hiring freeze, they stopped all excess spending
that was already budgeted and approved, and they are looking at cutting positions long before we get to our next Congressional session. These actions
are unprecendented for June. This is normally the loosest time of the year for State Government, because we just got through a budget session, and we
just got our new budgets. To have budget cutting and emergency freezes immediately after a budget is approved for the year is evidence to the
expected severity of the financial situation at hand!