Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Tampa, FL
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The newspaper and TV around here have been full of stories about hotels, restaurants, and charter operations that saw a significant downturn in business this summer. In some cases (hotels getting reservations canceled, for instance) they were able to determine conclusively that it was because of the spill. In most cases they are just seeing much less business than last year. That could be because of the economy, or it could be because of the spill, but there is no way to prove it.
Meanwhile, the closest that any surface oil came to the Pinellas beaches was several hundred miles.