April 20, 2011

Still No Oil Here

One year ago today the Deep Horizon oil spill started in the Gulf of Mexico.  At the time, many pundits predicted the decimation of the Gulf, and subsequently, the ruin of the tourism industry in Florida.  Well, I just heard on the radio that the health of the Gulf of Mexico today is equivalent to what it was prior to the spill.   Imagine that!  Not a drop of oil -- let alone tar balls -- ever showed up on a Sarasota beach.  (Thank goodness!)  This photo shows the scene at Siesta Key Beach last Sunday morning around 10:00 a.m.  --- busy, busy, busy with lots of tourists have fun, fun, fun on the oil free beach.  Good thing not everyone buys what prognosticators sell.  

6 comments:

Kathy said...

Sarasota is indeed lucky. But we still don't know about all the environmental effects.

P.S. The picture is not showing up for me.

Dina said...

Wow, what a crowd. You were brave to show up there. Looks like a beautiful day.

Bill S. said...

Now that was a mess. I am glad Sarasota did not get it. I was in New Orleans in June of last year and it was a mess.

Birdman said...

For sure! What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday AM.

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

It is truly wonderful you've had no tar as yet. We lived in Houston and would often drive to the beaches in Galveston and almost invariably one would find tar balls - every day of the year!

But I'm afraid your radio report is way too optimistic re the health of the Gulf. The oil is all still there (it doesn't disappear) and is thought by many scientists to be doing serious, long-term damage. NBC News last night showed beaches in Louisiana where just scraping a couple inches in the sand uncovered massive amounts of oil! I would like to be more hopeful but I think it will still be awhile before we are able to determine just how badly the Gulf has been hurt.

We can, however, be very thankful that the evidence of the spill has not spoiled our beaches and fisheries thus far.

Jack said...

I think I will dodge the oil spill topic. Too political. But, that beach is absolutely teeming with human animals worshipping the Sun God, isn't it?