Vacationers React to Oil Spill

"We would look for another place to go on a family vacation," says one Panama City Vacationer.

The Cutoff’s are like thousands of other families. They come to Panama City Beach every year to get away and enjoy time with loved ones. But with the looming threat of the oil slick making its way to shore they think it maybe time to go elsewhere.

"I mean, you know, if the beaches here are fouled by oil, you know we are not going to come here, and if we can go 50 miles away and everything is fine we are going to go there, because i am sure with the way the economy's been the last couple years there are plenty of places we can rent for a week that would have clean beaches. That’s where we would go. We wouldn't come here," says David Cuttoff.

David Cutoff is not alone in his concerns. Tourism experts in Panama City have reported hotels receiving calls, asking if the beaches are still safe.

"Our kids love coming down to the beach and if it is not a sandy white beach and safe for them then we would probably have to go somewhere else," comments another Panama City Vacationer.

"We would have to go somewhere else our kids like I said love the beach and the pretty sands so we would have to go somewhere else," indicates yet another Panama City Vacationer.

Although the oil has not moved far enough east to affect Florida’s gulf coast, many who frequent the area are concerned about what effects the oil could have.

"I vacationed here years ago and we are back today and it did come up. I wonder if we go eat will the fish be contaminated soon? Will the restaurants have to close that kind of thing because it is a beautiful place," questions a Panama City Vacationer.

So where will these vacationers go?

"I would probably go out west to the Atlantic ocean or something,"
concludes another Panama City Vacationer.


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