Gulf oil spill ruining vibe on `redneck Riviera'
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - The stretch of sugar-white beaches from
Gulf Shores, Ala., to Panama City, Fla., once was a laid-back
regional draw. Families from Atlanta and Birmingham vacationed in
beachfront homes on stilts. The rest of the world discovered the
area in recent decades.
It's easy to see why generations of Southerners have flocked to
the stretch of northern Gulf Coast affectionately called the
"redneck Riviera" -- and why they're worried about whether a
massive oil spill is about to ruin their down-home playground.
Millions of gallons of crude have been spewing from the ocean
floor south of Louisiana, ever since an oil rig explosion April 20.
Oil reached more of that state's shoreline this week. People fear
it's only a matter of time before it arrives on the Riviera.
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