Weather fine, water clear, but beach crowds down

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Visitors and business owners say crowds
are down at the start of the Memorial Day weekend on the Alabama coast although the sand is white and the water clear.

Visitors tell the Mobile Press-Register there's no sign of the oil spill out in the Gulf along Alabama's beaches.

Gary Sewell of Mobile said the traffic wasn't as bad as in the past and there seemed to be fewer people at the beach at Gulf Shores. He described the water as clear and the weather as "perfect."

The manager of The Steamer restaurant said business was slow. She said people seem to be afraid of the "oil monster."

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