Ala. governor spending weekend at beach

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley is trading his cowboy boots for sandals during a weekend at the beach.

Riley is spending Father's Day weekend on the coast with his family both for fun and to help boost tourism in an area hurting from the BP oil spill.

During a news conference Saturday in Gulf Shores, Riley sported
sandals instead of the boots he usually wears. Riley says he and
relatives went for a walk on the beach, and his grandchildren played in the pool. He says there's plenty to do without getting into tainted Gulf waters.

The state is planning a major push in coming days to lure visitors to the coast. Officials estimate business is off by half because of the oil spill.

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