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The Associated Press <br>
Crude oil washes up on the beach on Grand Isle, La., on Friday. Hundreds of workers are on the island to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill about 50 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Associated Press
Crude oil washes up on the beach on Grand Isle, La., on Friday. Hundreds of workers are on the island to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill about 50 miles away in the Gulf of Mexico.

So much oil is still in the Gulf, but capping the oil leak, at least temporarity, is having a positive effect on some business owners.

The phones of condo owners are starting to ring again.

It was a beautiful day to go to the beach in Gulf Shores, but double red flags because of oil did keep people out of the water.

But at least, the phones are ringing again at real estate offices.

Sarah Kuzma with Meyer Real Estate says since word of the oil leak plugged this past Thursday capping visitors are starting to make condo reservations again.

"We began immediately to see an upswing, and granted, its about 15 percent, but we'll take it. Any increase is a good increase."

Tourism officials say a big national event in Gulf Shores this summer has helped too.

"We have seen since the July 11th Jimmy Buffett concert a boost in tourism. That was the overall goal of that concert and future concerts that we may host in the area. It helped raise awareness of our beach destination."

Real estate companies also hope to market some upcoming fall events for weekend stays.

"You have to have a reason to come and the shrimp festival is a big reason. If we get the concerts on the coast series, going up and running like we've heard may happen, that will help as well."

Restaurant managers are even looking past autumn.

"We're hoping for a strong winter, better than last year. We're expecting more wintertime because people will probably want to spend more vacations during the winter,just because they couldn't see our beautiful summer beaches and be out this past summer."


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