Gulf Shores Beach Oil Spill Field Reoprt

Zach and Lauren Matthews photo

Zach Matthews wrote a nice little piece over on Midcurrent detailing the effects of the oil spill on Gulf Shores beaches. Having stayed there more than a few myself I’ve been very interested in what it look like there right now, and he provides a good feel for what it looks like day-to-day.

AT THIS POINT, the national news media has thoroughly covered the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. What’s been lacking is a ground-level assessment of the spill from a fisherman’s perspective. I’ve just spent a week in and around the town of Gulf Shores, Alabama, and I’ve now seen the effects firsthand.

The one thing he misses is that it would be difficult to keep little kids from playing with the tar balls, so those with kids might want to think about relocating the vacation plans. Its easy for adults to avoid the oil but much more difficult to keep the prying hands of the little ones from exploring the exotic goo. I don’t blame him for not thinking about that one since he probably doesn’t have kids, but its something that is on my mind for sure.

Lulu's

On a related note Jimmy Buffett announced a free concert on July 1st, 2010 (my 10th anniversary) in Gulf Shores with a killer line up. Although its touristy, we do eat at Lulu’s, Jimmy’s sister’s place in Gulf Shores, at least once when we are down there.

Jimmy Announces Free Gulf Concert
To demonstrate support for the people, businesses and culture of the Gulf Coast, CMT will telecast a free musical celebration live from the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala. CMT Presents Jimmy Buffett & Friends Live from the Gulf Coast will air on CMT on Thursday, July 1, from 8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will be joined in the concert by his friends Sonny Landreth, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Jesse Winchester and Allen Toussaint. A special souvenir tee shirt will also be designed for the concert and sold online and at the show. More info coming soon!
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