It's been a while since I put up a link to the continuing efforts for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so here's a link you may want to follow…
It's always good to keep an eye on what the general media is trying to divert the attention away from.
Many people have been and will continue to be impacted by this disaster. It's just not the boaters, it's the complete infrastructure and way of life of people on the Gulf Coast and the trickle effect that everyone will notice in the stores, restaurants and businesses across the United States and the world.
With that said, I have to say that, at this time, we do not have any oil on our coast in Southwest Florida. We've been very lucky. Even at the highest point of the disaster, there was less than a 1% chance that we were going to see oil on our beaches.
In fact businesses have noticed a drop in tourist business, but a jump in business caused by people that had to leave the northern Gulf Coast and seek a new place to move there lives, boats and businesses.
It will be a long, long time before the numbers all make sense to many of us down here.
So plan your vacations to visit Southwest Florida. You will see that sailing on the Gulf of Mexico is still the place to be. Sailing in Fort Myers Beach is one of life's pleasures that you will want to do while you are here.
Call early for dates to sail on Panacea. I'm looking forward to a wonderful sailing season and meeting all of you when you come down.
I'll see you on the dock…
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