4 Years After Spill Dauphin Island Still Recovering

4 Years After Spill Dauphin Island Still Recovering

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Sunday will mark the four year anniversary since Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico spewing more than 200 million gallons of oil.

For an island that depends on being a paradise the spill was an attack to the economy on Dauphin Island.

“Folks come here to enjoy what Mother Nature had to offer quite frankly and that includes fishing boating, swimming beaching and immediately after the oil spill all that was taken away,” said Mayor Jeff Collier.

There aren’t too many people that can speak to that economic devastation better than Robin Linn, co-owner, of ACP Real Estate.

“It was very confusing to us what was going on and then our phone started to ring with cancelations to reservations,” said Linn. “We had to hire an additional staff person to take the cancelations; we couldn’t keep up with it.”

At time they were wondering if they were going to have to shut down. She says much of the damage was due to perception.

“It was touch and go in 2011,” said Linn. “And our beaches were really rather beautiful, but it was very very hard for us to convince tourists to come on down and enjoy the beaches.”

Things are much better on Dauphin Island, but not quite the same.

“I can’t say that we are back to our pre-spill levels yet as far as our economy and tourism, but we are still waiting to get back to that,” said Collier.


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