The complete economic effects of the oil spill on the economy of Florida have yet to be fully calculated. Millions of individuals and businesses suffered from the tarnished beaches and the media paranoia which surrounded the oil spill. In particular the sudden and rapid decline of tourism along Florida’s Gulf Coast affected almost every single industry and individual. It is hard to walk down the streets of Tampa, Panama City, Clearwater, or Pensacola without running into individuals who have stories of how their incomes took a drastic hit due to the BP spill.
There are also stories from those same people who say that BP has failed in their promise to make things right. Every day we hear from people who are frustrated and disappointed at BP and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. They see the Gulf Coast Claims Facility or GCCF as a system with rules that constantly change, lacks any transparency or consistency, and generally fails to communicate with the very individuals it was tasked to help. Luckily, the GCCF has been closed, and a new court monitored program, Deepwater Horizon Settlements, is replacing the GCCF. It has $7.8 Billion dollars set aside for BP claimants.
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Florida Tourism Industry Suffers Due to Perception of Polluted Beaches & Fish
More than two years after the BP Oil Spill ravaged marine wildlife and businesses along the gulf coast, the public perception of Florida still remains that seafood is not safe to eat. However, we know that Florida beaches are clean and the fish are safe to eat.
BP spent $30 million to advertise the safety of Florida’s beaches and seafood; yet marketing from BP, a company that has done little to develop the trust of the public, has failed in it is goal of getting tourist levels back to pre oil spill levels.
The media frenzy over the BP disaster has also resulted in severe misconceptions over where and which beaches in Florida saw oil. A Conde Nast Traveler Research Center study created shortly after the spill reported that almost 20% of Americans believed oil reached the shores of the Tampa and the Florida Keys. Even those who knew better showed a reluctance to vacation anywhere in the state. It will take some time for those views to completely go away.
The Gulf Coast Oil Spill has severely damaged Florida’s $60 billion tourism industry because of the negative perception it has created for thousands of people. As a result, revenues of businesses catering to the tourist sector have severely declined.
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