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It’s almost midnight and 5 teenagers are in the back of our Suburban. Not like that picture above. They’re asleep now. It’s the only time they’ve been asleep at this late hour all week. Just like babies, they’re so well-behaved that way. There’s been a steady rain the past seven hours. It’s been a day of burger runs and potty breaks in out-of-the-way outposts like Tallulah, Hattiesburg, Eudora and Conway. Now, after 14 hours… Read More

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What’s the worst company in America? You may have your own idea, depending on your personal experiences, but readers of one consumer website made their choice this week. Consumerist.com says BP barely beat out Bank of America to pick up the Golden Poo Award as “the worst company in America.” Other companies vying for the dubious honor include BestBuy, Toyota, Comcast and Ticketmaster. BP’s win as “worst” comes on the first anniversary… Read More

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My recent visit to the Gulf gave me a renewed appreciation for the beauty of that part of the country.  It’s also heartbreaking to see what the oil spill is, or will be doing to the environment and economy there.  The disaster has prompted many Americans to ask how they can help out.  Obviously not all of us can physically go there and volunteer.  So maybe you’re ready to open your wallet… Read More

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The Gulf looks angry today.  Or maybe sick.  Very few people are in the normally crystal clear, emerald green water.  Many are just standing at its edge, staring at it, afraid to step in.  The way I describe it is it looks like the Gulf  “threw up” overnight.  One of the tourists walking by yells to me (as he points to the green clumps of algae), “That was a hell of an… Read More

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An oil-free, drama-free day on the beach in Destin. At least for the beaches near us. That TV news satellite truck I wrote about yesterday, the one that parked in our condo complex lot , left around 10:30 last night. Presumably right after the 10 o’clock news, and presumably to head west of here where some beaches are closed. Here’s a report from firstcoastnews.com: A six mile stretch of Florida coastline is… Read More

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Another oil free day on the beaches of Destin. That’s the good news.  But it’s a little unnerving to see one of those TV news satellite trucks pull up and set up shop for the night in the parking lot of your condo complex.  This one is from Tampa, but who knows how many others are parked nearby.  I’ve worked in the biz long enough to know what that usually means.  Destin… Read More

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It’s Monday in Destin, and the beaches are oil-free.  But I have a feeling we’re under the microscope.  We’re being watched.  Destin has company, and I’m not talking tourists. From the ground and in the air, state and federal officials, along with their monikers, are here.  The FEP, FWC, USCG, USAF.  And I know what they’re looking for.   Oil.  Tar balls. First I spotted the FEP police. Florida Environmental Protection.  Three of… Read More

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The coast is clear, but the natives are restless.  That pretty well sums up Day 1 of our beach vacation in Destin, Florida. The oil is getting closer to these sugary white sandy beaches.  Many of the locals I talked to today say it’s now within 10 miles.  And they’re all worried… from the grocery store clerk to the beach chair rental guy… what it would mean to the environment and the… Read More

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