BP Disaster

This is sacrilege, I know, but…. (Update)

May 14, 2010

Is the area’s new marketing effort – claiming seafood, beaches, water, etc are all fine–risky? Are we sure the seafood is okay? What tests have been done? If a person gets sick or suffers rashes from the water, who is liable? How long will the ads run and how long will everything be okay?

And doesn’t this play into BP’s hands? It definitely downplays the oil spill.

Folks, this really bothers me. I feel like I’m in the movie Jaws watching the town council and chamber say there is nothing to fear from sharks and getting angry when Sheriff Brody wants to shutdown the beach.

I can see Mike Wiggins in the Mayor Larry Vaughn role pushing locals to get in the water.

I hope the Chamber, Visit Florida and our elected officials are right – that the water, beaches and seafood are as fine as presented in this 30-sec. spot.

….I guess there goes my beach advertising.

I got an email from a tourism official who wrote “TV Spot was BP funded and managed. I doubt VisitFlorida even knows their logo is on the spot.”

So this is may be, as I suspected, pure BP propaganda. We will follow up on Monday with Visit Florida to confirm if they approved of this commercial.

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  • C.J. Lewis May 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I think a lot of us would like to know the gritty details of “the county is constantly testing the water” as described by Capt. Cudd. If true, I’ll be reassured to know there really is an extensive, around-the-clock “early warning” oil-in-the-water detection system defending us. However, I’m greatly concerned when our Coastkeeper Chasidy Hobbs writes, “We cannot even test our water quality….”

    Jane Birdwell’s “Don’t Worry…Be Happy!” video is probably part of a legal defense strategy to mitigate potential “loss of business” claims against BP. The money spent may have been better spent providing direct and immediate support to local governments and environmental and academic groups.

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  • Brian C. Abrams May 14, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    You only have a 30% chance of eating local seafood served in local restaurants. In chain restaurants it is near zero.
    So unless the tourists are out gathering their own seafood from the gulf……..

  • Anastacia May 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Truly disturbing on so many levels

  • Capt. Randy Cudd May 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    As you know, you and I have had our disagreements, however your coverage of this disaster has been right on…until now.
    Our businesses are dying and our entire summer may be lost. The need to put a positive spin on these events is paramont. The level of BAD press we have been getting is stomping our butt. The need to question this positive spin is NOT NOW. The experts are monitoring the fish, the county is constantly testing the waters and the locals are monitoring the beach, so far so good.
    We need your continued great reporting but please don’t add to the already “over the top” jibberish!
    Capt. Randy

  • Chasidy Fisher Hobbs May 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Rick, more people need to pay attention to this. We cannot even test our water quality to see if dispersants have reached here yet because the chemical composition has not been released, this could potentially prove to be a serious (more serious than thought) public health issue….