Wednesday, May 5, 2010

No Oil Impact in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
May 5, 2010

Like everyone in our area we are closely monitoring the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana via official sources locally and at the incident site. To date, our beaches have not been impacted by the spill. They are as gorgeous and sparkling white as ever. We wish we could answer all your questions and predict what will happen in the coming weeks, but all we can do is continue to update you on the facts as they stand today:

Currently no oil has reached the beaches of Gulf Shores & Orange Beach and, according to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmopsheric Adminstration) forecasts, no shoreline impact is expected for at least 72 hours. Forecasts beyond 72 hours are not possible.

Although NOAA has closed commercial and recreational fishing in a limited area between the mouth of the Mississippi River and Florida's Pensacola Bay, there is large area of the gulf still open. Charter boats are leaving Orange Beach, Gulf Shores & Fort Morgan every day to fish areas up to 20 miles out and in our very plentiful inshore waters.

Under directive of Governor Bob Riley protective measures, including oil-absorbing booms, continue to be placed along Alabama's beaches, bays and inlets in an effort to prevent oil from reaching our shores. Officials are optimistic that any direct impact to beaches can potentially be cleaned effectively and fairly quickly.

If you have questions about upcoming reservations, please contact your rental management company or hotel/motel directly.

We appreciate the tremendous outpouring of support we have received from across the country, but volunteers are asked not to self-deploy at this time. If you have an interest in volunteering should the need arise, please contact the Alabama state volunteer bank by dialing 2-1-1 or 888-421-1266.

Official information pertinent to our local area is being updated and posted daily at This is the most recent confirmed information provided by the unified response team (Coast Guard, Homeland Security, NOAA, Department of the Interior, BP and Transocean) and local emergency management officials.

For detailed information about the entire incident visit the Deepwater Horizon reponse website or NOAA site.