Two Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion

Panama City - Friday is the two year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion and the subsequent oil spill. While Panama City Beach was spared any actual damage, the perception of oil-covered beaches did plenty of damage to the local economy.

Since the spill, BP has paid more than 37 thousand claims in Bay County totaling more than $520 million. The Bay County Tourism Development Council used it's BP funds to put on events that did not involve the beach, hoping people would still come. In 2011, Bay County's tourism hit record highs; 18% higher than any other year.

Now with the BP funds gone, the county is looking ahead to the future without that extra help.

"We're trying to continue the momentum we've received with the additional funding from BP and so we are looking at doing a different advertising effort both during our high season and during our slower season," Susan Estler with the TDC said.

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  • by beach guy on Apr 20, 2012 at 03:45 AM
    Funny how no local news agency mentioned the govt report out this week about all the diseased fish being caught. Over 10 percent of the sample snapper, grouper, tuna, etc. have oil related open sores or other skin/scale trouble. Yea go ahead and keep eating it, hope your future kids dont have the same problems as the fish and dolphin populations. >>>>>>>> Editor comment. The story aired three times Thursday, on WJHG NewsChannel 7. Beach Guy, sorry you missed it.
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      by beach guy on Apr 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM in reply to beach guy
      My bad, I dont know how I didnt see it on WJHG, for whatever its worth you guys pretty much let us speak our minds, thanks.
  • by Dave Location: pcb on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    There is still 200000000 gal. of oil out there. It did not just go away!
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