Gulfs Fourth Celebrations Fizzle

Sunday, July 4, 2010 - 8:29am

The impact of the worst oil spill in U.S. history is taking its toll on Gulf Coast vacation destinations.

This is no ordinary season.

Empty beaches, hotel vacancies and quiet cash registers are all a result of the spill.

Some beach towns have reported a 60 to 80 percent drop in business for the summer.

Beach closures and the massive, unpredictable oil slicks caused uncertainty among many who would usually spend their holiday on and near the water.

Meanwhile, work continues to get containment efforts back up to speed after delays from Hurricane Alex.

Skimmers and boom are back on the water.

A third containment vessel is set to be up and running next week.

It will allow twice as much siphoning at the spill site.

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