BP Oil Spill Sours Gulf Coast Tourism Business
The British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted several class action lawsuits involving hundreds of clients in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida as tourism business has floundered, according to WLOX-TV, Biloxi, Miss.
At the Cajun RV Park in Biloxi, business has been watered down by the threat of oil. Spaces that are normally full sit empty.
Jonathan Mikovich runs the park and said business is down 35% this month alone. When potential campers call, Mikovich said the spill is a topic of concern.
“I would say most of the people are mentioning it, but overall I think are just looking for another destination to go totally because they don’t want to have it impact their only week off of vacation they get.”
Texan Earl Miller is staying at the park with family members. He said he’s enjoying the southern hospitality, and has plans to go golfing.
“We made the decision to come down here before the oil spill started. And once we thought about it, we wouldn’t be actually using the beaches that much, and we didn’t think it would affect our golf.”
The manager of the RV park in Biloxi has not taken litigation against BP off the table. He doesn’t want to go to court, but Mikovich said if he continues to lose revenue, he may have no choice.
“If revenue is being off as much as we are thinking it’s going to be, we could absolutely do that,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials with BP promise every legitimate claim of financial loss will be paid.