"The good news for 2011," Rosenthal says, "is that...on beaches from Naples to Biloxi, the only oil visitors will see is in a Hawaiian Tropic bottle." He also quotes Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a professor of Coastal Sciences at Florida International University who is also known as "Dr. Beach" for his annual rankings of the world's top beaches. "It’s remarkable," he says. "Everything has evaporated or been eaten by the bacteria-eating organisms."
Seafood is also clean, safe, and abundant. According to Don Boesch, president of the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science and a member of the National Oil Spill Commission, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have subjected Gulf seafood to numerous tests since the spill.
“It’s the safest, most rigorously tested seafood you can buy,” said Boesch, who said he eats not only fish from the Gulf, but also shrimp, clams, crabs and oysters. “I made a special point of eating half a dozen raw oysters on my last visit,” he said.
If you like to fish, there may never be a better time in your lifetime to book a Gulf fishing trip. Throughout the Gulf, fishing reports are extremely positive with fishermen experiencing lots of action and often catching their limits of large fish within the first hour of fishing.
"The suspension of fishing activity in 2010 caused populations to come back even stronger in 2011," said Daryl Carpenter, President of a charter fishing association.
A Great Time to Go Back
I saw it with my own eyes, Rosenthal writes. "The Gulf is a perfectly safe place to vacation."
It's time to go back to the Gulf. There are great deals on beautiful condos, clean beaches, great seafood, and amazing fishing.
Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone!