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The Beaches Are Still Open in the Gulf

June 11, 2010

At this time, there are no beach closures in Florida and the state waters remain open to recreational fishing, according to the VisitFlorida Web site. Florida’s 825 miles of beaches, 1,260 miles of coastline and 14 seaports, including cruise ships, remain open for business.

According to the Alabama Tourism Department, an NTA member, the Alabama Department of Public Health has issued a swimming advisory for the waters off Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. A swimming advisory means that individuals are discouraged from swimming in the affected waters. However, it does not mean the beaches are closed. Visitors are still welcome to sunbathe and walk the beach, but swim in a pool or enjoy the many off-beach activities. The beaches in Alabama are NOT closed!

There are 45 miles of Louisiana coast affected by oil, leaving the majority of the coast clear. New Orleans, which is almost 100 miles inland, is unaffected and has plenty of fresh, delicous seafood. The world famous seafood industry has and always will go through rigorous testing from various strict agencies before the product reaches market, and Louisiana’s renowned chefs ensure that only the highest quality fresh products are prepared and served. Additionally, the BP oil spill has had no impact on the air or water quality in New Orleans both of which are completely safe and unaffected. To learn more about seafood please visit

Mississippi’s gulf coast and beaches are open for business. More details.

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