61°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Wed
73°
51°
10%
Thu
78°
55°
0%
Fri
79°
53°
0%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Gulf Coast hopes for post-spill boom from retirees

4 years ago November 25, 2010 Nov 25, 2010 Thursday, November 25 2010 Thursday, November 25, 2010 9:36:05 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - For all the oil spill claims and cleanup work by BP, retirees from the North may be the best survival bet for some Gulf Coast resort towns this winter.

After a disastrous summer tourism season and a slower-than-normal fall, Northern and Midwestern visitors known as "snowbirds" already are flocking along the Gulf for the winter, filling up condominium parking lots and campgrounds with cars and RVs from states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana.

This year, snowbirds are critical for the companies and property owners who have suffered for months because of the BP oil spill. Without the snowbirds, some businesses teetering on the edge of solvency may not make it until the weather warms up again.

Tony Kennon is mayor of Orange Beach on the Alabama-Florida state line. He says businesses there are banking on a solid winter season.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Invalid CFML construct found on line 8 at column 1.