A friend of mine that lives in Walton County, Florida recently posted this article and I wanted to share it with ya’ll. The tourism boards, BP and local government officials are calling it “all clear” on the beaches within Walton County and surrounding areas, encouraging more people to come to the gulf for their vacations. According to University of South Florida researcher Rip Kirby, this isn’t the case at all. In fact, in this article by The Walton Sun, Kirby says “This beach is as contaminated as all the rest…I took the local government officials’ word that these beaches were not impacted…”. Walton County officials didn’t return any calls from The Walton Sun on Kirby’s findings. Not surprising.
If anything, this is more evidence that independent testing needs to be done on the waters and beaches in the gulf. BP along with the local, county and federal government officials are not telling the truth. The oil and the Corexit dispersant are in the water and on the beaches. This is impacting both locals who live in the area and folks who are traveling to this area for their vacations. In fact, many who live in the area are going back into the water and back onto the beaches. This is especially troubling because these are the people who live in the gulf on a daily basis. Alot has been said about the tourists, but what about the locals? Should they be swimming, surfing, snorkeling or building sandcastles?
Since there hasn’t been much of an answer on this topic and most of the answers have been “There’s no oil, the beaches and waters are fine”, many people are unsure what to do. Walton County, Florida is home to the famous Seaside community and within a stone’s throw away of Destin, Florida. In fact, they’ve opened up the waters and the Destin Fishing Rodeo is taking place this month. If this article by the Walton Sun shows us anything it’s that BP, local and federal officials do not know what’s going on and they are trying to keep a public health disaster quiet.
Gulf coast residents (along with the rest of the country) are being misled and lied to, and the saddest thing about it is that no one seems to care. As I’ve said before, we need action and we need it now. The beaches and waters are CONTAMINATED. I mean, what does that word CONTAMINATED do to you? Does it scare you? It sure as hell scares the crap outta me and something needs to be done about it for the health of our country. We need independent testing. We need task forces. We need Superman. Seriously.