|Published:||Apr 01, 2010 1:36 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 01, 2010 1:36 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Wednesday President Obama said he will allow oil drilling off Virginia's coast.
The President said America must break its dependency on foreign oil and rely more on homegrown fuels and clean energy.
Under President Obama's plan, drilling could take place 125 miles from Florida's coastline.
It's the scenery that brings people to Florida. Some say oil drilling would put an end to their vacations, while others actually favor it.
This time of year, Lee County beaches are flooded with people... but soon, that may change for some if oil rigs are moved off the coast.
"I think it would totally ruin the beauty of this island. That's be horrible."
The platforms would be 125 miles offshore - not visible to the human eye, but just knowing they're there doesn't sit well with Jeanne Rennie.
"I think there's other ways to get energy. I don't know what those are. Maybe Alaska where there's no beaches. Here it wouldn't be a good idea. This place is just too beautiful."
Others, like Judy Hills, welcome the idea.
"We need the oil and I know we do have a whole lot of oil rigs out there but we need more. I mean you certainly don't want them close to shore. They aren't close to shore in Texas."
At first, the thought of drilling is unsettling for some beach-goers.
"I know we need the oil, but I'd hate to see the waters messed up."
After they hear the rigs would be more than 100 miles away... it's a different story.
"I say it's okay because you're not going to affect nothing right here."
"I think it'd be far enough it wouldn't bother our beaches and our water here."
The Captiva Erosion Prevention District said the estimated revenue from oil drilling in one year is one billion dollars. Tourism in Lee County brings in three billion dollars a year.
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