|Published:||May 14, 2010 9:24 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 14, 2010 9:24 AM EDT|
Fort Myers Beach, Fla - Tourism across the state is starting to take a hit due to the oil spill in the gulf and that officials trying to get the word out that our beaches are clean. Florida's tourism agency is asking residents and tourist to take pictures the next time you are at the beach because you could help with the recovery should oil come our way.
The uncertainty in the gulf has the state on PR push to keep visitors from cancelling their vacations over fears the oil spill will drift south.
Several travel conventions are set to get underway across Florida in the coming weeks and tourism officials want to use the opportunity to get the word out that Florida has been spared at least for now.
Pictures of our coastline could also play a key role in getting BP to pay for any clean-up associated with an oil spill in our area. The oil company has pledged $25 million to state's affected by the disaster.
For tourists already in Southwest Florida, the threat of oil coming ashore has brought new meaning to taking pictures on vacation, "You might not see how beautiful it is. If something were to happen who knows how long it would take for beaches to look the same", said one man at the pier on Fort Myers Beach.
Tourism officials plan on showcasing pictures and video from beach along Florida's coastline later this month when the state plays host to world travel writers in Orlando.