|Published:||Jun 09, 2010 3:55 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 09, 2010 12:55 AM EDT|
NAPLES, Fla. - Some local businesses have banded together to have an oil spill vigil in Naples. The group hopes their voices will be heard before their businesses have to suffer from losses due to the spill.
"Tons, we have a trailer full of hair." Andrea Sorrenti has been collecting hair for booms at her salon in an effort to help with the oil spill, but she's afraid her business may be the one who needs help soon.
"It's already bad up in Pensacola, so it's going to affect us a hundred percent, and I don't want that to happen," Sorrenti says.
Although weather kept some at bay, it didn't stop Sorrenti and a handful of other business owners from having an oil spill vigil.
"I'm worried that our economy is just going to die," Joan Gerber tells me.
A larger portion of Gerber's cleaning business is dependent on tourism. She knows many tourists are already canceling trips to Naples even though oil hasn't hit our beaches.
Now, Gerber believes she may have to be the next to vacate. "If there isn't enough money in our economy for me to feed myself I will have to leave."
Seth Berman, owner of Noodles Cafe, hasn't seen a drop in business that he can directly relate to the oil spill, but he says it's like a monkey on his back, just waiting to see what happens. "I haven't seen it yet, but I'm sure over the summer it's coming."
Although Berman can't stop the oil, he and others are hoping their efforts today will have others take notice.
"For me it's not a political thing at all, it's more of a voice."