|Published:||Aug 08, 2010 11:58 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 08, 2010 8:40 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - As the cap on the oil leak continues to hold, local business owners are breathing a cautious sigh of relief.
They’re hoping to make the best out of what’s left of the summer.
"Hopefully August will be a good month since this has been taken care of," said Kaliopi Pilatos, the manager of The Plaka Restaurant on Fort Myers Beach.
She says the oil spill caused a major dent in her bottom line, but with the cap firmly in place over the Gulf gusher, she’s beginning to see the light at the end of the oil-slicked tunnel.
"It's a big relief. We're hoping there is a little bit more time left in summer that people will continue to vacation and hopefully if this was their destination, they'll make that their destination again and they won't keep changing plans like we've seen this summer," said Pilatos.
Restaurants and hotels weren’t the only businesses to take a hit.
Bob Thaler says the oil chased away more than just customers looking for a boat rental.
"I had somebody looking at the business to buy it, not that I was going to sell it, but they were going to buy it, but they wouldn't do it because of the oil spill," Thaler said.
The beach was packed Sunday with people enjoying the sand and surf. Jane Jones of Indiana made the trip south once the area got the all clear.
"We've just been listening to the news, and we know it was up higher like Panama City and Pensacola, so it didn't bother us all."
Now that there’s little to no chance any oil will make it to Southwest Florida, not even Sunday’s overcast skies were able to keep beach-goers away.