July 30, 2010
This week, we had another meeting of the Oil Spill Economic Task Force. Kenneth Fienberg, who is responsible for processing claims for the $20 billion fund established by BP, spoke. He spoke not only to the task force but also to tourism officials, representatives of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida’s real estate professionals, and more about the claims process and the challenges he will face as he administers the fund. One of the most striking aspects of this meeting was the location—Destin—was a testament to the message we’re trying to get out.
Destin was absolutely beautiful and oil-free. It’s so important that we share this message with our friends and families from other states. Florida is a great place to come to and vacation. We have pristine beaches and delicious seafood—fried grouper is probably my favorite Florida dish.
While we’re tackling all aspects of the effects of the spill, such as mitigating damages to the local fisheries and tourism industry, it’s key that each of us focuses on some very promising facts—Florida’s beaches have had little impact and where there have been tar balls, they’ve been cleaned up quickly.
Many of you may be into social media, such as Facebook, and one easy way to share the wonderful condition of Florida is to post some recent pictures you take while enjoying Florida’s coast. Each of you can help do your part at no cost. So please join us in spreading the word about Florida. We’re fortunate to live in a place where so many people have to travel to enjoy.