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Al Lewis: BP's Spill Didn't Keep Toes Out Of The Sand

Dan Clark gave up life as a banker on Dec. 31 to run a clothing and gift store in Mexico Beach, Fla.So far, he's been hit with everything but a hurricane, beginning with a stalled economic recovery and one of the coldest Florida winters on record.On some days, in January and February, his homey seaside town was even colder than Denver, Colo., where he'd given up his job at a major bank."I'm talking to former peers and they're saying, "You're down on the beach with a margarita," and I said, "No, it's freezing...The pipes are breaking around here."The cold even put a chill on spring break. Then, just as Clark's sales at Beachwalk Clothing and Gifts began to warm, BP blew up its oil well on April 20.BP's spewing pipe filled TV screens. Americans watched cleanup workers comb the shoreline in white, protective suits, picking up tar balls, and laying booms from boats. Thousands who'd planned Florida vacations canceled. But the big disaster, the one Americans feared would blacken the Florida ...

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  1. Oil Spill ’s Impact on Florida Economy

    Escambia County Property Appraiser Chris Jones on the oil spill ’s economic impact on industries from tourism to real estate.

  2. Oil Spill Reaches Florida Coast

    FBN's Adam Shapiro on BP’s efforts to contain the oil spill .

  3. Obama to Tour Gulf Coast

    FNC’s Craig Boswell on the president’s two-day trip to the Gulf Coast.

  4. Oil Spill Mucking Up Panhandle Real-Estate

    Watson Realty Corp.'s Wendell Davis discusses the Florida housing worries.

  5. Florida Braces For Oil Spill

    FBN’s Adam Shapiro on preparations in Florida to increase cleanup efforts as the oil spill nears the state’s coastline.

  6. Best Travel Deals Along the Gulf Coast

    Travelocity's Genevieve Shaw Brown on why folks shouldn't cancel their trips down south.

  7. Oil Spill's Sheen Nears Florida

    FBN's Adam Shapiro on the efforts to clean up the oil spill as it moves toward the Florida coast.

  8. Primaries: What's at Stake?

    We break down the impact that Super Tuesday might have on the future of government.

  9. Oil Spill Nears Florida Coast

    Incident Command Spokesman Brian Sibley on efforts to track and clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

  1. Gulf Coast Businesses See Downturn From Oil Spill

    FNC's Craig Boswell on Hurricane Alex’s impact on oil spill cleanup efforts and businesses in Florida and all along the Gulf coast as the holiday weekend approaches.

  2. The Day After the Speech

    We break down whether Americans are convinced the government can fix the situation in the Gulf.

  3. Gulf Coast Frustrated by Lack of Action

    FBN's Adam Shapiro on the growing anger among residents along the Gulf coast over what they feel is an inadequate cleanup effort.

  4. Day 57: Can Obama Help the Gulf?

    We break down whether the president's big speech will make any difference in the Gulf recovery efforts.

  5. Gulf Coast Resident Asks: Where's the Help?

    FBN’s Adam Shapiro on growing anger among Gulf coast residents that BP and the government are not doing enough to protect the beaches.

  6. Concerns Mount Oil Cleanup Effort Isn't Enough

    FBN’s Adam Shapiro on fears among Gulf coast residents not enough is being done by the government and BP to protect and clean the beaches.

  7. Saving the Gulf

    We break down the latest attempts to maintain the region's businesses and ecosystem.

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