Re May 2 article, “Offshore energy touted”
I was 10 years old when Hurricane Hazel devastated our beaches. I will never forget the whole front row of beach houses completely wiped out, 75 percent of the second row. 50 percent of the third row! Only some concrete blocks here and there and appliances floating in big tidal pools.
My parents owned a small motel, and the big attraction was the big pure white sand beach and usually only small waves because of Long Bay protection. Now imagine the devastation with big blobs of black oil littering the beach. If fisherman from the Gulf Coast are interviewed, I bet they would give a completely different view of the Gulf BP spill than the ones presented in the article in The Sun News on Thursday.
Also, I bet if motel owners and people who benefit from the tourist industry would give a completely different view than the ones in the article . Have you ever been to Santa Barbara? It’s one of the prettiest beaches in California yet the oil rigs offshore really detract from the view. Say no to oil exploration!
Have you ever been to Holland? Windmills are part of the attraction. Say yes to windmills!
Don’t play dangerous games with our largest industry (tourism). Make sure our water and beaches are kept clean! Say no to fossil fuel exploration.
The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.