In Texas the Coast is Clear
Truth will rise above falsehood as oil above
water.” Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraOne area that might actually benefit from the Gulf Coast oil disaster
is the lower Texas Coast.
The Gulf Oil Spill, Mexican and Jamaican Violence, May lead to Record Tourist
Season on the Texas Coast.
- The Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston, Port Aransas and South Padre Island brace
for influx of tourists.
As beach vacationers cancel plans east of Louisiana, Texas communities
hope to reroute some of those travelers to the oil free beaches of the Texas
South Padre Island is sending its message out far and wide that the
island is open for business, oil free and safe from violence in Mexico.
Texas tourism officials nervously are watching the progress of the
massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but it seems the catastrophe
might actually send more business to Texas beaches.
Officials from Galveston to South Padre Island said they had been
fielding scores of calls about the impact of the still-flowing spill
from the Deep-water Horizon oil rig explosion.
Some inquiries came from tourists who already had vacation reservations
and wanted assurance that beach and fishing conditions were still OK in
Texas. But others came from visitors who originally were going to
Louisiana, Mississippi or other coastal states likely to see the
spill's landfall, and who are now are looking for other options.
“There have been a number of reservations made by people who are coming
this way for the first time,” said Leanne Peters, manager of Cinnamon Shore Realty on Port Aransas
and Mustang Island.
The New Urbanism lifestyle community Cinnamon Shore
is expecting brisk rental business
so book early for the best selections of their innovative high-end beach homes located next to the Arnold Palmer signature golf coarse.Texas could win more summer business if the spill acts as
currently expected and stays northeast of the state's coastline.
- The Texas General Land Office said Friday that while the agency is keeping a close watch on the gushing well, there's still no danger to state beaches and no effects from the spill have been found along the Texas coast.
- "We're not overly concerned," said Buzz Martin, an agency coordinator.
- The biggest oil spill in U.S. history has reached the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The well has leaked somewhere between 22 million and 47 million gallons of oil in the 45 days since the catastrophic spill, according to government estimates.
- But state officials say the Texas shoreline remains un-fouled, and that the spill remains about 400 miles away.
Leading Property Rental Agencies on the north-east end of the Texas coast: Swedes Real Estate Crystal Beach
and Gulf Coast Concierge on Galveston
both have reported an increase in rental reservations and that they have already received many inquiries from renters who have canceled their reservations from the areas effected by the oil spill.
On Galveston, the colorful and newly renovated condos at The Dawn Beach Condos in Galveston
have luxury units available and you may afford-ably book your oil free vacation
unit here, with new pools and easy access to the beach and shopping.
The spill, which began April 20 when the oil rig exploded, killing 11
workers, has spewed at least 6 million gallons of crude oil into the
gulf by some estimates, the Associated Press reported.
The total, other scientists say, will exceed 11 million gallons, making
it the worst oil spill in U.S. history.
Emily Gonzalez, marketing director for Kaiser Realty in the Gulf
Shores-Orange Beach area of Alabama, said she saw a flood of
cancellations when the explosion occurred in the Gulf.
The spill has not affected Carnival Cruise Lines operations out of
either New Orleans or Mobile, Ala., nor has it shifted business to the
Carnival operation in Galveston, a spokeswoman for the firm said.
- Yacht- and fishing-boat owners in Louisiana have been checking on
docking fees at the Island Moorings Yacht Club and Marina in Port
Aransas in case they need to move there, said Debbie Dean, who manages
Two vessels already have stopped at the Port Aransas marina instead of
traveling into Louisiana and taking a chance on encountering oil, Dean
said. She, too, believes those numbers could grow.
Vacation property managers along Texas' coast said their customers also
have worried about the impact of the spill and have called in for
updates, but the good news [for Texas] is that the oil spill has headed east towards Florida.
Dan Quandt, executive director of the South Padre Island Convention and
Visitors Bureau, said people are looking for assurances about a natural
event that no one can honestly give.
Still, with Texas beaches clean now, he said business on South Padre
has picked up and is in line to exceed numbers last year.
- On South Padre, the Franke Realtors and their premier development The Shores still have units available for last minute
redirected tourists. Contact a leasing agent before they are all gone.
Grim predictions for the Eastern Gulf Coast (Louisiana to Florida)
According to a forecast by real estate research site Housing Predictor, property values could drop at least 30 percent in the areas affected by the spill in Louisiana and Mississippi. .
The spill's effects could also push the already foreclosure-ridden region deeper into decline, warned Kevin Chiu, a researcher and writer for the site.
"Housing analysts contend that the projected losses in housing value will top that of any oil disaster in the nation's history and will send tens of thousands of additional homes into foreclosure as a result," Chiu said.
In addition, should oil from the leak soak Florida's iconic white, sandy beaches, "the environmental impact and long-term economic pain for the area is projected to run into the billions of dollars since Florida is so dependent on the tourist industry," he said