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    Posted June 11, 2010 by
    Perdido Key, Florida
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Oil disaster views and solutions

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    Perdido Then and Now


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     perdidomike2 has been documenting the oil disaster's effect on Perdido since June 6. Here are some photos of Perdido before the oil (photos 1-4 and 10) and current photos (5-9) with the clean up crews and booms. perdidomike2 said that Escambia County, Florida and Baldwin County, Alabama are monitoring the water quality and that the beaches are still open.
    - ccostello3, CNN iReport producer

    Photos taken in Perdido Key last year and in the past few days.

    The natural beauty is why I live in Perdido. I fell in love with the area after working and travelling all over the world. Hurricane Ivan practically destroyed Perdido Key, it was isolated, the only connecting bridge to Pensacola was closed. The Key itself was cut in 2 by a channel carved by the wind. Almost every building was destroyed. The area came back, and thrived.


    It will be more difficult this time, there are still so many unknowns. The oil will be cleaned from the beaches, the wildlife will somehow survive and repopulate, the bayous and marshes will eventually recover. What will be the long-term effect of the Oil Plumes now killing the Gulf's fragile ecosystem, and livelihood to so many residents though?


    Everyday I enjoy the area whatever the problems or issues. We have so many wonderful state parks (Big Lagoon, Tarklin Bayou, Gulf State Park) the Gulf Island National Seashore and...friendly, helpful people.


    Now we are suffering, but we will survive. I hope people will see the photos and come to realize there is still so much to enjoy here. Whether it is year-round Golfing on great private and public courses, or all the attractions kids love. In these tough economic times, the Gulf Coast is even more of a value for vacations.


    If people want to help but don't know how...come down to the "Redneck Riviera"...

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