WUFT News

Negative effects of BP oil spill linger for Florida businesses

By on February 26th, 2013

Monday marked the beginning of the long-awaited trial over the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill. The trial against BP and the other businesses involved will address what caused the explosion, how much blame should be placed on each company and exactly how much oil spilled.

Residents along Florida’s Gulf Coast are disappointed in the compensation they received for damage caused by the BP oil spill.

While no oil washed up on its shore, Steinhatchee was one of the cities negatively impacted by the spill.

Linda Wicker, owner of Roy’s Restaurant in Steinhatchee, said the perception of oil was enough to keep people away.

“The people just didn’t come,” Wicker said.  “They weren’t going to take the chance of coming to Steinhatchee when there was an oil spill. It didn’t matter how much they were told that there was no oil on our shoreline.”

Wicker said business in the restaurant dropped between 20 and 30 percent in the summer of 2010. She said Steinhatchee saw just as much damage to business as any city that had actually seen oil on their shoreline.

“The perception of contamination was there,” Wicker said. “Whether it was or not, it really didn’t matter. It was the idea that the Gulf had an oil spill. So, if you’re on the Gulf, then you too must be affected.”

Now, about three years after the spill, Wicker said she sometimes still has customers questioning where Roy’s seafood is from and whether it might be contaminated.

BP has paid $4.9 billion into the Deepwater Horizon Trust to provide compensation from damage. However, Wicker said the compensation Steinhatchee has received was not enough to cover the damage.

“We suffered the damage that we did,” Wicker said. “I think BP pretended to be the good guy in the white hat. ”

Wicker said she plans to follow the trial, but isn’t expecting much. She said the U.S. government has let BP off too easily and isn’t hopeful for more retribution.

Mike Llerena wrote this story online. 


This entry was posted in Business and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
  • batteredup

    I just came back from a weekend at a secluded spot south of Panama Beach where I swam eight years ago in clean, blue water. It was almost as beautiful as the northern Great Lakes for swimming. I didn’t realize the BP oil spill had done so much damage that far away from the scene until this weekend. The water was a murky gray, reminiscent of the water off the coast of Galveston, Texas, crude oil hell. The water was too cold for more than a five minute swim, but the trek out to deeper water had changed from a sandy slope to a mucky mud dropoff. To an avid beach-goer and swimmer, this is devastating news. BP, Horizon and Halliburton should be run out of business for destroying a huge piece of our ecosystem and a rare and beautiful piece at that. We MUST get off oil and into renewable energy. My next car is a prius C. Unless something better comes along. F*** BP! They also had a significant role in transforming Iran from a democracy to a less-than-stable theocracy.

  • lisa Spitzer

    Floridamariteimeinjurylawcenter.com is helping BP oil spill victims

 

More Stories in Business

Hitchcock's Markets is currently the only grocery store in Alachua.

Alachua Residents Ready For New Grocery

Publix is moving to the small city of Alachua and will compete with the only other grocery store there called Hitchcock’s Markets. Residents are excited to see more diversity in their grocery shopping.


Cory Wise (left) and Courtney Buckley (right) work together to clean a residence. Wise and Buckley work for Student Maid, owned by Kristen Hadeed.

National Organizations Encourage Female Business Owners

What started out as a cleaning job to pay for a pair of jeans turned into a booming Gainesville business. Since then, business owner Kristen Hadeed’s cleaning company, Student Maid, has been successful and is growing daily.


First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville fills growlers in the 32-ounce size (left) and the gallon size (right). A longstanding ban on the popular 64-ounce growler prevents Florida craft breweries from filling or selling containers of that size.

Florida’s Craft Beer Industry Sees Growth Despite Growler Ban

Florida brewers are thriving despite a controversial law that prohibits the sale of 64-ounce beer growlers. A lawsuit calling the limit unconstitutional could change all that.


The Blanche Hotel is proposed to undergo a $14 million renovation to bring more businesses to downtown Lake City.

Historic Lake City Hotel to Undergo $14 Million Renovation

A project to renovate the historic Blanche Hotel in downtown Lake City will soon be underway. Lake City Mayor Stephen Witt said he is hoping the renovations bring new allure to downtown Lake City.


A Season’s Waste Makes Wine

Island Grove LLC., a Hawthorne berry farm, made a partnership to found a winery that makes use of the berries left in the fields at the end of the season that would have been frozen or thrown away.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments