Today marks the one year anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill. The spill lasted for 85 days and killed 11 men who were aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. 206 gallons spewed from the Gulf well. A year later, Cedar Key is working to improve its emergency management to deal with a worst case scenario. Cedar Key Mayor Pat O’Neal says when the Gulf oil spill began the city realized it was unprepared. He says oil never actually hit their shores, but the local economy has yet to fully recover.
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Alligator farming has become a critical source of skins for the leather industry. The skins are more pristine and can be raised in the most optimal conditions and many more of them can be supplied. Alligator farming has also played a role in conservation efforts for the species. But a consequence of the advent of farming has been an oversupply of skins that has made their value plummet. This oversupply has mainly come from large-scale industrial farms that can slaughter thousands of animals every week and have chomped smaller operations out of business.