I was actually in the middle of photographing a wedding when I first noticed a raised mound of sand to my right with some words spelled out on it. The bride and groom later walked past it allowing me to pause quickly (hence not getting the framing perfect) to make this photograph and finally read what it said:
SAVE OUR GULF
The beaches of west-central Florida remain untainted by the BP oil spill due to I believe the direction of the currents in the Gulf. Yet as I often have contact with beach side businesses like hotels and rental agencies via my beach wedding photography jobs, I have heard that despite our oil-free beaches here, business is down, especially for the hotels. Thus, I can only imagine the hardships businesses that are actually on oil covered beaches must be experiencing right now. A large portion of my photography livelihood is made on Pinellas County's beautiful sandy beaches. If oil ever does make its way on shore here, myself, and all other beach photographers could take a hit. Although I would be more worried about my local bird friends (as I wrote about here) and sea creature friends, as I can just shift my business more inland.
My gut feeling is that BP does not want to permanently cap the well. That it has and is still holding out hope to be able to cap it and still pump all the oil out of it and sell it despite the PR and stock price nightmare of the past 82 days.
Are there any protests to the BP oil spill on your local beaches or in your neighborhoods? If so, please link to them in the comments.