Friday, July 30, 2010

Oil spill ripple effects surprising

As the menace of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy began to grow over the horizon, few here knew what to expect in early May.

Especially small business owners on Anna Maria Island gearing up for a summer tourist season.

Not Danny Canniff.

Not Eric Cairns.

Not Lauren Sato.

They weren’t about to push the panic button, but John Droukas voiced their collective fear of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“If it comes this way, it will destroy my business,” said the owner of the Havana Cabana resturant in Holmes Beach.

It didn’t happen.

Three months later, nary a drop touched our shores.

Yet the ripple effect had its impact.

Read more Sunday in Mannix About Manatee.

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