I'm very pleased to be able to report first hand what many of you already know - we've had no oil of any kind on St. George or in our Bay so far. Not to tempt fate, or try to predict the future, but so far, so good - no oil on the beaches, no sheen, no smell, nothing. And, since the area affected has not extended easterly in over month, and the area outlined offshore is now shrinking instead of growing, I'm thinking it's about done what it is going to do. We may still see tar balls sometime - maybe even months from now, I don't know, but it doesn't look like we're going to get any of the sliming that our sister beaches far to our west have gotten.
Our only issue with seafood down here is that we can't get enough of it in the restaurants - particularly oysters - because the fishermen have had their boats in the BP work force and haven't been oystering. The oyster beds are open, and the oysters are good, when you can get them. Shrimp and fish are both in good supply, and are delicious - I've had both this past week in Apalach and on St. George, and they were excellent. At Papa Joe's, the folks who wanted oysters on the half-shell got them, but they were out of oysters to fry, and declined to do the double work of frying me a dozen that they first had to shuck! The shrimp were an excellent substitution.
Our real estate market has slowed a bit in response to so many people getting bad information about the oil (the media made it sound like we were all covered with oil, the entire coast of Florida), and being afraid of what *might* happen. Prices have responded somewhat due to that, plus we are getitng a few more bank foreclosure properties coming onto the market, usually 10% or so under market value, but in as-is condition, stripped out, usually missing appliances, that sort of thing. The banks price them to sell, and they sell, usually staying on the market just a few days.
So, you just about have to be on a market watch and ready to put an offer in if you're going to go for one of those great bank-owned deals. You still get a 7-10 day inspection period, but you probably won't have time to plan a trip down to see the property before you put in an offer - they go too fast.
If you are interested in keeping tabs on things, please let me know, and I can get you set up for a market watch, no problem - I'll need to know a price range and/or a specific location that you are interested in - beachfront, bayfront, south historic district in Apalach, commercial, etc. Give me a call and we can talk!
Thanks, and for all your good wishes and inquiries over the last few months, thank for keeping us in your thoughts. We are truly blessed.