Local Gulf Coast vacation plans

By Regina Russo – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Several local residents are changing their vacation plans due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Travel agencies are seeing two types of customers, the kind that hasn't booked, thinking if they should go, and those who have booked but want to cancel," said Elaine Zeinner with AAA in Cincinnati.

Zeinner says they're keeping a close eye on popular vacation destinations and the conditions are changing by the minute.

"Right now the Panhandle, Pensacola, tar balls are washing up, but beaches are open," said Zeinner.

But if they are still a bit nervous,

"If people really want beach vacations, Virginia Beach, West Coast Florida, St. Peters, Ft. Meyers are great resorts right now," she said.

FOX19 employee Amy Zeurhusen plans to go to a friend's condo in Panama City Beach next week.

"He said come on everything's fine as of right now," said Zeurhusen. "So we all thought bad day at the oily beach, better than a day at the office let's just go."

But just down the hall, Amber Hartman is canceling some plans for her family for Fourth of July, and their annual vacation to Florida.

"We did made plans to go to Destin, Florida," said Hartman.

So they canceled their condo, and are going to Daytona.

Diana Doll of Loveland owns a condo in Orange Beach, Alabama and she's taken a few cancellations of her own, but she says most of them didn't have to.

"If you want to salvage your vacation, do your due diligence and to contact them and try to look up the web sites," said Doll.

The number one piece of advice is to get travel insurance.

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