Meeting of the Mayors

July 9th, 2010 at 2:50 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors, Uncategorized

(From L to R) Jason Smith, Bob Grip, Jeff Collier, Stan Wright, Tony Kennon, Robert Craft

If you’re interested in the oil spill in the Gulf (and who isn’t nowadays), take some time and watch the conversation we had with the mayors of 4 coastal Alabama cities Thursday afternoon.

It took a little work to get Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier, Bayou La Batre Mayor Stan Wright, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft to arrange their schedules to meet in one place for the conversation, but I think it was worth it. I hope you will, too.

We talked for nearly an hour on everything from how the mayors rated the responsiveness of BP to the spill; to how to maintain basic services in the face of declining sales and property taxes; the work underway to fill in the “Katrina cut” on Dauphin Island, and the impact of the spill on the tourism and recreational boating industries.

At the conclusion of the conversation, I asked all 4 mayors if they were optimistic or pessimistic about the future.  Two said they were optimistic, two said they were realistic.  To find out who said what, click on the link.

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