Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Clampdown in Gulf Shores

The two spring break locations in Alabama, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, have passed ordinances forbidding alcohol on the beaches there. There's the recent example of Panama City Beach, which is experiencing a decline in motel and rental occupancy and the local economy, heavily based on tourism, is in a slump.

There will be brave souls who will still break at the Redneck Riviera; but my prediction is that a lot of the college crowd will shift over to the Gulfport-Biloxi area. Their casinos are doing a booming business as it is.

I did not get the sense that Gulf Shores was ever rowdy like P.C.B. allegedly was; but the city councils there became alarmist and became more restrictive. With the drive to make the area family-friendly, will they outlaw bikinis and thongs next?

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