Local residents still headed to Alabama's Coast

Reported by: Melissa McKinney - bio | email
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - To go to the beach or not? It's a common dilemma for many these days. While some cancel their trips to the Emerald Coast other families can't wait to get there.

In just a few days The Maddox's will hit the road. They're headed to a family reunion in Panama City Beach and then spending the rest of the week in Gulf Shores.

"Everybody was a little bit concerned about whether or not to come over from Louisiana, Georgia and parts of Alabama," said Michael Maddox.

But Michael and April Maddox can't imagine their yearly trip taking them anywhere else.

"The boys didn't want to cancel...they were ready to go," added April Maddox.

Despite the oil they plan to make the best of it.

"No matter what obstacles are thrown in our way...we're still going down there with the intentions of having a good time." says Michael.

But not everyone feels the same.

Belinda Hall's family reunion was planned for the Gulf Coast but it's not anymore.

"The oil, yes, has deterred me from going down there. We'll just have to find another spot to go," said Mrs. Hall.

And while they're not letting the spill slow them down, The Maddox's still have a game plan if it does.

"If I see them come out with a brown leg, I'm gonna run them up there and wash em off real quick." stated Mr. Maddox.

The Maddox family say they're happy to spend their tourism dollars helping out folks on the coast.

In fact, they're trying to think positively. They expect to not only see a lot of people, but white sand too.

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