Central Ala. residents support coast by shopping

CALERA, Ala. (AP) - Fifty people from central Alabama are showing their support for the Gulf Coast by shopping.

Planes lined up at the Shelby County Airport Saturday morning to take people down to the coast to shop and eat.

Johnny Barnes, a pilot and organizer of the trip, tells The Birmingham News that the goal is to show support for the area, which is suffering a loss of business after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Some of the shoppers planned to return to Shelby County Saturday evening while others planned to spend money in the coast's hotels and return home Sunday.

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