High gas prices halt spring break travel

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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -  It's not last year's Gulf oil spill that has Ron Rutland worried.

"It cost us $300 dollars," he says referring to his gas tab after a weekend trip to his parents' house in Knoxville.

With fuel prices so high, he says a trip to the beach is out of the question.

"That's really a great deterrent on what we do this summer."

While some folks may second guess those spring break trips simply because the cost to get there is too high, Bay Minette resident Marilyn Bamberg doesn't think too many are opting out of their gulf coast getaways.

"There's a lot of traffic going towards Gulf Shores, Alabama. When I see all the traffic I'm surprised because [the gas prices are so high]."

"It looks like it's going to be a great season," says Alabama Tourism Director, Lee Sentell.

He says condo rentals are already booked for the summer months.

"A lot of people feel like they're overdue for a trip to the beach."

And even though folks like Rutland say it's just as easy to stay home, Sentell says that's not so bad, either.

"Go to the zoo, or the Hank Williams museum.  Do something with the family that is a little out of the ordinary because everyone deserves a little spring break vacation whether they have to go out of town to the beach to make it happen." 

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