“The massive oil spill spreading out in the Gulf of Mexico has Florida's on edge” St. Petersburg Times.
"This could have lingering, disastrous implications" Palm Beach Post.
It’s inconceivable. An oil spill of epic, almost biblical proportions has dumped 19,000 barrels of crude oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico for 40 straight days, ballooning from only 40 miles across, to now spanning some 3,400 square miles, threatening the already frail Florida real estate market. BP’s black monster now sits only 9 miles off Florida’s panhandle.
Unbelievably, there is no end in sight . Although emergency modes have been declared by the Governor, Floridians are forced to helplessly watch as the oil plume, caught in the Loop Current, creeps towards valuable coastal properties. BP’s oil could blacken the beaches in its wake and those homes and properties caught along the spill’s immediate path are forecast to decline at least 30% in value.
BP’s Black Oil Sending Beach House Buyers to Mexico
St. Joe, the largest single land owner group in Florida, holding some 600,000 acres, has already lost 25% of its value on the news of the approaching slick. Sarasota Beach is already reporting the faint smell of oil in the air and those who don’t want to risk the oil spill ruining their summer beach house buying plans are heading elsewhere, like South Padre Island off the Texas mainland, or Mexico’s protected Caribbean Coast known as the Riviera Maya.
The Riviera Maya runs along the Yucatan Coastline near Playa del Carmen and Cancun for approximately 72 miles all the way down to Tulum. It is located in the state of Quintana Roo in Eastern Mexico and is the only Caribbean coastline in Mexico which means its protected from the looming Gulf oil spill and boasts warm, clear, clean waters year round. Conde Naste Magazine just recently named the Riviera Maya as having the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Best Beaches (Minus the Oil)
It is the actual location where the Corona Commercials are filmed and it is quickly becoming a secret hideaway for many celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Leonardo Dicaprio, Mick Jagger, Drew Barrymore and Fergie. Playa Del Carmen, the center of the Mayan Riviera, has one of the most diverse cultures of any beach area in the world. For example, there are 190 flights a day and people from 47 countries live here…Americans, Italians, Canadians, Argentineans, Spanish, British, Swiss, Germans, French, etc.
No other area in Mexico or perhaps the world has such diversity and culture! Picture a beautiful, boutique European village sitting by the sea…that is Playa Del Carmen. The Mayan Riviera is an ideal balance of Mexican, American, European and ancient Mayan Culture, with all the conveniences and products North Americans are used to from back home in Florida.
This year is the 20th anniversary for Stephen Leatherman’s now famous, “Best Beaches List”. For the first time in 20 years, Leatherman is leaving Florida’s Gulf beaches off the list of America’s Best Beaches altogether. He was quoted to say, “they are so close to the oil spill, I couldn't take the chance to put them on the list this year." Many Americans are echoing his sentiment this summer. Rather than risk it, they are by-passing Florida, putting on their Sombreros and heading for the oil-free, white sand beaches and crystalline waters of the Mexican Caribbean where the only oil they will find is in their tanning bottles.
by Michael Zenn