I planned my trip to Sarasota, FL, several weeks before the BP oil spill in the Gulf on Mexico. Every time I'd been to Sarasota, it was too cold to enjoy the beach but I figured that it should finally be warm enough on Memorial Day Weekend. Well, now I wasn't worried about the weather — I was afraid that the beautiful Siesta Key beach, which sits on the Gulf coast, would be contaminated by the oil spill. Luckily, my fears have been for naught because Siesta Key beach has remained clean and oil-free (as you can see in the photo above, which was taken on Friday). I've now spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday (today) relaxing on the beach.
Siesta Beach was named the second best beach in the US by Dr. Beach, who uses 50 criteria to determine his list. And yes, this list does include Hawaii. Siesta Beach has sand like talcum power: fine and white. If I brought you there blindfolded and then told you that you were in the Caribbean, you'd believe me, especially as you felt the calm, clear, warm (81 degrees!) water. It would be an elaborate ruse, yes, but that's how good this beach is. I'm so thankful that it hasn't been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
So far, no beaches in Florida have had to close because of the oil spill. Ironically, the beaches in Florida believed to be at the biggest risk are Key West and Miami, because of the loop current. So the beaches on Florida's Gulf Coast should be safe. In the meantime, British Petroleum, plug up that leak!