For Gulf businesses, fading summer is a lost cause

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - August 4, 2010

Unlike Louisiana, which has fishing, and Mississippi, which has gambling, resort towns on this stretch of sugar-white sand rely largely on one industry: tourism.

Even now, with the beaches relatively clean and the water clear, business is a bust as many tourists stay away, having heard about soiled beaches or fearing the unknown.

In Perdido Key, Fla., souvenir shop owner Wayne Cavalier says "without BP, we're done."

BP spokeswoman Pat Wright says the company has begun speeding up the claims process for business owners along the coast and has started easing documentation requirements.

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