Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is urging BP to reconsider its denial of financial assistance for the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill led many tourists to cancel their hotel and charter boat reservation in the Florida Keys under the false perception that oil had reached Keys waters.
The Monroe County Tourist Development Council had been in contact with BP seeking ways to procure financial assistance from the company but they were experiencing difficulties in getting a response from the oil exploration giant. Ros-Lehtinen's office became involved in reaching a definitive response from BP and the Tourism Council was notified this week that BP would not support additional dollars for Keys tourism efforts. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen believes this is the wrong decision and she is asking that BP re-consider their decision.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "One year after the horrific explosion that killed 11 oil rig workers and dumped millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico, BP still refuses to acknowledge the economic damage the spill brought to the island chain community in the Florida Keys.
I am incredulous that BP officials still do not understand the terrible economic toll caused by the false perception of oil reaching Keys shores. BP has a responsibility to reimburse the many hotel and charter boat owners who faced widespread cancellations and they have a responsibility to do the same with the innumerable commercial fishermen who saw a steep drop in the sale of seafood caught off the Keys.
I am urging BP to reconsider its decision of not providing financial assistance to the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. That is the right thing to do for the countless persons and businesses in my Congressional District who are still suffering the consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill."