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Fishermen and vendors say oil spill will change their lives

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Doug Walker – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Pat Pigott owns and operates Get Wet on the Biloxi beach. He feels his days of renting jet skis, beach chairs and paddleboats to customers may be over soon. Pat said he has weathered many storms over the years, but nothing like this.  

"I could never imagine this scenario, ever. I mean hurricanes, yeah. I've been through them, bad times, economically, been through them, but I never imagined that an oil spill could shut me down."  

With the oil slick looming ever closer to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, fishermen are out trying their luck this weekend. They said they feared this could be the last for a while.  

Alex McCollum had buckets full of bait hoping for a good day.

"I'm a big time fisherman, and I think this will be the last time fishing in these waters for a long time," McCollum said. 

So, how long is a long time?  Another fisherman, Wesley Powers, has his own dire prediction.

"If the oil does reach here devastating all the beaches and wetlands we have, it will take years to clean up," Powers said. 

Down on the beach, people enjoyed walking the sandy beaches. One of those people is Steve Brown. He and his family are visiting the coast from Nebraska, and even in middle America, Brown says the spill is on everyone's mind.

"The oil spill is coming, and I'm concerned about that," Brown said. 

And so is everyone else who knows the natural jewel we call the coast could lose its unique shine for many years. 

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