Galveston sees many tourists, despite recent oil spill

The city believes the oil itself is a short-term problem.

Instead of oil on the beach, people were found.

GALVESTON, TX (CNN) - A beach in Texas impacted by an oil spill earlier this month is back in business.

As oil rolled inland and plagued Galveston's shorelines last week, things weren't looking good for the island. But Keith Mica and his daughter came down anyway.

A lot of people expected a lot worse. After all, it was 168,000 gallons of oil. But instead of oil on the beach, they saw people. Crowds of them under sunny skies, wading into clear water, and spending money on the island.

It almost seemed too perfect, but the oil is still around.

Less than 100 yards from where the people are enjoying those beaches, remnants of the oil spill are still seen, and on East Beach, things are worse. That area is still closed to the public.

It's why businesses on the sea wall are still holding their breath and keeping a close eye on the tides.

The city of Galveston says it believes the oil itself is a short-term problem. The concern now is turning that tide of public perception so it doesn't become a long-term problem.

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