Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 10, 2017
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Florida after the spill

“Our coast is clear.” That’s what Florida wanted tourists to know a month after the biggest environmental disaster in the US’ history. Almost a year after the BP oil spill, however, the number of Gulf Coast visitors has yet to rebound.

The average daily rate at some regional hotels is down 43 percent since 2009. What that means is that anyone craving shrimp and sun will get a deal, for the next few months, at least. Tourism is expected to recover in late 2011.

But that doesn’t mean the Gulf Coast isn’t ready for you now. Need proof? The new US$318-million Panama City Beach airport (iflybeaches.com) - the first international airport to be built in the US in a decade - has been flying high since last May.

Beach body not ready? Check out the new Frank Gehry-designed Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art (georgeohr.org) in Biloxi, Mississippi, instead. Phase one of the 12-year project opened last November.

The museum is named after George E. Ohr, the city’s “Mad Potter.” His newfangled, late-19th-century ceramics will be housed in the “pods” - twisted metal towers that jut from the ground - when they open in December 2012. Until then, art lovers can ogle Ohr’s warped ceramic forms throughout the museum or take in a travelling exhibit.

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