Pepsicola, Florida - In a community that depends on tourism, even the worst environmental disaster in United States history isn't enough to stop the flow. In the words of Bubba, a lifelong resident, "It's all in evaluating the possibilities."
Since the pristine white sand beaches of Florida's Gulf Coast are such a draw to tourists from around the world, the spill is being eyed as a free prop to draw in the younger crowd. Think oil. And Bikinis.
Oil wrestling has become both an alluring and provocative new past time among local and out of state visitors, with participants being awarded prizes and spectators buying tickets to watch the action. One college student visiting from Canada even speculated on the idea of turning his dorm into an oil wrestling arena when he returned home.
Mack Dougal, who claims to have come up with the idea, explained it this way: "Why not? It pays the bills, well oiled chicks are hot, and-- Did you want another 2-for-1 on those longnecks?"