Gulf Shores, Ala. man creates video to protest oil spill handling

Gulf Shores, Alabama man creates video to protest oil spill handling

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"We are open. You can't swim, surf, fish or sail. but you can come down and breathe toxins. Come on down the beach is beautiful," David Crosby says in his video. "We are open. You can't swim, surf, fish or sail. but you can come down and breathe toxins. Come on down the beach is beautiful," David Crosby says in his video.

By DENAE D'ARCY
6 News Anchor/Reporter

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WATE) - A Gulf Shores, Alabama man who's unhappy with the state's handling of the oil spill aftermath has created his own video in protest.

David Crosby has lived in Gulf Shores for 30 years.

He knows the water like the back of his hand and shared where to fish for oysters that are half a foot long. 

However, the water is closed to fishing.

His main gripe is what he calls the cover up. Crosby believes things are worse than the picture people are getting from the Alabama governor's office.

"Every evening, (a spokesperson for the Gulf Shores Tourism Department) Rebecca Wilson is telling anything but the truth. Our own governor says to get in the water at your own discretion," Crosby said.

He created a video to parody Wilson. He sports a long, blond wig, silver earrings and a padded shirt and calls himself Rebecca Spillson.

"We are open. You can't swim, surf, fish or sail. but you can come down and breathe toxins. Come on down the beach is beautiful," he says in it.

Gov. Bob Riley's office called Wednesday to say they refute the claim that they're painting a rosy picture of the area.

Crosby plans to continue making his videos to bring attention to the effects of the oil spill. He's been interviewed by the New York Times, Business Today and nationally syndicated radio shows.

He says the situation is even more personal to him because he scattered his mother's ashes there.

"She wanted to be somewhere where she was happy and I was happy. Now it is a toxic waste dump," Crosby said.

On the flip side of this story, a restaurant owner said he feels the positive messages about the beach are accurate and people who come to Gulf Shores will have nice vacations.

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