By Erin Roach, Baptist Press
VENICE (BP) – Residents in the small shrimping community of Venice are uncertain
about their future amid reporters whohave crowded into the state’s southernmost
town to cover the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
[img_assist|nid=6314|title=Orange booms snake across the front of Breton National Wildlife Refuge near Venice to prevent a slick from a massive oil spill|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]“It’s pretty much chaos. We have people from all over the country here – lots of reporters.
I’ve talked to reporters from Spain and from Germany. The president’s motorcade came down the other day,” SteveMcNeal, pastor of First Baptist Mission in Venice, told Baptist Press May 4.
At the same time, people who have relied on the shrimping industry and thesports fishing industry in Venice to earn an income fear the blows that could be dealt to their businesses.
“There are folks not knowing where their next dollar is coming from,” said McNeal, who also works as a firefighter.“One good thing is that there are a lot ofcleanup jobs. It’s hard, dirty work, but money is coming in. So I guess some folks who haven’t even had jobs in the past are now getting jobs.”