Hopefully the lawyer representing Gulfport, Florida is aware of the cost to our town because of the high-profile oil spill publicity about Gulfport, Mississippi.
And so on...
Every time a storm or tragedy hits Gulfport, Mississippi our local web traffic skyrockets. People across the United States who have not been here do not know we are NOT Gulfport, Miss. I get calls and emails from friends and family whenever something happens in Gulfport, Miss. I tell them, "No, we are in Gulfport, Florida."
So bad publicity regarding the BP oil spill around Gulfport, Mississippi cost us more out-of-state visitors and tourism revenue than a lot of other towns in our area on the Gulf Coast who do not have a namesake in harder hit areas. It's bad luck, but that is the reality.