GULF SHORES, AL (WBRC) - Some of the state's top elected officials spent their weekend visiting the Gulf Coast.
Alabama Senator Richard Shelby met with local officials, fishermen and BP to get an update on the latest cleanup efforts.
Meanwhile, Governor Bob Riley took some of his own advice and brought his family down to the gulf for a Father's Day weekend vacation. "I just want to encourage people to come on down, enjoy this place. It truly is almost a magical place," said Riley
The state is planning a major push in the coming days to lure visitors to the coast. Officials estimate business is off by half because of the oil spill.
FOX6 is joining several of our sister stations across Alabama to take a closer look at the long-term damage to our environment and our economy from the oil leak.
Join us for a Raycom News Network special report.
"Coastal Crisis: Impact Alabama" airs on FOX6 this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.