The Destin Chamber of Commerce board recently passed a resolution to oppose offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The group opposes offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on the grounds of tourism dependence in the area, according to a press release. They say that it is vital to their economy to have a tourism industry and that the industry could be negatively impacted by oil drilling off the coast. The group has major concerns because the area's beaches bring thousands of tourists.
The Destin Chamber said federal policies have protected the eastern Gulf of Mexico since 1983. The federal policies restricted drilling and exploration of oil and natural gas.
The area of Florida is also home to the military's Joint Gulf Range Complex. The military does testing and training here, giving it a designation of Military Mission Line (MML), which the chamber said also would be impacted by drilling.
The resolution states that "drilling structures and associated activities east of the MML would be incompatible with military activities, negatively impact our military's readiness, compromise our nation's military superiority, and threaten our economic vitality."
The chamber represents approximately 950 members. The resolution was signed by Destin Chamber board Chairman Lockwood Wernet and attested by Shane A. Woody, president and CEO of the chamber.