In this Nov. 8, 2010 photo, Mark and Diane Schmadel of Linton, Ind., sit near the state pier in Gulf Shores, Ala. After a disastrous summer tourism season and a slower-than-normal fall, Northern and ... more 
In this Nov. 8, 2010 photo, Mark and Diane Schmadel of Linton, Ind., sit near the state pier in Gulf Shores, Ala. After a disastrous summer tourism season and a slower-than-normal fall, Northern and Midwestern visitors known as "snowbirds" already are flocking along the Gulf for the winter, filling up condominium parking lots and campgrounds with cars and RVs from states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Dave Martin
Thu, Nov 25, 2010 3:56 PM EST