This Tuesday, March 29, 2011 photo shows businesses near the coast in Destin, Fla. Gulf Coast tourism officials who gathered for a meeting at a Florida Panhandle resort this week weren’t exactly ... more 
This Tuesday, March 29, 2011 photo shows businesses near the coast in Destin, Fla. Gulf Coast tourism officials who gathered for a meeting at a Florida Panhandle resort this week weren’t exactly jumping for joy over the prospects for growth in 2011, even with the worst of the recession and BP oil spill in their rear-view mirrors. Instead, there was measured optimism that this would be a year of modest recovery _ that vacationers would continue coming back to the beaches and seafood restaurants in communities whose images and economies were battered by the specter of the oil spill last year. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Melissa Nelson
Fri, Apr 1, 2011 10:03 AM EDT