Having talked to a few fishing guides that are doing fishing charters in the inland rivers and in the ocean, I am hearing the same stories from the 2010 season. After the oil spill people just stopped booking fishing trips. Many of them have gone to the GCCF and asked for emergency payment and some have gotten money but more are still fighting the fight with the GCCF for their lost of income in 2010.
Charter Fishing Will It Ever Be The Same ?
People I talk to have been wondering if the charter fishing will ever be the same after the oil spill, will the tourists come back and enjoy the clear waters around Florida`s coast and will they come back in time to save their business. People are scared out there, people are angry about the GCCF and the short sightedness of their methodology of the final claims payment. They don’t know if its going to be enough to cover the losses that they have already had, and if it will cover them in the future.
The answer I give people I talk to is, don’t settle, don’t sign off on the final claims paper work, take the interim payment option offered by the GCCF and take 6 month at a time until you know if you business is coming back. If the money GCCF is offering is not enough, go with the best attorney’s to handle you case. People with experience in dealing with BP and people that can get you what you deserve.
Are The Tourist coming back in 2011
Its very important that small business don’t give up hope and don’t stop trying to drum up new business, its important for two reasons.
1) If you don’t try and get your business back and get it running after the oil spill you will not have done your part, when it comes to filing final claims with GCCF, you have to try and limit your damages from the spill by you doing marketing, websites and all that you can do to drum up new business.
2) For yourself its important to know that you can run your business again without the help of the GCCF if you get denied a claim by them, also for cash flow before the GCCF people decides to pay you the money owed.
Filling a GCCF Claim Yourself or Go With An Attorney ?
There is a reason for the GCCF advocating for you to file your own claim and don’t get the attorney’s involved as you have now seen after almost 9 month of history of the GCCF. They simply don’t want the headache of dealing with the attorney’s that know what they are doing to people are not right. The GCCF want to be able to force you to take smaller money now because its the only option you have. The attorney’s knows the games the GCCF are playing on people and they know that the final claims numbers that are being offered by the GCCF are not right and should be much higher. We have found the best attorney’s to handle different styles of cases and we will help everybody that fills out a contact form on the right hand side. If its a small claim or a big claim everybody that contacts us will get help with their GCCF claims.
Disclaimer: I am not an attorney and I am not giving legal advice here its just my opinion of the situation on the ground and what I would do in a similar situation.