A new group calling itself "I'm Going to the Gulf Anyway" has recently popped up on Facebook:
This group is committed simply to the idea that instead of canceling your trip to the Gulf for vacation because of the oil spill, we're going anyway. If there is oil when you get there, you could volunteer to help cleanup if needed. Makes sense to help out considering all the great memories you have from going there all these years...
It seems to be functioning as a sort of a pep rally, a small but hopeful gesture of commitment for a region seriously in need of one just about now. Here's one typical post:
For better or worse I will be traveling to the NW. Florida Gulf Coast, supporting the local economy and spending my 4th of July family vacation with my family in Destin. I loved the area pre-oil, I love it now, and I will continue to love an support the area and people post-oil...until it is all better again.