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Santa Barbara tourism industry fends off oil spill concerns
Santa Barbara tourism industry fends off oil spill concerns

Is Santa Barbara covered in oil? Should I cancel my kayaking trip to Channel Islands National Park? Those are the kinds of questions Michael Cohen and his staff at Santa Barbara Adventure Co. have been fielding since Tuesday's oil spill at Refugio State Beach, 23 miles up the coast. The kayaking company and local hotels have been waging a public relations campaign this week to reassure visitors that the oil spill is no reason to cancel reservations. "We’re all working to educate people ... that Santa Barbara is still open and that it’s an isolated incident up north out of town,” Cohen said. Hotels in Goleta, 15 miles from the 21,000-gallon spill at Refugio...

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