Apr. 24: The Gulf of Mexico oil spill...one-year-later

It's been one year since the Deep Water Horizon exploded, killing 11 men and eventually spilling 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

Who can forget the images of the runaway well and the waves of oil slowly moving ashore and into the marshland? Also the daily assessment of the possible impact that oil spill would have on the environment, fishing and tourism industries.

There is no doubt all of this had a negative impact on our state and even today our neighbors to the south continue to suffer the consequences.

Tourism is coming back, but at a slow pace. The fishing industry has suffered the most and although government reports say the seafood is safe, there is still a perception it may not be.

With that said, what can we do to help? As part of your vacation planning this year, consider a trip to South Louisiana. Most fishing areas are open, the duck hunting is just fine and all the tourist spots are welcoming visitors.

While you're there, enjoy some fresh Louisiana Gulf seafood. A healthy South Louisiana economy is good for us all.

I'm James Smith.