On top of Hurricane Katrina:
Now, the Deepwater Horizon disaster threatens both the energy and seafood industries like nothing before. The moratorium on fishing in the Gulf, coupled with the moratorium on drilling in the Gulf, have plunged the economy into chaos. Where there were once active fishing docks, boats now idle under the summer sun. Coastal communities that once catered to the needs of offshore rigs have seen businesses fold, and local tax revenues have taken a hit at a time when Baton Rouge has instituted sharp cutbacks in state spending.