The t imeline tells the story of why Surfside Beach continues to see its namesake coastline disappear despite projects that could prevent it from being taken by the Gulf of Mexico.

In April 2010, an underwater oil drilling operation known as Deepwater Horizon had a massive blowout that leaked millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. It took weeks to stem the flow of oil, forcing the closure of tens of thousands of square miles of Gulf of Mexico waters to fishing and causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats, and tourism.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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