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DEP: ‘If you see tar balls in the water, I wouldn’t get in’

From Northwest Florida Daily News: As tar balls washed ashore on Walton County’s beaches, a standing-room-only crowd met Thursday for a town hall meeting to discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill... read more. “If you see tar balls in the water, I wouldn’t get in there,” said DEP [...]

News: Buck Lee comes off bad in national press

The Christian Monitor writes about people getting sick from swimming in the gulf ( After Gulf swimmers report illness, questions about opening a beach ). Santa Rosa Island Authority manager Buck Lee is criticized for reopening the beach to swimmers without any scientific basis for his [...]

Florida Nearing Louisiana In Dead Birds

The number of dead birds recovered along Florida's coastline is nearing that of Louisiana. As of Thursday, there were 431 dead birds recovered in our area compared to 470 in Louisiana. In terms of those collected alive, Florida had  127 while Louisiana's number was 695. Obviously the numbers do [...]

BP Helping Sertoma Out

BP has agreed to pay for the tugboat and barge that will be used in the Sertoma 4th of July fireworks display. Angela Boroca, spokesperson for the Pensacola Sertoma, says she went out and asked BP for the money yesterday when it became clear her group could not find vessels to use that were within [...]

Beach Health Advisory Extended

Health advisory issued for beach due to oil spill - All gulf beachside waters in Escambia now under advisory - Effective immediately, in response to a report by the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center of extensive presence of oil sheen, oil mousse and tar balls, the Escambia County (FL) [...]

Buzz:Beach Businesses Withholding Information

I've heard from several employees of Pensacola Beach businesses that say they are having trouble getting the green light from their employers for BP financial claims. Some are refusing to write the required letter that states that hours have been cut. Anybody have any more information on this? [...]

Perdido Pass system is working

From Thompson Engineering: As most of you are aware, over the past few weeks, Thompson Engineering has been under contract to install a prototype steel boom and piling system at Perdido Pass to assist in the oil collection as a first line of defense against incoming hydrocarbon product to the [...]

Buzz: No Barge For Fireworks?

We are hearing there is currently no barge lined up for the Sertoma 4th of July fireworks display. The budget for the barge is roughly $8,000 but the lowest figure the group has found is with a group in Mobile that is charging $12,000.

Why aren’t skimmers working off our water?

Commissioner Grover Robinson said that the EOC press conference the helicopters and satellite images show that there are no skimmers off our shores, but there are several working in Mississippi and Alabama. "The skimmers are stopping at the Florida state line," said Robinson. Lucia [...]

EOC: Where is the $50 million?

The state of Florida has been given $50 by BP to assist counties deal with the BP oil disaster. Ten weeks after the explosion at Deepwater Horizon, Escambia County has been told that will get $1.9 million. Commissioner Grover Robinson is still fighting for three belt skimmers to fight the oil in [...]

Submit Your Questions to BP’s Top Exec

Press Release: Submit Your Questions to BP’s Top Executive When “America Speaks to BP” Live July 1 at 2:30 PM CST Pensacola, Fla. — On Thursday, July 1 at 2:30 pm CST, Ray Suarez of the PBS NewsHour will moderate a live question and answer session between Bob Dudley, the BP executive [...]

June 30 photos

June 30 photos

From Kim Carmichael: Oil was close to reaching certain spots on Ft. Pickens Rd today. In the third picture you can see how close the oil is to a turtle's nest. For the third day in a row nothing was being done to stop oil from entering the pass. Also, for the third day in a row not a soul was even [...]

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