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News: Whale in the Gulf

From Huffington Post: In this video from CNN, hop on board the world's largest oil skimmer, "A Whale", to get a firsthand look at the massive ship that is awaiting approval from the Coast Guard to begin contributing to the Gulf oil spill cleanup operations. ABC World News reports that the [...]

Thank BP for fireworks

As we reported yesterday, BP is paying for the Sertoma fireworks on the Fourth of July. I am probably the only one who sees the irony in a British company paying for a fireworks display that celebrates our independence from Great Britain. We've learned that Pensacola isn't the only city that is [...]

Is it time to close EOC?

For 10 weeks, the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center has been operating. It is on W Street miles away from the impacted areas. This is an operation that was made for dealing with hurricanes and other natural disasters--events of limited duration. County staff is having to operate out two [...]

News: BP oil penetrating inland waterways

Mobile Press Register: Following an afternoon reconnaissance flight, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach employees reported that oil of some sort -- be it sheen, tarballs or orange globs -- had impacted all 32 miles of Baldwin's beaches and streams of oil were spotted as far north as Wolf Bay in Orange [...]

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.

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