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News: Okaloosa Co. gets Doobies and $2M

Daily News reports that more than 4,000 people attended Rock the Beach, with the Doobie Brothers (read more). Also BP have agreed to pay Okaloosa County $2 million to help cover the costs of the county’s oil-protection plan for the Destin Pass (read more).

BP could hire Escambia County

The AP reports that BP is considering James Witt, the former FEMA director under Pres. Clinton, to help with community relations. (Read more). John Temperilli of James Lee Witt Associates has been advising Escambia County on this oil disaster since May.

New beach game

Find the tar balls. Beachgoers are digging to find them. Dr Lanza has a problem.

Buzz: BP brought in sand

We are hearing that BP brought on sand for yesterday's Hands across the Sand. Trying to confirm.

News: Every NWFL county is trying to protect bays

Orlando Sentinel reports: "Authorities now know they have a running, unpredictable battle on their hands as they struggle to protect the sea grasses and marshes along the Panhandle. And so some pass-protection systems are getting a lot more attention and money than others." ..."We're taking a [...]

Email on BP in Bayou Chico

To the Pensacola City Council (which doesn't meet again until July 19): I live in a townhouse on Mahogany Mill Pond, and I am very concerned about the Bayou Chico BP decontamination operation to be located at the old Runyons facility. Bayou Chico is a recovering Bayou, with an interesting mix [...]

Beach Resident reacts to Health Department’s Advisory

It was distressing to read the article on the front page of the Pensacola News Journal today in which it was reported that John Lanza lifted the health advisory for Pensacola Beach. John Lanza is the Director of the Escambia County Health Department which is charged with protecting the health and [...]

Buzz: National Guard to be called out

There is a persistent rumor that President Obama may activate the National Guard. Escambia County looked into the matter and was told that the Florida National Guard was not Haz Mat trained and thus could not assist in cleaning the beach. They can only do traffic detail. We will be stuck with [...]

SRIA misuses beautification funds

The Santa Rosa Island Authority has a beautification fund. Has the SRIA used that fund to buy equipment to get the tar balls and oil off the beach? No. How about buying a skimmer or another sand rake/sifter? No. The SRIA voted last Wednesday to pay $500,000 to build a stage on private [...]

Ponies & Balloons Act…we are expendable to BP

Kindra Arnesan, wife of one of the fisherman who became ill while working the BP clean-up effort, speaks out. She gave this speech at a Gulf Emergency Conference. See the transcript and you will see what "ponies & balloons" means. I have bolded it. Transcript of speech (via Democratic [...]

More pictures from Pensacola Beach

More pictures from Pensacola Beach

It's okay to get angry. We need to remember BP has told us "We will make this right." When?

Do politics determine health advisory on beaches?

BP tells us that the tar ball and the oil mousse on the beach are hazardous. Every Escambia Disaster Update begins with "DO NOT TOUCH oiled or injured wildlife. Report your finding to 1-866-557-1401." Clean-up workers wear HazMat suits and wear gloves in handling it. Researchers have shown us [...]

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