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Beach update June 11

Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key Update Friday, June 10 - 2 p.m. - Update #08 * Unified Command clean-up and assessment teams are responding with daily cleanup. Pensacola Beach * Oil coverage was reported as less than 1% this morning. * A plume of oil has been reported several [...]

DEP Latest Update

Landfall Reports and Predictions: On June 11, a large plume of weathered oil was detected nine miles south of Pensacola Pass. The plume is two miles wide and goes south for 40 miles. An additional plume of non-weathered oil was verified through state reconnaissance data. The plume is located [...]

Vessels of Opportunity is quick money for teachers, etc.

We are hearing that teachers, just out of school, are borrowing their friends' boats. They signed up for the Vessels of Opportunity program this week and already have been activated----getting checks for $1200-$2000 per day. Others are taking vacations and signing up, too. Charter boats and [...]

EOC: 9:30 press conference notes

The EOC folks look worn out. The stress is starting to show as the battle against the BP black tide is being fought on our beaches and waterways. Commissioner Grover Robinson reported that Pensacola Pass is clear this morning and that BP skimmers had worked through the night in the Gulf to keep the [...]

Bayou Texar Could Get More Help Soon

In e-mail correspondences between City Council member Larry B. Johnson and City Manager Al Coby, Johnson raises concern over the protection of Bayou Texar and Project Green Shores. Texar only has one boom, which sits at the mouth of the bay. Green Shores only has phase 1 protected with [...]

City manager passes on BP surety bond

Pensacola City Manager Al Coby is not recommending that City Council require BP to put up a surety bond to cover any city expenses or environmental damages and remediation costs associated with BP's staging area in Bayou Chico. Instead the City will use the Government Entity Claims Process for [...]

Ashton calls for $25M bond for Bayou Chico

Press release: ASHTON HAYWARD CALLS ON PENSACOLA MAYOR TO STAND UP TO BP Proposes $25 Million Surety Bond From BP to Protect Bayou Chico Property June 10, 2010 - (Pensacola, FL) Ashton Hayward challenged Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins to act quickly to protect Pensacola citizens and property [...]

Your Call media roundtable

Last Friday, June 4, I was part of KALW's Media Roundtable. KAWL is a NPR station in San Francisco. The roundtable discusssed media coverage of the Gaza-bound flotilla attacked by Israeli commandos, the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico -- the oil is now close to Florida -- and the [...]

Brits support BP, shut up America

As I wrote earlier in the week, it wouldn't be long before the British government and business leaders would act us for demanding too much from British Petroleum. NYT: "...in Britain, where the company is a mainstay of the stock market and a favorite of pension funds, investors and politicians [...]

How BP handles spills (Video)

This is what happens when BP spills coffee.

Letter to Crist from Ford

June 11, 2010 The Honorable Charlie Crist Governor – State of Florida The Capitol PL-05 400 N. Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399 Dear Governor Crist: Enclosed you will find a copy of the letter sent to Speaker Cretul, President Atwater, and, I assume, to you by my local tax [...]

Next two days will be worse

At the 4:30 pm press conference yesterday, Commissioner Grover Robinson said the Friday and Saturday are expected to be bad days in regards to the BP oil disaster. Bad days for Escambia County. The winds will be from the south and southwest, driving the oil plumes to our shores. Robinson was [...]

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