Deepwater Horizon Incident Update #21
(Highlighted sections indicate new information)
- Navarre Beach and Santa Rosaâs entire coastline is open.Â Â Two links to live Web cams onÂ NavarreÂ BeachÂ are available atÂ www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill.
- Winds and currents continue to keep the plume away from theÂ FloridaÂ coastline for at least the next 72 hours.
- According to the NOAA oil plume model, the oil spill is 55 miles southwest ofÂ Pensacola, 110 miles from Port St. Joe, and 280 miles fromÂ Clearwater.
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are coordinating sea turtle nesting beach and stranding activities.Â Â BP will be contracting with Ecological Associates, Inc. to assist with sea turtle nesting beach surveys and stranding response.
- Dr. Richard Snyder, director for theÂ CenterÂ ofÂ Environmental DiagnosticsÂ and Bioremediation at theÂ UniversityÂ ofÂ West FloridaÂ will attend the Board of County Commissioner Meeting on Thursday, May 27 to give a presentation and answer questions from the boardÂ on the possible impacts of the oil spill toÂ Santa RosaÂ County.Â Â The meeting will be held at theÂ CountyÂ AdministrativeÂ Center, Commissioner’s Board Room,Â 6495 Caroline StreetÂ inÂ MiltonÂ and begins atÂ 9 a.m.
- Deepwater Horizon emergency management situation reports and incident action plans will be released onÂ Mondays andÂ Thursdays only, unless impact is imminent or other issues arise that need immediate attention. TheÂ EOCÂ will continue at a level 2 or partial activation.
- A volunteer frequently asked questions link is now available atÂ www.santarosa,fl.gov/oilspill under Volunteer Information as “Volunteer FAQ.”
- At this time, there are no plans to use dispersants inÂ Florida.Â Â If Dispersants are to be considered in state waters, the determination to use the chemicals would be evaluated by DEP with input from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionâs Florida Wildlife Research Institute, and EPA.
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working closely with its federal partners in order to ensure an aggressive dispersant monitoring plan is being implemented by BP and is posting this information to ensure the public has access to the data. Dispersants are a chemical used to break up oil into small droplets so that they are more easily degraded.Â Â For more information visitÂ www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill, under the âOther Links of Interestâ heading.
- On May 21,Â staff ofÂ Santa RosaÂ CountyÂ and Gulf Breeze toured BP’s staging and response areas at NAS Pensacola and a private Industrial/Shipping site on Bayou Chico offÂ Myrick St.
- Santa RosaÂ CountyÂ public information updates will be released as new information is available, at least twice a week, until further notice.
- Oil onÂ Floridaâs coastline will most likely be in the form of tar balls, oil sheen, tar patches or mats. To learn more visitÂ For more information visitÂ www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill, under the Fact Sheet and Q & A heading.
- The public is reminded thatÂ ALLÂ suspected sightings of oil substances from the spill should be reported directly to the oil sighting hotline at 1-866-448-5816.Â Â Do not pick the substance up. When reporting to the hotline, please be ready to provided detailed sighting information, including a description and an address or prominent landmarks.
- Spill responders are asking for the publicâs help in monitoring boom along theÂ GulfÂ Coast. Boaters are requested to report sightings of broken, disconnected, or adrift boom; and encouraged to keep their distance from boom especially at night and in conditions of restricted visibility.Â Â Report damaged, vandalized, adrift, or stolen boom toÂ 1-866-448-5816.
- Santa RosaÂ CountyÂ and the State ofÂ FloridaÂ continue to make preparations to safeguard the stateâs shoreline.
- In order to condense our updates, older information that is still valid including tips, links, training schedules and other information for business and residents, are now available atÂ www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill.
- BP Claims for Deepwater Horizon can now be submitted atÂ www.bp.com/claims.
- To serve the residents ofÂ Santa RosaÂ County, BPÂ opened a claims officeÂ in Midway on Friday, May 14. The office is located at 5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway Unit B-9 in Gulf Breeze. Hours of operation will beÂ 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
oÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â BP recommends anyone with a claim to callÂ 1-800-440-0858Â to help expedite the process. By calling the claims number, adjusters at the claims office will have the information prior to your visit.
oÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The office is located at: BP ClaimsÂ Office 5668 Gulf Breeze Pkwy Unit B-9 Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
- BP claims inÂ Florida: 3,118/ approximately $1,972,003.92 paid
oÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Wage Loss: 1,651 claims/ $840,561.20
oÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Loss of Income:
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Commercial: 255 claims/ $142,633.93
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Business Interruption: 145 claims/ $55,400
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Shrimper: 92 claims/ $215,000
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Fisherman: 3335 claims/ $305,328.79
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Oyster Harvester: 3 claims/ $2,500
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Crabber: 5 claims/ $5,000
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Recreational Fisherman: 3 claims/ $5,000
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rental Property: 340 claims/ $22,280.00
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Charters:193 claims/ $321,620
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Maintenance Company: 5 claims/ $6,680
Â§Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Seafood Processor: 7 claims/ $5,000
- The fisheries, wildlife and seafood off ofÂ Floridaâs coast in state waters are safe and there are no alerts at this time.
- NOAA has modified and expanded the boundaries of the closed fishing area in the oil oil-affected portions of theÂ Gulf of Mexico. All commercial and recreational fishing including catch and release is prohibited in the closed area; however, transit through the area is allowed. Learn more atÂ http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/bulletins/pdfs/2010/FB10-045_BP_Oil_Spill_Closure_052510.pdf
- This revised closed area is bounded by rhumb lines connecting, in order, the following coordinates:
oÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â From the point where 30Â°01′ N. lat. intersects with the 3 nautical mile Louisiana state boundary; proceeding southeasterly to the point 29Â°50′ N. lat. and 88Â°14′ W. long.; thence, easterly to the point 29Â°50′ N. lat. and 87Â°28′ W. long.; thence, southeasterly to the point 29Â°27′ N. lat. and 86Â°31′ W. long.; thence southwesterly to the point 28Â°48′ N. lat. and 87Â°0â W. long.; thence, southeasterly to the point 28Â°07′ N. lat. and 85Â°01′ W. long.; thence, southerly to the point 25Â°35′ N. lat. and 85Â° 01′ W. long.; thence, southwesterly to where the point 25Â°13′ N. lat. intersects with the outer Federal water boundary; thence northerly along the boundary to where the point 86Â°16′ W. long. intersects the outer Federal water boundary; thence northerly to 26Â°48′ N and 86Â°20â W; thence northwesterly to 27Â°48′ N and 88Â°48â W; thence westerly to 27Â°48′ N and 91Â°20â20â W; thence northerly to the point where 91Â°20â20â W. long. intersects with the 3 nautical mileÂ LouisianaÂ state boundary; thence along the seaward limit ofLouisianaâs waters.
- The closure measures 54,096 sq mi (140,109 sq km), which is slightly more than 22% of theÂ Gulf of MexicoÂ exclusive economic zone. The majority of federal waters in theÂ Gulf of MexicoÂ are open to commercial and recreational fishing.
- The recreational red snapper season in the Gulf will remain closed until June 1. For more information on red snapper management rules and research efforts, go to MyFWC.com/Rules; click on âFishing â Saltwater.â
- TheÂ FWCÂ reminds Floridians and visitors that the stateâs recreational and commercial fisheries have not been impacted by the oil spill and remain open for public enjoyment and commerce.Â FloridaÂ saltwater fishing regulations remain in effect as usual and are available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing.
- Modeling and mapping the actual and projected spill area is not an exact science. NOAA Fisheries Service strongly advises fishermen not to fish in areas where oil or oil sheens (very thin layers of floating oil) are present, even if those areas are not currently closed to fishing.
- Details can be found at:Â Â http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/
Small Business Disaster Loans Available
- Governor Crist announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved disaster loan funds for businesses alongÂ Floridaâs Gulf coast that have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident.
oÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â SBA representatives opened a disaster loan office onÂ Tuesday, May 18Â at theÂ NavarreÂ VisitorÂ InformationÂ CenterÂ located atÂ 8543 Navarre ParkwayÂ (U.S. Hwy 98) inÂ Navarre. Hours of operations will beÂ 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.Â Monday- Saturday until further notice.
oÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â More information can be found at:Â www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/SERV_DISASTERASSISTANCEGOV.html
Vessels of Opportunity (boats) program
- BP is looking to contract shrimp boats, oyster boats and other vessels for hire through the Vessel of Opportunities Program to deploy boom in theÂ Gulf of Mexico. For more informationÂ 907-301-8878.
- 128 of 1,104 contracts have been activated for the Vessels of Opportunity program inÂ Florida.
- Submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system:Â (281)Â 366-5511