Updated June 21, 2010 11:45 a.m.
Dime to five inch-sized tar balls continue to be found in Northwest Florida. There have been no reports of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill-related oil products reaching the shore beyond the Northwest Florida region. There is no indication that the rest of the state will have impacts from weathered oil products within the next 72 hours.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued an executive order to temporarily close a portion of coastal state waters offshore of Escambia County to the harvest of saltwater fish, crabs and shrimp, learn more. Currently, all other state waters remain open to recreational fishing .
While there are currently no health advisories in effect, if residents or visitors see tar or oiled debris on the beach, DO NOT PICK IT UP. For most people, an occasional brief contact with a small amount of oil will do no harm, yet still it is not recommended. Learn more.
At this time, there are no beach closures and the majority of Florida’s state waters remain open to recreational fishing. Florida’s 825 miles of beaches, 1,260 miles of coastline and 14 seaports, including cruise ships, remain open for business.
VISIT FLORIDA believes that planning your Sunshine State vacation should be the beginning of a great experience. If you’re concerned about any potential impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, we encourage you to check with local destinations in order to get the most up-to-date information. To make it easy, we’re providing you links below.
For the state’s official response to the oil spill: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/
For official trajectory and forecast information, visit NOAA’s site.
See real-time images, webcams, Twitter feeds, beach condition updates and videos from people in the Sunshine State now. Go to Florida Live.
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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Update June 21, 2010