Northwest Florida Unscathed by Oil Spill

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

There was a sense of optimism in the air Friday morning as business leaders and state officials gathered at the "Friday at the beach" Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting.

State Representative Marti Coley and State Representative Jimmy Patronis tackled the current conditions in the gulf, while attempting to reassure local business owners that marketing plans are underway to combat the negative imagery the panhandle has attracted since the oil explosion April 20th.

Under that plan, grants to market and advertise may soon become available to local communities and businesses. The grants will target millions of dollars to counties that have been declared under a state of emergency and will include print, online, and even the social marketing sector.

One man asked Coley whether or not Florida leaders were still on board for offshore drilling along Florida coastlines...and it appears many have had a change of heart.

"House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon issued statements that it was completely off the table,” said State Rep. Marti Coley, (R) District 7.

"There hasn't been a single drop of oil in Florida,” said State Rep. Jimmy Patronis, District (6) “I really don't anticipate it to happen, you know, that's a little bit of a leap of faith, but I feel confident…”

"We're doing the best we can and the plan is working," said Lt. Steve Caskey, U.S. Coast Guard. "Things are going well here in Florida."

While the threat of oil remains far away from the Florida Coastline, both Patronis and Coley stressed the main objective now is to spread the message that the panhandle is unscathed.

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  • by losingtheGulf Location: Perdido Key on May 26, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    look up Mallipo Beach oil spill in 2007. if you dig a little you can find the well hidden pictures. this was "only" 42,000 barrels. if anyone cares, THE WHOLE GULF WILL BE LOST. but lets just have meetings, maybe it will go away.....
  • by Rene' Location: panama city on May 24, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    I saw on the news this am fish jumping out of the water right off the coast of Louisianna. Between the dispersants and oil the fish coul not breath. I am a nurse and also have asthma. This hurts and is very scarry to any individual that it happens to. They also say that bp is drilling 27 new wells today Obama approved in the gulf coast. Bp is not going to stop this oil. They are collecting the oil they can now from this last thing they did.(THe Tube) This putting mud and cement in the hole has been cancelled from sunday to tuesday and now wed. If it does not work then they say they will not do anything else to it till late august. Also Obama is being paid money from bp to keep drilling.This oil in louisianna will get here to panama city eventially. Someone has to make bp plug the hole and when that happens, if it does then clean up the water with machine and not put anymore disperants in the water. Also air needs to be pumped into the water to give those fish o2.
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