Florida BP Oil Spill Update
Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Florida remain isolated to the westernmost reaches of the Panhandle around Escambia and Walton Counties. All state waters remain open for fishing except for a partial closure in Escambia County (//myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/10/statewide/News_10_X_OilSpill19.htm) that has been in place since June 14th.
Oil landfall has primarily been in the form of tar balls and tar patties. Current winds and ocean currents should prevent oil spill land impacts from expanding east along the Panhandle for the next 72 hours.
Observations from NOAA are good news for the Keys and the east coast of Florida. NOAA reports no significant amounts of oil moving towards the Loop Current and that the Loop Current is detached from the Gulf Stream. Keys and the east coast of Florida will remain oil free for the foreseeable future. For the lastest oil spill trajectory forecast see, //ocg6.marine.usf.edu/~liu/Drifters/latest_rtofs.htm.
A recent visitor to nearby Gulf Shores Alabama last week took the picture above. He reported the beach was clean and that an oil spill cleanup crew constantly monitored the shore and removed any tar as soon as it washed up.