Crist: Oil within 4 miles of the Panhandle coast

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) --
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says oil from the massive Gulf spill is now within four miles of the Panhandle coast.

Crist said sheen was spotted during a fly over Thursday. That's
down from seven miles Wednesday.

Crist said the military should take over the cleanup effort from
petroleum giant BP PLC, saying it would make faster decisions.

Officials say it's inevitable that oil will eventually wash up
onshore.

The spill's arrival coincides with the beginning of the
Panhandle's summer tourism season, which normally brings millions
of dollars to the region.

The state is spending millions in advertising to convince
travelers to still visit the state and its beaches.


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