The Associated Press
An oil boom support ship cuts through a sheen of oil next to the Deep Sea Horizon oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --
A diverse panel of government officials and private citizens is meeting to help Florida businesses that are suffering financially from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force created by Gov.
Charlie Crist is meeting for the first time Wednesday.
Crist wants the 28-member panel to work with BP and state
agencies to assess the affects of the spill and find financial help
Chris Hart, interim director of the Governor's Office of Tourism
Trade and Economic Development, is chairing the task force.
The panel also includes state agency heads, lawmakers, local
government officials and representatives of tourism, fishing and
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