UPDATE: Panama City Beach Currently NOT On Oil Spill Trajectory Map

(Latest update: July 15, 2010)

Over the last few weeks, very small quantities of oil product have been reported and cleaned up on Panama City Beach.  And, when I say very small quantities, I mean so small that almost no one saw any oil wash up on the shores of Panama City Beach before it was cleaned up by the 700+ beach clean up workers that continue to patrol the beaches.  In addition to the 700+ workers that are walking the beaches by day, there are around 250 walking the beaches at night.

As of July 14th, the oil plume was located 130 miles from Panama City Beach.  At one point, it was as close as 20 miles off our coast.  What this means is that for the next two to three weeks, our beaches are all but totally guaranteed to be oil free.  This is great for the summer tourism season.  Right now, we are well outside the NOAA 72 hour area of uncertainty.

We are continuing to closely monitor the oil spill situation as it pertains to Panama City Beach.  Here are three ways you can keep up with exactly what’s going on here.  As new information develops, you’ll find out here first:

  • Facebook Page – Facebook.com/pcbdaily
    • can update from anywhere, and will post new developments here first.  We are constantly monitoring for questions and will do our best to answer.
  • Twitter page – Twitter.com/pcbdaily
    • If you are on Twitter, you can follow us for recent updates from on the scene.  We are constantly monitoring our feed for questions and will do our best to answer.
  • YouTube Channel – Youtube.com/pcbdaily
    • Twice a week we are producing HD videos of the beach with a brief update on conditions and showing you in high quality video exactly what the conditions are like.

As of July 15th 2010, there is no oil on Panama City Beach’s waters or shoreline, nor has there been any oil reported in Bay County from the Deep Horizon Oil Spill in several weeks.

Here are some quick facts on the Gulf Oil Spill from Deep Horizon:

  • There is an estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil being discharged daily from the Deep Horizon Oil Well.  The “capping stack”, designed to capture greater quantities of oil, was installed on July 12. Additional analysis of the well testing procedure is currently being performed. The next step is a well integrity test, which involves closing one or more of the valves on the new cap for a period of time to allow BP to measure pressures in the well. On July 13 the total oil recovered was approximately 17,060 barrels.
  • There are around 1000 contracted workers locally walking the beach daily looking for oil and cleaning up when product is found.
  • One of the two relief wells being drilled is currently at a depth of 17,810 feet, while the other’s depth is at 16,000.

If you want live information, we’re at the beach every day.

Each week we are shooting videos of the beach showing the current conditions of the water.  Actually, as of the week of June 7th, we are trying to make it to the beach every three days to shoot HD video and every day to do a live streamcast.  Here are the places you can find video of the beach.  (NOTE: Go to our Facebook page and click the “Like” button to be notified when we are doing live stream casts.)

Here is our PCBDaily YouTube channel.

Hit the arrows on the side to scroll through our videos.  Most of the recent ones are of the beach and have been taken in the last couple weeks.  The latest video will be first.

http://www.youtube.com/cp/vjVQa1PpcFOBfTJHxGo0sTLm0ZMDsPsIdx0WN2Fj1oc=

Below you find a good list of resources.  Some of them have been compiled from other posts.

  • NOAA’s Deep Horizon Response page – updated daily: click here.
    • When you get that page, scroll down and look for: “Current Trajectory Maps“.  Below that are the 24, 48, and 72 hour trajectory maps.

Here are some additional webcam feeds that our friends at Tripsmarter have been kind enough to allow us to link to.

Here are some other recent posts about the oil spill:

Last updated 7/6/2010 2:50 am cst.

341 thoughts on “UPDATE: Panama City Beach Currently NOT On Oil Spill Trajectory Map

  1. Roll and Ann,
    They are predicting the oil to start hitting PCB by the end of this week. Hopefully it never does. I don’t see how it can’t though. I’m just wondering where are all of the anti-hunters, anti-fishing, and the tree huggers right now. Where in the hell is PETA? I wonder how much money they’ve pitched in to help the wildlife and Sea turtles. They’ve worked so hard and spent so much money to stop me from shooting over populated deer here in Michigan. Haven’t heard to much from Al Gore on “Global Warming” these days either!
    As Bigmacrob mentioned before, I don’t mind voicing my opinion!
    Hopefully your vacation turns out great! PCB is such a wonderful place to be!

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    1. Geesh….Bret, you are making me feel bad. Keep on posting brother, some of the things you write make sense…it’s just some are way too far out there for me to grasp…or maybe I just dont want to….

      I have 10 more days to commit……I dont know if it is enough time to predict what the beaches will look like come 7/17……..

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  2. I know! Sometimes I get a little carried away Bigacrob. I guess I should quit doing so much research of my own and just listen to ABC, NBC and CBS. I probably wouldn’t get nearly as pissed off about all of this. Probably should quit hanging out with Ted Nugent as well! He knows how to get going to:)

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  3. Bigmacrob

    I’m with you on not knowing what to expect come mid to late july. I’m also planning on visiting pcb during the end of july and still not sure what to do. I love pcb and don’t really want to cancel my plans unless the beaches are closed, since my kids love spending all their time on the beach swimming. If the oil does make it to pcb, we are considering Jacksonville or Daytona beach, but not looking forward to the extra 5 hr drive.
    I think we can all agree that we all are hoping for the best but need to plan for the worst. This whole mess is making me sick. I just can’t help but keep thinking that more could have been done by all parties involved.

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    1. We have considered the NC & SC beaches but like you said, the extra 4-5 hours (from St. Louis) is not something to look foward to. Especially since we are bringing all of our gkids (5)…..

      ..and Brett you should probably stay away from Rush too….I listened to him last week for only about 30 minutes and was ready to hop on a plane to DC to kick some ass…he gets me too fired up….kudos on bringing good ole uncle Ted into the conversation…

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  4. Bigmacrob,
    So you’re a Nuge fan? I knew I liked you. I’ve been fortunate enough to speak with Ted on a few different occasions. Back when he lived here in Michigan. He was actually a pretty big influence on my two youngest boys. They both attended his “Camp for kids” at 10 and 12 yrs old. He was also the first concert they both saw. They’re now 19 and 21 yrs old and both great musicians. They are in the middle of recording and releasing their first 13 song CD. I’m actually in the process of contacting Ted to see if he’d be interested in them opening at one of his shows. Attached is one of my favorite Nuge interviews.

    http://biggeekdaddy.com/miscvideos/TedNugent.html

    Anyway sorry for getting off track here. Hopefully everyone has a great vacation in PCB. We had ours before all of this happened and I just can’t imagine that beach not being snow white. I’ve been to beaches all over the world and have never found one as nice. It would be a terrible loss for everyone.

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    1. Huge Nuge fan…I dont create a CD w/o Stranglehold being apart of it…even my Gkids are starting to like the song….of course they think it is too long…..

      The interview is classic Ted…intensly passionate and dead on…..you have to be one proud father…..

      I may end up cleaning pelican’s with one hand and enjoying a bud lt (remember I am from the Lou) in the other but I believe i am a coming!

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  5. Bigmacrob,
    You hit that dead on. I’m very proud of all 4 of my kids and my wife. I can’t complain about anything, I’ve been blessed! When the boys have their CD done I’ll send you a copy if you’re interested. When that happens I’ll need an address though. Don’t be scared, I’m really not that far out there! 🙂

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  6. That is not good news at all! If they have tar balls in Destin they’ll be in PCB very soon. That just makes me sick!

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  7. Well, I’m sorry to say that I have just cancelled my reservations in PCB. As much as I hated to do so, I felt it was the only right decision to make. The hotel manager did not sound surprised, but did ask if it was because of the oil spill. I informed him that it was and that i did not feel good about having my children swim in possible toxic waters. I still plan on spending my money in Florida, however it will be on the Atlantic side. Looking forward to visiting Daytona beach and seeing what they have to offer. Best of luck to all the residents and business owners on the Gulf shores. We will sure miss being there this year.
    We pray to be back to PCB next year.

    Regards

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    1. Well I “hope” I am not going to be sorry to say that I have decided to keep my original plans and head to PCB on 7/17…good luck to the both of us….

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  8. Hello, I seem to be the only one concerned about the oil spill in my family, so I suppose it’s best to come here to ask:
    Would it be a terrible idea to go to PCB July 24-31?
    Unfortunately, my parents are so wrapped up in *hoping* that the oil won’t reach Panama City, they’re ignoring the obvious signs that the oil will more than likely be thriving on the beaches by the time we get there.
    So I guess my question is, how are the beaches right now, and how are they going to be around the end of july?
    Thanks

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  9. My biggest concern is not whether oil affects the beach this week or next. It’s the possibility, since the oil is still flowing, that it might impact the beaches permanently starting in a couple months. It’s truly sickening and our government is doing little to nothing to help in the cleanup for some reason. But I still love PCB and the residents in that area. Let’s hope and pray for the best.

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    1. I’m with you Mike !!! I’m going to be at the Sand Piper on Monday the 21st. I know it will be bad in a couple of months or maybe less. I can’t cancel or get a cheaper rate my plans have been made for months. I can only cancel 24 hours from the day I am suppose to be there. I am also praying for the best, I love PCB and the people that live there. I don’t want to go to Myrtle Beach, I want to go to PCB !!!

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  10. My family is planned to go to PCB on July 3. But i am so worried about the oil on the beach and in the ocean. Lets pray and hope for the best!

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    1. We were going to Gulf Shores. We have been going there since I was 17. With all the oil on the beach we made plans for PCB for July 3 as well. But we are getting worried about the oil getting there. Hoping for the best.

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  11. My family is heading to PCB this Saturday, this will be our 10th year going. Instead of the normal it’s only a few days away, it’s more like ahhgg it’s 2 days. Will try to spend as much as I can, and will spend as much time on the sand for I fear the next time I go I may have Grandchildren. I’m sorry Florida and those you on the Gulf, I grew up in those parts and my heart breaks to know that it will never be the same.

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    1. We are leaving for the beach Monday the 21st. I love this beach and won’t cancel my plans. I too am afriad this will be the last vaction there in a long while (I pray it’s not so). I want to know the truth and I would like to see why people are saying “the oil is here” so if these people could show us a picture of it, I may beleive it.

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  12. If you read this article, it pretty much sums it up:

    http://www.newsherald.com/news/ready-84707-city-county.html

    The oil IS coming, and will be on the beaches within a few days. And it sounds like more than just tar balls, as this site puts it. I don’t want to say you’re being misleading, but I do think you may be understating the facts. It’s important for folks visiting to know the truth, even if it hurts.

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  13. I can smell the oil 2 blocks from the beach at my house on PCB. The news may be saying it’s not here yet, it is. Mark my works, you will see some nasty stuff in the next few days. I was born and raised on these beaches and nothing breaks my heart more.

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      1. I drove down front beach on the west end during my lunch break and could only smell the salt water…

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  14. Last night the smell was horrible coming off the beach. I smelled it thick walking out my front door (which faces the gulf, a couple of blocks away), and then I got a text from my husband on Thomas drive saying the smell was nauseating. It’s better today; it could have been the thunderstorm in the middle of it last night making it worse. It’s sadly out there, though. And, I have been tearing up all day because of it. It breaks my heart. But, the best way people can help us is by visiting us, and going to Shipwreck, or Econfina springs, or shop and eat and support us. We would love you to pieces for your support.

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    1. Angie, could this smell been from the burning of the oil at sea? Are you positive that it was oil. I vaction down there often, and I have to say it never smells great. The smell of the paper mill near Mexico beach can be awful at times. Even after Jason shows us part of the beach and it looks great, are you saying people shouldn’t go on there vaction. Be honest because you are saying something that could cause a huge loss to the hotels and resorts?

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      1. It was oil. I have never smelled anything like it. Hotels and resorts are GOING to suffer a loss, no matter what. It is time for people to WAKE UP. This is going to be AWFUL and people need to make plans for their futures. So many people are going to go out of buisness. Every buisness that revolves around tourism, which is about 90%, is going to suffer. Oil is washing ashore in Ft. Walton at this very moment. If anyone thinks PC is not going to get hit you’re in for a rude awakening.

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      2. was it really oil? REALLY?! I mean, did you put your hands in it and put your face up to it and really take a nice big sniff? cause when i stepped out of my house that’s 2 blocks from the beach I could only smell salt water.
        Local… um we’re all pretty awake. We all know that it’s going to hit us. We all know that people will lose their jobs and that businesses will close. But why should we jump ship now? Why can’t we enjoy the beach while we still can? And why can’t people who have booked their trips enjoy it as well?

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      3. Yep, it was oil. Didn’t need my degree for that one. Also, I never said for anyone to jump ship. I was stating that it was time for people to realize the oil WILL hit and that those whose income depends on tourism need to prepare. I’m glad that you realize the implications for the future. With that said, my post was not directed at you rather those who do not understand what is coming. As for me, I will be at the beach today, enjoying it while I can.

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  15. I have watched this topic for quite some time. We go to PC quite frequently and this is just a sad, sad time. However, many of you are not being candid about what is going on. Many of you keep trying to keep the vacation folks coming but that is not fair. It is lapping up on Ft. Walton and there is NOWAY that pcb will be spared. It will be there in days if not hours. I am more concerned as to what is being done to protect the bay and the Dolphins that have been a big business for many boating outfits. They need to be corralled into the Bay and a net should be deployed, if those Dolphins die a the rate they are dying in LA, that business will be gone for years until you can train new Dolphins to come in. It is time to quite trying to get the tourists and save what we can. It is coming, it is here. Game on. Let’s quit talking about whether or not the beach is pretty and start talking about what we do. Who is running the show in pcb? Anyone have a number? I have watched this forum for weeks as it said pcb NOT on path, I noticed someone wised up and fixed that today. It was misleading. The BP contractors are being told NOT to take pictures of all the wildlife dying. You cannot blink your eyes and make this go away.

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  16. Totally agree, pcbrocks. For the last 6 weeks, it has been nothing but “no need to cancel, the oil won’t come” and even lately (actually, still even NOW) “it will only be a few tarballs”. Hogwash. It’s coming, and they need to stop spinning. The media spun it one way, they have spun it the other.

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  17. Im really glad that there is No Oil Spill in Panama City Beach Florida. Me&&My sister are going to Panama City Beach Florida on the 22nd of this month with our cusins&&we cant wait! We’re so excited! Can’t wait to see how the Beach is doing, I haven’t been down there since last spring ! Well if yuu’d think to talk to me in private about anything go ahead&&email me at ridn4wheel@yahoo.com
    Thanks,
    Delaina:]]

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  18. I have been at the beach all week .Working at a local Motel and its right on beach and I have not seen nor smelled any oil .Water was nice only the sea weed
    I clean condos so I am there all week long and my guest have said its nice.
    A concerned citizen & workers feed back

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  19. My wife and I are scheduled to arrive in PCB on the 26th. We have both been desperately awaiting our trip as we LOVE PCB and even spent our honeymoon there. As of today, we have not cancelled our trip but have a sick feeling that we will be doing so in the next few days as we both feel that landfall is inevitable at this point. As much as we want to support tourism in PCB, I have to agree with Bobby….are we getting the rainbows and unicorns story from the board of tourism or are they truly preparing people for the sad reality. I would hate to be halfway there and end up driving 14 hours home because I wasn’t informed of the real situation until the last minute.

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  20. Well I have been Here for a week now and there is still zero oil anywhere near saint Andrews state park, I’ve been swimming and fishing every day and there is nothing and the water is soooo clear. Hopefully this stuff doesn’t have A huge impact if it gets here

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  21. Hi Guys …

    I work at classic Carpets Plus Color Tile at Panama City Beach and are constantly in and out of condos doing measurements and what not. First thing I do is head to the balcony to look at the water. Currently it is as clear and aqua beautiful blue as it can be. No tar balls, no oil.

    I believe and hope to be right that we may not get hit, at least not significant. We may get a few little tar balls here and there but I think we are situated just right that the currents in the water may keep this oil away from us.

    Us locals depend on our visitors to help our economy out down here. Without you all, none of us would have a job. Right now, beautiful water, beautiful beach and the weather is just right for fun and sun.

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  22. My family and I are due to arrive in PCB on June 27 and are staying near Pier Park. During most of May, I did not worry much at all about the oil crisis affecting PCB and our vacation. We actually booked are condo on April 19, one day before the oil rig exploded. However, this past week, I have begun to worry quite a bit, especially with Destin being affected. For now, we are staying the course and are going to wait to see what this weekend brings. I am hoping for the best and appreciate this site very much. It’s people on the ground like you all on here that give the true, honest info on PCB. We hope to spend a great week in your great city. Thanks!

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  23. We have 2 beach houses rented and a deposit of $5,000 on the line if the beaches are not closed. My Dad and I are going to drive down a week from Saturday to see for ourselves and then let the other 30 people know whether it’s a go or not. If I cancel today, or even the same day as our reservation, I lose $5,000 but if I bring the gang, I spend another $7,000. There are 13 kids, so I can’t risk their health. I’m coming packed for the beach, but can’t throw good money after bad. We save all year for this and it’s heartbreaking, just as it is heartbreaking for the locals. We love PCB and hate BP!!!

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  24. We’re in the same boat as John. We booked our condo the day before the rig exploded, 04/19/10. We’re in wait-and-see mode, and really hoping we’ll be able to follow through with our trip and enjoy a great 4th of July @ PCB. Please keep the updates coming, we’re desperate for correct info rather than hype and rumors.

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  25. Just got back from the beach @ Bid A Wee, no oil yet, just alot of the green slime, but its moving with the current from west to east.

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  26. I’m totally confused-suppose to be in PCB for 2 weeks starting on June26th-I’ve read and listen to people that said the oil has hit Destin and I have a friend down there as I’m typing that says there’s no oil-now people on here have smelled oil and seen oil around PCB and then there’s others down there that says the opposite-how does one know what is going on when everyone has different stories-I guess I’ll find out when I get there and hopefully my 10 hour trip won’t be disappointing.

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    1. I hope your’e not disappointed as well. As of today, June 18th, at 11:30 am, there is and was no oil. You know how I know? I went down to the beach on my lunch break, walked in the water and came out oil free.
      I’m not saying that it won’t be here when you arrive. I hope it won’t. We all hope it won’t. What I’m saying is that it wasn’t here today.
      Hope that helps a little!

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  27. My family & I are heading for PCB Sunday. We’re going to swim with the tar balls! I’ll just warn my kids to watch out for the “oil mousse” like I already do w/ the jellyfish! I’m trying to be funny, but I’m serious too. We’ll have a great time like we do every summer in Panama City.

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  28. We are leaving PCB tomorrow. No oil as of yet, but there was a strange smell today. I am not a local, so don’t know what it was. It makes me very sad to know what is coming here. Prayers go out to all the people here in this wonderful town who are going to be affected by this tragedy…

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  29. Last update on here was from June, 17th, when will next one come. We’re due to leave to PCB on tomorrow, need to know if beaches are safe and open, as getting new that there is oil on beach now.

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    1. Dont know about updates, but we got hit with tar balls last night at the west end of the beaches. They were going to clean them up this morning, but its a given now that we will be getting hit for the next few days with the winds and currents moving as they are (thats what the local news is reporting).

      The beaches are open where I live, walked them this morning, and saw nothing on the beach. Lots of large boat activity out on the waters horizon, probaly skimming what they can before it gets to shore.

      Good luck with your plans.

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  30. We are scheduled to leave for Panama City 6/26 – 7/3. We are staying in one of Ocean Reef Resort properties. They have refused to give us a refund due to the oil spill. I just hope we will be able to enjoy the beach. Does anyone know if they have any plans to close the beaches in Panama City.

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    1. I find it disheartening that while feeling “screwed” by this whole oil disaster, hotel and condo owners would in turn “screw” their customers if/when the beaches are hit with oil. Most, if not all, hotel and condo advertisements praise the pristine beaches and clear water.

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  31. Stopped on the way from Milton this morning to look at the beach .. still beautiful.

    Yes there was a very small amount of small tarballs on caroline beach found this monring but thats about it.

    Its true that its a given that we are going to get hit. However, the media has never told anyone that PCB and allot of the beaches get hit with tarballs on the yearly basis (because of constant spills from oil rigs) the only difference is that it’s now noticed.

    And we are going to get hit with tarballs for a long time, for years and years but I dont think for one second that our beaches that everyone has now imagined will be black and coated. Sure, we may get some mousse but I dont believe it will be much.

    Another thing. While we have many many boats with now allot of people (fishermen) without anything to do, will you BP please consider the locals (since you have helped trash our economy) to give them the first chance of jobs instead of the people from out of town? We have people here on the beach right now from out of Georgia hired to look for oil. We got plenty of people right here to do that. Hire local first, out of town last.

    Last thing. To our government. STOP TALKING ABOUT IT WHOS TO BLAME AND GET IT DONE!!!!!!!!!!! Who cares about permits lets protect now!! All you pencil pushing beaucratic polotickin idiots with wads of money in your pocket better wake up and figure out that we are going to take matter into our own hands against the law or not.

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  32. **Folks,I just got back today from PCB FL. And wile the first 3 days,the water was great.June 12th-14th. After that,the water was terrible.Forget about the oil spill,which had absolutely no effect. We had to deal with this dark green merky plant,not the typical ramdom sea weed.It was horrible.And it was all over the beaches. I prayed before we left that I wouldn’t have to see or deal with the oil,which we didn’t. But when that green slim hit the beaches,it was practically over. I had never seen anything like that….anyone from that area have any insight??

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    1. This is often referred to as “June grass.” I do not know if you have ever traveled to PCB, or anywhere in the gulf before, but it happens every year. Not a big deal at all.

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      1. Nope,never have been to PCB FL before,but unforunately. It ruined over half of my trip.The beaches was the main reason we went.So I was just hoping to avoid the oil,which we did. Thennnn…that dern green slim hit the beaches and just got ticker and ticker…ugh–thx for the insight.

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  33. Wayneman, apparently you have never been to the coast that is part of our Eco system. That was a 12 year child comment. PCB is amazing please do not visit our beach again.

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  34. WHY DID THIS OIL SPILL HAPPEN IN AMERICA…Simple…America gives oil compaines a break on rules the that other countries don’t…Yes our goverment alows them to do drilling in a less safety way…This well was given the OK by the Obama people not anyone else….So give them hell for doing it to us…….P.S. The device would have cost $550,000 that would have prevented this and other countries demand it not us…THANKS MR. MARTIN

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  35. Soooo, Im curious. If the latest report says that there is a large area of oil 30 miles of the coast of Destin, and Panama City, and supposedly these counties are way ahead of the curve, then why aren’t there more and more response vessels cruising out to intercept it? For those who don’t have this link, here you go http://www.geoplatform.gov/gulfresponse/. Courtesy of cnn. On this site, you get all the details, such as current slick, vessel locations, and trajectories.

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      1. He won’t because every country that has offered assistance comes with a price tag. They expect to be compensated for any help such as ships, boom, skimming vessels, etc.

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      2. my comment was toward “local” response. I have read on several occasions in local articles that bay “county” was to be proactive in response. Besides booms that are in ready position, i thought there were local response vessels, ect that would intersect the oil. Im just curious because I leave tonight from San Antonio, driving to PCB, and just thought I would have seen a lil more response.

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      3. Obama won’t, because he would rather not tick off the unions and let the gulf suffer. Totally believe that to be true too! I mean wave it . . WHATEVER the cost!

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      4. Well, he just sent $400 million in aid to Gaza, so why can’t he pay for some equipment to help us in the Gulf??? Please.

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  36. I’m off to PCB in August staying at the GULF CREST I am worried but my dad had recently visited the area and said it was beautiful and just as it was last year???? Are people just a little hyped up like they were with swine flu…???? Media has that power over people.

    Any ideas????

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  37. Our condo called us today and told us oil was on the beach for the past two days however beach crews quickly cleaned and removed the oil and the beaches and water were just as beautiful as ever. However, since oil was on the beach we had the option to cancel. Given the fact the forecast for more oil continues well into next week and the amount will likely increase, we unfortunately had to go with the cancel option. I prefer not to spend my one week a year lazy vacation surrounded by atv’s and hazmat crews picking up oil 😦 we are in tx and are headed to south padre island. we will see you next year hopefully pcb! you are in our prayers!

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  38. It’s interesting how everyone was so quick to help out the Tennessee floods but are taking forever to help out all of the states among the Gulf of Mexico. It really saddens me!

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    1. Actually they were slow to help the TN floods. They barely got any media coverage until days and weeks! That was a joke! We help everyone but our own…it’s a shame! I blame the govt., not the people!

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      1. Sage, do you live in TN??? If not, let me correct you please. First off, I DO live in Nashville and 1/2 of my neighborhood next to Opryland was under 8 ft of water. Also, my parents house was filled with over 3ft of water. You want to know who helped us? WE DID! The government did absolutely nothing until days and days later. It took Obama almost 6 days to declare it a disaster area. But you know what? The people of Nashville in our communities helped each other. And by the time Obama was done playing golf and getting photo ops long enough to notice us, most of us had our homes stripped to the bare studs and wiring with only the help of our wonderful neighbors. For nearly 2 wks after the flooding nobody knew anything had even happened here. Im not being ugly, but you have been misinformed. Im proud to say that I live in Nashville and am really proud at how we took care of our own. You didnt see us on newscasts whining and complaining that the govt wasnt helping us or providing us with places to live or food. We werent robbing, shooting, raping, and looting. (i.e. “Katrina” which are STILL hearing about) We were pulling together and helping ourselves and not allowing the govt to step in and make us part of its “nanny state” agenda. So for anyone else who doesnt know what REALLY happened to Nashville and other parts of TN, there you have it first hand.

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      2. Do you really want to know what is sad . . . we are still feeding and housing Katrina vistoms in very major SE state. Yep, the fraud is so bad they have had to set up a fraud department in every city too. Need to help these poeple who looted the city after it flooded!

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      3. I agree with you that it did take President Obama a while to help out but at least Tennessee got help, it shows that it wasn’t as big of a deal as the gulf oil spill because the neighborhoods had fixed everything up so quickly! Its been a month and all of the states along the coast, including the Atlantic, that’s at least 15 states and the flooding of Tennessee was only a few cities, so yes, I think that the oil spill is a bigger deal than the floods. Also they are still talking about Katrina because that hurricane was one of the largest and most dangerous in history. They are still making repairs to New Orleans after about or 6 years, and it affected more than one state, just like the oil spill.

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  39. I saw photos in the News Herald a few days ago and it looked like crude oil sludge was caked upon the beach at the high water line. Upon closer examination, you could tell that it was actually sea weed (the firm brown kind with the little BB sized balls attached). I realize it’s not an environmental hazard, but the city should either scrape that crap up, or contract a firm to do so. One of the major complaints about PCB among gulf coast beach goers is that out of Biloxi, Gulf Shores, Pensacola, Destin and PCB, PCB by far has the best beaches, but they are also the poorest maintained during sea weed and algae season.

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  40. The Beaches will not be closed because that will add to the flood of lawsuits and claims. We know several locals and I promise you the oil is there. Shopping, food, parties – all still fun things to do. Your kids swimming in tar balls, just stupid.

    Again, anyone know the plans to protect the Bay? I just keep hearing there are two feet of clean beach – come and enjoy? Enough is enough, the storm is moving in………………….

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    1. pcbrocks- you are full of crap. We have a lot of friends and family that live in the area (who are NOT in the tourist industry) and they keep us posted on a daily basis. Small tar balls (or even larger) washing ashore is not the end of the world. Enough is enough of your doom and gloom predictions! Deal with reality and what is happening now. The truth is we don’t know what the total impact is or will be to PCB so let’s stick to reporting the facts.

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  41. My husband and I live in SE Alabama and spend quite a lot of time at Panama City Beach & Beaches of South Walton. We have a vacation scheduled for July 17th-24th and are not going to cancel our plans. We feel like it is a responsibility of ours to continue our business as usual & not contribute to the decrease in tourist revenue. It is upsetting to see all of the below comments and name calling based on who drives a Prius v. who drives a Suburban. Gas is such a small portion of the revenue of oil companies (BP, for example), it is merely a drop in the bucket to them, and no good is coming of peple being pitted against eachother for something that is so trivial to Big Oil. Please consider ALL of the products we use that begin with crude oil in order to keep your arguments in perspective. No one is BETTER than anyone else because they drive a lower gas mileage car, and driving a lower gas mileage car doesn’t give someone the right to personally assault someone who drives an SUV and vice versa. It is just silly to assume that. Right now I feel like the people of the Gulf region are better served by us being informed and mature and stopping the finger pointing and name-calling and using these message boards to be just plain mean to eachother. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but come on people…there has to be something more constructive that we can do other than criticize eachother on a message board! Do your part to help. Worry about you & let other people worry about themselves. In other words…CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG???

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  42. Someone please tell me why this is happening…

    “…Israel was roundly condemned for the incident, with the United States joining international calls for an investigation. The White House also announced it was sending a $400 million aid package for Gaza and the West Bank.”

    Has anyone offered to send US $400 million in aid???? It is possible they have & Obama has refused like he has refused other offers to use oil cleanup equipment, I really don’t know. I just find it interesting that we are doleing out this kind of cash to an area hugely populated by terrorists when the Gulf Coast is in FULL ON CRISIS MODE!!! UGH!!!! SO FRUSTRATING!!!!

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