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-- oil slick continues to spread cruise along Florida's panhandle coast are now preparing for the worst.
The area is world famous for its sugar sand beaches and tourism is essential.
Local officials -- oil could start washing ashore in the panhandle as early as today.
-- this now Mike -- he's the mayor of Pensacola Florida and Escambia county mr.
mayor it's great to see you thank you.
Thanks -- -- -- to be with you Pensacola perfect beaches are still perfect today I hear is that right.
That is absolutely correct come we have no oil as we speak.
But our citizens -- -- very concerned the oil is reported to be about nine and a half miles off our shore.
The wind is blowing in the wrong direction coming from the south and the southwest.
And we are very concerned about the future of our beautiful beaches and the livelihood of many the people that live in Pensacola and northwest Clarke.
I'm sure I know I know mister mayor that you asked the federal government for some very basic things it's my understanding mr.
-- that it was a -- 150000 dollars worth of stuff that's a lot of money but.
Probably not a lot of money to be pretty.
Now that's that's probably true but what we've done we've really -- gotten together and we're geared up to fight -- soil we've got spammers out in the gulf we've got.
Plans to deploy -- in our inner coastal waterways we've got teams to go on to our beaches so.
We hope we're ready but shepherd it's an unknown.
We on the northwest Florida have thought hurricanes for years we know how to do that you can but this is an unknown insofar as -- All of these strategies are going to war and we hope for the best.
Well we all do I know you're gonna lay booms out there and I know you're hoping for cleanup teams along the shore as well right that that's all being -- it's my understanding.
That is correct is a matter of fact there are nineteen teams that are -- on alert right now with -- ten members for each team.
And so we're ready to hit the beaches but one of our concerns just like Louisiana is -- in long waterway -- -- grants loans on our web loans and areas where.
Fishing his -- and general part of our economy here.
So is not just the beaches even know that's very important but it's our inland waterways that have to be addressed also.
I read your local paper that.
That that you -- asked for some equipment for the beach I believe the tractor and something else and and for I don't know many weeks that that just it's gone on idiots -- what what is your relationship like with the folks who were handling this.
From VP and I get through the federal level.
Well I have been frustrating for many of our on the local phone governments here insofar as requests are concerned.
While we -- -- -- -- very closely with BP and many of our requests have been answered but there are some some basics such as equipment you mentioned.
Bomb that has not been furnished bomb it remains to be seen exactly what's gonna happen in the future -- -- she would be pretty.
-- one is how the cleanup goes to how the strategies work.
And three quite frankly Shepperd how compensation is delivered to those people whose labs have been affected.
-- and I know that something everybody across Pensacola Escambia Okaloosa Walton counties are all.
Or all wondering now if our businesses -- falling apart at the store to restore calm what happens to us and I guess there's no definitive answer yeah.
There there there is no answer yet our tourism industry has held up very well a while they oil has been out in the gulf but now that is coming closer.
We're very concerned that our future bookings in June July and August well.
Fall off dramatically.
And of course our charter fishing industry -- -- is something really hurting now because of the ban on fishing.
But it affects all businesses hotels restaurants retail and all as a trickle down effect that affects our entire economy here in northwest Florida so.
You can see why we have major concern and I area today -- I do I just looked up at foxnews.com slash whether mr.
It looks like afternoon some scattered afternoon thundershowers in a beautiful day for the weeks ahead on Pensacola beach so I don't know.
Maybe people wanna be good neighbors that you -- a trip down there and help buffalo -- Local economy well there's no question shepherd I'll tell you -- -- have hopefully the -- was -- and we won't have any all on our beaches.
But you have to understand we are also the oldest city in America -- 450 years all.
We have some great historic sites for people to visit some great -- -- waterways that -- wide open.
-- we would encourage.
Anyone who would like to come to Pensacola but we are open for business -- maybe mister mayor it's great to see I hope it stays that way thanks so much good -- deal.
-- thank you thank for having --
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