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

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by July 15, 2010 • 340 comments

(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.

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.

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1 JW April 30, 2010 at 6:33 am

With that said, if we are not hit this could have a great effect on our economy. In the bad, there is always good to be had somewhere, somehow. I thank you for posting such a forward and candid article as so many seem to not be taking this seriously. Your previous article was right on track if we do get oil hitting our coast. However, if we simply get tar balls and yet many other popular destinations are hit we will see this benefit our tourism. I am happy that you were brave enough to give teh grave details of possibilities. Someone had to.

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2 Capricious April 30, 2010 at 6:34 am

The wife & I are due to arrive in PCB from Missouri @ 20:00 May 2nd. At this point we are more concerned about the loss of the Treasure Ship than the oil, but if we were arriving a week or more later the situation might be different. If people want abundant cheap oil for
cars, SUV’s, trucks, boats, four-wheelers, etc. then people are going to have to accept situations such as this as the inevitable “trade-off.” The wife & I drive small vehicles and I commute the 10 miles to work via bicycle as much as possible. No one who drives a huge fuel-guzzling vehicle has a right to complain about what oil companies do.

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3 Moose Johnson May 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Really? What a moron. So If if drive something that gets 29 mpg does that qualify? Then I have the right to complain about thousands of gallons of oil spilled into the gulf, but not if I drive something that gets say, 19mpg. You my friend are a fool.

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4 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 1:19 am

My suv gets about 15-18 mpgs(bet Capricious just fell out of his seat) so who do you think the oil companies are getting rich off of not those who drive a prius and what difference does it make what you drive you are paying for them to get rich..DUH my gas your gas same price but i fill up more get where this is going right more money for the big man the less mpg means more fill ups,more money…starting to become a little more clear the oil companies love me they are not worried about more economical they just want $$$ so I guess that I could trade my SUV in make another 5 to 6 years worth of payments and then homeschool my kids,always eat dinner at home, get the dentist an doctor to start making house calls and the ball teams can come here for backyard sports because i cant take my kids anywhere they won’t all fit in a prius or maybe I can use them for a trade in or down payment for that prius…LOL NOT I am soooo never going to drive a car again especially a stinkin prius so not my style and besides anyone who has ever driven an SUV or gas guzzler knows that once you do it’s very hard to go back to driving a clown car (the only car i would trade my SUV for would be a new charger or a 68 Camaro gas guzzlers too so i guess i will take that extra 60-72 payments i would be paying for an economical car and put gas in my guzzler instead you have so much room and you are KING of the road.Wonder what our little friend Capricious has to say about that.If he had three kids who have back packs,sports equipment, friends over all the time and all the other crap to haul around how does he think it will fit in his mini cooper or miata or whatever his fav style of chicky clown car (as my kids refer to them)may be.I would love for him to show me how to get 3 kids,3 backpacks,3 lunchboxes,football equipment,softball gear,folding chairs for games and all the other stuff that we need or must have into a compact car and this summer when we go to the beack for over a week how does he suppose we would get luggage and other necessities for our trip in a compact car i guess we can take one outfit each and wash clothes everyday and oh how fun to go on an 8 hour trip packed in a car like sardines with 3 angry kids with no room to move or breathe yelling directly in your ear( ARE WE THERE YET ) another good point my SUV has so much space and leg room nobody is complaining of being cramped up.How wonderful that someone invented the SUV and the best thing for him is that he doesn’t buy my gas I DO and I pay my own taxes so i can complain about anything I want to ……..

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5 HisWife May 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Wow, I was going to reply to Mr. gas expert, but you just took all the words right out of my mouth. I have 4 kids and drive a suburban and would not and could not downgrade for anything…not even lower gas prices.

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6 amie June 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm

i usually dont reply to these comments but im going to take a shot with u i to have three children and i feel your pain about the prius but i feel like we have enough technology today to have a affordable suv without gas. the suv hybrid’s ive seen r 40,000? really who the he@# can afford that but us as a whole need to demand it… thats all:)

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7 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 12:44 am

hey stupid the more gas guzzling suv’s on the road the more money the oil companies make and people with children can’t very well pack them into a prius or any other little clown car and i don’t think those little chick cars are for guys so i hope you at least have one in a manly color but then again i don’t think anything could make those little bitty cars manly.I would really like to see you and your wife put three kids in a compact car especially if they are in car seats not happening and some people have more than three kids. If you ever have children i am willing to bet you will be tradind your compact chick car for something much larger if not good lick driving around a ball team i guess you can make several trips to get them where they need to go but then you will have used just as much gas as my gas guzzling suv.I know i am going to trade in my suv that is paid for and still in excellent condition for a new car so that i can make payments for 5 more years nobody has to pay for the gas it guzzles except for me and if i had a small car where are my kids gonna ride i guess i better get one with a luggage rack.It is all making sense now isn’t it those mini cars are not for families so a guess people should decide between having children and driving more economical cars and I am speaking from experience try getting 2 kids in carseats and 1 kid in a booster seat in the backseat of a neon oh boy was that fun on a daily basis those gas guzzlers come in handy after all!!!

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8 Kayla May 8, 2010 at 7:26 am

My SUV gets over 30 mpg, and I can haul more things than a little prius lunch box. I live in KY not in an urban setting and we have no bicycle lanes and way more than a 10 minute commute to work. The roads are rugged and rough and in the winter time you won’t last very long in the ice and snow in a small car. And I am one of the lucky few people in our area that can afford a nice newer vehicle. Some people do not have the options to be a world class “green” model citizen. I don’t support what the oil companies do most of the time, and I believe that our government could help us out a little more by setting more strict negotiations with them and the countries that the oil comes from. You shouldn’t set a judgement on a population because of what they drive, some people don’t have the options.

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9 Barry May 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

It’s an absolute laugh reading all these posts about how if you have 3 kids, you NEED an SUV to have a quality of life. Gee I wonder what those families of 8 did back in the 50’s? I mean, there were SO many SUV’s on the road back then…it’s a sad commentary on life today.

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10 Jaclyn May 14, 2010 at 7:15 am

the cars in the 50’s didn’t even have seatbelts! Children rode in floorboards, rear windows, and piled two deep. So are you saying we just toss the car seats and just hold the baby while we drive. While we’re at it I will get rid of the booster seat too oh and why wear seatbelts at all? The kids could just bounce all over the car! Sounds like a great plan! People with SUVs are not the problem and I think it’s great the some people have opted for more “green” options. I may drive an SUV (which has 3 rows of seats and still gets 25 MPG) but I attempt to live more green in other areas of life. We all have to do what we can and no two people can do the exact same things. So while I am here not judging you, why don’t you get on your little bike and not judge me! As for the oil spill, accidents happen and last time I checked a SUV wasn’t out in the middle of the Gulf causing this so back off!

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11 vanman June 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

They were called station wagons sonny

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12 weedoctor June 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

sooo you never had a car from the 50’s cause mine are bigger than an suv

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13 Mark April 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

Capricious makes some great points.

I think $4/gallon gas for a sustained period of time is the only thing that will ever change people’s habits for good. Gas comes back down to the mid $2 range and everyone is back to driving the stupid SUV’s. Only a sustained, multi-year period of crushing gas prices will change things.

Why we can’t figure out that natural gas (CNG for vehicles and natural gas for heat), wind and nuclear power (for the power grid to use less oil for electricty) is the answer to the problem I do not understand. Increased offshore drilling is like using a band-aid on a compound fracture.

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14 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 1:44 am

Maybe for people who don’t have 3 kids or more those little tiny cars are not for families so I will stick with my SUV and i guess i will pay hte price with high fuel prices for one reason IT”S PAID FOR so I don’t see buying another car for fuel economy the I woul have a payment and gas right now i am only paying for the gas which is a little costly but a car payment would be more costly maybe we can all just become amish .Wake up this is 2010 families and compact cars don’t work out so well and besides I feel much safer in that big gas guzzler than in a small car been ther done that not doin it again.I would only consider getting rid of my Tahoe for a newer Tahoe(hybrid would be ok) ,Charger,68 Camaro,4 door ford f series truck,mustang only if it’s a 5.0 must have the older motor from late 80’s or early 90’s or else to slow the new ones suck or a SUBURBAN even bigger than my gas guzzler.Those little bitty cute cars are so not my style I’m from Alabama I gotta have a big truck or SUV.What do you guys think about that and what do you guys drive i don’t think my husband would drive a girlie car and just to make you guys smile a little we not only have SUV’s we also have a 1971 Volkswagon now try to beat the mpg on that it will run for two weeks on $10 but no room for 3 kids so don’t drive it often my 11 year old has made claims to it although i doubt when she is 16 she will even think about drivig it we will see but i do know that her and my boys hate the prius,fit,element,soul,xb and any other car that is similar do you think a 16 year old boy will want a cute little hatchback…LOL besides that would be torture for him.He will be 16 next year i guess we will see whats in store for him if we buy him a prius we might as well paint it pink and put a rainbow on it

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15 Mo June 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Good God. I can’t even get through half of your post. Have you ever heard of a period or a comma?

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16 PS June 27, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Wow … Just read Kristis running blog. Um … while your driving those big ole gas guzzlers, one can only assume your smoking weed

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17 MadiMoo's Mom May 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

“I think $4/gallon gas for a sustained period of time is the only thing that will ever change people’s habits for good.”

I respectfully disagree… Canada has had gas over $4/gallon ($1.10/litre = $4.40/gallon, roughly) for over 5 years and nothing has been done there. Gas in Europe has been over $6, or even $8 in some places, for well over 10 years – though the public transportation system throughout much of the continent is wonderful. As long as people view gas as a necessity and not a luxury, we’ll continue to pay what is asked… though there will be plenty of complaining.

As for those who have 3 kids and can’t cram them into a Prius, I’d like to add those of us, who have large dogs AND kids AND go on vacation a few times a year AND who have to commute where the public transit buses just don’t run, to the list of people who can’t drive clown cars. Fortunately the auto manufacturers are doing more to make the bigger vehicles more fuel efficient.

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18 Stephen eckert April 30, 2010 at 9:59 am

The writer sounds like the Mayor from jaws who says,” there is now shark on our beaches -Swim!” It looks really bad and they haven’t even stopped the flow of the oil – could take months.

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19 jellen April 30, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I don’t believe the explosion on the oil rig that caused this oil spill was an accident. It came immediately after Obama lifted the ban on more drillling for oil offshore, including in the Gulf. There was a reason why both Bush presidents, with their well-known ties to the oil industry and Saudi Arabia, didn’t lift the ban. The timing of this incident was no coincidence and the explosion was no accident. It certainly sent a clear message to the Obama administration. I hope the spill is contained before it reaches PCB but with hurricane season approaching, the damage could be huge. Pray for calm weather.

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20 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 1:58 am

there are rumors of sabotage and there is also rumor that there were no back up emergency plans for an accident like this which is required by law to be submitted before drilling started is because the MMS employees were taking gifts and bribes and in return they would authorize drilling permission and this is not the first time MMS has been accused and cited for this kind of thing I think BP and MMS are behind this and are at fault and we are being kept in the dark I hope I am wrong .We have a reservation for PCB JUNE 19 I have paid in full and Ihave until May 28 to decide maybe it will be under control before then and it won’t spread any further .You would think the idiots in charge of this disaster who claim to be experts in the oil industry would know at least a little about the oil business and safety plans .This is just like if I a pre-school teacher were to go into an operating room and perform open heart surgery that I know nothing about because that is what is going on here. There is also a rumor that this is not the first time BP has been behind something like this so I am very interested in the outcome of this oil spill.When did Obama lift the ban on drilling?

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21 Robert Stevens April 30, 2010 at 1:58 pm

With the rate of crude coming each day into the gulf and the amount of time, (maybe 3 months), to stop it we can all expect this to be a disaster of an epic proportion. Maybe worse than Katrina and 911 with regards to damage costs. The travel, fishing, etc industries will be gone for a long long time. If it does go for 90 days the west coast of Fl and the Texas coast will be affected too. Gosh I hope I am way off here, but this may become very very serious in a couple of weeks.

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22 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 2:06 am

It’s very serious now because the damn idots are trying to run a business that they obviously knew nothing about to begin with .If they did this would have been stopped by now .The device they built to cover the broken pipe should have been built before they ever started drilling btu they assured everyone that this could never happen and then they paid people off to allow them to go ahead and drill without an emergency plan that by law sould have been submitted before drilling .I have a feeling when this is over some people at MMS,BP and others are going to be in very hot water I think they should get jail time if they accepted money and gifts in return for permission to start drilling without any safeguars and so now we wait…

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23 Robert Stevens May 15, 2010 at 6:37 am

This is Obama’s admins jurisdiction . . . . can’t leave him out too? They just finished the drilling on 4/17. Khristi, a lot of good posts by you too! I own a few beach front condos, but instead of bitching & moaning, my family will be first in line to help out! Come down and help out and I’ve got dinner & drinks!

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24 kelly June 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I wouldn’t tell anyone how to run a business until you can STOP SLAUGHTERING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE!!!!!!! Have you ever heard of PUNCUATION??????? You shouldn’t post until you learn to do so in a f*****g coherrent manner!!!!!

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25 Dana April 30, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Should we begin preparing to protect our beaches as much as possible RIGHT NOW — just in case? What can we be doing? Do we have anything to use? Who will organize a protection effort? I don’t think we should just wait around and hope. Does any one agree?

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26 Deb May 1, 2010 at 10:20 am

Dana, I copied this off of a “page” on facebook

For Florida Residents:
Go to http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org/ which has been updating fairly regularly how to help.
On Sunday, May 2, a volunteer training course will be held regarding coming in contact with the oil. * Sign-up to be trained for post-beach clean-up, call 595-5905 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
* Registration is required for a four-hour health and safety training classes for handling petroleum-contaminated materials.
* Classes will be held beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Pensacola Civic Center

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27 Leo May 4, 2010 at 7:33 am

Thanks for the information. Unfortunately people find it easier to complain then to participate in something that might be positive and helpful. After all training classes sound more like work then just mouth exercise. See you at the training course!

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28 Jaclyn May 14, 2010 at 7:24 am

they are also training and hiring captains of boats (like the chartered deep sea fising boats, fishermen, etsc.) to assist in the clean up. This way the can help clean up this mess and still earn an income for their family. Since clean up has to come out of BPs pocket I hope they pay them well! Who knows I may Load up my seven passenger SUV and take a group of volunteers down to the beach to help! 😉

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29 Jon Barnes April 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

The forecasts that you have kinked are only for April 27th, not the 30th. And if you look at it you can tell that it’s traveling the opposite way that it was forecasted. It’s headed to shore, not out to sea. Obviously your forecasts are not very accurate, so what about your story?

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30 beachgirl April 30, 2010 at 3:10 pm

hellooo! Even if the oil doesnt reach our beaches we WILL see devastation to our oceans wildlife, and we will be effected. The amount of crude oil Still leaking from the tanker is anormous and may not be stopped for months and if it takes that long it will reach our beaches. we need to prepare for the oil as soon as possible. its better to be overly prepared than not at all and have this destroy our beaches. The writer of this seems like theyre only writing it to bring money and people to our beaches for profit. we need them to come to our beaches and help us save it before its too late.

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31 sarah evanko May 4, 2010 at 8:50 am

i agree.. keep those tourist a comming all tdc cares about is $$$$$

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32 Isaac Eiland-Hall April 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

This is not good news: http://blog.al.com/live/2010/04/deepwater_horizon_secret_memo.html

A leaked secret memo seems to indicate they’re afraid the rate of oil seepage might increase tenfold.

Right now, as it currently stands, we might just be okay. It’s too early to tell. But if the possibility outlined in the article happens – we might well be in deep trouble.

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33 matt April 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

me and my girlfriend are scheduled to be going to PCB may 24-28. does anyone think that the oil will affect our trip?

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34 june April 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm

We are scheduled to be in PCB June 12th. I would like to know just like all of the other comments if anyone thinks that it will be on the beach then.

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35 rene May 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm

june~ we’re to be there on the 12th too~ i’m a nervous wreck! we’re traveling from missouri~ i’m not sure if we should continue planning this trip or not. ???

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36 amber May 2, 2010 at 7:35 am

my family is scheduled to arrive on the 16th of June…I too am fearful that the oil will reach the shore? My room is paid for in full and I hope I will get my money back if possible. I am keeping a close eye on the situation, but June is far ahead to try and predict where the oil will be especially with the storms that will be coming? I hope it doesn’t come to pcb..

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37 nervous wreck May 2, 2010 at 8:47 am

My family is scheduled to arrive in PCB May 22nd and I am so worried!I know my vacations plans are EXTREMELY minor compared to the effects on the environment, but we don’t get to travel often and I want my three girls to get to enjoy the beach. 🙁 Considering canceling and changing plans to another beach. I soooooo don’t know what to do????!!!!

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38 vacation needed May 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Ok, at least I don’t feel alone for being so nervous regarding our upcoming trip to PCB. We too, do not have our plans finalized, and are considering other vacation options but truly hope to be able to visit PCB this June. It’s always the fear of the unknown!

39 Leo May 4, 2010 at 7:38 am

Get a grip! At this point all we have are predictions of where the oil MIGHT go. Check back at the end of May for updates. Then you still have have 11 days in June to make your decision. No one on this site has a crystal ball and if they do it’s spinning over a dance floor.

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40 seriously!? May 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Leo~ perhaps you are independently wealthy and can afford to loose money paid towards your condo & boat rental~ however~ most of us can not~ otherwise we’d be visiting more tropical locations~ so those of us less fortunate than your ‘laidback’ self have to worry about cancellation dates and alternate plans to keep our children happy~ so u sir can move along now!

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41 poolside May 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

THEY MUST DO THIS
They have to run the oil boom perpendicular to the beaches to stop the spread eastward. They are now running the oil boom parallel to the beaches. The waves will just wash over them and damage the booms and beach. The oil is getting closer to our beaches. They need to start running the oil boom from the beaches out to the Gulf to stop the spread east ward. The oil skimmers can run up and down the channel created by the booms to collect the oil. The oil boom will handle wave that are a long the length, not against them. STOP the spread eastward now. RUN THE OIL BOOM NORTH TO SOUTH!!! The need to be every run every 10 miles starting off the coast of Mississippi.

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42 frank May 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Lots of dreaming going on here, as far as cleaning up the oil. Here in FL it will be much less expensive and easier to clean it off the beaches rather than try to clean it out of the water. Its time people except the fact that its going to hit our beaches sooner or later. Maybe not this week, maybe a month from now, but if the leak cant be stopped, and it appears its going to take months to stop it, its a sure bet we get oil here.

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43 The Fall of Reach May 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

G/f and I are due to arrive in PCB (my 2nd home) in July. It’ll be her first time there. I really hope PCB hasn’t been affected by the spill. I believe we will still come, regardless. I saw the beaches look their best in Aug. of 09 and I have been coming there since the early 1980s. I will always love PCB.

Though I don’t drive gas-guzzling SUVs, I still like the option to own one if I choose to do so. Oil, from lubricant for small parts we don’t even think about in everyday items to our trusty vehicles, is always and will continue to be necessary. Everyone uses oil, those who can afford larger vehicles via hard work and sacrifices to be successful, earned the right to use a little more than most. Good for them, not my concern because their money isn’t my money. I recommend we all discipline ourselves, make out own money and mind our own business in general. I don’t harbor ecological guilt and I laugh at those unwise and (typically) hypocritical urban-dwelling environmentalists whose understanding of and dedication to the environment is laughable, sad and insulting at best.

I want drilling despite this incident. I go deep sea fishing via Alabama and I love FL, especially PCB, so I don’t like this incident and I wish for sound drilling practices (not to infer that my view on this particular oil rig was either sound or unsound). Accidents happen in life, nothing is 100% all the time, but we must keep striving in the face of danger for the 100%, things get worse if we don’t. I deal with life day in and day out. Exxon-Valdez spill area has recovered at a much faster rate than originally thought, but no one knows that, they just remember the “poor birdies” and “evil oil companies.” The Earth is more resilient and capable of recovering than the human ego is willing to give it credit for. People should still help clean up after themselves and I pray for the well-being of the Gulf of Mexico, the oil business, the oil workers lost and PCB in all arenas. See you soon PCB, oil or no oil!

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44 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 2:18 am

AMEN and very well spoken.Idrive a TAHOE and I love it if iam going to trade in for another vehicle you can guess what it will be a newer TAHOE.I couldn’t have said it better myself .Maybe we should start a facebook page or fan club we could call it Future Gas Guzzlers of America (LOL) and besides we have 3 kids not little one either 14,11and10 can you see us passing you on the highway in a little bitty car packed in kike circus clowns ..HAHAHA

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45 Eva May 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Khristi
You are awfully excited about your car, I am happy you enjoy it so much.
Yes hauling three kids around is tough in a tiny car and I had to get a minivan with the arrival of no. 3 this past year too, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could get comfortable cars that had super high mpg ? or ran on something other than oil? Your attitude (and so many like you) of “I pay taxes and I will drive whatever I like” is short-sighted and really is about nothing at all. Typical ranting for no purpose. This is everyone’s problem. I assume you’d like your three kids to breathe fresh air and swim in clean water etc. throughout their lives no?

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46 John M May 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

What a shame. Planning on coming down to PCB in late June. Been coming to the gulf coast for years. We are monitoring the situation, but quite honestly, don’t see how it can not effect PCB by the latest projections.
A change in plans may include a trip to the East Coast or the Rocky Mountains.
Any updates welcomed!

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47 Robert Stevens May 2, 2010 at 11:11 am

Great news, Obama is coming to the Gulf today to save us!! . . . . .after he had to get his party in with Leno last night first!

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48 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 2:25 am

he didn’t want to save us he just wanted to tell us what to do,what to drive an dhow to be more economical.If he wants us to give up SUV’s for a Prius maybe he should pay for them this is a free country I will drive any SUV i choose and besides I don’t see him giving up that tax payer provided limo or that big jet that is so huge do you really think that is necessary form him to be able to make a short trip to talk for 10 minutes and leave .I would like to know the fuel cost for that stupid thing and does he drive his kids around in a compact car because mine won’t fit in a compact car. No they ride around in that oversized limo.

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49 cory May 31, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Great posts! Clown cars are so stupid and not cool. On the other hand, SUVs are awsome! Who cares about what kind of world our grandchildren are forced to live in. We might as well live it up in comfort and style while we still have the chance. I agree, anything less than a V8 is completely out of the question. It just wouldn’t be stylish and wouldn’t make a big enough impression on others that may think we are less cool otherwise. Afterall, our vehicle is actually an extension of who we are as a person. How else could people actually judge us accurately at a glance? Mini-vans get much better gas mileage, but they are just bigger versions of clown cars, disguised as a family vehicles that actually makes sense environmentally speaking. Stupid people think they can tell others what to drive! I for one know I am selfish and nearsighted, and anyone that has a problem with it can suck my V8 exhaust! Yea…rednecks rule!

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50 Wally May 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Obama had nothing to do with this… Where are the “drill Baby Drill” chants now??? This is a catastrophe and the real culprits are hidding now and worst pointing in the wrong direction… What a shame!!!

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51 panama city boy May 7, 2010 at 10:34 am

DOnt be so sure about the drill baby drill team.If you will remember obama wanted the coal mines shut down and closed FOREVER, only to have the state of west va go down the drain and the coal mines BLOW UP.NOW he says open the off shore drilling and it also BLOWS UP.I suggest having a investigation done on BOTH sites with someone besides government investigators.Might also take a look at the happenings on 9-11.How do you fly an airplane into a building( the pentagon) and there is NOTHING left of it and how did it make a 20 ft. round hole in ths side of the building?wouldnt the wings fall outside the building? Does the yard swing burn when your home burns to the ground?How about the mailbox, does it burn also?If you will use head other than something to hang your hat on, you will find out that these EXPLOSIONS and such are MAN MADE.Not accidents.?How do you fly another plane into the world trade center and a building down the street falls 12 hours later that is not even attached to this building.I wonder why there were “maintenance teamss” in the building the weekend prior to the explosion and NOONE was allowed inside the entire weekend?.When you have everyone scared, you can pass bills easier taking away their rights.
WOuldnt obama like to destroy the economy of the tourist towns?He is slowely destroying the small business man and woman.WOuldn’t right at the start of tourist season be a wonderful time to keep everyone away?

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52 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 2:32 am

you read my mind because the MMS who is doing the investigation on the rig are the very one s who are accused of letting BP drill without submitting an emergency plan on what they would do in an incident like this so now we have to wait to see what they come up with.Do they really think that MMS is going to be truthful knowing that their butt is only the line .They have been in trouble before for taking lavish gifts and bribes from other energy companies wake up people this was not just an accident.SOMEBODY knows more than they are letting on and seems to know about things before they happen I gues he is reading his crystal ball or maybe the miror mirror on his wall told him .LOL

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53 Ana May 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm

drill baby drill suck it up PCB.

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54 kevin May 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm

what a shame! Was planning a family vacation in Panam City Beach for late July, but now seems that I’ll be keeping my money and staying home. Just don’t want to lay on a oil & tar covered beach. Sorry Florida 🙁 (And yes, I think Obama and his admin is worthless…)

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55 Jaclyn May 14, 2010 at 7:31 am

Florida does have an east coast you know. St Augustine and Daytona offer nice beaches.

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56 Robert Stevens May 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm

we just discussed this at work . . . Obama was MUCH more focused ramming the health care bill through than the Gulf oil spill. I/we tottaly agree that he cares more about his bill than the Gulf shores! Oh yea, Ana you are an idiot!

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57 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 2:35 am

you know people are going to need that insurance when they consume oil from swimming in BP’s polluted waters and from consuming that oily seafood

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58 Robert Stevens May 8, 2010 at 5:53 am

ahhhhhh Khristi . . a VERY good take!

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59 thugdrummer May 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm

So many opinions. So few facts.

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60 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 2:45 am

There are ligitimate claims for alot of this info do some research you will be surprised at what you might find or just wait and see .Oh thats right we will never know because they ones investigating are the ones who covered up the fact that BP never submitted an emergency plan which was required by law and that they have been cited before for taking lavish gifts and bribes from other companies now do you really think they are going to tell us what they find on that rig site>If so then you are a little to close to those oil fumes coming off that oil spill.They are so gonna cover this up to save their own asses because they are more to nlame than BP because without the approval from them the drilling would have never started never mind the fact that BP has no clue how to stop this or do they.You should not start a project if you don’t know how to control it that would be like me a pre-school teacher performing open heart surgery what a success that would be .If they can’t do the job they should step down and let one of the other oil companies take over I don’t usually buy from BP and now I will not.I think they gotten enough from us.

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61 Lori Duncan May 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm

We’ve already had a couple of folks questioning their vacations. Thanks a lot news media for scaring the vacation and tourism spirit out of our customers. Jumping the gun and crying wolf seems to be all they know how to do. While they wear the mask of concern, they may, or may not, realize the economic damage they do by forecasting unknowns. If we lose $$ due to the oil spill it may not be due to actual damage to our beaches…it may be due to the news networks! I won’t ONLY be going after BP with my lawyer, I’ll be going after the news networks. Thank you so much PCBDAILY for helping your readers and would-be visitors realize that it’s way too early to start canceling their vacations. By the way, anyone ever heard of travel insurance?

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62 Stephanie Lambert May 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm

People who rent condos from owners don’t have the opportunity to purchase travel insurance. Many people who go to PCB would go on a cruise or somewhere tropical away from the states if they could afford it. That is why PCB is so appealing to people who live close by. It gives everyone’s children the chance to see the ocean. But look at the bright side, I’m from Georgia, so maybe Savannah and Tybee Island will get more business. Your comments were good until the last sentence Ms. Duncan.

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63 Monica May 8, 2010 at 1:06 am

Apparently you didn’t read the “what if?” article.

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64 Khristi May 8, 2010 at 3:00 am

We have a reservation in PCB June 19-26 and I have been so stressed about this whole ordeal but we have decided to make the most of our trip.I am prayin that there is no oil and i know that those beautiful beaches are a big attraction and what makes PCB but there is so much other stuff you can do in PCB.My daughter is 11 an dwill absolutely not go anywhere else because they don’t have a PINEAPPLE WILLY”S this will be our htird visit in 5 years and there are still alot of things that we haven’t done and I am sure they have added more since our last trip in 2008.I heard that Peir Park brought back some of the old Miracle strip Rides.When I think about all the people that stand to lose from this my heart breaks because we have been through hard times ourselves so I would just like to say that I urge people to reaaly think about it before they cancel because you may never get another chance and even without hte emerald waters and the sand that make PCB so beautiful there is still SO MUCH TO DO and I am willing to bet you have a pool at your hotel so you can swim there if not at the beach.I love the beach but don’t get in the water to paranoid of jellyfish and sharks and also freak out about dirty water I only get in chlorinated water sounds crazy I know but just give PCB a second chance you might be surprised..

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65 I love pcb May 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Our trip is June 16th we are not going to cancel unless oil does land ashore. I would encourage people keep reservations if they can it’s to early to tell if oil will hit? I hate to think of canceling so I’m just going to wait it out and hope for the best! See ya soon PCB…

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66 Jaclyn May 14, 2010 at 7:39 am

I will be going to PCB memorial day weekend oil or no oil! I figure my condo has a pool so if the beach is gross we will just spend our time by the pool.

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67 Jake May 3, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Let me get this straight. So it will be okay to swim in a “little” oil? What is that all about. Any oil will ruin the beach and the water. GET REAL….

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68 Michele May 3, 2010 at 9:07 pm

When the Gov. of FL declares a state of emergency for 5 counties in FL, the news media is going to report on it.

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69 Andy Normanti May 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Just look on the bright side, you can go in the water and not bother about putting any tanning oil on.

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70 Marilyn May 4, 2010 at 1:08 am

My sister in law bid on a charity trip and won it for the the week of May 15th thru the 22nd. Looking at the maps, it really doesn’t look good for us to go…just wondering…I know the beach is the easiest to clean up..but how safe for a 3 year old walking around looking for shells…just wondering and hope the news is good…thanks

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71 ros May 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

it should be safe enough but no fun and very yukky. I remember as a child going to France and they had an oil spill and they had said it had been cleared up. well that was a lie the sand soaks up the oil and you sink in it. I stood in an oily part and it went up to my knees it was horrid. so we spent our vacation doing other things than going on the beach

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72 sarah evanko May 4, 2010 at 8:48 am

hey, time for a reality check…WHAT PCB IN NO DANGER… give me a break , we’re screwed … if you can honestly say that this won’t effect us your head is in the sand.. it’s still leaking …it’s only a matter of time..

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73 Kevin May 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

Sarah, My thoughts exactly. This is the reason I’m cancelling my vacation plans. Its those people that are in denial that will hold off on any action causing the beaches to become full of oil, instead of taking action now. Get real people. This is not just affecting those who live on the coast, but everyone who has ever visited the Gulf Shores and those who planned on visiting. My thoughts are Too little has been done to prevent the drifting oil and now its Too late!

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74 DJ May 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I agree with the president on rethinking the nation’s energy needs and drilling in the gulf following this news. With a great history of safe oil drilling in the gulf, I think we are all shocked that the Oil industry was unable to prevent and now even stop the problem. “ When confronted with new facts one should be willing to change ones mind.” What do YOU do?

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75 Robert Stevens May 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Also, has anyone heard WHAT caused the explosion? I am serious, as I have not heard of what caused it. I would think BP would have at least an idea of what went wrong. Any oil people out there to help out?

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76 Monica May 8, 2010 at 1:16 am

I’m very curious about that too. Oil rigs don’t just explode. Would love to hear from a REAL expert. Maybe Bush did it! Remember when he arranged for the levies to be blown up during hurricane Katrina?

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77 Bryce May 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I really hope that is a joke. You never know though…there are some odd balls out there that actually believe that stuff.

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78 Monica May 8, 2010 at 11:49 pm

yeah, it was a joke since it was so ridiculous.

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79 Jim June 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Go to this link: http://www.lieffcabraser.com/pdf/20100603-ferguson-oil-spill-al.pdf . This is where a legal firm has filed suit in Alabama. Even though lawyers are famous for inflating the facts, I expect there is a lot of truth in these accusations.

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80 Kevin May 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Robert,
This is just beginning to surface. I have yet to be able to confirm or deny these claims, but I think its worth getting out to the public.

http://www.topix.com/forum/source/fox6/TST3810TSQPLOOIRI

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81 Ana May 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Don’t put re-tarted stuff like North Korea did it on this blog.

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82 Stephanie Lambert May 7, 2010 at 2:31 pm

It is retarded. Do you have spell check?

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83 Robert Stevens May 10, 2010 at 6:48 am

If you go back and read Ana’s posts, she very well might be the correct spelled version!

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84 Marilyn May 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Well, watching everything that is being done in hopes of it not spreading, it is stiil too early to see what is going to happern so we are cancelling the May trip…hopefully we can visit at a later date. We love PCB.

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85 Monica May 8, 2010 at 1:13 am

I really wouldn’t cancel. There are SO many rumors that are not true. I read a comment that someone posted on a facebook page saying that they could smell the petroleum in Walton County, about a week after the spill. That was ridiculously not true. It’s kind of like when there’s a tropical storm or hurricane in the gulf, and The Weather Channel comes down to broadcast live. They stumble around in the breeze and make it seem so much worse, because that’s what people want to see. That’s news worthy. Meanwhile, residents get to watch that coverage and laugh at the guys that we know are exaggerating on TV (no offense Jim Cantore, PCB loves you!).

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86 panama city boy May 7, 2010 at 10:42 am
87 panama city boy May 7, 2010 at 10:43 am
88 Poolside May 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm
89 bryce May 8, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Huh? I just watched it, and I don’t see how that is moving toward PCB?

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90 poolside May 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO – A BP PLC official is saying icelike crystals formed inside of an oil containment box when it was placed over a massive oil leak and that crews have had to move the contraption away to study the problem.

Chief operating officer Doug Suttles said Saturday that he is not saying that the box has failed. But he did say what they tried Friday night did not work.

Suttles says the buildup on the specially constructed box made it too buoyant and clogged it up and they’ve set it to the side to study the problem.

Officials had cautioned that they would meet challenges during this unprecedented attempt to divert oil spewing into the waters.

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91 Poolside May 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm

They need to get a REAL submarine with humans onboard. Not some mini remote controlled toy. They have submarines that have recovered items on the Titanic. The Titanic lays at a depth of 12,500 feet. The leak is at 4986 feet. The Mir 1 and Mir 2 can go to a max depth of over 20,000 feet. It has two eternal manipulators that can lay down some form of patch over the leak. At least give it a freaking try! They can easily get to the leaks at 5,000 feet.
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/technology/subs/mir/mir.html

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92 t-bone May 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm

let the navy divers fix this problem.

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93 James D. May 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

t-bone –
The reason Navy divers haven’t been dispatched is b/c the leak is 5,000 feet below sea level. That’s almost ONE MILE below the surface. No human can survive anywhere near that depth — which is why robots are attempting the handiwork. Fathom that!

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94 Meemaw May 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm

We have reservations at PCB for May 21 tru 26 I really hope the beaches stay clean…It’s like they are trying to take everything away from us…AND WHY DID THEY DRILL SO CLOSE…WHAT THEY DIDN’T THINK NOTHING WOULD GO WRONG.. WELL THEY GOT FOOLED….AND NOW THEY WANT TO RAISE GAS PRICES?? FOR US TO PAY FOR THEIR MISTAKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT IS SO WRONG..GGGGGRRRRRRRRRR O-O

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95 Tinker Simmons May 10, 2010 at 10:38 am

I own a condo at PCB which I rent out during the summer. I have contracts with my renters giving them the option of cancelling one month (with full refunds) before arrival . I now have a renter who is very concerned about the oil spill in the Gulf and says she does not want to cancel her reservation, but wants to know if I have changed any of my rules or policys about cancelling. She claims she has heard that other owners have changed theirs (but has not told me what they are. Does anyone know of changes in policys or contract rules and if so, what changes are owners offering? Please help me if you have any answers. Thank you

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96 Mary May 10, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Tinker,
I have a reservation for mid-June. I contacted the owner to see if she would be flexible, given the circumstances. She said of course, if the beaches are contaminated or closed, she would give me a full refund. I plan to keep my reservation and go, unless the beaches are closed. Today, it appears that the oil is moving more toward the west. Of course, I realize that could change. Four weeks is a long time for me to watch this unfold, waiting to see if my vacation will happen.

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97 Terry in Dora May 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

My family and I have been coming to PCB since 1981. We plan a large family vacation and look forward to it all year long. Since the oil spill we have discussed the possibility of canceling and going to SC Beaches or the Rockies. We really feel for the people living on the coast that are affected by this disaster. While we are working people and cannot go to the area to help we can keep our plans and spend our money in their area. We can always swim in the pool and eat steak. We feel this is the most responsible way to help after so many years going to the world’s most beautiful beaches. See you there next week.
PS to TINKER:

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98 Terry in Dora May 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

PS to TINKER: We contacted our condo owner several weeks ago and he agreed that if things did not look good for the beaches, he would refund our deposit in full, even as close as 24 hours in advance. This was also one of the deciding factors in our decision to keep our plans.

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99 concerned May 11, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Ok everyone can have an opinion about this oil spill no matter what you drive or how you use oil in the first place. More should have been done to prevent this. Forget the fact that oil prices may rise or whatever. How about we think of all the wildlife this is affecting and its all thanks to people wanting oil and money, end of story.

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100 Monica May 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Hey “concerned”. It concerns me that you’re so worried about the wildlife. 11 men were killed in that explosion. 11 families are devastated. Although wildlife is important, it’s odd that you mentioned that over human life. Also, the U.S. gets 1/3 of it’s oil from our gulf. Why don’t we just eliminate that (and all the jobs that go with it) and become COMPLETELY dependent on foreign oil? That way we don’t have to deal with the people wanting oil and money. Let’s see what that does for our fragile economy.

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101 Robert Stevens May 15, 2010 at 6:46 am

I think millions and millions of wildlife in jepardy of survial is pretty damned serious! Dolphins starting to wash up dead!

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102 Monica May 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Serious, yes. Nothing compared to human life though.

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103 Meemaw May 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm

WOULD HAVE BEEN CHEAPER TO HAVE PLANTED SOME CORN???????? NOW LOOK AT ALL THE WILD LIFE AND SEA LIFE AND HUMAN LIFE,,

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104 Angelese May 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm

I came on this website to see if was a good idea to continue planning our vacation to PCB, but I dont want my family there because I am afraid that one of you crazy ass people will be there. Chill out!!!

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105 Kevin May 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Thats just too funny 🙂 but true!

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106 Jaclyn May 14, 2010 at 7:45 am

haha 🙂

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107 Robert Stevens May 15, 2010 at 6:50 am

The gulf could be devastated, but we need to chill out. I may be crazy ass, but I will be first in line to help out . . how about you? Oh yea, you are a knuckelhead!

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108 anora keeling May 17, 2010 at 9:51 pm

hahaha My thoughts exactly!!!

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109 Brett May 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

I agree with everyones comments about this being intentional. You will never convince me that with todays modern technology we can’t cap an underwater oil well. It’s been pumping now for 3 weeks, give me a brake! Our Government should have every possible resource on this right now! We capped hundreds of burning oil wells “in another country” when Sudam Hussan bombed them during the gulf war. We capped all of those in a matter of a few weeks. And those were on fire! So either our current Government Administration just doesn’t give a crap about this or their to dumb to realize what the outcome is going to be. I guess the other option is as I mention in the begining IT’S INTENTIONAL. If Obama thinks he can just sit on his hands and leave this to BP to take care of he’d better wake up. His responsivness to this crisis is completely unacceptable. BP couldn’t give two sh### about the Gulf, sea life or our coast lines. They just want the money. BP posted $96 billion dollars in profits last year and they’re whining that they have spent $300 million to try and stop this. Something is very wrong with this whole thing!!!!!

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110 Meemaw May 12, 2010 at 10:51 am

You got that right.. all it is.IS GREED…they could blow the thing up to stop the leak..but they want the oil… like I said GREED……………

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111 Mark May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Ditto to Brett’s comment.

If this is as good a response that the offshore drilling industry has to this situation, how on earth were these leases approved by the government in the first place? It is completely and totally unacceptable to take this long to solve this problem. It seems that every solution that I read about is going to take several weeks to implement – where is the planning for an event such as this? Disgusting and unbelievable that this can happen in the United States of America. I have never considered myself an environmentalist before but I sure as hell consider myself one now.

I for one will NEVER, EVER buy gas at a BP station again. Nor will I purchase their stock as an investor (assuming they survive this mess). I would encourage others to do the same – we do have a small degree of power as consumers.

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112 Terry in Dora May 14, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Brett, I’m confused a little, are you saying that the oil well was blown up intentionally or they are intentionally taking too long to stop and clean up the oil spill? I basically agree with most of the comments on this page, just wanted clarification on that issue. Earlier there was someone who posted that North Korea had blown up the oil well in a suicide divers attack. Having trouble swallowing that one.

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113 RC May 13, 2010 at 8:11 am

Now the truth is slowly coming out. BP knowingly cut corners to save money.

RC

From today’s wsj.com

Managers at oil giant BP PLC decided to forge ahead in finishing work on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig despite some tests suggesting that highly combustible gas had seeped into the well, according to testimony released by congressional investigators and documents seen by The Wall Street Journal

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114 Bigmacrob May 13, 2010 at 8:32 am

We are from the midwest (St. Louis) and planning on coming down in mid-July…so far our condo agent has agreed to adjust our due date on the remaining balance ($2400) from 60 days to 30 days prior to arrival so hopefully we will know by mid June if PCB will be impacted……………we hope not…..looking fowward to visiting Pineapple Willy’s again…..Go Cardinals!

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115 Kevin May 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

We are planning a trip down to pcb in late July as well, and as of now, we are still planning, However we have not made our hotel bookings yet just incase oil does show up on the beaches. Let the rates fall, so I can spend more on those lame gift shops…:)

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116 Bigmacrob May 13, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Hellfire, everything looks great!…..http://birdwell.us/OFB2/

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117 Terry in Dora May 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Wonder where this add was made? Maybe the Keys?

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118 Terry in Dora May 14, 2010 at 12:32 pm

We are leaving for PCB Monday morning and will be there a week. I will be happy to post what I find on beaches and any other related issues of interest. i.e. prices, crowds. I’ll be checking in periodically.

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119 kim May 14, 2010 at 7:24 pm

we r coming to pcb @ the end of june… think we might see oil in the water?

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120 Bigmacrob May 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Hopefully just suntan oil……:)

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121 Bonnie May 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

The leases the govt issues to oil companies to drill on land areso restrictive that it is almost impossible to afford to jump through all the hoops that are required in the hopes that there may be oil on that land. If our government would stop banning the oil companies from drilling on LAND, such as in Alaska which has huge oil reserves, they would not be out in the Gulf drilling with the potential for such disasters. This would be so much easier to cap on land then it is 5,000 ft down in the ocean.

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122 Meemaw May 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

We are coming pcb next week at we thought we weren’t going to be able to because of the oil now it looks like it going to rain:o(

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123 Meemaw May 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

oops at first we thought…. lol sorry about the typo…..

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124 Bigmacrob May 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm
125 Brett May 17, 2010 at 7:41 am

Terry in Dora,
I would like to believe that the well was not intentionally blown up but who knows. What I am saying is there has got to be a very fast method available to cap this well. If you notice all of their efforts have been on how they can capture the oil and pump it up to a barge/tanker, not cap the well. The plans that they have announced so far have all been ways to get the oil. Their last efforts will be to cap it. In the mean time the Gulf is turning into the dead sea.

Brett

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126 Bigmacrob May 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm

You can beat some BP bean counter has figured out the unit cost to clean up a gallon of oil is less then the price to capture and refine it……

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127 Nancy May 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I agree wholeheartedly with Brett, in his response that there has been so much effort in capturing the oil already spilled and not so much in capping the well. As you stated, some bean counter is playing God with the environment obviously figuring the most cost-effective way to handle the situation. I believe more onland wells should be projected rather than going for environments like oceanic, which leaks can drastically impact the world environment, wildlife, and even human life. First priority should have been to have made sure there was a backup procedure in place that actually would work to stop wells leaking, etc. @ 5000 feet rather than hoping what was available would work. Second priority, which should have been ongoing from onset of leak discovered, should have been to get that well capped.
As one oyster fisherman stated on report on nbc last night, there have been way too many lies as to how much oil is leaking per day. First it was 5,000 gallons, then 10,000 gallons and now 20,000 gallons.
BP has been dragging its feet. The federal government has been dragging its feet to the point that now Louisiana has major problems – long term problems and the Louisiana governor took upon himself to stop waiting on the federal government to do what should have already been done and he issued the order this week on his own.
Having been involved in NOAA conservation issues when I lived in Florida, I’m so glad that Florida did not follow suit behind Alabama, Mississppi and Louisiana and Texas to allow off-shore drilling in state waters. When I moved here to Texas in 95, I took a trip to Corpus Christi/Aransas Pass and Port Aransas. I was devastated to see the nasty oily water here. I had to go down South Padre Island all the way to the Federal SeasShore to actually start seeing cleaner water and whiter beaches. I’m glad that the conservationists in Florida did discourage the legislators there to not let any offshore oil drilling go on in Fl state waters or the beautiful white sugar beaches in Panama City area would look like the nasty ones here in TX.

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128 Have reservations June 12 May 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I’m vacationing June 12 week at a condo at Panama City Beach. With the new info released today… What do you think the chances of oil hitting the beaches are now?

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129 Meemaw May 19, 2010 at 12:30 pm

WE will be leaving Friday coming to PCB.. everything looks good…can’t wait….

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130 Felecia May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Larry Burkett (Money Matters) stated years ago that the U.S. government had the technology to make energy from hydrogen. I wonder why that don’t use it, since they are trying to get away from foreign oil. Do you think it boils down to the dollar. IT ALWAYS DOES!!!!!

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131 Brett May 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I sure hope that the American public wakes up soon! I’m not young, but I’m not old. What I do know is this country is not heading in the direction that it should! We have a major oil spill that is going on right now, and hasn’t been stopped, WHY? We have Hilliary in the mean time signing gun bans that effect us all behind the sceens.
Are you kidding me? There’s a reason why the oil is still pumping! So lets wake up people! It’s one well! Are they telling us that they can’t stop one oil well in four weeks? HELLO! Does anyone other then me see something wrong with this picture?

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132 Kevin May 20, 2010 at 8:54 am

Brett,
Your statement is worth the weight of gold. Thank you! I thought I was the only one who felt this way. I agree with you, the american people need to wake up and put forth an effort to find out what is happening or in this case what is not happening and start asking questions.
We need to start questioning our government and stop fearing them. They need to start fearing the american people that they work for! Many are beginning to feel this pain in our local elections. Can everyone say bye bye dems…:)

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133 Bigmacrob May 20, 2010 at 9:54 am

Come on fellas, quit focsuing on the negative side of this spill and try looking at the brite side……….look at all of the clean up jobs that are being created…:)

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134 Brett May 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

Bigmacrob,

Based on some of your previous comments I’m assuming your last one was a joke. Speaking of creating new jobs from this spill you are right. It will take alot of effort and man power to clean this up. I’ll give you an example of the problem with that though. I’ve been going to PCB for the last 17 yrs. I’ve seen alot of the new high rises being built over the years. Two years ago we were walking past some being built. I didn’t hear one construction worker on that job site that could speak english! I take that back. There were two, one was the supervisor and the other was an interpetur. I spoke with an off duty immigration officer while fishing on the peir. I asked how is it possible for all of the illegal immigrants to be openly working like that? His answer blew me away! He said it was a violation of their rights and against the law for him to even ask for their green cards. “AGAINST THE LAW” That just seems crazy to me. Just my opinion. Sooooooooooo, I’m wondering who will actually get all of those clean up jobs. An illegal immigrant making $7.00 an hour or a US citizen working for Waste Management making say $12.50 an hour?

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135 Kevin May 21, 2010 at 9:57 am

Well said Brett. We need more states to follow Arizona’s new immigration law!

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136 Bigmacrob May 22, 2010 at 1:53 am

Brett

Yeah you called it……I was indeed attempting a little levity….I dont care for all things political.
That being said for a period of about 15 years (90-05′) in my life I traveled the SW and managed numerous Govt TOC & JOC construction type projects (not hard bid). There is no doubt in my mind that by primarily utilizing a hispanic work force millions of dollars in labor costs (tax dollars) were saved. Why? their attitude and appreciation for a freaking job. I wish I could say they were legalized US citizens but to be honest I am not so sure they all were and even further being honest, I didnt really care. It was sad to see what the US work force had become.
One observation I have made in this down economy, the improved appreciation for employment by the avreage US worker. Oops there I go again, looking at the bright side of a negative situation 🙂 🙂 🙂

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137 Terry in Dora May 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I am stopping to rest long enough to post before heading out with these grandkids again. We have been here since Monday and the beaches are beautiful, there are no crowds, no long lines, great food, great prices and perfect weather. No rain. I honestly cannot think of a better time to come to PCB. You can tell that business is really down and they need you to come on down and spend your money. I can tell you honestly that mine has been well spent this week. Can’t think of a better way to help the guys on the Gulf than to operate business as usual. Don’t know when the oil is coming, if ever, but it is wonderful here right now.

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138 Michelle May 22, 2010 at 7:56 am

I have been reading all the news coming out of Panama, how the oil spill has created an impact on tourism. I think it is anybody’s guess what will happen so it is a risk to me, as a tourist and the industries. However, after seeing that some business are trying to reassure their guest and are offering a $200 voucher if the oil does wash up on the beaches and others suggest that vacationers purchase travel insurance, has only made me more nervous. I just read the travel insurance terms, and if I am reading it right then it would not cover an oil spill, so what good would that do to purchase it. The voucher offer is not clear because it may have restrictions or blackout dates; I certainly would not want to only be able to use it in the off season. I have vacationed in other places, and have gotten a refund, once for a child being very sick and the other because of a death in the family. So, I am not willing to book anything just yet and take a chance on losing any money and I think a lot of other people feel the same way.

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139 Z Clements June 3, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I am a condo owner (Boardwalk VRBO # 248899), and am offering a full refund if oil washes up on the beach. I was just there and the water is beautiful! Too many people are freaked out by incomplete news stories.

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140 Brett May 23, 2010 at 12:39 am

Nancy, Kevin + Bigmacrob,
At least it seems that a few of us are all on the same page!

God bless,
Brett

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141 D.L. May 24, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Brett, Kevin, and BigMacRob- Just out of curiosity, What do you think of all the Eastern Europeans workers that hotels and restaurants around the beach area are employing now?
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142 Bigmacrob May 25, 2010 at 6:51 am

Good one D.L…..I guess I am all for anything making my vacation a little cheaper……and there was this brunette masseuse at the coral reef with incredible br……errr never mind….back to the oil….I am hoping “Top Kill” succeeds…….and that I will meet some of you people at Schooners in mid-July!

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143 Kevin May 25, 2010 at 9:46 am

Unbelievable!!
I’m just soo very happy that Obama is taking the heat just like Bush did for Katrina.
Who’s laughing now 🙂 Oh wait, thats right. You liberals still think this is Bushes fault. Get real!

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144 Monica May 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

EVERTHING is Bush’s fault. Palin was right when she called it during the debate. We’ve got 2 1/2 more years of blaming Bush. With every new failure of the new administration, it’s Bush’s fault. People are getting sick of hearing it too.

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145 Greg May 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

Drill baby Drill, I remember Obama saying that like it was just yesterday.

This is beyond politics. Save your anger for November.

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146 Sara June 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm

It was Sarah Palin that said “Drill Baby Drill”, not Obama. We can’t blame him for everthing that goes wrong in society. I mean really, how could this oil disaster be his fault

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147 Robert Stevens May 29, 2010 at 10:32 am

this was drilled under obamas admin. I was not a Bush fan, but Obama is much worse.

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148 Curtiss June 3, 2010 at 9:42 am

Do you drive a car, drink from a plastic bottle, use plastic cups, or use 1 of about 150 things that you have in you house. Then quit complaining about drilling you people do not realize how many everyday items are made from oil that is drilled here in the US. If you dont want them to drill by a bike, drink from a wooden cup, and then bitch but until you do, you have no right. Bush, Obama, and who ever else you people want to blame to make you feel better is not right, it is the people that are to blame we all use the oil in so many different ways but are clueless to that fact.

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149 lovethebeach May 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I have a trip planned with my family and kids to the beach July 4th. Should we cancel?! I am concerned and don’t know what to do. Any advice? Too bad we can’t see into the future. I hope they can fix this soon…it’s very sad.

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150 lovethebeach May 25, 2010 at 11:23 pm

I have a trip planned with my family and kids to the PCB July 4th. Should we cancel?! I am concerned and don’t know what to do. Any advice? Too bad we can’t see into the future. I hope they can fix this soon…it’s very sad.

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151 Meemaw May 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Just got back from Pcb..stayed 5 days the beaches were beautiful……

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152 Don May 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Panama City Beach has been a part of my life for over 40 years. My parents brought me here every year as a child, and now, my children have grown to love it. The grim fact regarding the BP oil spill is that it WILL eventually devastate every inch of Florida’s coastline, including the Atlantic side. Florida’s economy will collapse. My message to all Floridians is to start a war- like effort to attack the oil slick out at sea, versus waiting until it hits the sand. The Lousiana coastal Parishes have been abandoned by the U.S. Government, as the oil kills their marshes and ecosystem. No effort is being made to reomve the oil. The oil will never go away on its own. The Goverment sprayed dispersant so the oil would sink, and become unseen by satellites. The oil covers a much larger area than what you are seeing. A much larger mass is underwater. The money given to the State of Florida for advertising should have been used to attack the oil slick. Everyone is worried about this season’s tourism revenue, versus the next 30 years. Why isn’t the U.S. Government filling up the Gulf of Mexico with thousands of ships, vacuuming up the oil? This disaster will be worse than a nuclear strike by a terrorist group, in terms of devasation. How many suicides will occur due to business people and residents filing for bankrupcy? Will coastal residents be forced to evacuate due to oil vapors and fumes? It could be millions. Wake up and start screaming now! Everyone is in a passive mode. The American people are being treated like fools. Read this scary CNN article: http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/26/news/economy/gulf_economy/index.htm

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153 James D. May 30, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Don,
I think you need to get a grip on yourself, diversify your media intake — and maybe seek some counseling!! Seriously.

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154 Robert Stevens May 31, 2010 at 7:08 am

James, I think Don is right. Your president does not care about the Gulf, because he is too busy rounding up illegals for votes! I believe this spill could be epic . . . the odds of a hurricane in the Gulf and coming on shore the season is just about 100% sure.

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155 Bigmacrob May 31, 2010 at 9:17 am

Come on guy’s, everybody cares about the leak…and there is no conspiracy. Let’s face it, BP and others took some short cuts and it created a disaster……I would like to say ‘end of story’ but obviously it is a long way from ending…

By the way, I am still planning on being in PCB July 17th…..hoping the beaches are not impacted at that time. What do you thing my odds are in running into oil?

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156 Robert Stevens May 31, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I will say 60/40 against. Gosh I hope I am wrong. Now that they cannot stop the leak it is now a given its coming. However, I am coming down that time too and will come either way and give the local business some business and check on my properties, which will be empty if there is oil!!

157 Bigmacrob May 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm

60/40 is not good……damn it……the other members in my family want to switch to SC or NC beaches…but I want to stay focused on PCB…..it might be time to remind them that i am the one paying for this trip…..:)

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158 Brett June 1, 2010 at 9:44 am

DL,
Sorry for the late response. Went camping for Memorial Day. I worked for Delphi for years and the last five years I spent working with a young girl from Europe. She transfered from another Delphi plant and was trying to get her US citizenship. It took her 5 years to get it. She earned it and deserved it. I have nothing but respect for her.To me it doesn’t matter where you are from. Europe, Mexico, China, anywhere outside of this country. If you want to live here, you better have respect for this country and you better have earned your right to live here. So if the hotel workers that you are speaking of have earned the right to be a US citizen, then I’m happy to have them. If not, then they should get the hell out! Those jobs should be filled by legal US citizens period! Or at the very least by someone who is here legally and going through proper channels to become a citizen. Hopefully that answers your question!

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159 someone June 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

the oil will land on the beach in Pensacola approximately june 4 or 5…….

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160 LuLu June 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

Hi, my family plans on coming for vacation there on July 4th? Do u think it will be ok to still come?

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161 Robert Stevens June 2, 2010 at 11:52 am

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37463005/ns/gulf_oil_spill/
Look at this link on the white house connection to BP!

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162 Robert Stevens June 2, 2010 at 11:58 am
163 Julie June 2, 2010 at 12:43 pm

We have a vacation planned June 19-26. Will we beat the oil? It’s to far and to much money for us to be there and see or smell oil? What are your thoughts?

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164 Robert Stevens June 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Deepwater trajectory link is below. June s/b okay, its mid July that is on the radar.

http://ocg6.marine.usf.edu/~liu/Drifters/latest_roms.htm

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165 christy June 3, 2010 at 9:27 am

I am going the same time. It is too late to get our money back. Just hoping and praying that it will not get to PCB and also; hope the ones that caused this will step up to the plate and accept what they have done and do SOMETHING about it..

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166 Ann Adams June 2, 2010 at 4:19 pm

How does the first week in July look? We are coming from Hawaii and have rented a beach house in Carillon Beach to take our daughter and her family who live in Mobile.

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167 JH June 2, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Ann, my family and I have also rented a home at Carrilon Beach. We are scheduled to check in on June 12th. I am also worried. The news doesn’t sound good. Has anyone seen the Oil slick and is there a distinct smell from the oil yet?

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168 Gigi June 3, 2010 at 8:43 pm

We are going that same week. Were praying! i hope it holds off! In need of a PCB vacation!

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169 dana June 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

were heading to PCB & Mexico Beach June 28-July5 does anyone think it will be a danger to be there then, we have small children?

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170 Kevin June 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

The oil is heading your way PCB. I just don’t understand why anyone would book a non refundable hotel room. When I made my reservations, I made sure that I would be able to cancel up to 24 hrs before the check in date. Perhaps yall learn your lesson for next time. Have fun swimming in oil. LOL

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171 Bigmacrob June 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Hey Kev, I would guess that the majority of us are booking condo’s and unless I am mistaken, usually can not be booked as ‘refundable’…..I was able to get our condo rep to agree to a full refund ‘if’ the beaches are closed while we are down there……

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172 Jeremy June 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Kevin,

I don’t think you need to be such a jerk. I’m glad you are so pleased with yourself, but there really is no need to rub salt in the wounds of folks that might be out a substantial amount of money. I hope some one ruins your Christmas!! LOL & FU

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173 Gigi June 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Kevin,
I booked a condo. They don’t usually give 24 hour cancellations like the hotels as they are privately owned “apartments”. Hotel rooms do that. they get many people tat stop by without reservations and can easily fill empty rooms. Condos dont work that way. however, all of the condos i know of will offer full refund if beaches close so there will be no swimming in oil for anyone. it’s unfortunate for so many travelers to be sitting on the edge of their seat about their summer vacations as well as all the locals that thrive on the tourist business. I hope BP pays severely for this. Everyone should avoid BP gas stations. Just my opinion

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174 Gigi June 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Do any locals have an update on the oil situation as of today? This is over a week old. Can you smell the oil yet? Pensacola is what 80 or 100 miles west?

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175 MaryBeth June 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

We have a condo reserved beginning June 12. We’ll be coming anyway, since we have plane tickets paid for. The condo has a pool, but the vacation won’t be too much fun if the smell is bad, or the beach/water view is gross. I am obsessed with checking the various websites for trajectory forecasts and info. But I truly feel awful for the people whose jobs and livelihoods depend on the tourism that will disappear if the beaches are fouled. I can take a vacation someplace else next year, but the folks who live there are facing a life-altering situation, not to mention the environmental affect.

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176 Brett June 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

I continue to see the same question over and over again. When is it going to hit PCB? To me the question should be, when is it going to stop? I’ll tell you when I think it will stop! It will be capped when BP is out of money and in need of a bailout. When BP yells uncle the well will be capped and our new government administration will be the major share holder in BP. They’ve already done it to GM, the banks, and the morgage companies. Is everyone aware that our Federal Government currently owns over 90% of all home and company morgages? How about all of the car dealerships that were forced out of business and then the ones that remained were given the “cash for clunkers” plan. We now have our medical treatment controled by them as well. Does anyone besides me see a trend here? If you’ve ever studied history you will see that what is going on “RIGHT NOW” is the same thing that Hitler did to Germany and Stalin did to Russia. Devestate the economy and create a nation of citizens that are totally dependent on the government to survive. As I mentioned in my very first comment on this page. That well is still pumping for a reason! As Hitler once said “Never fail to take advantage of a good disaster”. Has anyone else noticed all of the anti-gun bills that they are trying to push through right now? They’re using this oil spill as smoke and mirrors! Like I said that well is still pumping for a reason! Apparently Obama studied his history lessons! Hopefully I’m wrong but I don’t believe that I am. There is no way that anyone will ever convince me that we do not have the technology to cap this well right now! As Obama said during his campaign. We live in the greatest country in the world, now “Come help me change it”. And the crowd stood up and clapped! Are you kidding me!!!!! My jaw hit the floor.
Maybe some of you think that I’m way off. But think about this.
They own Gm, the largest auto maker in the world. They own the banks. (your money) They own all of the Morgage companies. (your home or business) They just took over the Medical industry. (your health, that we didn’t even get a chance to vote on). Why wouldn’t they go after the oil companies next? (your transportation to work. Not to mention the food that is transported to the stores) And now they’re trying to slip all of these gun bans through so you won’t be able to stop them.
Like I said before. Create a nation of citizens that is totally dependent on the Government to survive!

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177 Robert Stevens June 4, 2010 at 11:46 am

TRUE: Obama has spent more time on the golf course than the gulf coast the past 46 days!

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178 Bigmacrob June 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Wow, Bret…you have way too much free time on your hands……put it to good use and save a whale, dolphin or a bird……or you could hit the beach and start cleaning…..that way it is ready for me on July 17th….

For the record I am a proud member of the Republican party but as I stated previously, there is no conspiracy here……

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179 Kevin June 4, 2010 at 1:19 pm

He can pass all the gun bans he likes. He will only take my guns from my cold dead hands and a huge fight! American is no longer the great country I thought it was. I see nothing but a bunch of stupid, ignorant, bleeding heart liberals who are careing too much about giving more rights to the illegal mexican imigrants. God help us all!

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180 Robert Stevens June 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

forget cleaning the Gulf, use the funds to feed Africa! . . . . there are only a bunch of rich people living on the Gulf. . . . . .there are only a bunch of hard working people in restaurants, shops, rentals, fishing industries, etc, etc forget them, feed Africa!

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181 Greg June 4, 2010 at 2:54 pm

You are a moron and your ignorance is what is wrong with this country.

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182 Robert Stevens June 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

I was being EXTREMELY sarcastic Gregyboy! If you knew who I was and what I have done and will do for this country you would definitely take that back. Oh by the way, isn’t this a blog . . .vent ideas, information, and VIEWS.

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183 Monica June 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Hello, I have planned a vacation with my family to go to PCB on July 17. What are my chances of that still happening due to the unbelieveable oil spill?

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184 Kevin June 4, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Monica,
I also have reservations for the end of July, however, I think i’m going to cancel due to the projected oil impact on PCB within the next week or so. I am now looking at perhaps South Padre Island or Daytona Beach. Not really much sense on still going down to PCB if we can’t swim or if we have to smell toxic fumes. Good luck.

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185 Robert Stevens June 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm
186 Brett June 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Bigmacrob,
All I can say is for you to do a little research of your own. Don’t take my word for it. That’s why we have history books, read some. Uninformed people tend to make pretty poor choices. The whale and the dolphin thing is out of the question. We don’t have any here in Michigan. I’ll work on the bird thing though. Pheasant season is just around the corner and they taste great.

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187 Robert Stevens June 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Brett, I thought you were spot on!

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188 Kevin June 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Me to!
I say we need to start a Change America campaign and send Oil bama back from where he came from.

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189 Bigmacrob June 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Ok Bret, I will hit the history books….

So you are from Michigan…..’if’ we cancel our PCB vacation we are looking at heading North instead to a place called South Haven….apparently my son-n-law vacationed there a few years ago and highly recommends it. Since you dont seem to mind offering an opinion:)……would you recommend it?

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190 Jamie June 4, 2010 at 7:15 pm

we are planning to leave for pc beach in the morning hoping that the oil doesnt effect our week there we have been planning for months to go to navaree and today we received a call from the condo saying that their was oil and oil balls on the beach and if we stayed their would be a major fee for any oil tracked into their condo so we have cancelled and booked a place in pc. hopefully it will turn out as a good week with clean waters.

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191 Mollie June 4, 2010 at 8:30 pm

My family is set to leave for PCB on Sunday morning. We had planned to go to Destin but cancelled an decided to go further east. My youngest son has never seen the beach. I hope it’s clean and oil free too. Good luck on your vacation.

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192 JoAnn June 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I just left PCB this morning after a week and the beaches were beautiful. No sign of oil or any odd smell. It was the best week I’ve ever had at PCB as far as the sand, water and weather. I hope it stays that way for everyone else.

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193 someone June 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Yeah, so if there is oil on vacation you should go somewhere else.. Don’t do the right thing and help out in this Disaster…. Lord knows that you wouldn’t want help either if you were in a bad situation.. Helping wildlife and making a difference would just suck for a vacation.. screw the seagulls, pelicans, etc…. I’ll just lay back and complain………………………..

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194 Brett June 5, 2010 at 8:28 am

Robert and Kevin,
Thanks for the support. I think in the next few years a lot more people may wake up. By then it will probably be to late though.

Bigmacrob,
South Haven is very nice. It’s not PCB by any means, but nice.

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195 ROLL TIDE June 6, 2010 at 1:22 pm

IS THERE ANY OIL IN PANAMA CITY?? AND WHEN WILL IT BE IN PANAMA CITY?

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196 ROLL June 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I MEANT IF THE OIL ISN’T IN PANAMA CITY, WHEN IS IT GOING TO BE THERE.

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197 Ann Adams June 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Does anyone know if there is any oil on PC Beach yet. Or how close is it?

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198 Brett June 6, 2010 at 11:09 pm

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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199 Bigmacrob June 7, 2010 at 5:58 am

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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200 Brett June 7, 2010 at 6:50 am

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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201 Kevin June 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

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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202 Bigmacrob June 7, 2010 at 10:10 am

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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203 Bigmacrob June 7, 2010 at 10:13 am
204 Brett June 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

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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205 Bigmacrob June 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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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206 Brett June 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

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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207 Bigmacrob June 8, 2010 at 6:21 am

That would be great…….send it through this website http://www.tbiconstructionservices.com…the South Roxana office address……

FYI: just watched a video on cnn about tarballs on Destin’s beaches….now I am scared…..it looks like Roberts 60/40 just moved to 95/5………….

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208 Brett June 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

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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209 Kevin June 10, 2010 at 11:02 am

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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210 James June 10, 2010 at 2:45 pm

It was probably the best thing to do with all the uncertainty.

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211 Bigmacrob June 10, 2010 at 3:12 pm

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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212 Em June 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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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213 Mike June 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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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214 amivie June 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

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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215 lydia June 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

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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216 George June 16, 2010 at 5:55 pm

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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217 Greg June 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm

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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218 amivie June 17, 2010 at 3:00 pm

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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219 CleanItUpBoomItOff June 17, 2010 at 1:57 am
220 Bobby June 17, 2010 at 8:26 am

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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221 Local June 17, 2010 at 9:50 am

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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222 Jason Koertge June 17, 2010 at 10:36 am

Where on the beach are you? I was at Barefoot Beach Club this morning and smelled no oil.

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223 beach guy June 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

I just came from Bid A Wee Beach and didnt smell or see any oil yet.

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224 stephanie June 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm

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

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225 Angie June 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

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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226 amivie June 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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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227 Local June 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

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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228 a different local June 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

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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229 Local June 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

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.

230 pcbrocks June 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm

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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231 Bobby June 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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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232 delaina June 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

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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233 Jackie June 17, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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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234 Ken June 18, 2010 at 9:19 am

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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235 nathan June 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

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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236 Patrick June 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

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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237 wayne says June 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

As a owner of 3 homes I hope we can make it thur this without losing to much beach….

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238 John June 18, 2010 at 11:55 am

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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239 Jean June 18, 2010 at 12:41 pm

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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240 Alabama Hopeful June 18, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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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241 beach guy June 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm

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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242 MARK June 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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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243 a different local June 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

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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244 Stephanie June 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

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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245 Gymnast June 18, 2010 at 8:50 pm

so does this mean there is oil in panama???

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246 beach guy June 19, 2010 at 7:58 am

Yes we were hit with tar balls last night, its on the local news.

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247 dynamicdj June 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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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248 Mel June 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

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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249 beach guy June 19, 2010 at 9:48 am

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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250 Mel June 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

Thank you Beach guy for the update. We’re heading there and praying for the best.

Mel

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251 jay June 19, 2010 at 11:41 am

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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252 John June 20, 2010 at 9:56 am

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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253 Patrick June 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm

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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254 Wayneman117 June 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

**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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255 James June 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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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256 Wayneman117 June 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm

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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257 greg June 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

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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258 James June 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Comments like yours make me want to cancel my plans to go to PCB and encourage others to do the same.

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259 Robert Stevens June 20, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Greg, I think you were spot on with your comment! That Wayneman is truely an idiot . . oh yea, so is James!

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260 wayne says June 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

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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261 Chris in Tx June 20, 2010 at 9:01 am

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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262 wayne says June 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

IT’S CALLED THE JONES ACT.1920…OBAMA MUST AND IS THE ONLY PERSON THAT CAN WAVE IT,SO THESE SHIPS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES CAN COME IN…HE WON’T.WHY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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263 Karen June 20, 2010 at 10:14 am

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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264 Chris in Tx June 20, 2010 at 11:43 am

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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265 Robert Stevens June 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm

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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266 rextersmom June 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm

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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267 Hayley June 20, 2010 at 10:34 am

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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268 kashmen June 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm

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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269 Samantha June 23, 2010 at 11:32 am

Can you tell me where you were going to stay? Just trying to get an idea about which condos are affected. thanks

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270 Sage June 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm

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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271 Karen June 20, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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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272 Anna June 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm

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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273 Robert Stevens June 21, 2010 at 7:38 am

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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274 Robert Stevens June 21, 2010 at 7:39 am

victims

275 Sage June 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

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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276 stuckinlouisiana June 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm

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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277 pcbrocks June 21, 2010 at 9:25 am

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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278 Baxter June 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

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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279 rextersmom June 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

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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280 rextersmom June 21, 2010 at 10:29 am

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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281 pcbrocks June 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Baxter – you are wrong – we go almost every week and have good friends there. It is not Doom and Gloom. It is reality. It is time to figure out plans not talk about the fact that a section of the beach is untouched while a major portion is harmed. Do you live at the Beach? or are you just looking the other way? The facts are – most Ft. Walton Captains were fired to give the contracts to a VA company. FACT, Tarballs are not good, FACT. Marine life is dying – FACT. People are out of work – FACT.

Again, not trying to be doom and gloom but is is not fair to misrepresent to people what is going on, if they are okay with tarballs (fact) and the smell (fact), then it is fine. Come on down.

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282 Robert Stevens June 22, 2010 at 6:36 am

pretty strong w nw wind been helping PCB the last couple of days and this should continue for a few more! Bad for destin . . . . just bad for the whole gulf region.

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283 Jim June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

As the Horizon Oil Spill, ‘Cloud of Death’, looms on the horizon, many sea animals, fish and other wild life will suffer the consequenses. Also, many retirees, long time residents and others’ hopes and dreams will die with this castastrophie. As most of you know, all of our U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives have received generous incentives from lobbyists from the oil industry. Remember this when election time nears this year. No Incumbents.

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284 Robert Stevens June 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm

excellent post!

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285 Kevin June 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Oh give me a friggin break. Yes this oil spill is bad, however, lets face the facts that we need the oil. Bottom line! America is addicted to it. Its not going to change so lets just admit it and face the facts that big oil companies will continue their drilling either in the Gulf where they will employ americans or they will leave and drill elsewhere and hire those from other countries. Instead of banning drilling, lets set up safety guidlines so this never happens again.
Wake up people. US dependency on oil is going to continue, no matter what Obama or you liberals want to belive. I for one am not giving up my american made suburban. I love it.

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286 JOSH M July 3, 2010 at 1:53 am

Seriously Kevin? Just accept the abuse from the Oil companies and don’t believe it could ever change.. Oil is going to run out eventually, and we will be forced to discover some new and effecient fuel. Why not invest now, and seriously look into and fund fuel research in natural resources such as wind and solar energy?Who had that issue as one of his primary concerns in his campaign ? Yes, it’s that “liberal” Obama you speak of. Funny, that he didn’t want to open so much offshore drilling in the 1st place, but instead invest the money in alternative sources, and was blocked by the republicans. Then he was criticized by Neocons, including your beloved, Rush, Beck, Palin, Hannity, and Fox News for not opening up more of the drilling sites.
So now you are saying “lets set up safety guidlines so this never happens again.” WHAT? So NOW you agree with government regulation? Admit it or not, but you are obviously a neocon. You have a sensationalized belief that the Government is totally evil and that it shouldn’t regulate businesses, and businesses should be completely free in the economic realm. Well it was deregulation by neocons and republicans during the Bush admin that lessened standards, restrictions, and violations for big oil companies, so that they could save money.. But look at the reported bonuses given to oil execs from Exxon, Shell, BP, ect. over the last ten years.. and thats just reported.
Specifically, BP wasn’t required to build a shutoff valve because that safety measure would have cost them 1 million. Deregulation, less government, leave businesses alone, we’re being taxed too much is ridiculous. It’s a fact, if you make under $250,000 per year, you are paying less taxes than you have at any point in the last 9 years.(Thats approximately 97% of all Americans that are paying less taxes) So why are you teabaggers being !@#$%& by that top 3%, like BP and it’s oil execs? Fighing against your own self interests and for companies like BP and the execs that run it? I say WAKE UP PEOPLE and see that we CAN change what we support and purchase and vote on, DON’T have to just accept that big Oil abuse is just a way of life. Kevin, wake the #$%& up. And it’s far beyond just oil companies that need more regulation. Now please reply, and prove me right that you are about to make several of the most hypocritical series of statements that I have ever heard.

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287 repoman1 July 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Wow Josh M.
You really do have your head up your a$$ or in the oil soaked sand. lol
Thank god very few believe as you do.

288 Hayley June 26, 2010 at 1:29 am

Right then what is the latest on the actual beach situation in terms of tarballs etc Is it better? Worse??? The same???? Is it being cleaned???? Are there dead creatures on the beach or not??? Is the sea nice and clean or not???? Is it better or worse in certain areas???? Come on guys report the actual facts!!!! Take your anger to the Whitehouse on a protest if you feel that bad….stage a peacful sit in or something?

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289 beach guy June 26, 2010 at 8:54 am

Beaches are fine as far as of yesterday. I go everyday to the beach, and have only seen a couple of tar balls. It seems as fast as they were washing in they were being cleaned up.

Now, with the tropical storm expected in the Gulf next week, all bets are off Its to early to tell yet where its headed, by Monday it will be more obvious. Just my opinion.

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290 Mike June 28, 2010 at 3:33 pm

We are at Mexico Beach, Fl. and the beaches couldn’t be nicer.

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291 Stephanie June 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

my concerns lie in the fact that i have a family vacation planned to panama city the first week of august with my 2 small children….if anyone can shed some insight on what the prediction of the condition of the beaches is going to be…ur reply would be greatly appreciated. ty

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292 kelly June 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm

WOW. I have read it all. The President is now at fault for an oil-spill accident? Give me a break.
Khristi – yes, you can drive your SUV since this is still America… why wouldn’t you be able to? Do you really think the Prez intends to outlaw them???? Be real. The reality is that you can drive whatever makes you happy as long as you are willing to deal with the consequences.
Also, when you start ranting about political figures giving up their limos, you sound like a back-woods redneck. Everyone knows that this is the case; the wealthy can afford to purchase carbon credits to ‘cover their tracks,’ and political leaders (especially the President of the United States!) will always have luxuries you and I cannot have. It might not be ideal, but it’s life. Many people have a lot more than I will ever have and get to live in much more posh lifestyles than I; do I begrudge them?? No, because I am an adult. From the lamenting, whiny tone of your posts, you might as well lay in the floor, kick your feet and start crying like a child!

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293 GulfLover June 29, 2010 at 1:25 am

We were scheduled to go to Gulf Shores the 12-19th, which was about a week after the oil washed up there. I hated to cancel my trip to Gulf Shores, but I had to for my family. We instead booked our stay at Aqua in PCB. We had the most awesome vacation. This was this first time I had been to PCB in 14 yrs. Since I have had a family of my own we’ve been going to Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. We snorkled in the clear blue water and saw hermit crabs and sand dollars. I don’t remember Gulf Shores being as clear as these waters were. We left on a Sat morning (which was the first day tar balls washed up in PCB). I looked back at the gulf as I was loading our car up to head home and got tears in my eyes thinking about if and when I would see such pretty waters in the gulf again…. Being from Alabama I take pride in our beautiful beaches. I’ve been going there since before I was born…. My parents way back when went there on their honeymoon 😉 I’m praying for the gulf! Praying for the loss of life, loss of jobs, loss of marine life, the loss of our beautiful beaches, loss of God’s beautiful creation. God be with the men and women fighting to get our gulf back! God Speed!

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294 JustGotBack July 6, 2010 at 10:26 am

I just got back from an amazing weekend at Panama City Beach over the 4th of July weekend! The beaches were beautiful. The water was clear. The weather was great. We stayed at one of the high-rise condos near Pineapple Willie’s, and as far as I could see, people were in the water and on the beach. No oil there. Can’t wait to go back!

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295 HADAGOODTIME July 6, 2010 at 9:06 pm

Beach Guy, you seem honest enough, thank you! Just got back from PCB myself. Was so worried I spoke to my MD before we went. Had a great time! Sat, Sun, Mon, & Tues the Gulf looked great, Wed & Thurs no so good. Friday & Sat clear again. Got some video and pics of the rough seas and a substance floating on top on Wed & Thurs. We were told that is was anything from stuff being washed up from a sand bar to June Grass, June Bloom, to oil. Please look at my pics on Facebook and tell me what you think.
PS we already know what it was. Everybody needs to come on down, but be aware!

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296 Robert Stevens July 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

PCB should not be affected for at least two weeks. That W NW wind keeps pushing the oil farther away! However, that will not last! Good for PCB, but horrible for the rest of the west gulf!

http://ocg6.marine.usf.edu/~liu/Drifters/latest_roms.htm

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297 Robert Stevens July 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

I meant W to NW movement not the winds, sorry!

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298 Currents changing July 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

I have been watching gulf currents and for the last two weeks or so they have been S to SE now I’m looking at the projections and they show a shift to a more W to SW. Thats not good and but I am still leaving 7/16 for PCB oil or not

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299 Vic July 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

The video and photos look great, but why are there no people in the water??? Planning a trip later this month!

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300 Robert Stevens July 8, 2010 at 2:55 am

plenty of web cams out there . . .we were in last week, as virtually nothing was seen! Planning to go back Labor Day weekend . . . geez, if they can slow most of it by the end of this week, stop it by August, concentrate on cleaning it up, and the winds stay mostly due west . . might be okay? I NEVER would have thought that back in May, but maybe, just maybe okay?

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301 Robert Stevens July 8, 2010 at 3:00 am

oh yea . . . . Labor Day, peak tropical storm season. Need to keep those away, but the water is so dang warm!

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302 Robert Stevens July 8, 2010 at 10:45 am

Qoute from a retired BP employee!
“Robert, I called the (Houston) response center some time back to volunteer to help. As a frustrated BP retiree, I wasn’t above picking up ‘tar balls’ or cleaning birds… Actually, I felt that BP needed more resources in logistics/contracts. I was very disappointed in the response. I did recieve a Level 3 Spill Response CBT program. Only to discover that it was only for members of Government Agencies and Wildlife Paraprofessionals. When I called back, those maning the phones were either inexperienced or confused beyonded a apparent script of FAQ’s – very disappointing. “

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303 Joy July 8, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I was in PCB 7/2 thru 7/6. We stayed at Majestic Beach Resort (which is approx. 1/2 mi north of Pineapple Willie’s) and never saw the first drop of oil…anywhere! My husband & I commented that the water was the clearest we had ever seen. There wasn’t even any algae or seaweed. If you are thinking of cancelling a vacation to PCB because of oil, you are making a mistake.

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304 MARK July 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Joy-if you were there July 2nd-(I was there in the same exact place) the water was terrible-wouldn’t even let you in because of the riptide-we watched the beach patrol save one person-but I agree-there was no oil.

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305 jamnolfin July 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm

I live a block from the beach and i havent seen any oil period. I heard there was a few tarballs 1 (one) day but went down there after work and couldnt find anything. The beach is absolutely gorgeous right now, the storms have gone thru and its unreal. With the east winds i doubt we ever see anything here, ever. Dont believe these people on here spreading lies, they have a agenda, probably town dregs that still cant get over the fact that the airport pulled out of PC (town) because nobody wants to go there

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306 Rebecca July 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

I am glad to hear the oil has not reached this beach. We have a place at calypso towers, we try to get down at least once a month. will be here on the 15th for a week, so excited!

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307 MikeFSUNoles1 July 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

So glad to hear that PCB has so far been fortunate. I hope that it stays that way. Headed that way o Monday. Can not wait. Need a beach fix and PCB is the best place for it.

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308 brett July 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

WOW! I haven’t posted in a while! But I’m still amazed at what I’m hearing. Do you actually believe that an oil well can be pumping 200,000 plus gallons a day into the Gulf and there is no sign of oil in PCB? People you had better wake up! I’m pretty sure that Robert Stevens and Bigmacrob know what I’m saying by now. This well is still leaking for a reason people! My suggestion right now is to ignore the oil spill! You can’t change it! Watch what is happening to everything else. Health care, Cap and trade, Gun control! These assholes are passing everything through right under your noses and you don’t even see it!
Wake up people!
I’ve said this before and I’m saying it again!
Hitler once said!

Never fail to take advatage of a great disaster!

Obama and his crew are doing just that!

If the American public can’t see that by now, then only God can help us.

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309 Jennifer in Chicago July 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”

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310 Anonymous July 12, 2010 at 4:24 am

I am a hazardous waste operations and emergency response certified oil spill cleanup worker.

Myself and my crew have been working the beaches from Destin to Rosemary Beach and since the 10th have started to see weathered crude oil washing onshore. I’m not talking about isolated tar balls, but soft pellets of oil (they are small cylinders, about the size of grass seed) so shaped by wave action. In a 10-foot stretch of beach, each wave seems to deposit 10 or 20 of these pellets of soft crude oil.

This stuff is toxic, and can be dangerous to breathe around (hydrogen sulfide), can cause rash and itching, and through long-term exposure, even cancer is not unlikely.

Please be careful on the beaches, and if you see tar balls (flat, pea-sized, sand covered, brown to black and somewhat shiny) or weathered crude oil (tiny numerous pellets deposited by waves) please report it to BP at 1 866 448 5816.

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311 Anonymous July 12, 2010 at 4:37 am

Most people assume that the oil will be a liquid – however that is not the case; weathered crude oil (oil that has been exposed to sun and salt water for an extended period of time) tends to harden up and is actually somewhat less toxic than raw crude oil.

If and when oil does wash up on the shores of Bay County, it will be mostly composed of semisolid chunks or pellets ranging from highly viscous to somewhat hard. Any slicks coming onshore will be broken up into small pieces by wave action.

Know what to look for – it will appear as a dark-colored substance on the beaches that has a tendency to stick to sand and other objects. Oil that has freshly washed onshore will usually have a soft, claylike consistency.

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312 Anonymous July 12, 2010 at 4:50 am

Here is a current (as of July 12) article with photographs of oil and descriptions of sighting and various reports from Walton County. Bay County should probably expect this sort of thing in the upcoming week.

http://www.waltonsun.com/articles/walton-4949-county-reported.html

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313 James July 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

Anonymous:

Your link takes me to an article dated June 20.

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314 Anonymous July 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm

http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/tar-14527-balls-area.html

Sorry about that, James, here’s some more recent coverage. Quite frankly I looked at the pictures and the mention of “Sunday.” The photographs in the June 20th article are pretty indicative of what we were seeing last weekend. I didn’t bother to look too closely at the page, just glanced at the photos and looked at the headline.

I don’t know why there isn’t any mention of the contaminants we were seeing last weekend – perhaps BP and its contractors are trying to keep it quiet. I, for one, disagree with this policy.

Saturday night, we sealed more than 40 20-pound bags of contaminated sand and oil in a stretch of coastline less than three miles long.
I’ll send in some photos next time I’m on the beach cleaning up.

315 Joe July 15, 2010 at 6:46 am

With the BP commercials saying they have 24/7 cleanup
why have they stopped all worker from going out from destin fl to panama city beach????? day and night. No one is going out is the rumor that I have heard. they total of 700 workers for day and night shifts were told on wed 7/14/2010 no one is going out now.????????

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316 James July 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

Because there is nothing for them to do. We have been very fortunate. I can’t speak for Destin, but I spent July 3 to July 9 on Inlet Beach, the west end of Walton Co. The water was beautiful and the clean-up workers had nothing to do. They were out there but there was nothing to clean up. Panama City Beach has thus far had virtually ZERO impact and it appears as though that is going to continue through the rest of the busiest summer season. Thanks to pcbdaily for continuing to update.

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317 James July 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm

I said Inlet Beach was on west end of Walton Co. Should have said EAST end.

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318 Beach guy July 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I was surfing this afternoon and when I came out of the water, and sat down there were 3 BP guys picking up some pea sized tar balls, not a lot just a small amount.This was just east of the Wyndham Resort. I didnt see any while out in the water.

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319 Michael Molitor July 17, 2010 at 2:15 am

To: Any Visitors or Locals on or near N.W. Florida: Even though there is no visible “oil sheen” on the lovely beaches of Panama City, that does not mean when they will come! It could be in two days, depending on the wind and water currents. These rich business owners whom expect a 5 to 10% percent increase per year in rentals and retail businesses are UP IN ARMS! My advice would be to go to Padre Island in Texas before a storm moves in and blows that oil all over the U.S. gulf coast. Florida’s oily day is coming soon. Have a good time!

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320 Mark July 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm

There really ought to be some sort of IQ test or filter before people can post here.

Michael, you seem almost gleeful about your baseless and dire prediction. Please leave the good people of the Florida panhandle alone. By the way, those “rich business owners” provide jobs for idiots like yourself so that you can afford internet access to make ridiculous posts like the one above.

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321 Robert Stevens July 17, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Yep, Mikey is one heck of a little worm!

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322 Rob N July 19, 2010 at 6:47 am

All these guys for other places have infected this blog. Its so easy to see. They are not stupid its just that they dont hide it very well.

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323 Joshua July 18, 2010 at 11:21 pm

These tarballs blow. Everytine I get in the water at PCB my eyes burn!

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324 Robert Stevens July 19, 2010 at 6:51 am

Mikey has a worm friend in Joshua. Folks, I live on the beach and PCB has NOTHING, repeat nothing!

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325 beach guy July 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

The BP guys are picking up tar balls every morning, there have been many spots the last week where they have washed in. The clean them up as fast as they make it to the shore. I see it happening every morning in certain areas, why do you think the skimmer ships have been working closer and closer to shore every day, they are trying to keep them from hitting the sand, and they are doing a pretty good job of it. Just because the news isnt out showing the truth doesnt mean it isnt happening.

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326 repoman July 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Joshua,
Here’s and Idea…..STAY THE F%$@ OUT OF THE WATER DUMB A@#

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327 Bay County Resident August 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

BP seems to ignore one very important area that deserves compensation and that is “Quality of Life” that has been destroyed by this disastrous oil spill. I have lived here for 22 years, planned to retire here in a Condo on the Gulf Waterfront and now my dreams and plans, everything I’ve worked for, has gone down the tubes as a direct result to BP’s negligence in the Gulf of Mexico! Accident my Ass, they ignored safety precautions, took short cuts, were very greedy to get a the black gold. Now, not only is my quality of life severely damaged, but I have to contend with the environmental damage that hampers me from walking the beach (I don’t want to breathe toxic air), swimming in the water (nor swim in polluted water), fishing is out, and eating seafood caught in the Gulf (don’t want to eat tainted seafood)! And last, but not least, they have murdered 11 humans and countless marine life!! They are getting away with murder!!!! Yes, I’m fuming mad!! We will collect the “black gold” now on our beaches and they will come in after the so-called cleanup and drill again for the black gold that will make all of them filthy rich!! DO THEY THINK WE’RE STUPID!! Every single citizen of Bay County and all of the other counties affected by this disaster deserve compensation.

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