· Navarre Beach and Santa Rosa's entire coastline is open for swimming and fishing. Two links to live Web cams on NavarreBeach are available at www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill.
· Sporadic pea-sized tarballs were reported on Navarre beach this morning, June 18.
· On June 17, dime to five inch-sized tar balls and tar patties were found in widely scattered areas of northwest Florida.
· According to NOAA projections, additional impacts are expected throughout northwest Florida within the next 72 hours due to onshore winds.
· On June 17, Governor Crist announced the Florida Gulf Recovery Web site that will allow job seekers to locate and apply for positions created in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The site is located at www.floridagulfrecoveryjobs.com.
· Light northwesterly morning winds will shift to the west-southwest with the sea breeze Friday and Saturday. A shift to the wind is forecast to occur Sunday as high pressure north of the region produces a wind out of the east to southeast. A 30 to 50 percent chance of showers and storms through the weekend may hamper oil recovery operations. Observations continue to indicate that Eddy Franklin has pinched off of the main Loop Current. A tropical wave east of the Leeward Islands remains poorly organized.
· Citizens are asked not to have direct contact with oil and oil contaminated products such as tar balls, tar patties, tar mats, and oil sheen. Only qualified members should handle oil products and oil contaminated materials. To report tar or oil on the beach, call the Florida State Warning Point Line at 1-877-272-8335 or # DEP from a cell phone.
· Governor Crist extended the declaration of a State of Emergency covering Santa RosaCounty.
· Secretary Sole signed an emergency order this morning authorizing the burning of product off shore in Florida waters. The county will notify residents before the burning starts.
· Five skimmers, one for each bay, have been ordered for the State of Florida.
· The state's Deepwater Horizon Beach Restoration Plan is now available at www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill under what's hot.
· Perdido Pass, PensacolaPass and Bayou Texar are navigationally restricted during flood (incoming) tide and reopen during ebb (outgoing) tide as water flows out to the gulf. They are manned to allow access to necessary vessel traffic. Boaters in areas where skimming is being conducted, or where boom has been set, have been requested to maintain no-wake speeds.
· Skimmers have been deployed in our area and are actively skimming 24-hours a day as weather permits.
· Some beach cleanup crews will work at night and early morning due to the summer heat which can melt the tarballs and make it more difficult to pick up and to minimize heat related health risks to cleanup personnel.
· Unified Command policy requires all on-shore and near-shore cleanup workers to follow a work/rest cycle to ensure their safety and well-being. In conjunction with OSHA approval and the collaboration of a board-certified doctor, all workers are required to follow heat stress management plan work schedules. The schedule requires specific work-rest regimen which differs depending on the heat index at the moment, the work being done and the type of protective clothing being worn.
· There are 313 Qualified Community Responders and 1,047 beach clean up personnel actively working the cleanup effort in the Florida Panhandle.
· Reconnaissance missions are being coordinated daily from the StateEmergencyOperationsCenter in Tallahassee using air, land, and sea assets from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Civil Air Patrol, and the Florida National Guard. Current local operations include:
o Nearshore Task Force #1 - Conducting oil recovery operations at PensacolaPass.
o Escambia Divisions 1, 2 & 3- Operating from Perdido to Navarre to deploy, inspect, maintain and reconfigures boom, investigate and respond to reports of oil, support wildlife branch activities and beach clean debris to minimize need for disposal of contaminated waste.
o Offshore Recovery Task Force #701-705 deployed south of Pensacola.
o This morning, most of the task forces were southwest of Pensacola actively skimming product.
o Taskforce four was located off Destin along with 40 vessels.
· Dispersants in Florida waters have been approved.
· Unified Area Command has consolidated a report of fish and wildlife collected in the Deepwater Horizon/BP incident impact area. The report is updated each day at noon and is available at http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/doctype/2931/55963.
Santa Rosa County Actions
· County staff investigated several reports of oil debris/ contamination in PensacolaBay and Santa Rosa Sound. No oil product was found.
· A report of oil product in BlackwaterBay was not able to be found by reconnaissance teams, but they are following up with the homeowner.
· A water reconnaissance team training meeting was conducted yesterday, June 17 in the Santa RosaCountyEmergencyOperationsCenter.
· The Santa RosaCounty reconnaissance team surveyed water and boom conditions today from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. providing real time information on oil products including photos and GPS coordinate.
· Emergency Management requested reconnaissance and recovery assets near the PensacolaPass be prepositions due to the reoccurrence of product in the PensacolaBay.
· A staff member from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management was placed in Unified Command on June 12 located in Mobile, AL to represent Santa Rosa, Escambia and Okaloosa counties and help ensure rapid response and better communications between the counties and Unified Command. Each county will have the opportunity to send a staff member to represent the three county areas, rotating every seven days.
· County staff and reconnaissance teams continue to monitor beach conditions daily generally from day break until 6 p.m.
· On June 2, the EOC returned to a level 2, or partial activation with essential staff, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. until further notice. The Santa Rosa County Citizen Information Line at (850) 983-INFO or 4636 is open 24 hours daily.
· Santa Rosa County and the State of Florida continue to make preparations to safeguard the state's shoreline.
· Oil containment boom (in feet) total in Florida: 366,300
o Tier 1: 168,400 / Tier 2: 116,300
o Tier 3: 81,600 ( deployed by Florida contractors)
· Three additional boom sites were approved on June 16 including: Mulat Bayou- 775 feet of boom, Soundside Drive Bayous in - 520 feet of boom, and the extreme eastern portion of East River in Holley- 400 feet of boom.
· An additional booming plan for Santa Rosa County that was drafted by the state's contractor WRS for the county, was approved by unified command and the plan and booming map are posted at www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill, shown as a blue cross on the map (some locations have two crosses to show point to point locations).
o The following booming sites, which are in addition to the U.S. Coast Guard's Area Contingency Plan, were deployed by Santa Rosa's selected state contractor and left open for navigation and will be closed upon imminent threat: Zamarra Canal, Gilmore Bayou, Woodland Bayou, Villa Venyce, Santa Rosa Shores, Hoffman Bayou, Polynesian Isle, East River, and two booms in Pensacola Bay
o DRC, the contractor, is responsible for monitoring, maintaining and disposal of any oil material
· Booms located in Santa Rosa that have been left open for navigation to date, may begin to close this week. Boaters in these areas should monitor the local media or www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill for the latest on boom closures.
· Residents are asked to stay clear of boom on beaches and in open water. Boom has been placed to protect environmentally sensitive and strategic areas and damaging or removing the boom puts those areas at risk. Crossing boom can cause serious damage to vessels.
· Spill responders are asking for the public's help in monitoring boom along the GulfCoast. Boaters are requested to report sightings of broken, disconnected, or adrift boom; and encouraged to keep their distance from boom especially at night and in conditions of restricted visibility. Report damaged, vandalized, adrift, or stolen boom to 1-866-448-5816.
· June 14 water quality testing performed by the University of West Florida showed no dissolved petroleum hydrocarbons at Pensacola Beach Pier, Navarre Beach Pier, River Road and Perdido Key.
· Air quality reports for June 14 revealed that air quality was good for the ozone and moderate for fine concentrations in the panhandle. "Good" means the air quality is satisfactory and air pollution poses little of no risk. "Moderate" means air quality is acceptable for most people.
· The Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection are closely monitoring health and environmental impacts to Florida. Current advisories are posted at: www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/health.htm and www.santarosa.fl.gov/oilspill under "What's Hot."
· The Florida Department of Health, in coordination with DEP and VISITFLORIDA has developed an online mapping resource that contains the most up-to-date health advisory information for Florida's beach waters. This information is available at www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/health.htm or www.visitflorida.com/florida_travel_advisory/.
· Syndromic surveillance, or using health-related data that would warrant further public health response, has been heightened in six coastal counties from Escambia to Gulf, monitoring for potential health effects.
· The tar balls that are found resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill pose no different health risk than tar balls that are commonly found on Florida beaches. The Department of Health and DEP are closely monitoring health and environmental impacts to Florida's beaches and will notice an advisory if conditions become unsafe.
o For most people, an occasional brief contact with a small amount of tar balls, while not recommended, will do no harm. However, some people are especially sensitive to chemicals, including the hydrocarbons found in crude oil and petroleum products. They may have an allergic reaction or develop rashes even from brief contact with oil. If contact occurs, wash the area with soap and water, baby oil, or a widely used, safe cleaning compound such as the cleaning paste sold at auto parts stores. Avoid using solvents, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, or similar products on the skin. These products, when applied to skin, present a greater health hazard than the smeared tarball itself.
· Today, BP today announced that it has approved initial payments toward 90 percent of commercial large loss claims that have been filed as a result of financial losses of the Deepwater Horizon incident and spill. Using an accelerated process, BP approved payments of 337 checks for a total amount of $16 million to businesses that have filed claims in excess of $5,000. Initial payments began over the weekend and will be completed this week. The remaining outstanding commercial large loss claims are awaiting documentation and are continuing through the process.
· On June 16, BP announced that it has established a $20 Billion claims fund over the next three and a half years. The fund will be available to satisfy legitimate claims including natural resource damages and state and local response costs.
· On June 15, BP announced that it has approved initial payments toward 90 percent of commercial large loss claims that have been filed as a result of financial losses of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Using an accelerated process BP approved payments of 337 checks for a total of $16 million to businesses that have filed claims in excess of $5,000. Initial payments began over the weekend and will be completed this week. The remaining outstanding commercial large loss claims are awaiting documentation and are continuing through the process.
· A BP Community Outreach Center has been opened in Gulf Breeze at:
o 1198 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., Ste. 6, Gulf BreezeFL32561
o Phone (850) 691-9116
· BP Claims for Deepwater Horizon can be submitted at www.bp.com/claims.
· To serve the residents of Santa RosaCounty, BP opened a claims office in Midway on Friday, May 14. The office is located at 5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway Unit B-9 in Gulf Breeze. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.
o BP recommends anyone with a claim to call 1-800-440-0858 to help expedite the process. By calling the claims number, adjusters at the claims office will have the information prior to your visit.
o BP claims in Florida total 15,638 with approximately $12,654,270.59 paid.
o BP claims in Santa RosaCounty total 1,465 with approximately $1,058,595 paid.
Small Business Disaster & Bridge Loans
· On June 7, Governor Charlie Crist activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, which will provide emergency, short-term loans to established small businesses in the designated counties. Applications for businesses will be available Monday, June 14, 2010. To receive an application or more information on the program, please contact the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development at (850) 487-2568, or the Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (http://www.ffcfc.com) at (850) 681-3601.
· Governor Crist announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved disaster loan funds for businesses along Florida's Gulf coast that have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident.
o SBA representatives opened a disaster loan office on Tuesday, May 18 at the NavarreVisitorInformationCenter located at 8543 Navarre Parkway (U.S. Hwy 98) in Navarre. Hours of operations will be 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday- Saturday until further notice.
o More information can be found at: www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance/SERV_DISASTERASSISTANCEGOV.html
Issued: 370Accepted: 84Declined: 16Approved: 2Loan amount approved: $255,000.00
Vessels of Opportunity (boats) program
· BP is looking to contract shrimp boats, oyster boats and other vessels for hire through the Vessel of Opportunities Program to deploy boom in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information 907-301-8878.
· 290 vessels have been deployed in Florida for the Vessels of Opportunity program.
· Submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system: (281) 366-5511
· All Santa RosaCounty waters are currently open to fishing. Oil has not affected most of Florida waters and there are vast amounts open for fishing and other recreational activities and the FWC encourages everyone to fish where the waters are clear and to enjoy freshly harvested seafood products in these areas. Updated information regarding fishing advisories or harvest closures in Florida due to the BP oil spill will be posted online at http://myfwc.com/OilSpill/index.htm.
· The FWC is taking precautionary actions and has issued a partial harvesting closure of saltwater fish and marine vertebrates. This closure covers state waters from the Alabama state line east to the PensacolaBeach tower (approximately 23 miles east and out nine miles from the coastline. Interior bays and estuaries remain open to fishing. The closure does not affect oysters, clams and scallops. Catch and release is still allowed. For more information visit http://myfwc.com/OilSpill/index.htm
· On June 16, NOAA expanded the closed fishing area to capture portions of the oil slick moving beyond the area's current northern boundary, off the northwest Florida federal-state line. This boundary was moved to Panama CityBeach. This closure does not apply to any state waters and leaves more than 66 percent of the Gulf federal waters available for fishing. For more information visit http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/bulletins/pdfs/2010/FB10-054_BP_Oil_Spill_Closure_061610.pdf
· To help prevent tainted seafood from reaching the market, NOAA created a seafood sampling and inspection plan. Just after the beginning of the spill, it collected and tested seafood of commercial and recreational fish and shellfish species from areas where oil from the spill had not yet reached. NOAA is using ongoing surveillance to evaluate new seafood samples to determine whether contamination is present outside the closed area. If fish samples have elevated levels of oil compounds, NOAA will consider whether to expand closed areas.
· The FWC & NOAA Fisheries Service strongly advises fishermen not to fish in areas where oil or oil sheens (very thin layers of floating oil) are present, even if those areas are not currently closed to fishing. Details can be found at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/
· Vessels are advised to avoid spill areas.
· Vessels that must transit through the affected zone should maintain a safe speed through the oil that appears light, bright and on the surface. Vessels should avoid pockets of heavy black oil to ensure safe navigation.
· If traveling through an oil affected area by boat, take precautions when hoisting the boat anchor. If oil makes contact with skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water. Recommendations can be found on cleaning at www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon under Resources.
Important Phone Numbers
· Florida Oil Spill Information Line is- available from 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. EDT daily for citizen's questions. - 1-888- 337-3569
· Fraud Hotline- 1-866-966-7226.
· Report Oiled Wildlife- 1-866-557-1401
· Report Oiled Shoreline to State Warning Point- 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335) or #DEP from a cell phone
· To Report Oiled Shoreline to BP- 877-389-8932
· BP Toll-Free Claims line- 1800-440-0858
· BP's Community Information line- 1-866-448-5816
· Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner gas price-gauging hotline: 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352).
General Safety Information
www.santarosa.fl.govCitizens can signup to automatically receive breaking news alerts from Santa Rosa County Emergency Management via e-mail or as a text message on their cell phone at: www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency/publicwarning.html.The Santa Rosa County Citizen Information Line at (850) 983-INFO or 4636 is open 24 hours daily. For general health information regarding the oil spill and exposure to oil spill products contact the Florida Poison Control information centers at 1-800-222-1222.