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The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners has declared a Local State of Emergency.

Gulf County Emergency Management continues to monitor the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill for potential impacts on Gulf County.
Gulf County EOC HOTLINE Numbers: 
Open 7am-5:30pm EST Monday-Thursday
(850) 229-9112
(850) 229-9114 

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On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 an offshore oil drilling platform, Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana. The rig, owned by Transocean Ltd, was under contract to BP. BP, the United States Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service are the lead response agencies on the oil spill. For information, please visit and

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Commercial Licenses Extended and Recreational Scallop Season to Open Early 

PENSACOLA – Continuing his commitment to assisting businesses and individuals impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Governor Charlie Crist today announced seafood licenses set to expire on July 1, 2010, are extended and the 2010 recreational harvest season for bay scallops will open nearly two weeks early.

   “In an effort to continue alleviating the economic distress this oil spill is causing to Florida’s fishing community, we are proud to amend policies that will allow our fishers to capitalize on our clean and clear waters,” said Governor Crist, “Thankfully, our beaches are still clear, the fish are biting, and these measures will allow us to continue offering our neighbors and visitors delicious Florida seafood.”

  This extension will allow fishers to harvest, purchase, sell or transport saltwater products after July 1, 2010, in accordance with their 2009-2010 licenses until their licenses are renewed for the 2010-2011 year or until September 30, 2010, whichever is sooner. The 2010 bay scallop harvest season will now begin on June 19 instead of July 1.

  These accommodations to relieve economic hardships on fishing communities in Florida are made possible by Executive Orders issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Fishers can be confident that the licenses extension will be honored by retailers and law enforcement. While the bay scallop harvest season will begin early, all other provisions governing harvest of bay scallops in Florida remain in effect.  

Go to to learn about fishing regulations in Florida.


Latest News

NOAA Trajectory Forecast

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    The 72 hour trajectory forecast August 18
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    The Loop Current Location August 18
  • Field Guide to NOAA's Oil Trajectory Maps [PDF 218.5K]
    A guide to understanding the oil trajectory maps produced during an incident.
  • NOAA Trajectory Maps Presentation [PDF 1.3M]
    A presentation about interpreting NOAA's trajectory maps.
  • BP Information & Vessel of Opportunity

    File ONLINE at Or Call 800-440-0858 to initiate claims with BPOR Number Of

    Claims: 1,680     Total Paid:  $688,639

    Must call 800 number above and retrieve claim # before contacting the Local BP claims office at this address:
    106 Trade Circle West Suite A
    Port St. Joe, FL 32456

    BP Rates for Vessels:
    Moret than 65 feet: $3,000 per 24 hours
    45-65 feet: $2,000
    30-45 feet: $1,500
    Les than 30 feet: $1,200

    BP Rates for Crew:
    $200 per 8-hr day

    Call (281)-366-5511 to register your boat

    Volunteer Information

    Submit request for more info on volunteering and donations

    * Discount for volunteers needing a place to stay! 20% at Mainstay Suites  and 10% at Port Inn 

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    Response Numbers

    Florida Oil Spill Information Line (888) 337-3569
    (800) 955-8771 (TDD)
    (800) 955-8770 (voice)
    Attorney General Fraud Hotline for Price Gouging(866) 966-7226
    Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Price Gouging Hotline(800) HELP-FLA
    (800) 435-7352
    Seabirds and shorebirds are protected by law. Report anyone harming or harassing these birds or nest disturbances to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission888 404-FWCC (3922)
    Florida State Parks Camping or Cabin Reservations(850) 245-2157
    Florida Department of Financial Services Small Business Assistance Hotline.(850) 413-3089 or toll-free at
    (877) MY-FL-CFO (877) 693-5236
    Business Owner Insurance Coverage Hotline (850) 413-3100 or toll free
    (800) 342-2762
    TDD: (850) 410-9700
    Report boom vandalism to the Florida State Warning Point (800) 320-0519
    BP’s community information line and volunteer line(866) 448-5816
    To report tarballs or other evidence of oil on Florida’s coastline call the Rapid Response Team(866) 448-5816
    Report oiled wildlife(866) 557-1401
    To file a claim with BP(800)440-0858
    Report injured or oiled animals to the Wildlife Distress Hotline(866) 557-1401
    Fishermen who wish to contact BP(800) 440-0858
    To register as a consultant, contractor, vendor, or submit information on alternative response technology, services, products, vessels of opportunities, or suggestions(281) 366-5511
    Claims(800) 440-0858
    Investor Relations(281) 366-3123
    Transocean Hotline(832) 587-8554
    MI Swaco Hotline(888) 318-6765
    BP family and third-party contractor hotline(281) 366-5578

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