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.
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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 www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com.
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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 www.MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn about fishing regulations in Florida.
Deepwater Horizon 72Hr Trajectory Map [PDF 2.7M]
The 72 hour trajectory forecast August 18 Loop Current Location Relative to Oil Slick [PDF 248K]
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 www.bp.com/claims 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
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Environmental/Wildlife Related Links
Health Related Links
|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 |
|Seabirds and shorebirds are protected by law. Report anyone harming or harassing these birds or nest disturbances to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission||888 404-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 |
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|
|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|