Florida could be the next tourist resort hit by the giant oil slick from the Bp pipeline.. Florida Keys tourist board has reassured the trade that the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico has not reached its beaches despite the discovery of pollutants on the shore.
It has been confirmed that their is an emergency plan in place in the event of oil reaching the Keys.
“All the agencies are in place,” “We have a strong local volunteer effort and we’re working with a joint task force of the coastguard, marine and ocean authorities and the government.
The board says the oil slick is still several hundred miles away, the Florida Keys are open for business, and the state has an emergency plan in place should the slick reach the archipelago.
Stacey Mitchell, director of sales, said two tar balls, which caused alarm when they washed up on Keys beaches, had been analysed by scientists who found no correlation between the balls and the giant oil slick.
She said: “Our destination is in close proximity to a busy shipping lane and these were old tar balls, which regularly wash up on Florida’s shores.”
She added: “Because of the public’s high awareness of the oil crisis in the gulf, the American media jumped on the story and sensationalised it. Our beaches are open, our fisheries are open and the water is pristine.”
“We are as prepared as we can be should the worst happen. But for now the oil is hundreds of miles away and there’s no reason to change travel plans.”