Update: Destin Defends its Beaches

June 17, 2010 | By | Comments (3)

Last night I got word from Destin-area locals that the Emerald Coast is actively handling the tarballs that washed up on Okaloosa Island and the oil slick floating just off the coast in Destin.

Public health officials announced plans to close Destin Pass around 7 p.m. yesterday using booms designed to protect the pass, beaches, and bridge. Some locals spotted the booms — floating cylinders with 18-inch skirts, angled to the catch oil — in place. But this morning I spoke with Tom McLaughlin, a reporter for the Northwest Florida Daily News, who said they were not fully deployed.

"Some oil did collect in what they did set up, so they're happy [the booms] are working," said Tom, who is helping keep us informed about the latest developments on the coast.

Tom went up in a plane to get a birds-eye view of the coastal situation (read his story and see photos and videos here). "It was a mess," he told me. "I'm not sure if it was how the pilot was flying, or the sight of the oil, but I got a little sick to my stomach."

Tom also wrote about Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort's plan to protect its beaches by scraping clean sand into mounds away from the affected Gulf waters and digging a trench above high tide-line to catch any oil that high winds or unusually high tides might push into it.


  1. replique montre

    La dernière chose qu’on veut, quand aller à un site de veille nouvelle

    June 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm
  2. Miriam

    A lot of credit needs to go to the communities, everyone banded together and really worked hard to try and prepare the best they could. Everyday, all day, people were on the beach watching, cleaning, sampling anything that even remotely looked like oil. I know on PCB Beaches, I personally, never once saw anything in the water or on the sand. We were blessed condiserding how hard other places were hit.

    February 24, 2011 at 9:07 am
  3. angryworkingmom

    It makes me sick! BUT it’s not bad on the beach..
    PLEASE, PLEASE don’t cancel your vacations! We had a magnificent time as always! Didn’t see or smell anything! The restaurants were not croweded..15 minute wait versus 2 hrs usually. I can’t say that I minded that (with 2 kids) but these folks need our dollars down there..Go, eat, spend!

    June 17, 2010 at 3:06 pm

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