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Health Advisory for all beaches in Escambia County

by admin on July 1st, 2010

In a tough decision ahead of the 4th of July weekend, Escambia county health officials decided to release a health advisory for all county beaches. This due to some areas like Perdido key having about 50% tar coverage this afternoon, and many other ares having at least 20% coverage. That along with multiple sightings of large swaths of oil off the beaches caused them to issue the warnings. The Beaches remain open, but swimming is strongly discouraged.

Escambia County Health Department
Pensacola, Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 1, 2010 1350 CDT HA006
MEDIA CONTACT:
Molly Payne-Hardin, desk 595-6410, cell 791-1604
Health advisory issued for beach due to oil spill
– All gulf beachside waters in Escambia now under advisory –
PENSACOLA — Effective immediately, in response to a report by the Escambia County
Emergency Operations Center of extensive presence of oil sheen, oil mousse and tar balls, the
Escambia County (FL) Health Department is issuing a health advisory for the following gulf
beachside waters in Escambia County, Florida, that have been affected by the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill:
From the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier east to the border of Santa Rosa County.
Previously, a health advisory was issued for the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier west to
the FL/AL state line. All gulf beachside waters in Escambia County (FL) are now under a
health advisory.
To minimize potential health impacts, individuals should always:
 Avoid entering areas where oil can be seen (no wading, swimming or entering the
water).
o Avoid direct skin contact with oil, oil-contaminated water, oil products and
sediments.
o Avoid wading, swimming, or entering the water where there is oil or oil product
(such as tar chips/balls that are too numerous to count, tar mats, oil mousse, oil
sheen, or oil slick).
o Remember that tar may be buried beneath the sand – use care when digging in
the sand.
 If you feel the oily residue on your skin after swimming or walking on the beach, wash it
off with a grease-cutting liquid dishwashing detergent and large amounts of water. Do
not re-enter water or walk on beach areas where the oily feeling was present.
 Avoid contact with dead or dying fish or other aquatic life.

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