Officials allowing oil to enter Panama City bay, “We don’t want to restrict commerce”

Gulf spill news: Florida Panhandle bracing for more tar balls, oil, Marco Island Sun Times, June 20, 2010:

[H]undreds of feet of containment boom were lined up ready on the shore of St. Andrews Bay if needed.

Not enough oil is coming into the bay yet to justify cutting off access to the bay, said Mark Bowen, director of the Bay County Emergency Operations Center.

“We don’t want to restrict commerce, and we don’t want to block any recreational vessels unless we have to,” Bowen said. “When it’s time, we’ll know.”

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