“Old timers” mention finding tar balls in Florida decades ago, but “a much rarer find” recently

Officials not sure about source of Cocoa Beach tar balls, Orlando Sentinel, July 8, 2010:

Tar balls in Cocoa Beach… are being tested, to determine the source. …

You’ll hear the old timers mention that tar balls were regularly found in Florida.

That was true in the days before stricter pollution regulations.

But these days the tar balls — the weathered remains of oil — are a much rarer find.

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