Here’s how it looks on Day 86, as BP reports that further analysis on the just-installed new cap is required:
● 35% of the waters in the Gulf of Mexico are closed to fishing.
● Tar balls, tar mats and light sheen continue to be reported on some beaches along northwest Florida shores, although no beaches are closed and 90% of the state’s 1,260 miles of coastline are oil-free.
● Approximately 550 miles of the more than 1,000-mile coastline from Texas to Florida report oil: 311 miles in Louisiana, 102 in Mississippi, 66 in Alabama and 71 in Florida.
● No beaches are closed, except in Grand Isle, La., but health advisory signs against swimming in the Gulf waters are posted in several areas.
Beach businesses in Pensacola, Fla. got a big boost from the Blue Angels air show last weekend.
“For us, it was the best feeling of normalcy we’ve felt in a long time,” said Julian MacQueen, owner of the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front and Hampton Inn.
Other hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops did a brisk business, which tanked after the show ended and the crowds left.
The Pensacola Chamber of Commerce and business owners are scrambling to find other ways to drum up business, such as outdoor concerts and a marketing campaign to tout off-the-beach attractions.
President Obama is expected to make his fifth trip to the Gulf Coast in the next week or so.