In preparing for the worst disaster since Hurricane Ivan, emergency volunteer crews organized a massive clean-up effort of Navarre Beach early Saturday morning, hoping to minimize any damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Officials anticipate seeing the impact of the oil rig collapse sometime on Monday, May 3, with Escambia County to be affected first.
On Friday, Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency for the west coast of Florida. Locally, Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Gordin Goodin enacted a local state of emergency, allowing the county to implement proactive measures as needed.
Goodin will be speaking at several emergency homeowners association meetings today to discuss the county's plan of action and address any questions.
Navarre Press will post more information as it becomes available.
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The Citizens Information Line will be open Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Citizens may call (850) 983-INFO (4636) with questions.