The Coast Guard and others are concerned….

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As the Gulf of Mexico oil spill continues to kill everything in it’s path, there is now concern that the oil will make it way through what is called the Gulf Loop Current. If it does it would bring the poisonous water around the Florida Keys and up the East Coast headed right for Tybee Island and Savannah. Right now everything seems to be fine, even though the U.S. Coast Guard is checking some tar balls that were found at the Fort Zachary Taylor State Park beach and other beaches in the Florida Keys. The oil spill stretching toward the beaches of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida has prompted Gulf regulars to seek alternative vacation plans. And Tybee is still a popular option if the spike in information requests and bookings over the past week is any indication.

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Some experts believe the oil spill is already caught up in the Loop Current.   The Loop Current, part of the warm Gulf Stream, flows through the Gulf before exiting through the Florida Straits. The Gulf Stream follows the eastern coastlines of the US and Newfoundland before crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has released a startling forecast by University of South Florida College of Marine Science experts showing the oil slick may begin reaching the Florida Keys in five to six days, possibly reaching Miami within five days of that.

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has also scared away charter fishing customers on Florida’s Gulf Coast, even though the area in which they’d be fishing is still open.  NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco says 19 percent of federal waters in the Gulf are being closed to commercial fishing because of the threat of oil from the spill in the Gulf.
I am from Maryland so I have always been around the beach. I have also visited Tybee Island more than a couple of times. I hope the experts are wrong on this one.  Only time will tell.