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Latest on oil spill: Oil may reach Panhandle beaches by weekend

Despite rainy weather and the threat of oil, Destin's beaches were full of tourists for Memorial Day weekend.(Associated Press)

The latest projections say the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's leading edge could ooze onto Pensacola's beaches sometime late this week, marking the spill's first official landfall in Florida.

Not only is the oil arriving just in time for hurricane season. This is also when Florida is supposed to kick off its $25 million advertising extravaganza — financed by BP — touting how clean Florida's beaches are, said Santa Rosa Island Authority executive director W.A. "Buck" Lee.


Since a rig exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana on April 20, thousands of barrels of oil have spilled into the ocean. Find out what the spill means for Florida from our stories, graphics, videos and photos. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 10:18am]


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