SEMINOLE — Two panels of experts will discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and its implications for the Tampa Bay area at a forum at 6 tonight at the Digitorium on the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N.
The first panel will address the spill's impact on tourism, the economy and wildlife habitat. Panelists will be Dan Berard, a geophysical engineer; D.T. Minich, executive director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater; Keith Overton, executive director of TradeWinds Island Resorts; and Laurie Macdonald, Florida program director of Defenders of Wildlife.
The second panel will focus on the Tampa Bay area's response, both now and worse-case scenario. Panelists will be Susan Glickman, director of the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy; Robert Weisberg of the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science; David Sorrick, a vice president of Progress Energy; and George Sheldon, secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.
The event is sponsored by Bay News 9, Bright House Networks, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy, St. Petersburg College, the St. Petersburg Times, and TradeWinds Island Resorts. People who attend qualify to get a free night's stay at the TradeWinds.
The forum will be streamed live at mms://media.spcollege.edu/oil-crisis. The event also will be recorded for later showing in SPC classes or other forums and SPC-TV. Questions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.