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An emergency meeting for information exchange related to the Gulf Oil disaster is being held tomorrow, Monday May 10th from 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab.  

The meeting is open to the public; the Lab is urging people who plan to attend to register.  Click here. The marine lab is located in St Teresa on Highway 98 (3618 Coastal Highway).  For more information, contact Felicia C. Coleman, Director, E-mail: 

The meeting is being held by Our Region Tomorrow (ORT) organizers to discuss and plan an emergency response  to the oil spill from our panhandle counties.  The agenda will include:

  • County emergency response team briefings from the four coastal counties within ORT (Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin)
  • State of Florida EOC briefing
  • Briefing from members of the State University System-wide Oil Spill Academic Task Force
  • Call to Action: How can the 10-county region prepare and work together in the event this critical disaster directly affects our shoreline?

The State University System Oil Spill Academic Task Force (OSATF) website has been updated with pertinent information The Task Force is working with the Ecological Society of America to develop a searchable database that will help local, state, and federal agencies identify where the experts and existing baseline (pre-spill) datasets exist in Florida and throughout the nation.  

By order of the Governor, these coastal counties are under a state of emergency: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota.



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