BP Oil Spill Hits Florida Shores
by TexasGOPVote on June 3, 2010 at 12:05 PM
The oil spill is already impacting Florida beaches as a six-foot-long oil sheen from the BP oil spill was spotted near Pensacola Wednesday. Oil is also expected to wash up on other parts of the Florida coast in the next few days. 140 miles of Louisiana shoreline has already been affected by the oil.
Oil along Florida's coastline also potentially complicates matters for President Barack Obama, who carried the state in 2008 but whose popularity has fallen as political sentiment has shifted to the right amid the state's continuing economic malaise.
...Unlike Louisiana, where refineries are enmeshed in the economic fabric, Florida has little relationship with oil. Its economy is driven in large part by orange juice, sunshine and pristine beaches.