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Oil Spill Updates from Perdido Key

Written on Friday, June 25, 2010

Check out the Facebook page for pictures of Perdido Key from 6/24/10 at 430pm.  Perdido Key Facebook page.

Oil Spill Updates from Perdido Key

Written on Friday, June 25, 2010

I went out to the beach yesterday afternoon to check on a few of our condos and took a couple short videos.  I also snapped a couple pictures.  Please excuse the quaility as it was with my blackberry, because I had not planned on it prior to leaving the office.

Several guests were asking what the beaches looked like, because they had heard Perdido Key on the news.  Luckily thing are still nice out.  Conditions may change, but here are a few visual aids for peace-of-mind.

Here's another video...

Oil Spill Updates from Perdido Key

Written on Friday, June 18, 2010

Escambia County Health Department
Pensacola, Florida

June 18, 2010 

Health advisory rescindedfor portion of beach     PENSACOLA -- Effective immediately, the Escambia County (FL) Health Department is rescinding the health advisory issued on June 8, 2010 for the following beach waters in Escambia County, Florida, that were affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill:    

the Florida-Alabama line to the entrance of the Perdido Unit, Gulf Islands National Seashore (THIS IS US! WOO HOO!)    

The health department is rescinding its health advisory now that government officials verify that there is no oil sheen or oil slick observed in the water from the high water mark out to 100 yards from shore. 

Oil Spill Travel Updates from Perdido Key, Florida con't

Written on Thursday, June 10, 2010

To Our Guests, We have received several emails and phone calls concerning the oil spill from our guests and wanted to take this opportunity to touch base with you. Currently, the beaches of Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key are open. There was an advisory that indicated people should not swim if they see oil in the water. This to me was a common sense reminder which was coupled with a word of warning to not pick up tarballs if seen along the beach. What does this mean to me and you? Well my wife and I have a 5 year old daughter and, although I have not seen any oil slick type substance on the beach or in the water, when we recently went to the beach we played in the sand, threw a frisbee, built an uneven sandcastle and played tag while mom laid out on a beach towel. We did not go play in the surf only because as parents there was no question in our mind that everything was okay having fun on the sands of the beach. Would we have been fine playing in the surf? Probably yes, although it just made sense to spend our afternoon playing the way we did. From http://www.visitpensacola.com/content/oil-spill-update: For the past few days, several small pieces of tar (dime to half-dollar size) have been detected along the beaches. However, tourists and locals continue to enjoy the beaches and the water as usual. According to NOAA, tarballs do not pose a health risk to the average person, but once again visitors are advised not to pick them up. To read NOAA's information about tarballs, click here. The oil sheen is reported to be approximately five miles south of the Northwest Florida coastline. County officials are closely patrolling the beaches from Perdido Key to Park East on Pensacola Beach and are prepared for immediate clean up should oil come ashore. None of our guests currently have reported having a bad time at the beach or that their stay has been detrimentally affected. The 5,000 square foot outdoor pool with waterfall cave and indoor pool are both open.  The weather is fantastic and just right for getting a Florida tan.  Additionally in regards to upcoming reservations, in an effort to make certain that there is no fear of losing money as a result of the oil spill we have relaxed our cancellation policy so that if you cancel solely as a result of the oil spill we will refund all of your money. All of our rentals are privately owned, thus we ask that you provide us with an email indicating the reason for canceling so that if there are grounds for making a claim with BP that the property owner has all the documentation needed concerning lost rental revenue. Now with that said, please know that it is very possible your reservation dates will not be affected at all and we hope that this is the case so you may come enjoy our little piece of paradise just as planned. Additionally, many guests who have made beachfront reservations asked if we have resort-style properties off the beach in case their dates are affected. The answer is yes, and we will try to accommodate all of our guests to the best of our ability throughout all of the properties we manage. For the Property Owners affected: Please know that the best way to reach us with concerns about reservations at the moment is via email. For our Guests: We will continue to monitor the situation closely and are here to help answer your vacation questions. This email, video of the beaches, pictures of the beaches and other updates are posted at www.perdidokeyflorida.com/blog.aspx. Please visit the blog as frequently as you like, check out the sample itinerary page at www.perdidokeyflorida.com/sampleitinerary.aspx and remember you can follow us on facebook as well for periodic updates and specials.
Kindest Regards from Perdido Key, JD Hallam PKRM Rental Manager PerdidoKeyFlorida.com PurpleParrotCondos.com PerdidoSunCondoRental.com

Perdido Key - The Coast is Still Clear!

Written on Saturday, June 5, 2010

This was provided by the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce this morning.
Note that the photo was taken this morning at  Perdido Key Beach.  So far, no sign of oil here!

We are hoping that it stays this way!

Oil Spill Travel Updates from Perdido Key, Florida con't

Written on Friday, June 4, 2010

There have been reports of tar balls on Pensacola Beach, but nothing confirmed here in Perdido Key.  This video is from this morning, 6/4/10, that I personally went out and recorded.

What about the Beaches?

Written on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The beaches have not been shut down and I do not expected them to be shut down.  However, several of out guests have called to ask questions such as, "what about the beaches? are the closed? who makes that call?"  I pulled the answers from the Escambia county Health Department Website (ref. http://escambiahealth.com/recent_hot_topics/2010/oil_spill.htm)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Incident
Avoiding Negative Health Impacts

At this time, there are no indications of any health risks to Floridians due to the Deepwater Horizon incident. Health officials have advised residents experiencing symptoms from possible odors (11.8kb; pdf) . The Department of Health (DOH) and DEP are closely monitoring health and environmental impacts to Florida’s beaches and will notice an advisory if conditions become unsafe.Possible Health Advisories
In the event beaches are impacted by the oil spill, it may be necessary to issue health advisories in order to protect health and safety of citizens. If a health advisory is issued, signs would be posted (420kb; jpg) near the affected waters. The Florida Department of Health is the agency that will issue health advisories, if needed, for the area of affected water and shoreline. Remember that:
  • Beaches above the high tide line should remain open for sunbathing, walking, shopping and restaurants.
  • The exact area for the advisories will have to be determined once oil is spotted and reported. Signs will be posted (420kb; jpg) to notify visitors and residents.
So, what does all of this mean?  We have not been affected, but if we are affected the course of action is set in place to protect our visitors.  The priority will remain with the safety of our visitors and residents, so rest assured that unless we are informed via a health advisory directly from the Escambia County Health Department it is safe to be on our still beautiful beaches.

Oil Spill Travel Updates from Perdido Key, Florida con't

Written on Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce recently sent out a update concerning the situation in the Gulf and asked that we pass the word on... Perdido Key still has not been affected!

Perdido Key Chamber Email:
June 2, 2010 Like you, we are all watching the news and we are all concerned.  However, for the moment, all is well and our coast is still clear.  Please help us spread the word that nothing has come ashore yet, and Perdido Key is still a safe choice for vacationing.  It's possible that we may be only minimally affected with some scattered tar balls that are easy to clean up.  It could be worse, but we don't know for sure. We want to assure you that we are dedicated to being the trusted source for travel planning, before, during and after this situation.  Please check our daily video at http://www.visitperdido.com/ and our live beach cam high atop nearby Eden Condominiums.