Florida Governor Charlie Crist is apparently more worried about the state’s economy than the health of vacationers and residents. Crist told CBS on Saturday the water is safe and people shouldn’t worry. “It is safe,” Crist declared, “there isn’t a toxic nature to it that is detrimental to anybody. It is much more of a nuisance than anything else at this point.”
Crist is asking ill-informed beachgoers to endanger their health so the state’s tourism industry can be saved. “The Escambia County Health Department lifted a health advisory on Pensacola Beach on Friday on the advice of a beach official and against the advice of a federal environmental official,” reports PNJ.com. Officials want to leave the decision to swim in the Gulf of Mexico up to the discretion of individual beachgoers.Signs would be posted from the Florida-Alabama line to just west of Portofino Beach warning people about the toxic danger. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to put decontamination stations along the beach. “These moves send conflicting signals about how safe it is to swim in the Gulf of Mexico as the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill broadens,” PNJ.com continues. 400 people have sought medical care for upper or lower respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, and eye irritation after trips to Escambia County beaches.
BP and the corporate media have colluded together to hide the full extent of the oil gusher and its health dangers. CNN concentrates on the impact on marine wildlife at the expense of the health problems arising.
Florida and its governor should not prevent people from swimming in the Gulf — that should be an individual decision — but it is seriously irresponsible for the state to encourage people and tell them there is nothing wrong. Crist managed to raise around $25 million to put out propaganda touting Florida’s unstained beaches and encouraging folks to come on down. In response, Republican state senator Don Gaetz said, “It’s in days like this that I miss Jeb Bush.” Charlie Crist wants vacationers to risk their health to save the economic health of his state. He is apparently unconcerned about the increasing number of people who are sickened by the toxic sludge washing up on the state’s beaches.
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