July 13, 2010

Editor’s note: Oil reached Panama City beaches in late June. Mrs. Obama is apparently as irresponsible as Florida’s governor, Charlie Crist. “It is safe,” Crist said about the oil, “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.” The Escambia County Health Department lifted a health advisory on Pensacola Beach in late June, even though the EPA said it was not healthy for beachgoers to go in the water.

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Panama City Beach- Monday was an historic day for Bay County. Michelle Obama became the first sitting First Lady to visit Bay County when she arrived for a briefing on the oil-spill, then made remarks at an invitation only event on Panama City Beach.

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport around 2:30 Monday afternoon. “Well it’s a great opportunity to welcome the First Lady to our community and we’re very excited at the airport here to have choose us as her arrival and departure point,” said Randy Curtis, Airport Executive Director.

From the airport the First Lady headed to the Tourist Development Council to speak with local officials and business leaders regarding the toll the BP oil disaster has taken on the local economy. “The ramifications I think will probably come maybe in another year or so, because the people who are not coming on vacation may not come back. And so it’s the loss of business and unfortunately that’s a way of life for us,” said Panama City Beach Mayor Gayle Oberst.

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Maybe oil is not washing up on the beach in Panama City, but there seems to be a lot of military with BP employees.

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