I apologize, I have not made it out to the gorgeous white sugar sand beaches of Anna Maria Island all week to show how wonderful our beaches continue to remain. So I have no video at this time but will plan to grab some in the next few days. If you have recently visited Anna Maria Island continue to comment on our post and if you have any pictures or video please share.
Once again I could quote alot of spill updates, how many gallons are being contained but I think we all want to know how and if Anna Maria island has been affected by the Deep Water Oil Spill. The answer continues to be NO. About a week ago I admitted that I smelled an odd odor just in the mornings. It smelled more similar to a faint forest fire than any oil smell. Just the two mornings. No smell since which would more closely confirm that Tropicana was burning orange peels for live stock feed. There is No oil smell on or near Anna Maria Island.
Based on recent comments on the oil visitor update blog it is clear that many questions are being asked by those that do not have trustworthy, reliable sources for information. Newspapers, Internet, television, etc are providing mixed information on how or what impact oil is having on the Anna Maria Island beaches.
As most already know many failed attempts by BP continue to occur. So oil continues to leak into the Gulf of Mexico. We are all hopeful that the leak is stopped as quickly as possible.
Deep Water Horizon June 2nd, 2010 Situation Report.
A concentration of tarballs has been confirmed approximately 9-10 miles from the Escambia County shoreline which is Pensicola, Florida. The NOAA oil plume model shows that it is 325 miles from St. Petersburg, Florida. The larges of the cities mentioned by the Situation report which is about 40 miles to the North of Anna Maria Island. With tar balls found 10 miles off the coast of Florida NOAA still projects no large oil impacts to the state of Florida.
For those concerned about how the oil spill may affect a potential hurricane the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a fact sheet titled “Hurricanes and the Oil Spill”
Anna Maria Island continues to see no impact from oil and as stated above the closest oil is still more than 375 miles away. We continue to have gorgeous white, sandy beaches. Recently we just went fishing and were more than 15 miles off the coast of Anna Maria Island. No oil, no smell of oil and still great fishing. We caught Grouper, a shark, Snapper and several other fish. See the video below for proof that our gorgeous Anna Maria Shoreline has been unaffected by BP.
Situation Room Report – May 13th, 2010 – Noon – Report #15
Gulf Coast oils spill update: The 72-hour NOAA trajectory shows no oil landfall in the state of Florida.
The NOAA oil trajectory model shows the spill, 81 miles southwest of Pensacola, 171 miles from Port St. Joe and 316 miles from St. Petersburg, Florida. In the Gulf of Mexico there are moderate southeast winds of 12 knots and seas of 3-5 feet. These conditions will continue to exist through today and tomorrow. Gulf winds will lessen this weekend, but an overall pattern of easterly wind will continue Sunday and means the oil spill will be pushed to the west-northwest through the next 72 hours.
It is understandable that many have questions and certainly comments about the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This page is an attempt for Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island to keep our community and guests aware of the latest updates from the Environmental Protection Agency as well as local resources with expertise on the conditions of wildlife and water currents. Please click the link below which will open our updates regarding the spill. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us or call us toll free at 877 778 6066.
Thank you for visiting Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island’s website. We pride ourselves in providing open and honest information for our guests, owners and potential guests. The Deep Water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has generated a great deal of questions.
From the Situation Report #7 – Noon EST May 5th.
“Unified” officials estimate the leak to be emitting 5000 gallons of oil per day
into the Gulf of Mexico. Governor Christ has issued a state of emergency for Manatee County which is the county where Anna Maria Island is located. This is primarily done to ensure that if emergency resources are required that our county and Anna Maria Island will receive all the resources required.
Earlier in the week three leaks were found in the pipe which connected the oil rig on the surface. Here is a video that explains the three leaks. The great news is the response team has been able to shut off one of the three leaks. This was the smaller of three leaks. The first collection dome was deployed today however officials estimate it will take one week to have the dome fully deployed.
Most importantly, for a picture of the potential location of the oil spill as of May 5th please click here.
For the Visit Florida information page on the oil spill please visit their website.
So for the great news – NOAA forecasts no Florida landfall of oil in the next 72 hours.
From the Situation room on May 6th Noon EST. Report #8
Yesterday, controlled burns accounted for 1,000 gallons of oil burned. Additional burns will be conducted throughout the day today. There are 6,700 personnel working on and offshore, with an additional 2,500 trained volunteers and 270 vessels at work. To date, an estimated 1.2 million barrels of an oil-water mix has been recovered. Just a reminder that this is an oil-water mix.
Today Governor Christ sent a letter to President Obama requesting continued urgency and funds for the unprecedented disaster. To read the letter click here.
NOAA has some great maps regarding the planned trajectory of the oil spill. The map linked here shows the trajectory of the oil from May 2nd to May 5th as well as in yellow/orange the projected path as far out as May 7th. Take a peak and of course you can see the spill remains just off the coast of Mississippi and Louisiana.
There is more mainstream information found on the news channels regarding stopping the oil spill with a large vessel. This vessel is being dropped into place today and conservatively will be containing the leak as soon as Monday of next week.
On Anna Maria Island, businesses remain cautiously optimistic and are anxious to see the leak stopped. Our local newspapers are picking up several stories and we all remain optimistic our “peace” of paradise will not be impacted. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call. That is what we are here for!
May 7th, Situation Report #9
The oil containment chamber or dome, was lowered into the water on May 6th, 2010. The chamber is expected to be operational on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 according to officials. This is fantastic news as the leak needs to be stopped as soon as possible. There are 8,497 people working on and offshore with an additional 2,500+ trained volunteers. As of May 6th, approximately 1.89 million gallons of an oil-water mix has been recovered. There are 256 vessels working to respond to the oil spill. There has been 876,936 feet of boom barriers deployed with a total of 1,287,764 feet available.
The Gulf loop current is far south of the oil spill and there is no imminent threat that the spill will be picked up by the loop current.
Situation Room Report – May 9th – Noon
100% of all Florida beaches are open and the 72-hour NOAA trajectory projects no oil landfall in Florida. According to NOAA, the oil spill is 120 miles from Pensacola, 170 miles from Port St. Joe, and 310 miles from Tampa. Winds are forecast to have an eastward direction from Sunday through Monday.
Unfortunately the dome solution has not worked. The containment dome has filled with ice crystals which is impeding the oil intervention. BP continues to work on a solution to fix the ice crystals. In addition there will be no controlled burns today.
Situation Room Update May 10th – Noon – 2010
Florida beaches remain open and the 72-hour NOAA trajectory shows no oil landfall in Florida.
NOAA estimates the spill is 100 miles southwest of Pensacola, 179 miles from Port St. Joe, and 340 miles from Tampa. The winds will be a moderate southeasterly wind path across the Gulf Coast for the next several days. The wind flow is estimated to be 10-20 knots through Thursday. It is this southeasterly flow that will create potential for new areas of landfall in Louisiana. Seas will generally run 2-4 feet today and rise to 3-5 feet Tuesday.
There will be no controlled burns today.
News on potential new solutions to shut off the supply of oils remains minimal. Officials continue to work on the containment dome as well as a plug like solution for oil spout.