Nine Months After Spill, Destin’s Beaches in “Very Good Condition”

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While beach cleanup crews may be patrolling the beaches of Walton County, Scott Robson says Destin’s beaches and waters are as beautiful as ever.

“Nah, it’s been gorgeous out there,” said Robson, president of the Destin Charter Boat Association. “We have been seeing tuna and blue marlin out there, and if there were oil, we wouldn’t be seeing those fish.”

Just last week, a 60-man crew was spotted digging in the sand in South Walton along Scenic Hwy. 30-A near the Santa Rosa Beach Club. Workers on the scene refused to comment, other than saying “We are looking for tar balls.” U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Patrick Coleman wouldn’t elaborate on the operation, but said “from an operational standpoint, they accomplished what they were trying to do.” Local emergency managers said it was “normal operations.”

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For Robson, the crews on Walton County’s beaches are just “BP making sure nothing has shown up.”

City Manager Greg Kisela told The Log Monday that Destin is still seeing the occasional tar ball or tar chip wash ashore, but overall, he said the city has been “very fortunate.”

“We are doing about as reasonably as can be expected,” he said. “You are going to see them wash up sporadically for some time.”

As for whether crews are patrolling Destin’s beaches, Kisela said “no.” He said that the Florida branch responders do have resources staged, if needed.

“We get daily electronic updates,” he said. “Basically, they are just letting us know what product they are seeing, if any.”

“We are in very good condition.”

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