The Real Deal Miami

Destin coastal dwellers pitching in to protect properties from oil spill

June 30, 2010 02:45PM

Some Destin residents are buying their own oil boom — a material that’s been laid out in the oceans to keep oil from washing ashore — instead of relying on aid agencies and BP’s oil spill cleanup efforts to protect their coastal properties. Around 30,000 feet of boom has already been laid out surrounding the shoreline in Okaloosa County, using money from BP that was distributed by the state. BP is also funding barges to help block the spread of the oil to Destin. Balls of tar have been found on the beaches there, but they’ve been relatively few and far between. [Miami Herald]