Published: Jun 09, 2010 6:55 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 09, 2010 3:55 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A diverse panel of government officials
and private citizens is meeting to help Florida businesses that are
suffering financially from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
      The Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force created by Gov.
Charlie Crist began its first meeting Wednesday.
      In his remarks, Crist stressed that most Florida beaches are
unaffected by the spill.
      Crist wants the 28-member panel to work with BP and state
agencies to assess the effects of the spill and find financial help
as needed.
      The panel includes state agency heads, lawmakers, local
government officials and representatives of tourism, fishing and
other businesses.