Published: Jun 24, 2010 8:18 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 24, 2010 5:18 PM EDT

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A popular section of Pensacola Beach has been closed because of oil that washed ashore there.

Government officials closed about a quarter-mile section of Casino Beach on Thursday. Thick pools of oil washed ashore there Wednesday. Workers ran yellow tape 75 yards back from the water.

Officials say the area was closed because heavy equipment is being brought in to clean up the mess.

Normally, there would have been hundreds of people on the sands and in the water but on Thursday only two sunbathers and a few people who had come to see the oil were in the area when the beach was closed.

The oil is from the Deepwater Horizon spill that has gushed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20.