Published: May 05, 2010 4:17 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.  - The U.S. Coast Guard has activated a command post in St. Petersburg to monitor the Gulf oil spill and its threat to Florida's west coast.

The Coast Guard's St. Petersburg sector commander, Capt. Timothy Close, said Wednesday that he'll be huddling with state officials and representatives of BP PLC, whose damaged oil rig has been spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico for two weeks.

The St. Petersburg command post will be responsible for monitoring potential impact to Florida's west coast, from Taylor County in the Big Bend area south to Collier County.

The Panhandle is being monitored by a command post in Mobile, Ala. A state meteorologist said the weather should keep the oil spill away from Florida for the time being.