FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist is touring a boom staging area and take a boat tour to monitor efforts to prevent more oil from washing ashore in Florida's Panhandle.
Crist's tour Sunday from Port St. Joe comes as tar balls continue to wash ashore in scattered spots from Pensacola to Grayton Beach in Walton County.
Also Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard and BP contractors set up skimmer boats in the Gulf of Mexico.
More than 120 million gallons have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico already from the blown out BP well, according to the most pessimistic federal daily flow rate estimates.
The Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force has scheduled a series of meetings and public hearings starting this week to discuss the impact of the spill on Florida's economy.