|Published:||Aug 17, 2010 9:52 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 17, 2010 6:52 PM EDT|
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Panhandle county is removing "oil impact notice" signs from some of its beaches.
Escambia County says water analysis by the state shows that levels of oil in are within safe standards. Officials also say the sand that is visibly clean is also free of oil and related chemicals.
The notice has been lifted on Pensacola Beach and portions of Perdido Key. It remains in effect for the county's beaches closer to the Alabama state line and for all Gulf Island National Seashore property.
Health Department Director John Lanza said Tuesday that residents should still follow basic precautions and avoid water and sand where they see, smell or feel oil.
Pensacola Beach Public Safety Supervisor Bob West said he's confident that the health risk from the oil "is nil."