Published: Feb 06, 2011 1:00 AM EST
Updated: Feb 05, 2011 10:00 PM EST

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Florida Panhandle officials say beach renourishment is the key to their post-oil spill recovery.
      
Administrators, attorneys and commissioners from seven northwest Florida counties met Friday to discuss their unified response to the 2010 oil spill.
      
Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson said the biggest issue facing the Panhandle was its sand. He says BP should start paying for new sand sooner rather than later.       

BP PLC's Gulf of Mexico well blew out in April, spewing millions of gallons of oil into the sea
      
Northwest Florida lost millions of dollars in revenue last year because tourists stayed away during the summer, fearing the Panhandle's sugar-white beaches were ruined by the oil.

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