Scenes from the Florida Panhandle

  • Jack Reed fishes at the foot of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, not far from the sensitive shoreline of Pensacola, Florida, on Thursday, June 3, 2010. (Marice Cohn Band/Miami Herald/MCT) STEVE JOHNSON / MBR

  • With stormy weather just minutes away, a large Blue Heron leaves the beach at the end of Fort Pickens Road,Thursday, June 3, 2010, on Pensacola Beach's Gulf Island National Seashore. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • With stormy weather just minutes away, Rick Lowe, left, and Mark Trail, both locals, fish at the end of Fort Pickens Road,Thursday, June 3, 2010, on Pensacola Beach's Gulf Island National Seashore. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A small boom covered area, of Pensacola Bay, at the foot of the Pensacola Bay Bridge, protecting a few public oyster beds and sensitive shoreline, 270,000 feet of boom has been laid in Escambia County so far, Thursday, June 3, 2010. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Michael Sole, secretary of environmental protection, inspect a three-mile section of boom near Pensacola Pass on Wednesday June 2, 2010. County officials have designed a V-shaped boom in hopes of literally cutting the oil off at the pass. (AP Photo/Melissa R. Nelson) MICHAEL SPOONEYBARGER / FRE

  • Michael Sole, left, secretary of environmental protection, and Gov. Charlie Crist inspect a section of boom near Pensacola Pass Wednesday. MELISSA R. NELSON / AP

  • Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and state officials on Wednesday inspect a three-mile section of oil boom near Pensacola Pass. MELISSA R. NELSON / AP

  • Captain Jerry Andrews stands on the stern of his charter fishing boat in Pensacola Beach, Florida, Monday, May 3, 2010. Andrews has had a steady stream of phone calls canceling fishing trips on his boat. Andrews fears the season could be lost because of the oil spill that threatens Florida's panhandle. (Charles trainor Jr./Miami Herald/MCT) CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MBR

  • Captain Jerry Andrews talks about some of the past fishing trips on his charter fishing boat docked in Pensacola, Florida, May 3, 2010. After the federal government restricted fishing in the Gulf of Mexico after an oil rig collapsed and caused a major spill, he and other captains like Mike Newell fear their business will be lost for several years. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Commercial fishing boats are docked in Pensacola, Florida, May 3, 2010, after the federal government restricted fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. After an oil production rig in the Gulf collapsed, the spill has now threatened the Gulf states and impacted the commercial fishing communities. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Captain Jerry Andrews talks about some of the past fishing trips on his charter fishing boat docked in Pensacola, Florida, May 3, 2010. After the federal government restricted fishing in the Gulf of Mexico after an oil rig collasped and caused a major spill, he and other captains like Mike Newell fears their business will be lost for several years. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF