Oil spill | Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola

  • David Harris, of Melbourne, Florida, fishes off the shore of Big Lagoon State Park. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Rick Argo is assistant park manager at Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • About 150 concerned citizens like Janet Ripp, of Alberta, Alabama, showed up at a town meeting held the Perdido Bay Community Center, Thursday, June 10, 2010, to protect the wetlands of Florida. She asked why the Perdido Pass was not closed permanently. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • U.S. Coast Guard Captain Steve Poulin, incident commander of Coast Guard Response for Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, responds to Janet Ripp's request to close the Perdido Pass, at a town hall meeting at the Perdido Bay Community Center, Thursday, June 10, 2010. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Big Lagoon State Park is located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Pensacola. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Small bait fish swim along the Intracoastal Waterway's shore at Big Lagoon State Park. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A great heron wades in the tall grasses of Big Lagoon State Park. The park is located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Pensacola. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Minnows like these feed off of the algae in the crystal clear waters of Big Lagoon State Park. The park is located along the Intracoastal Waterway in Pensacola. Residents are angry that the passes were not closed to protect the inland waterways. MARICE COHN BAND / MIAMI HERALD STAFF