Gulf coast residents buy their own boom

  • Ace Hardware store owner John Pugh, 44, helps one of his customers, and friend, Capt. Bob Atwell, 50, stack boom on the dock in Destin Harbor in Destin, Fla. on Monday, June 28, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Mitzi Richardson, 53, owner of an Ace Hardware store in Destin, Fla., shows the boom she has for sale at her store on Monday June 28, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Mitzi Richardson, 53, owner of an Ace Hardware store in Destin, Fla., shows the boom she has for sale at her store on Monday June 28, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Captain Bob Atwell, 50, explains how he puts boom around his boat to protect it from inbound oil in Destin Harbor in Destin, Fla. on Monday June 28, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Boats sit idly on the docks of Apalachicola, Fla. on Monday, June 28, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Protective boom is lined on the dock in Apalachicola, Fla. on Tuesday, June 28, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The beaches to the east of Gulf Shore State Park Pier are empty on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • A customer fill their gas tank at a BP gas station in Panama City, Fla. on Monday, June 28, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Captain Jim Nicholes, 51, waits at the dock in Apalachicola, Fla. on Monday, June 28, 2010. Nicholes is unsure of how he will make a living once the fishing waters of Apalachicola Bay are closed. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • The beaches to the east of Gulf Shore State Park Pier are empty on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD