July 4th weekend on the Panhandle beaches

  • Ryan Tennyson, left, and Luke Ryker put together the fireworks barge for the Fourth of July in Navarre, Fla. Organizers had hoped to have a bigger barge, but all the barges are being used for the oil spill cleanup and they had to use what they could get. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • John Ehrenreich, owner of Bonifay Water Sports in Pensacola beach, says that this Fourth of July weekend will be his worst year ever, financially. He has been at the same location since 1975. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Oil mousse and tar balls wash on to the shore of Pensacola beach on Thursday afternoon. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Oil mousse and tar balls wash on to the shore of Pensacola beach on Thursday afternoon. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Oil booms float in the water in Pensacola beach on Saturday, July 3. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The beaches of Pensacola were a little more crowded because the weather was better on Friday, July 3, and a lot of the tar had been cleaned up. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Frank Patti, owner of Joe Patti's Seafood in Pensacola, says the popular market has suffered since oil spill. The business has been around since 1931. He says he's not closing, but he might have to downsize. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Tony, who declined to give his last name, guards the beaches to make sure no one goes in past their ankles due to a red-flag warning in Pensacola Beach, Fla. on Saturday, July 3, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Boaters anchor on Crab Island, a sandbar, at the entrance to Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin, Fla. on Saturday, July 3, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Boaters enjoy Crab Island, a sandbar, at the entrance to Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin, Fla. on Saturday, July 3, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Tourists and locals enjoy the white sand in Pensacola Beach, Fla. on Saturday, July 3, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Boaters dock their boats on the shore near stockpiles of boom at the entrance to Choctawhatchee Bay in Destin, Fla. on Saturday, July 3, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • Despite a red-flag warning, which prohibits swimming in the waters, tourists and locals enjoy the white sand in Pensacola Beach, Fla. on Saturday, July 3, 2010. STEVE JOHNSON / THE MIAMI HERALD

  • David Baio, of Milton, Fla., unties his boat from the dock at Bayou Texar on Sunday, July 4. This is supposed to be one of the busiest weekends for Pensacola, but tourists aren't coming because of the BP oil spill. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Boats drive in the intercoastal waterway near Perdido Key in Pensacola on Sunday, July 4. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Jeff Sanders cleans his boat at the Holiday Harbor marina in Pensacola, on Sunday, July 4.. This is supposed to be one of the busiest weekends for Pensacola, but people aren't coming because of the BP oil spill. LILLY ECHEVERRIA / MIAMI HERALD STAFF