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    Posted May 4, 2010 by
    JamesAmerson
    Location
    pensacola, Florida
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Track the oil disaster

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    Town Hall Meeting with BP on Pensacola Beach

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JamesAmerson of Pensacola, Florida, attended a town hall meeting yesterday afternoon where some bad news was confirmed. 'It was horribly frustrating. The one thing we did learn for certain is that we will be impacted. The representative from BP said we don't know when, but we will feel the effect of the oil in next few days,' he said.
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    "One Island" Community Information Meeting.

    Darryl Boudreau, Assistant District Director, Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

    Liz Castro, Director of Civic Affairs, BP American Inc.

    and Bill Bounty with EPA

    Many people and reporters gathered on this hot and humid day on Pensacola Beach for a town hall meeting.  In hopes to learn something about the oil slick, what is being done and what can we do to prepare.

    From Buck Lee, the Executive Director of Santa Rosa Island Authority to Beverly Zimmern, Mayor of the City of Gulf Breeze, we all listened to what Darryl Boudreau, Assistant District Director, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Liz Castro and Bill Bounty, Civic Affairs, BP American Inc. had to say.  And for most, the meeting was more uncomfortable than just the heat.  Many concerned and worried residents voiced their frustration and anger of this pending disaster.  Ms Castro was kind and understanding but couldn’t answer most of the questions brought to her, which set off a few members of the audience who shouted out their anger at BP.

    From what I gathered at this meeting, we should all stay calm, work together however we can and wait to see what happens.  One thing for sure that I got from this meeting and the officials from BP / EPA,  the oil is going to come and it will impact our beaches and waterways, there is no way around it, this is a certainty.

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