Tired of waiting for BP, Crist pushes locals to move aheadby Dara Kam | May 4th, 2010
Gov. Charlie Crist urged Florida local officials to move forward to prepare for the oil spill looming off the state’s coastline instead of waiting for permission from the unified command center in Mobile.
“I think it’s important to do what local officials know best,” said Crist before heading to the Mobile Unified Command Center this morning with a contingent of Florida officials including Cabinet members Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Attorney General Bill McCollum.
The Florida cadre went to Mobile to ease the bottleneck keeping resources from being expedited to the state’s coastal counties, they said.
Crist said he expects to extend the state of emergency now in effect throughout Panhandle coastal counties south to Sarasota County to include Collier and Monroe counties later today.
McCollum reiterated his threat that the state will sue British Petroleum over the disaster that could be the worst oil spill in Florida’s history.
“I think that’s certainly within the realm of possibility,” Crist agreed.