Oil Spill Reaches Florida Coast

Tar balls and oil have finally invaded Northwest Florida's pristine coastline, turning Pensacola and Navarre beaches into a spectacle of media frenzy and locals' "last swim" trips to the beach.

As national attention zeroes in on our shores, Escambia County is clamping down on Santa Rosa Island Authority's availability to media.

Beachgoers in Florida got their first taste of the Gulf oil spill today as tar balls—some as large as hubcaps—washed up on Panhandle beaches. BP crews at some locations swept up the refuse, instructing visitors not to touch the balls. Although Florida has yet to declare swimming in the Gulf unsafe, some locals are rushing to the beaches to take a "last swim," the Pensacola News Journal reports. Meanwhile, President Obama arrived in New Orleans for his third visit since the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20.