Tar balls arrive at Alabama beach resort

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Sheens of oil have entered Perdido Bay
and stained the sands of Orange Beach on the Alabama coast, angering local officials who wanted Perdido Pass closed off with a
boom system Tuesday night.

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said Wednesday the Coast Guard
refused permission to close the pass. Residents of the Alabama beach resort near the Florida line loudly protested that bay waters and beaches had been left vulnerable.

A Coast Guard spokesman, Cmdr. Chuck Diorio, said there are a number of considerations when closing a navigable waterway like
Perdido Pass. He said keeping the boom system alreay in place was
viewed as the best method at the time

But he said more vessels and people have been shifted to Perdido and the situation is being constantly reviewed.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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