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Oil Spill: Florida Industries React

ST. PETE BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Commercial fishermen and others who depend on the tourist trade on Florida's west coast say they've been hurt by the massive Gulf oil spill.

Even though no oil has reached the beaches here, commercial fishermen in Madeira Beach told Gov. Charlie Crist on Monday that closing areas of the Gulf to fishing because of the spill is cutting into their hauls.

Later in St. Pete Beach, a group of business owners and tourism officials told Crist more money has to be spent on a TV advertising campaign up North to fight the perception that Florida's west coast beaches are already fouled by oil.

There was some good news Monday: A new Gulf current prediction shows winds carrying the spill farther away from the Panhandle beaches.

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


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