On news that some oil had begun leaking into the Loop Current, Governor Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Monroe counties. A state of emergency had already been declared in the pandhandle and central Florida counties on the Gulf Coast. All in all, 26 of Florida's 67 counties are under the declaration.
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According the News-Press, the declaration "frees up emergency money, waives highway weight limits if needed to respond to the crisis, begins price-gouging enforcement and activates the Florida National Guard."
"Reports have been received indicating that oil from the spill has entered the loop current in the Gulf of Mexico, thereby creating a potential threat to additional counties bordering the Gulf along the Atlantic seaboard," Crist wrote in the executive order.