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Ready for the oil-spill anniversary? Visit Florida offers some tourism talking points.

Visit Florida, the state's tax-funded tourism board, just circulated its suggested talking points for next week's Gulf oil rupture anniversary. If a reporter calls, Visit Florida suggests mentioning how much the crisis brought together the tourism industry.
The memo does contain an interesting fact: no Florida beach closed because of the oil.
It also leaves out (these are talking points, after all) the warnings posted throughout the Panhandle against swimming off beaches as gooey tar balls crashed into the surf and lined the sand. I was there in Pensacola for some stories the week before Fourth of July, and it was pretty ugly. And there was lots of local controversy about the decision to keep beaches open despite obvious contamination.
But the mess didn't last. Within four or five days, the beaches were relatively clean again and we out-of-town reporters had very little to write about. (If only we had some talking points handy...)

The talking points: click here.

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