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*TODAY* CFO Sink in Pensacola for Emergency Briefing, Meetings, & Local Roundtables

5/6/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, (850) 413-2842
 
*TODAY* CFO SINK IN PENSACOLA FOR EMERGENCY BRIEFINGS, MEETINGS, & ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE
 
PENSACOLA – Florida CFO Alex Sink will be in Pensacola today, receiving emergency briefings, speaking with local business owners, and participating in roundtable discussions with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.  
 
At 8:30 AM CDT, CFO Sink will receive an emergency briefing on local response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center. Earlier this week, CFO Sink expressed frustration with delayed approval of Escambia County’s local emergency plan, eventually hand delivering a copy to officials at the Unified Command Center in Mobile, Alabama. The recently approved plan is now being executed.
 
At 9:45 AM CDT, CFO Sink will meet with members of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front to discuss tourism and the economic impact of the oil spill. Yesterday, CFO Sink sent a letter to Carol Dover, President/CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association outlining the steps businesses should take, including record-keeping of cancellations due to the oil spill and making detailed lists of assets.
 
At 12:45 PM CDT, CFO Sink will participate roundtables (closed to press) at NAS with U.S. DHS Security Secretary Janet Napolitano U.S. DOC Secretary Gary Locke on the local emergency response and the economic impact of the oil spill.
 
At 2:15 PM CDT, CFO Sink will participate in a joint press conference at Alleghany Pier with Governor Charlie Crist, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
 
 
DATE:           TODAY, May 6, 2010
 
TIME:            8:30 AM CDT
EVENT:         Emergency Briefing & Media Availability
LOCATION: Escambia County Emergency Operations Center
                        6475 N. W Street, Pensacola, FL
 
TIME:            9:45 AM CDT Meeting; 10:00 AM CDT Press Conference
EVENT:         Meeting with Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association & Press Conference
LOCATION: Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
Ballroom A and B
12 Via de Luna Drive
 
TIME:            12:45 PM CDT
EVENT:         [CLOSED TO PRESS] Emergency Response Roundtable with U.S. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano
LOCATION: NAS Pensacola                      
190 Radford Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32508
 
TIME:            12:45 PM CDT
EVENT:         [CLOSED TO PRESS] Economic Roundtable with U.S. DOC Secretary Gary Locke
LOCATION: NAS Pensacola                      
190 Radford Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32508
 
TIME:            2:15 PM CDT
EVENT:         Joint Press Conference with Governor Charlie Crist, U.S. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. DOC Secretary Gary Locke
LOCATION: NAS Pensacola Alleghany Pier                     
190 Radford Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32508
 
 
CFO Sink visited Pensacola and Mobile, Alabama twice already this week to receive emergency briefings and aerial tours of the oil spill. On Monday, CFO Sink outlined three protective state and federal actions to better protect Florida’s economy — expediting the federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans and temporarily suspending loan repayments; state activation of Emergency Support Function 18 and expansion of the state Small Business Emergency Loan Program; and the creation of an Oil Spill Environmental Task force. To view a video of CFO Sink’s Monday media availability, click here.
 
Yesterday, CFO Sink commended Chancellor of the State University System of Florida Frank T. Brogan for heeding her call to establish an Oil Spill Academic Task Force, after she asked for top environmental experts to come together and help Florida respond to the consequences of the oil spill. Additionally, Emergency Support Function 18 has since been partially activated.
 
Last week CFO Sink sent a letter to Carol Browner, the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change, addressing the urgent need for continued coordination to protect Florida from the disastrous oil spill threatening the state’s economy. CFO Sink also urged better prevention, including more frequent inspections of oil rigs, to insulate Florida from future spills originating in federal waters.
 
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