Crist has expanded his declaration of a state of emergency in Florida.
Effective as of May 20, all counties within the coverage area of the Gulf Coast Business Review — including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Manatee, Sarasota, Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties — are under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Charlie Crist.
“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,” Crist explained in his latest declaration. “This event threatens the State of Florida with a major disaster.”
The state of emergency allows businesses access to federal recovery funds if they are materially damaged by the spill.
The expanded order will be officially recorded as Executive Order 10-106, following amendments to Orders 10-100 and 10-99.