Alex Sink calls for Cabinet meeting next week to focus on oil spill

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Earlier this week Sink traveled to the Gulf and was able to see the big plume from the sky.  She says seeing it in person was a stark and intense image.  "Once you get out where the whale head is, it's just 90 miles from the Florida coast.  You can just see just sheets of oil.  The television images don't do it justice.  The expanse is enormous and tremendous and very concerning."

Also today Sink issued a press release where she urged Governor Charlie Crist to place a "Good Cause" item on the Cabinet Meeting next Tuesday for a public status report on the oil spill.

Sink's probable gubernatorial opponent, Attorney General Bill McCollum, and the other Attorneys General of states affected by the spill sent  letters to BP, Transocean, Halliburton and Cameron in which they wrote that they want those companies to:

memorialize their commitment to fund the protection and clean-up of our coastline and provide compensation for any economic losses suffered on an individual, corporate, and governmental level. The letters also request the companies help facilitate the flow of accurate information between the Attorneys General and the companies by

assigning a point of contact; and preserve all documents, data, and tangible objects relevant to the disaster and its consequences until further notice.

In Ybor City this afternoon, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink addressed the continuing oil spill disaster emanating off the Louisiana coast.

"BP needs to be held totally responsible," she said to a few reporters after speaking at an Ybor Fire Station about Arson Awareness Week (the CFO is actually the state's fire marshal).

"They are the ones, they are the party responsible for the spill occurring," she said. "There are potentially billions of lost economic impact in the state of Florida alone.  And we should aggressively get the smartest lawyers available to us insure that we get every dime back of the lost economic impact on people and businesses and also all the state lands that Floridians own that are at risk of getting destroyed if this oil spill does come ashore."

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