While most national news outlets are reporting that Florida's Pensacola Beach is closed, that isn't the case — the Gulf has reopened for swimming along Pensacola Beach after the Escambia County Health Department lifted its health advisory today, the Pensacola News-Journal reports.
The double red flags, which signal no swimming in the Gulf, came down at 10 a.m. ET and were replaced with yellow flags, which are cautioning folks to swim with caution of rough waves, not because of anything to do with oil.
To be sure, the oil is still there. It's just not visible on the beach. "Despite intensive efforts by more than 1,100 workers and heavy equipment to clean thick tar from Pensacola Beach," the News-Journal says, researchers from the University of South Florida discovered that oil is buried about 1 inch to 8 inches deep in the sand.
"It was so horrible yesterday, very thick," Larry Mitchell, who grew up in Pensacola, told NBC station WALB of nearby Albany, Ga. "It makes you want to cry."