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Web site providing oil-slick updates for Keys

The Florida Keys & Key West tourism council has added a component to its Web site to provide up-to-date information regarding the oil spill in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

The site features National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oil slick trajectory maps, as well as a Q&A advisory regarding the oil and its proximity to the Florida Keys.

Updated daily, the 72-hour forecast maps plot and project approximate positions of the oil slick. The latest forecast shows little movement from northern Gulf waters.

"Our visitor centers and hotels have been receiving phone calls from vacationers concerned about traveling to the Keys," said Harold Wheeler, director of the Keys tourism council, in a statement. "We understand their apprehension and wanted to provide a trusted information resource based on information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other official sources."

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