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Good news in Florida panhandle

Reopened waters encouraging for Pensacola anglers

Updated: June 10, 2010, 8:24 PM ET
By David A. Brown | ESPNOutdoors.com

With the scourge of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill expanding throughout the northern Gulf of Mexico, Florida can no longer claim complete purity.

However, despite the tar balls recently discovered on Pensacola Beach, the Sunshine State got a bit of good news on Monday when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reopened 339 square miles of previously closed fishing area off the Florida Panhandle.

On June 5, NOAA extended the Gulf of Mexico's closed area to 78,603 ...

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