Pensacola Pass to Close with Tide

MOBILE — At the request of the State of Florida and Escambia County officials, the Captain of the Port has announced the closing of Pensacola Pass to vessel traffic effective during flood tide today, beginning at 7 p.m. CDT. Pensacola Pass will reopen during an ebb tide cycle. This plan will be effective until further notice.

Boom will be tended for search and rescue response, Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) traffic and any inbound vessels caught outside the Pass. Boaters are asked to be mindful of the boom, use slow speeds so not to produce a wake that may disrupt the boom, and be aware of restricted areas.

“I understand the importance of commerce through Pensacola Pass and the ICW. Closing the pass with the tide is an important step right now to minimize the impact of oil inside the bay,” said Capt. Steven Poulin, Captain of the Port and U.S. Coast Guard Incident Commander.

More than 12,000 people are working for the Mobile Unified Command to minimize impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along the coasts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida panhandle.

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