Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, blasted federal officials Thursday for failing to alert local authorities that oil from the Gulf disaster has now entered Florida waters. Nelson noted that oil has entered Florida's Perdido Bay, near the Alabama border.
"The Coast Guard is doing a great job but they are stretched to the limit," Nelson said during a Senate hearing on the spill. "We are livid that the command and control is not there. ... Communication is not coming to the state and local government."