Should there be oil drilling along Florida coast? listen06/18/08 Seán Kinane
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At a Tampa Downtown Partnership meeting today, WMNF spoke with business people and elected officials about the possibility of drilling for oil off the coast of Florida.
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio told WMNF she opposes drilling off the state’s coast. Iorio questioned the wisdom of constructing oil rigs there, especially considering how dependent the state is on tourism.
Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita said she was open to the idea floated by Sen. John McCain and supported by Gov. Charlie Crist. Ferlita said if drilling happens, she would ask what kind of protections there would be for the environment.
Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern summarized her opinion on whether there should be oil drilling off Florida’s coast in one word, “no.”
WMNF spoke with members of the business community as well. Several people were unwilling to comment on the record, but some of those who did said they need more information before they could decide for sure.
Attorney Elana Sbarro said, "…I would really like to get more information and then make an informed decision."
Jay Allison is with the air conditioning company Tampa Bay Trane. “We need to be looking at all options.”
Julie Palmer is the director of sales at the Florida State Fairgrounds and said she feels "conflicted."