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  Gulf Coast boat captain: 'Everything came to a halt'

Oil onslaught rolls ashore in Pensacola

  Residents and tourists in Pensacola Beach awoke Wednesday to find the oil they hoped would be kept at bay had washed up on their white sand beaches. NBC's Mark Potter reports.

Is BP going to survive?

  Mike Papantonio, attorney and co-host of the radio program "Ring of Fire," joins Morning Joe live from Pensacola Beach, Fla., to talk about whether businesses will receive their claims from BP — especially if it goes bankrupt.

‘Cautiously optimistic’ in Pensacola

  The oil may have stopped flowing in the Gulf, but what about the state of the economic and environmental damage? Buck Lee, the executive director of the Santa Rosa Island Authority, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss.

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  Blue Angels raise spirits of Gulf tourists

Making a Difference: With the Gulf tourism industry taking a devastating hit due to the oil spill crisis, crowds turned out in droves to see the pride of Pensacola perform in an annual tradition. NBC's Ron Mott reports.

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