BP opens claims office in Naples
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MARCO ISLAND — BP recently opened a claims office in Naples, Collier County Emergency Management’s coordinator Rick Zyvoloski said during a Marco Island City Council meeting Monday.
The BP claims office is located at 4121 U.S. 41 East, which is near Sugden Regional Park in East Naples. Businesses may also make a claim by calling BP, 800-440-0858.
Zyvoloski recommended that all businesses keep detailed records in case they incur any damages from the spill.
Zyvoloski also said a request has been made for more boom to be allocated to Marco Island.
“When we first came into this disaster, there was a strategy to protect the environmentally sensitive inlets and mangroves,” Zyvoloski said.
Though that strategy remains, he said the initial estimate of Marco needing 103,000 total linear feet of boom, including several different varieties, may not be adequate based on recently created maps and information provided by city officials.
After meeting with Marco and Florida Department of Environmental Protection officials, that need was revised to 153,000 feet due to changing coast lines indicating a disappearance of some barrier islands and areas east of Cape Romano, Zyvoloski said.
Councilman Bill Trotter wanted to know whether the boom would be available as quickly as needed. If the 72-hour outlook, obtainable anytime by calling 252-7755, were to change for Marco Island, could that much boom actually be delivered in-time? he asked.
“I was assured that it would be,” Zyvoloski responded. He added that he didn’t think Marco Island and Southwest Florida was in any threat of experiencing more than perhaps tar balls on the beach, which wouldn’t require boom.
Interim-City Manager Jim Riviere was less confident.
“I’m not confident of anything,” Riviere said.
Trotter said even if there is a chain of command between BP, the federal government and the Coast Guard, he believed city officials had a responsibility to obtain the information.
Riviere said the city will be marking the locations were the boom should go if needed, particularly to protect Marco Island’s primary inlets, including one on the northern end of the barrier island and one to the south. This would ensure the Coast Guard’s ability to get the boom to the proper places quickly.
Fire Chief Mike Murphy said officials on city, county and state levels were doing all they could.
“The bottom line is the oil threat to Southwest Florida is low, has been low and it’s still anticipated to be low,” Zyvoloski said.