Sarasota County in Florida declared a state of emergency for the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, warning residents of a possible oil spread on the beaches from the rig that exploded near Louisiana last week. BP leased the oil rig and would pay for all costs of the oil cleanup if the residue makes its way onto the beaches along the Gulf Coast. Florida Gulf beaches are popular with both residents and tourists this time of the year, and oil slicks seen on the surface of the ocean will continue to be sighted and updated by the authorities. A number of keys line the Gulf Coast near the mainland, which include Stand St Armands, both which cater to the upper-class. There have not been any reports on the effect of the oil spill upon the wildlife in the Gulf.