US Navy crew sets up an oil containment device. /Public domain photo

Three miles of booms will be set-up by the Coast Guard if needed to protect the St. Lucie Inlet on the Florida Treasure Coast if currents carry the massive Gulf of Mexico oil slick that way.

Anyone who sees oil or tar balls washing up on the beaches there  should report the location by calling the state hot line at 866-448-5816.

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