Key West is 501 miles (as the crow flies) from Fort Walton Beach, FL. They may have tar balls all the way down there but our beaches remain perfect! News outlets like to generalize the story by saying “Florida beaches have tar balls” but the pictures taken (see our Facebook page) today on Okaloosa Island tell a much different story. Weather and gulf current patterns continue to help keep the oil plume south of our area. The plume is expected to drift further west but move to the south over the next few days. Okaloosa Island is still a perfect vacation destination.