British Petroleum has made some progress in efforts to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
The company said a containment cap put on the leak last week is capturing more than 10,000 barrels of oil a day and siphoning it to the surface.
Dead birds and dolphins have already washed ashore along the Gulf as thick oil not only covers sea shells, but pelicans whose tarred wings prevent them from flying.
"The area we're in right now, this is some of the best fishing in the whole region, and the oil's coming in - just wave after wave," Myrtle Grove, La., resident Dave Marino said. "It's hard to stomach. It really is."
The spill is now just off the coast of Florida's famous white beaches, now sprinkled with tar balls.
An ad promoting tourism in the sunshine state has now been replaced by a commercial featuring BP CEO Tony Hayward.
"To those affected and their families, I am deeply sorry," Hayward said in the ad. "We know it is our responsibility to keep you informed and do everything we can so this never happens again. We will get this done. We will get this right."
So far, the tab of BP's response totals more than $1.2 billion. Company officials hope to put another containment cap in place this weekend.
"So when those two are in place we very much hope to be containing the vast majority of the oil," Hayward said.
Although the current device appears to be capturing oil, about half of the 1 million gallons of oil is still escaping into the Gulf every day. A new report also says the flow of oil might not be completely stopped until the fall.
"This will be well into the fall. This is a siege across the entire Gulf. This spill is holding everybody hostage, not only economically but physically. And it has to be attacked on all fronts," Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said.
Meanwhile, President Obama met with cabinet members, Monday, to discuss the latest on the spill and what's being done to help those affected recover.