FEATURE-Battle looms over oil drilling off Florida's coast

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By Matthew Bigg PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla., June 26 (Reuters) - For decades opposition to oil drilling off Florida's coast was one of the few issues uniting the state's Democrats and Republicans, who agreed that shielding the environment and the huge tourism industry came first. Not now, as oil prices rise and U.S. motorists are paying serious prices at gasoline pumps. Last week Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican who often sounds like a Democrat, shattered the consensus by calling for ...

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