Self restoration

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:54 AM.

No wonder BP, as reported by major media outlets, has heartburn about the potential for paying claims beyond those specified under law without a strong legal fight – exhibit one being the willingness of the company to go to trial facing as much as $17 billion in fines.

Those reports also note that until an agreement is brokered among the five Gulf Coast states at the heart of the litigation – though only two states are actually parties to the suit, the other three would gain – BP is also less likely to settle.

If Gulf County is an example, no wonder this isn’t working on the macro level.

And Florida and its impacted counties have another blotch on the face with the shenanigans that transpired when BP was shelling out millions to promote tourism in Northwest Florida and providing grant funding for various projects.

Gulf County was not alone, certainly, but what a farce and missed opportunity it now seems given the extensive research just completed by the Tourist Development Council and how that research, if done years ago, could have brought more bang to the bucks the county received.

Bucks spread among those who had the inside track, such as Williams’ girlfriend, who along with Williams helped send a man to the unemployment line and unravel the TDC.

Remember, Williams loved to boast about his testimony before Congress, but that testimony included some pointed questions regarding how money was being spent in questionable and conflicted ways.

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