$3 million in county recreational projects closer to funding

Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 09:54 AM.

Officials with the environmental group Ocean Conservancy, however, say the phase III plan as a whole failed to address critical environmental concerns brought on by the oil spill.

“The massive die-off of birds and continuous beaching of high numbers of sick and dead dolphins will not be addressed with the construction of boardwalks and beachfront development for public use,” said Kara Lankford, interim director of Ocean Conservancy’s Gulf Restoration Program. “This represents a lost opportunity to also restore our precious natural resources consistent with the intent of NRDA.”

Yeager has said NRDA is just one of several funding streams to come from the oil spill, noting that at the recent Florida Association of Counties annual meeting federal officials indicated that rules for disbursements under the RESTORE Act are nearly in place and should be out by end of summer.

The RESTORE Act, legislation that appropriates 80 percent of BP’s Clean Water Act fines to the affected states, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environment Benefit Fund, which was established with $2.5 billion in settlement funds.

“This (the NRDA projects) is a good start,” Yeager said when the projects were announced last year.

Halifax Media Group staff writer Valerie Garman contributed to this report


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