County receives nearly $3 million for recreational projects

Boat Ramp

The Frank Pate Park boat ramp in Port St. Joe was one of four county projects funded through BP fines.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:26 AM.

Gulf County is beginning to see some of that long-promised money from BP due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Last week in Panama City Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard officially announced additional restoration and recreational use projects which had been funded under the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) umbrella.

Gulf County received just under $3 million to fund five projects. Until last week, the projects funded under NRDA environmental parameters had been focused in Escambia County.

The Gulf County projects are:

*Highland View boat ramp; $176,550;

*Indian Pass boat ramp; $176,550;

*Beacon Hill Veterans’ Memorial Park improvements; $588,500;

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