County receives nearly $3 million for recreational projects

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

The project would begin with a survey and mapping of seagrass scarring in the aquatic preserves. Next would be placement of sediment tubes across two acres of seagrass propeller scars and finally the placement of bird stakes in the project area to facilitate restoration, according to the staff in State Sen. Bill Montford’s office.

Area signage, buoys where necessary, boater outreach and education and brochures about best practices for protecting seagrass habitats will also be part of the project.

There is also $11 million for the creation and restoration of artificial reefs along the shoreline of the impacted Florida counties.

The project will include near-shore reefs and shallower snorkeling reefs.

“Not everybody comes to the water to fish,” Jenkins said. “All these projects are great for Gulf County.”

The funding for projects last week comes as part of a 2011 BP settlement, which yielded $1 billion for early restoration projects. The dollars to be expended after last week’s announcement were part of phase III of early restoration projects.

The state already announced $58 million in phase III projects in May, but then got extra money, which now totals $88 million, with 28 proposed projects benefiting Florida’s eight counties most affected by the oil spill.

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