County RESTORE committee back in action

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM.

Though the Deepwater Horizon spill was long ago, it’s anything but forgotten.

The county RESTORE Act Committee was back in session last week after a recess during which the U.S. Treasury issued draft rules for how to process applications for funding projects from counties affected by the 2010 spill that pumped more than 210 million gallons of oil into the Gulf.

Previously, the RAC reviewed 86 applications over a six-month period of ways to use potential BP money to improve the community.

The RAC ultimately whittled the projects down to 73 valid prospects that totaled over $113 million.

Gulf County is expected to receive around $2.3 million dollars when the settlement is complete, a far cry from the original estimates when the committee formed.

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, a group made up of governors from Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, released a document that provided the framework for a coordinated region-wide restoration effort.

The plan was sent to all 23 Florida counties eligible under RESTORE and feedback was welcomed for a final draft that would ultimately be sent to the Gulf Coast Consortium, which represents the counties at the state capital in Tallahassee.

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