County RESTORE committee solicits ideas

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:19 AM.

That state law mandates that 75 percent of those funds coming to Florida will be earmarked for projects in the eight most impacted counties from Escambia to Wakulla.

Based solely on projections of the potential civil fine, Gulf County could receive as much as $25.3 million.

The county has moved briskly ahead in its planning, following recommendations in RESTORE legislation, passed by a bi-partisan majority in Congress and signed by the president this summer, to establish a local committee and begin the process of identifying potential projects.

The goal is to meet a deadline for having an initial plan in place, which will include proposed projects for the first three years.

“We as a county are ahead of other counties but we are not sure if the factors, if they should change,” Jenkins said.

The pre-proposals being sought are, as defined during the town hall meetings, three to five page outlines of a proposed project, including timeline, budget, impact either environmental or economic, the sustainability of the project, how it fits with local comprehensive plans and other factors.

“How they fit, how can we get them done,” Yeager said.

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