Gustav relief decision ‘soon’

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:18 AM.

The county has been seeking reimbursement for sand loss for four years and has twice gone back to federal agencies with new information demonstrating, county officials say, that the reimbursement should be made.

Woods noted that much of the information provided FEMA and other federal agencies also points to the county’s argument that the Cape San Blas/St. Joseph Peninsula area should never have been placed in a CBRA zone, based on infrastructure and development already in place in the early 1980’s when CBRA was passed by Congress and signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan.

“It should never have been included,” Woods said. “That area did not meet the criteria for inclusion in a CBRA zone.”

She said Congressman Steve Southerland has filed a bill in Congress to have the CBRA designation in Gulf County overturned and that bill should be heard in committee after the first of the year.

RESTORE representation

A contentious discussion broke out over the BOCC decision of the previous meeting to move ahead with hiring an individual, the only name offered was that of former commissioner Bill Williams, to represent the county in bringing BP fine money to the county.

Bo Williams spoke passionately that Bill Williams should not be hired due to the county’s strong representation at the state – Sen. Bill Montford, Senate President Don Gaetz, Rep. Halsey Beshears – and federal – Congressman Steve Southerland – levels.

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