Yeager elected Gulf Consortium officer

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

Gulf County Commissioner Warren Yeager has been elected as one of the officers for Florida’s Gulf Consortium.

The consortium, in addition to electing officers, discussed potential governor appointments.

The consortium met Friday in St. Petersburg and voted Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson as chairman, Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala as vice chairwoman and Yeager as secretary/treasurer.

The consortium, which is working to develop a plan for spending RESTORE Act money, includes 22 of Florida’s 23 counties affected by the BP oil spill. Collier County has joined the consortium, leaving Franklin County as the only holdout of the 23 affected coastal counties.

BayCounty’s consortium representative Commissioner Mike Thomas has said he expects the county will get $30-50 million.

Yeager has pegged Gulf County’s potential funding at $15-$20 million.

Yeager added that with the settlement with Transocean on fines in the case, Gulf County could realize an initial payment of $2.8 million in the next 60-90 days.

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