Yeager elected Gulf Consortium officer

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

Thomas said getting the agreement with the governor settled will make everything a lot “smoother” and the appointments would serve in an advisory capacity. He added he was pleased with who was elected.

“It’s a good slate,” he said. “I think those guys have been involved in it the entire time. They’re more familiar with it than any of the rest of us.”

Thomas said Latvala’s husband is state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, so she should be well-informed on what’s going on with RESTORE Act money.

“I’m optimistic about the group getting together, trying to do things and working good together, but it’s still just a very cumbersome process,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of time.”

There has been little communication recently between Washington and the consortium, Mosteller said. At the meeting, the full consortium approved a formula adjustment for divvying up RESTORE Act funds, which U. S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, requested.

“We’re also watching and monitoring very closely the plan that’s being developed by the federal council,” Mosteller said.

Star News Editor Tim Croft contributed to this report 

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