Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

Too much process and not enough progress to protect our precious coast.

That’s the reaction of about a dozen Santa Rosa County residents to the local RESTORE Act council’s recommendations for spending $3.7 million in BP oil spill recovery money on 15 projects conceived as boosts for the area’s environment and economy.

“What saddened me in this these proposals is that Navarre Beach had nothing,” said Jill Ferguson, a Navarre resident.

The consensus among Ferguson and the others who spoke at the first public forum in south Santa Rosa County last week on the 15 projects is that they focus too much on inland areas or on programs that aren’t related to damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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