RESTORE Act

County ready to pay again for economic advice

County ready to pay again for economic advice

The County Commission’s recent proposal to pay up to $120,000 for an economic development strategy devised by a private consultant seems to ignore that it paid $25,000 for such a plan in 2013. In fact, three current commissioners and Santa Rosa Economic Development Director Shannon Ogletree are listed in the report by California-based Chabin Concepts […]

Funds lacking to convert south county septic tanks

Funds lacking to convert south county septic tanks

The goal of converting the thousands of residential septic tanks in south Santa Rosa to more environmentally friendly sewer systems is widely embraced by elected officials, water utilities directors and the Florida Department of Health. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Gulf Breeze passes Halloween rain test

Bob Richards watched stormwater creep up the driveway toward his garage on Dracena Way in Gulf Breeze on the first Sunday in November and had visions of the record flooding on April 29-30, 2014. Although the Halloween weekend rain, estimated at between 7 and 10 inches in Richards’ neighborhood, totaled less than half the deluge […]

Public pushes back on RESTORE plans

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 […]

Public Input Sought for RESTORE Act Projects

Public Input Sought for RESTORE Act Projects

The Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners is seeking public input for a draft multi-year implementation plan describing projects that could potentially be funded with RESTORE Act funds available as a result of the Transocean Settlement.  The plan, developed from recommendations made by the Santa Rosa County Local Restore Council, includes 15 projects totaling $3.7 […]

Williamson suggests more staff

Williamson suggests more staff

Santa Rosa County Jan. 15 began accepting applications for the first allocation of local RESTORE Act funding – roughly $4.3 million. District 4 County Commissioner Rob Williamson suggested adding county staff to help manage up to $75 million anticipated for 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill recovery. In a Dec. 30 email, Williamson asked County Administrator […]

Scott requests $15.9M for local restoration proposal

Scott requests $15.9M for local restoration proposal

Gov. Rick Scott requested $77 million for five restoration projects, including $15.9 million to help Pensacola and East bays, a portion of the Santa Rosa Sound and Bayou Chico, he announced in a press release Wednesday. The five proposals, which include 20 separate projects, were submitted to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council for consideration […]