RESTORE

RESTORE Multi-year implementation plans advance

RESTORE Multi-year implementation plans advance

The 12 projects chosen by the RESTORE council and vetted through the county commissioners in September will move forward as a group or a Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MYIP) this month to the Department of Treasury. Commissioners Rob Williamson and Bob Cole both expressed misgivings about the Second Chance Outreach project, but they were encouraged by […]

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 […]

RESTORE projects totaling $7.5 million up for review

RESTORE projects totaling $7.5 million up for review

Finally, what we’ve all been anxiously awaiting. The Santa Rosa County Board of Commissioners Sept. 24 approved a draft multiyear implementation plan submitted by RESTORE council members at its county commission meeting. The 15 projects submitted total $3.7 million. The U.S. Treasury requires a 45-day public review and comment period which began Oct. 1, and […]

15 projects eyed for RESTORE funds

15 projects eyed for RESTORE funds

Santa Rosa County’s local RESTORE council has identified 15 projects which could be recommended for funding through county’s first direct allocation of RESTORE Act funds, and several Navarre area projects made the list. If the projects make the final cut later this year, including surviving a 45-day public comment period and receiving county commission approval, they could be implemented […]

Renourishment tops local RESTORE proposals

Renourishment tops local RESTORE proposals

  Despite Navarre Beach renourishment’s top ranking in several local RESTORE funding categories, it’s not likely that Santa Rosa County will fund the proposal’s full $1 million request from that pot of money. The reasoning, according to County Commissioner Lane Lynchard, is because beach renourishment, which will total roughly $18 million, will happen “regardless” of […]

Beach renourishment tops RESTORE tourism funding scores

Beach renourishment tops RESTORE tourism funding scores

Two proposals for Navarre Beach restoration scored at the top of tourism proposals submitted for the first allotment of local RESTORE funding, which is expected to total around $4.3 million. More than 50 projects totaling more than $52 million are vying for the first local allotment, resulting from the RESTORE Act funds following the 2010 […]

RESTORE funds won’t cover beach renourishment

RESTORE funds won’t cover beach renourishment

Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association hired a grant writer to develop a proposal to fund Navarre Beach renourishment with local RESTORE funding. But there is a slim chance it will receive more than a fraction of its projected $19 million cost. Sonya Negley, an experienced grant writer who lives in Navarre, provided an update […]

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

56 projects compete for $4.3 million

Santa Rosa County is expecting roughly $4.3 million in its first direct allotment of RESTORE funding resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Allocation decisions are being made, and some Tourism Development Council (TDC) members are concerned about possible conflicts of interest. Before the April 3 submission deadline, the county received 56 project proposals, […]

County seeks proposals for $4.3M in RESTORE funding

County seeks proposals for $4.3M in RESTORE funding

Millions of dollars are about to start flowing from monetary penalties associated with the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Santa Rosa County plans to announce Dec. 16 the availability of roughly $4.3 million for local projects. It’s the first of several phases of RESTORE funding directly allocated to the county. The local RESTORE council will […]

Workers, educators showcase need for RESTORE funding

Workers, educators showcase need for RESTORE funding

“We’re making sure they get a fair shake,” said Jeff Helms, representing Atkins North America, Santa Rosa County’s RESTORE consultant. Helms said funding for workforce development programs could be possible from local RESTORE funding resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and earmarked for economic development projects. Leaders in local workforce training and development […]

US Treasury announces RESTORE rule

US Treasury announces RESTORE rule

The U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday a new rule that outlines grant programs established by the RESTORE Act as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The rule accepts the funding allocation proposal submitted by Florida’s Gulf Consortium, which was formed by 23 counties. Under the proposal, the eight disproportionately impacted counties, from Escambia through Wakulla, will […]