Jan 19

January 17, 2018

Posted on January 19, 2018 at 11:24 AM by Jim Muller

The Florida Gulf Counties Consortium will hold a public review meeting on the draft State Expenditure Plan at 6:30 pm CT on January 22, 2018, in the Bay County Commission Chambers. The Plan outlines how Florida’s RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component funds will be spent. The funds are from Deepwater Horizon disaster Clean Water Act fines.

Florida’s allocation is $294 million, paid over a 15-year period. Approximately $12 million will be spent on projects in each of Florida’s 23 coastal counties. The plan can be downloaded from https://www.gulfconsortium.org/draft-state-expenditure-plan (22 megs). Another public review meeting will be in Tampa on January 23. Two public review webinars will also be held on Feb. 1 and 15. The comment period ends March 2, 2018. Additional information and a link to a comment form is at https://www.gulfconsortium.org/draft-state-expenditure-plan

Jan 18

January 17, 2018

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 8:39 AM by Jim Muller

Commissioner Griff Griffitts Chosen as New Director of Gulf Consortium



Jan 12

December 15, 2017

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 1:35 PM by Jim Muller

Bay County is proposing an amendment to its RESTORE Act Direct Component Multiyear Implementation Plan. The amendment only affects the Porter Park Improvements project, proposed by the City of Lynn Haven.

The major change is to the scope of this project. Pot 1 funds were proposed to fund a portion of an improvement plan for Porter Park. The City requested RESTORE Act funds to improve the existing ramp, install fixed staging docks and a floating dock, and to replace the failing seawall. The overall improvement plan as described also included facilities such as restrooms, pavilions, parking and playground equipment.

Because of the sequencing of the improvement project, the City made the improvements to the ramp, docks and seawall prior to Treasury approval of the grant application. The City would like to amend its RESTORE Act proposal to have the RESTORE Act funds contribute to the future costs of the restrooms, pavilions, parking and playground equipment rather than the improvements now in place. The amount of RESTORE funds allocated for the project will remain the same.

Because of the change to the project objectives, Treasury considers this a material modification to the Plan and requires an amendment to the Plan, including the opportunity for public comment on the amendment. The Bay County Board of County Commissioners will consider the draft amendment to the Multi-Year Implementation Plan for Bay County’s Direct Component of the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund (RESTORE Act “Pot 1”) at their December 19, 2017 meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. A public hearing will be conducted during which the public will have an opportunity to comment. After the meeting, the public will have 45 days to comment on the draft Plan amendment. Comments may be submitted by email to RESTOREproposals@baycountyfl.gov or may be mailed to: RESTORE Act Direct Component, County Manager’s Office, 840 W. 11th St., Panama City, FL 32401.

An overview of the process and the proposed amendments are available at https://fl-baycounty.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2275 and will also be available for viewing at the main Bay County Public Library.